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Oakfield Primary School; New build extension officially opened

A £1million new-build extension at Oakfield Primary School in St Mellons has been officially opened today.

Cardiff Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry was joined by Welsh Government Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams at the opening, along with staff, pupils and other special guests.

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Funded by a Welsh Government grant, the new development provides four new learning spaces and additional group rooms which will reduce infant class sizes at the school.

Headteacher David Harris said; "I am delighted that we can officially open our new classroom space which will help ensure that we are meeting the important needs of our pupils and the growth of the school.

"The new building will allow all classes to have their own dedicated space within the schooland ensure pupils to have access to new and enhanced educational opportunities, provided by the new accommodation.

"In addition, the expansion and has also created an area to provide 30 hour childcare provision for nursery children which we intend to implement next year. These improvements will

have a significant impact on pupils, parents and staff as well as being of benefit to the local community."

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Cllr Merry said: "During the design process, the Council worked with Oakfield Primary School to create new learning areas which have the needs and growth of the school and its community in mind.

"These additional spaces will help reduce infant class sizes, whilst providing excellent learning provision in a pleasant and modern environment."

"Providing excellent learning provision from early stages right through to post 16 education is priority.

"Through the 21stCentury Schools and Education programme which is being delivered across the city with Welsh Government, children and young people are gaining access to excellent facilities and learning environments. 

"At a total of £284m, Band B is the next phase of the programme and represents the largest single investment in Cardiff's schools."

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During the ceremony, Education Minister Kirsty Williams said: "Reducing infant class sizes was a key part of the Progressive Agreement reached between myself and the First Minister. I am therefore delighted to officially open the brand new extension at Oakfield Primary today.

"Oakfield Primary is just one of the schools benefiting from our £36m fund to reduce infant class sizes in Wales. In total, the grant will fund over 100 additional teachers, 35 additional teaching assistants, and an additional 54 classrooms, as well as improving existing facilities.

"Reducing infant class sizes is a key element of our national mission to raise standards. By providing schools with the new classrooms needed and additional teachers we can allow teachers to devote more time and attention to individual pupils.