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School handover achieved ahead of schedule



THE HANDOVER of the new Haverfordwest High VC School has been completed ahead of schedule.
Headteacher Jane Harries was delighted to receive the keys from Mike Thomas, Project Director at Morgan Sindall at the end of July.

The Company was awarded the contract for the design and build of the new school in October 2019 and, despite working during a pandemic, achieved handover two weeks early.

Working with the project team from Pembrokeshire County Council and school staff, Morgan Sindall has produced a superb educational facility for the pupils at Haverfordwest High as part of the Welsh Government Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme.

Mrs Harries said: “Everyone at Haverfordwest High VC School is so grateful to the teams at Morgan Sindall and Pembrokeshire County Council for the work involved in creating this new school and the excellent facilities.
“To have achieved handover ahead of schedule despite the challenges of working through a pandemic is even more impressive.
“We are now working hard to prepare for the start of term and excited to welcome learners for the first term in the new surroundings.
“This is a big moment for Haverfordwest High VC School and the town of Haverfordwest.”

The new building will accommodate 1500 pupils aged 11-16 and 250 sixth form pupils.

Externally, the scheme will boast extensive sports facilities including playing fields, a WRU 3G standard rugby pitch as well as parking, coach drop-off and a new road access into the site off the A40.

The project also includes a separate sports and leisure facility, which will be fully available to the school during school hours and members of the public outside school hours.

Chair of Governors, Paul Lucas, also expressed his thanks to all parties for providing an incredible new school complex, with a first class sixth form suite.

Mr Lucas said: “The building provides a beacon of excellence of design in Haverfordwest which we believe will contribute to maintaining educational excellence for secondary school pupils throughout the years.

“The Governors cannot wait to learn the first impressions of the pupils as they enter the building in September and will be providing a date for members of our community to view the excellent facility early in the autumn term.”
Mike Thomas, Project Director at Morgan Sindall, said:
“Morgan Sindall are absolutely delighted to handover this outstanding facility to Pembrokeshire County Council two weeks early. It is a truly first class high school fit for the future that will no doubt inspire the local school children for generations to come.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with all stake-holders involved which has resulted in a facility that features some brilliant design innovation and offers the very best in contemporary technological systems.
“It should also be noted that the project was built during the peak of the Covid pandemic so Morgan Sindall are very grateful to our local supply chain that persevered through some difficult times and challenges.
“We are also proud to have used the project as a platform for delivering various community benefits projects and exceeded Welsh Government KPI’s for creating opportunities for apprentices, trainees and the creation of many new jobs.”


New free school meals policy launched at Ysgol Bro Preseli in Crymych



A NATIONAL scheme to roll out free school meals to the youngest learners in primary schools in Wales has been launched today (Wednesday, 7 September) by First Minister Mark Drakeford and Sian Gwenllian MS at Ysgol Bro Preseli in Crymych.

In Pembrokeshire, the rollout will include learners in:

full time nursery

• reception

• and years 1 and 2 pupils in primary schools

Known as the Universal Primary Free School Meals, the policy is part of the Co-operation Agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru.

The agreement will see free school meals extended to ALL primary school learners over the next three years.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “No child should go hungry. Families throughout Wales are under huge pressure because of the cost-of-living crisis and we are doing everything we can to support them.

“Extending free school meals to all primary schools is one of a number of measures we are taking to support families through this difficult time.

“I’m really pleased to see how our schools have embraced this and the speed at which they and our public services have worked together to begin providing free school meals.

“We know younger children are more likely to be living in relative income poverty, which is why the youngest of our learners will be the first to benefit.”

Cllr Guy Woodham, Cabinet Member for Education and the Welsh Language, said Pembrokeshire County Council were delighted to support the policy.

“Families are facing difficult times with the increasing everyday costs of living, so free, nutritious school meals for our youngest learners are great news,” he said. “No child should come to school hungry or be hungry during the day.

“We’d like to encourage parents of children in full-time nursery, reception and years 1 and 2 in primary schools to take advantage of this fantastic scheme from Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru.”

Ysgol Bro Preseli Headteacher Mrs Rhonwen Morris said: “As a school we aim to provide all learners with the same opportunity to thrive. We nurture learners from a young age; academically, socially and physically.

“We welcome such a progressive scheme ensuring that learners are provided with a nutritious balanced diet that will support all aspects of their education, progress and wellbeing.

“We look forward to seeing this scheme being extend to all primary school learners over the next three years thus ensuring equity for all in primary education.”

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Blue Gem Wind support Pembrokeshire College with new BTEC Engineering Course



BLUE Gem Wind are supporting Pembrokeshire College with a BTEC Engineering course aimed at providing a pathway to renewables for 14-16 year-olds. The new course, which begins in September, will be delivered in partnership with other local renewable energy companies and is supported by the Skills and Talent strand of the Swansea Bay City Deal.   

Mike Scott, Project Managing Director at Blue Gem Wind, explained. “The offshore wind sector around the UK is progressing at a pace that is already seeing skills shortages, particularly in engineering roles. As we continue to develop Wales’ first floating wind project it is crucial that we play a meaningful role in supporting Pembrokeshire’s future generations to get ready for a career in floating offshore wind.”

David Jones, Stakeholder Manager, added, “We are looking forward to working in collaboration with the college and other local renewable energy companies to deliver this exciting new course. This focus on 14-16 year-olds will complement our primary school STEM related programme.”

Hayley Williams, Curriculum Development Manager at Pembrokeshire College, said. “Pembrokeshire College is very excited to offer this unique collaborative programme to learners from Milford Haven School and Ysgol Harri Tudur. Blue Gem Wind will bring real life examples of floating wind engineering challenges for the pupils to consider, and the type of job roles and thinking needed to solve them. Enthusing young people about the emergence of new career pathways will help future-proof a skilled workforce for the renewable energy sector in Pembrokeshire.

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Universal Primary Free School Meals roll out will commence in September 2022



FROM September, schools in Pembrokeshire will roll out Free School Meals to children in:

  • full time nursery
  • reception
  • and years 1 and 2 pupils in primary schools

The Universal Primary Free School Meals policy is part of the Cooperation Agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru, which will see free school meals extended to all primary school learners over the next three years.

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