STUDENTS have been enjoying the recent building developments at Barry Comprehensive School following the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s decision to invest more than £900,000 in improving the building and educational facilities.
First on the list over the summer holiday was upgrading the toilets, with a new office-style openplan block created to replace the ageing amenities.
Next came the reception area, where the front of the school was opened up to create a more welcoming space for parents and visitors.
There was a full resurfacing of the car park, to enable new visitor parking, and a protected walkway for all guests.
By September all school corridors had been refloored, students had new benches in external areas, and numerous walls had been knocked through to create new meeting areas for parents and teachers.
Perhaps most important were the changes to six classrooms, with new carpets, blinds, chairs, desks and equipment vastly improving the learning environment for students at the school.
Coming alongside the school’s second year of highest-ever GCSE results, and its recent inspection report highlighting strong progress across the school, these improvements have been welcomed by the whole school community.
Jack from Year 9 said: “The new toilets have made a real difference. They’re much cleaner and nicer.’
Headteacher Gerard McNamara said: “We are delighted at the work done so far. The school feels more modern, much lighter and more welcoming throughout. It’s also had a really positive effect on the pupils, as our recent ESTYN report showed. While we await the outcome of the Vale of Glamorgan’s decision on co-educational schooling in Barry, it is great to see that the council is continuing to support improvements for all the pupils at our school.”
Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Education, said: “I am delighted that the Council’s investment of over £900,000 in the Barry Comprehensive School building has enabled key improvements to be made to the learning environment. It will support the school to build on its recent success and to make further progress in the future.”