North Wales Pioneer 17 January 2014
STAFF and pupils have returned to a Llandudno school after an 18-month building project – which cost more than £18million.
The new building at Ysgol y Gogarth – a special school in Craig y Don – opened its doors at the start of January and welcomed pupils to its new array of facilities.
The North Wales Pioneer had the opportunity to take a look around the new school building, guided by David Rowley, head of governors, and Glenda Powell, assistant headteacher.
As well as a variety of purpose-built classrooms for children with a range of disabilities, new amenities include sensory therapy rooms – making use of interactive projectors and touch-screen technology – a climbing wall; an outdoor gym and a heated indoor pool.
Older pupils will also have the chance to train in a variety of skills in a new, on-site cafe.
The school will also provide physiotherapy and behavioural services for pupils from other schools throughout Conwy.
Members of the public will also be able to take advantage of sports and leisure facilties at the new school.
Glenda Powell, assistant headteacher, said staff and pupils had worked with constructors Wilmott Dixon to develop plans for the new school – with pupils suggesting colour schemes and designs.
She said: “The main reason the transition has gone this well is that the teachers, staff and pupils all worked with the contractors during site visits, which prepared them for what’s going to happen.”
David Rowley added: “The new school will help us use the expertise of staff and the excellent facilities to the advantage of all children and young people with disabilities and special needs in Conwy.”
The final stage of the work, with the addition of a new residential space, will be completed by September.