A Wrexham school has been visited by naturalist Iolo Williams who officially opened the new extension providing additional classrooms, offices, rooms and storage facilities.

Ysgol Cae’r Gwenyn (which means field of the bees in Welsh) based on Prince Charles Road was formerly known as Wrexham Early Years Centre and welcomed Iolo who got to see the new extension and wildlife area.

In opening the new extension Iolo Williams said: “What I have heard is that this is a very special school and what you have done here is excellent.

“It lifts my heart. You have combined two things that are very important to me in combining the use of the Welsh language for the name and wildlife.

The Leader: Iolo Williams opening the extension (image: Wrexham County Borough Council)Iolo Williams opening the extension (image: Wrexham County Borough Council)

“When I walked in I was told that you already have this wildlife area here. I think that’s fantastic because schools like this and us as individuals, we have to do everything we possibly can to help our wildlife, particularly to help our bees.

“I’m genuinely delighted to come here and privileged that you have asked me to come and open this.”

Headteacher Rhian Hughes said: “It was a bit of a pipe dream to have Iolo here to officially open our new school extension and launch our new name, so having him here today is absolutely wonderful. “We’re really proud of our school and our achievements.

“We have a rewilding area in our school garden that Iolo was very impressed with and keen to explore.

 “We’re so grateful to Iolo for taking the time to visit us. It made our celebration extra special.”

The Leader: Iolo Williams visits Ysgol Cae'r Gwenyn (image: Wrexham County Borough Council)Iolo Williams visits Ysgol Cae'r Gwenyn (image: Wrexham County Borough Council)

Ysgol Cae’r Gwenyn Chair of Governors Jane Howells said: “We’re a lovely school and now have a fabulous new extension and name.

“We have fantastic pupils, staff and parents and really are like a family here.”

Lead Member for Education Cllr Phil Wynn added: “I’d like to thank Iolo Williams for attending to officially open Ysgol Cae’r Gwenyn’s extension and wildlife area. The school extension and garden will be of huge benefit for pupils for many years to come.”