Archbishop John and Welsh Education Secretary Kirsty Williams have officially opened Archdeacon Griffiths Church in Wales primary school in Llyswen.
The new 150-place Church in Wales school replaces the current school and will provide early years provision for 15 two-to-three-year-olds and 25 three-to-four-year-olds.
The Church in Wales has agreed to provide a Diocesan Grant of £527,798 towards the cost of the development.
It is one of five schools – including Clyro and Llangors Church in Wales primaries – delivered as part of Powys £24m Powys’ Gwernyfed catchment area project, which has been 50% funded by the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education programme.
Powys council’s cabinet member for schools, Cllr Myfanwy Alexander, said: “The opening of these fantastic new schools usher in a new era of educational opportunity for the learners of this area. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the school communities for their enthusiasm and patience and to the team at Powys who have delivered the schemes within budget and on time.”
All five schools have been designed to the same standard but maintain individual identity through colour schemes and furniture. They share a common ‘central street’ design with flexible space that can be used in different ways, including informal learning areas, a library or small group areas, and classrooms are run off the central area.
Chair of governors Rev Ian Charlesworth said: “We’re incredibly proud of what we have here and I want to say, on behalf of everybody, thank you for making it possible. In the new school it feels like the butterfly has got its wings, and the staff and the children are flourishing, and I want to say thank you for giving us the space and the opportunity for that.”
AM Kirsty Williams said: “This school is a great example of how joint investment and partnership working between the Welsh Government, Powys County Council and the Church in Wales can provide a solid foundation for our children’s education – the building blocks for a successful learning journey.”
Archbishop John said: “Let me add the thanks of the Church in Wales to those who have developed the vision for these wonderful new schools. One of the most important things about a building, is that it can do what it’s meant to do – to be fit for purpose.
“This is now a place where children can learn so much, where they can flourish, and where the wider community can also come to enjoy the facilities.”