A MULTI-MILLION pound plan to re-model and extend two existing schools in Torfaen has now been completed.

Garnteg Primary School and Cwmffrwdoer Primary, both based in Pontypool, received £2.4 and £3.1 million respectively in funding from the 21st Century Schools Programme, which is a collaboration between the Welsh Government, the Welsh Local Government Association and councils.

The aim of the funding is to create 21st century schools which are of the "right type and size in the right place".

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And yesterday, the education minister Kirsty Williams AM and leader of Torfaen council Cllr Anthony Hunt both visited the sites.

Ms Williams said: ‘‘I was delighted to officially open the newly refurbished and extended Garnteg and Cwmffrwdoer primary schools in Torfaen, funded through our 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

“These schools, along with other projects that have already been delivered under the programme, shows how the partnership working between Welsh Government and key stakeholders is creating schools and colleges that are well-designed, safe and energy efficient; ensuring that they are able to meet the needs of learners, teachers and the wider community, and are truly befitting of the 21st century.”

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Cllr Hunt added: “The commitment to ensure good quality schools, of the right size and in the right place remains at the core of our 21st Century Schools programme. Our commitment continues to be matched by Welsh Government, both in terms of its enthusiasm to support our capital programme and its willingness to help fund that improvement. Across Band A and Band B of our 21st Century Schools programme we will have jointly invested nearly £150 million in Torfaen schools by 2024.”

Head teachers for both schools also praised the new facilities.

The works have seen Garnteg Primary School’s pupil capacity increased from 224 to 420. The site will also accommodate ex-pupils from Victoria Primary School, which has now closed.

And Cwmffrwdoer Primary pupil capacity has also increased from 210 places to 315. The site will also offer 52 part-time nursery places.