A SECONDARY school is to benefit from an 'exciting' programme of improvements.

Hot on the heels of an announcement of capital funding secured for Ysgol Glan Aber, Flintshire Council has confirmed investment has been secured for Castell Alun High School in Hope.

The council, from its capital programme, is investing £5 million in the high school for a new art and design technology teaching block, as well as remodelled internal accommodation.

According to the council the work will create a new and inspiring learning space for both students and teachers as well as providing employment and learning opportunities.

The council has appointed Willmott Dixon to carry out the improvement work for Castell Alun High School.

Councillor Ian Roberts, Flintshire Council's cabinet member for education and youth, said: “This further investment in our schools shows that Flintshire Council, despite being a low funded council, is able to secure money to improve and update our schools.

"These improvements will provide a new and exciting learning experience for our students.”

Willmott Dixon’s northern operations manager Alistair Brymer said: "We know how important it is to create buildings that inspire children and teachers to new heights of educational attainment.

"We are delighted to have been selected as the contractor for this exciting project and we look forward to working with Flintshire Council, Castell Alun High School and the local community to deliver an outstanding project.

“We believe in delivering projects that leave a lasting community legacy far beyond bricks and mortar.

“We have been awarded The Queen's Award for Enterprise in the category of promoting opportunity this year.

"Working with local supply chain partners wherever possible is a hugely important way in which we support the community and we are committed to creating local employment, apprenticeship and work experience opportunities.”