Renovation work has not yet been fully completed, but pupils and their secondary school teachers at Cefn Hengoed in Swansea are already excited about the prospect of using their new state-of-the-art learning environment.
Children have described it as "inspirational" and say they are already looking forward to September when they will start a new year with brand new facilities after the entire £10 million project is finished.
Teachers have said they are keen to educate their pupils in an environment they deserve and believe it will be much more conducive to learning.
The multi-million pound project was joint-funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government, with local authorities contributing £2 million and the National Assembly providing an £8 million grant for the work.
Alongside the cutting-edge classrooms that are now a feature of the school, a grand public entrance has been constructed with a separate entrance for pupils, while light and bright open-plan meeting rooms have also been built.
Pupils have expressed delight at the new school, with the modern toilets garnering particular praise – a long way removed from the dingy, smelly facilities with toilet roll stuck to the ceiling that existed previously.
"I like the new entrances," said year seven pupil Lori Hughes. "As pupils we have our entrance and there is another entrance for adults and visitors that's really nice too."
She added that the new chairs are more comfortable and make it easier to sit still and concentrate in class.
Meanwhile, the school's head teacher Sue Hollister praised all involved in the project – from the authorities that made it possible to the pupils, staff and governors.
"We're looking forward to utilising this modern building which is designed to enable children to learn and want to learn to continue the improvements in outcomes for pupils," she said.
"This is all about the children who live in this area and the educational facility which they deserve."
Posted by Harriet McGowan