Build­ing work com­plete at new £26m high school

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

BUILD­ING work has fin­ished on the new £26m home for Cardiff’s Eastern High School and Cardiff and Vale Col­lege.

A cel­e­bra­tion was held at Eastern Com­mu­nity Cam­pus in Trow­bridge to mark com­ple­tion of the ex­te­rior build­ing work.

Staff, gov­er­nors and stu­dents from the school and col­lege were joined on site by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Cardiff coun­cil and Will­mott Dixon, the com­pany build­ing the cam­pus.

The build­ing, on the site of Cardiff and Vale Col­lege’s de­mol­ished Trow­bridge cam­pus, opens to stu­dents in Jan­uary. It is be­ing jointly funded by Cardiff coun­cil and the Welsh Gov­ern­ment, through the 21st Cen­tury Schools pro­gramme.

Eastern Com­mu­nity Cam­pus will ac­com­mo­date up to 1,200 Eastern High and 320 Cardiff and Vale Col­lege stu­dents when it opens in the new year.

It is de­signed with the lat­est sci­ence fa­cil­i­ties and flex­i­ble learn­ing spa­ces that can be changed for a va­ri­ety of uses.

The school will move from its cur­rent lo­ca­tion, the for­mer Rum­ney High School site on New­port Road.

Eastern High head teacher Ar­mando Di-Finizio, said: “Ev­ery time I visit the site I’m amazed at how much progress has been made, and we all can’t wait to move in after Christ­mas.

“I re­ally en­joyed show­ing some of our stu­dents around. They were bowled over by the fa­cil­i­ties, such as the mod­ern class­rooms, li­brary, dance stu­dio and ex­cel­lent sports fa­cil­i­ties.

“Even with some of the scaf­fold­ing still in place, the amount of nat­u­ral light in­side the build­ing is just fan­tas­tic. It’ll make it a re­ally en­joy­able place to work and so­cialise in.

“I’m es­pe­cially look­ing for­ward to show­ing prospec­tive Year Six par­ents around when we hold our open evening at the new cam­pus on Oc­to­ber 19.”

Mike James, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Cardiff and Vale Col­lege, said: “It’s ex­cit­ing to see how much progress has been made in this land­mark project to bring much wider choice in ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing to young peo­ple in east Cardiff.

“When this new school and learn­ing cam­pus opens in the new year it will be an in­spi­ra­tional fa­cil­ity for both young peo­ple and the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Cardiff and Vale Col­lege has a long his­tory of work­ing with the peo­ple of east Cardiff and we can’t wait to move in to Eastern Com­mu­nity Cam­pus.”

Speak­ing at the cel­e­bra­tion event to mark the end of ex­te­rior build­ing work Cardiff coun­cil’s deputy leader and cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment and skills Sarah Merry said: “It is fan­tas­tic to see this phase of the project be­ing com­pleted.

“It isn’t that long ago that I cut the turf to mark the start of construction, so to see the in­cred­i­ble progress that has been made in a rel­a­tively short time is re­ally ex­cit­ing, and I can’t wait to see the new school and col­lege open­ing.

“Hav­ing both Eastern High School and Cardiff and Vale Col­lege on the same cam­pus is some­thing we’ve not done be­fore.

“By work­ing to­gether in this way we can pro­vide a smooth tran­si­tion for the stu­dents after their GCSEs, open­ing up ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to progress to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

“Through our 21st Cen­tury Schools Pro­gramme, we are in­vest­ing over £164m in the city’s schools with Welsh Gov­ern­ment, cre­at­ing mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties for our chil­dren and young peo­ple to learn in.

“The new schools we are build­ing across Cardiff can also ben­e­fit the wider com­mu­nity.

“The range of fa­cil­i­ties tak­ing shape at Eastern Com­mu­nity Cam­pus, in­clud­ing a flood­lit 3G pitch, com­mu­nity spa­ces and restau­rant, is a great ex­am­ple of this be­ing put into prac­tice.”

Eastern Com­mu­nity Cam­pus is one of seven projects cur­rently un­der way to build new schools in Cardiff. The oth­ers are Cardiff West Com­mu­nity High School, Ga­balfa Pri­mary School, Howar­dian Pri­mary School, Ys­gol Glan Ceubal, Ys­gol Glan Morfa and Ys­gol Ha­madryad.

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