Funding approved for Barry Comprehensive School refurbishments

11 January 2016

Refurbishment works to improve the learning environment at Barry Comprehensive School have been given the go-ahead thanks to funding from the Vale of Glamorgan Council.


The Council’s Cabinet today (Monday, 11 January) approved a total of £900,000 in funding towards a range of interior and exterior works which will see areas such as the main reception, pupils’ toilets and the car park improved.

The funding will come from the School Investment Reserve, with £210,000 allocated in 2015/16 and a further £690,000 in 2016/17.


As part of the plans, the layout of the main reception area will be upgraded to create a more welcoming environment and provide easier access, while the current car park, which is in poor condition, will also be improved with new designated parking bays and a more formal layout.  


The main pupils’ toilets will be redesigned to be open-plan and will see more toilets added, allowing for better accessibility and helping to cut down on vandalism; while covered external walkways are set to be provided, along with a new, dry external courtyard, to ensure pupils can navigate between buildings without getting wet.


Cllr Chris Elmore, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools, said: “Our priority is to provide the best possible learning environments for pupils in the Vale so I’m pleased we’ve been able to allocate funds for improvements at Barry Comprehensive. These works target areas that will bring immediate benefit, creating a safer, more comfortable environment for pupils, staff and visitors alike.”