Exciting times for families in Carmarthenshire as work has started on building the new £8.25million primary school for Pembrey.
Immediately adjacent to the existing school site on Ashburnham Road, the new primary school is being built on the recreation ground/playing field.
The new school is going to have space for 270 primary pupils and 30 nursery pupils, and it will also incorporate a Flying Start facility which at the moment being managed from a mobile classroom on the current school site.
Headteacher Helen Jacob has voiced her delight as work starts on the new build saying “We are looking forward to having our brand-new school building at Pembrey where we can continue to provide quality educational opportunities and experiences for our children.”
“Everyone is excited at the prospect of learning in a modern purpose-built school that will be at the heart of the community.”
This enthusiasm was echoed by local member Cllr Hugh Shepardson commenting “ I am delighted that we are making a start on the new Pembrey Primary School. The facility, which I understand will be completed next year, will provide state-of-the-art teaching facilities for our children at Pembrey and will allow our children to be taught in a modern and welcoming environment.”
“I am grateful to the Education department’s Modernising Education Programme team and the authority’s Cabinet for their diligence and hard work in making the completion of the new school a reality.”
This new school is being built as part of Carmarthenshire County Council’s Modernising Education Programme which aims to give every child in the county access to first class accommodation and facilities and is being jointly funded by Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools initiative.
So far the Modernising Education Programme has invested more than £300million in Carmarthenshire schools, which has seen 12 new primary schools and 2 new secondary schools built as well as 48 major refurbishments and extensions.
For this new school in Pembrey, it is Carmarthenshire council’s own architect that has designed the new school building and the work is being carried out by local contractor TRJ Ltd, with hope that the school build will be completed by the autumn term of 2023.