Primary teachers at a school in Wales are looking forward to teaching in a state-of-the-art new school following a turf breaking ceremony to launch the £6 million project.
The new Cwm Ifor Primary School in Penyrheol, Caerphilly, has been partially funded by the Welsh government's 21st Century Schools programme, which provided a £4.4 million grant.
With modern learners and teachers in mind, the new Cwm Ifor Primary is dispensing with the traditional corridor space in favour of more informal learning spaces.
Attending the sod-cutting ceremony, Wales' education minister Leighton Andrews celebrated the project, saying it would provide a first class learning environment fit for the 21st century.
"The £4.4 million we have invested in this project, together with the funding from the council, will allow this school to go from strength to strength," he said.
So far some £415 million has been invested in capital projects under the transitional 21st Century Schools programme.
The new school is due to be ready for lessons for the start of the first term of 2012/13.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels