Nantymoel Primary School was built in 1928 and a lack of central funding has meant that some of the classrooms had become tired, but thanks to a £42,000 funding boost from Pennant Walters, the school facilities have been given an upgrade. The funding provided by Pennant Walters is linked to the construction of the new, but standalone, Pant y Wal wind extension farm near Ogwr Valley.
Headteacher at Nantymoel Primary School, Mrs Alyson Jones, said: “Thanks to this incredible funding we have now been able to upgrade many of our facilities to benefit our 183 pupils.”
The money has been used to completely renovate three classrooms, which have been redecorated, have new furniture and also boast interactive teacher walls. A further two classrooms have been freshly decorated, with new furniture and blinds in place.
Year 5 pupil Brooke said: “When we went into the classrooms for the first time we all thought ‘wow – it’s a lot nicer!’ It’s more comfortable, there’s more space to move around and work in groups so that we can collaborate more easily.”
Mrs Jones added: “Providing opportunities for pupils to develop as independent and resilient learners is of paramount importance. On behalf of all pupils, teachers, parents and governors, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to Pennant Walters – this funding will make a huge difference for years to come. Diolch o waelod calon i Pennant Walters – bydd y cyllid hwn yn gwneud gwahaniaeth enfawr am flynyddoedd i ddod.”
Pennant Walters Managing Director Dale Hart, said: “We are delighted to provide this funding to Nantymoel Primary School.”
This is the second project that Pennant Walters has funded, after Cllr David Owen secured money in 2015 to allow the purchase of Apple technology.
Cllr Owen added: “The school has gone from strength to strength each year under the leadership of Mrs Jones and her staff. I would like to thank Dale from Pennant Walters for making this dream happen for our school.”