June 22, 2024

Proposals are being drawn up for new facilities at Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn in Denbigh, which caters for pupils with Autism Spectrum Condition from the ages of 3-19.

The proposals could be part of the next wave of school investment projects through the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme, previously the 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme.

The project will be subject to approval by the Council and the Welsh Government of the business case, together with planning approval.

As part of the proposal, Denbighshire County Council appointed Wates Construction to undertake phase 1 of the project design of the new building.

The proposal is to bring three of the school’s four sites together in one brand new building which will be built on the playing field next to Denbigh Leisure Centre.

The proposal will see all pupils and staff come together in a brand new purpose built facility that will ensure the school has a flexible learning environment to enable the school to deliver the changing curriculum requirements to meet the needs of the pupils and help them to reach their full potential.

Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn pupils will continue to access the existing residential provision at Gerddi Glasfryn.

David Price, headteacher at Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn, said: “This is an exciting time for the school as we look to bring all learners and staff onto one site into a purpose built facility that will offer our pupils something really special.

“Initial meetings with Wates and the Local Authority have been really positive and the staff and I are looking forward to seeing how the plans develop and work starts on site.”

Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, the Council’s Lead Member for Education, Children’s Services and Public Engagement, said: “After the successful completion of Band A in Denbighshire which saw over £90million invested in school buildings and which benefitted more than 4,300 pupils, I’m delighted to see work on our next phase of new school builds begin.

“This project is a high priority for the Council and another example of Denbighshire’s commitment to invest in education facilities and is part of our work to make sure every young person has the best possible start in life.”