IMPROVEMENTS to a Flintshire primary school have moved a step closer, with a recent ‘beam signing’ ceremony.

Flintshire Council, in partnership with the Welsh Government, is investing over £2.3m to transform Ysgol Glan Aber into a school fit for the 21st Century.

This includes £1.3 m of Welsh Government funding to reduce infant class sizes through the creation of an additional classroom, which will allow teachers to devote more time and individual attention to each of their pupils. The funding will also provide a new hall and dining facilities.

Flintshire Council’s chief officer for education and youth, Claire Homard, said: “This investment is very important for Ysgol Glan Aber and shows that Flintshire County Council is committed to improving and updating our schools.

“The modern facilities will provide an inspirational learning experience for our school children, for our young people and the wider community.”

The council has appointed Kier, based in Wrexham, to carry out this improvement work. The scheme is funded by both Welsh Government and Flintshire Council as part of the Welsh Government’s Reducing Infant Class Sizes Grant and the council’s capital investment programme.

Peter Commins, managing director at Kier Regional Building North West, added: “We are absolutely delighted to continue our relationship with Flintshire. The improvements will provide modern teaching and learning facilities for staff and pupils of the school for years to come.”

Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams said: “I am delighted to hear work is starting on the new facilities at Ysgol Glan Aber, which furthers the vital improvements being made for schools across Wales.

“Research and evidence around the world tells us that smaller class sizes are positively linked to attainment, particularly for our youngest pupils, those from less well-off backgrounds and those with additional learning needs.

“This investment is absolutely crucial if we are to provide our pupils with the learning environments they deserve, while supporting them to achieve their aspirations. This is at the heart of our mission to raise standards, narrow the attainment gap and deliver an education system that is of national pride and confidence.”