A FLINTSHIRE high school welcomed visitors to see the progress of a major refurbishment programme for the school.

Phase 1 of the improvement works at Connah's Quay High School was completed at the end of last year and has transformed many learning spaces within the school.

Phase 2 is due for completion by the end of November and includes improved external cladding, the replacement of the Sports Hall roof, demolition of the existing administration block and refurbishment of accommodation to provide a new administration area and main entrance.

Senior officers of Flintshire Council and representatives from the contractors, Kier, were welcomed by the Deputy head teacher John Colclough and the chair of governors, Cllr Andrew Dunbobbin, and given a tour of the building.

The work forms part of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

Claire Homard, Flintshire Council’s chief officer for education and youth, said: “This much needed modernisation of Connah’s Quay High School is of a very high standard and the school can now enjoy modern, first class facilities and the best learning opportunities possible.

"It was good to see how the pupils were engaging so positively with their new learning environment. The Council remains committed to investing in the future of our children and young people.

Peter Commins, managing director at Kier Regional Building North West, said: “We were pleased to welcome visitors to the site of Connah’s Quay High School. We are approaching the end of our build programme to deliver modern facilities for students at the school to enjoy and benefit from for years to come.

"Throughout the project Kier has actively collaborated with the local community through various forums. Over the two phases of the project we have held 30 events, engaging with over 2,300 students and created 19 work placements. Our current social value legacy for the project is valued at £10.5m, something which we are hugely proud of.”