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Headteacher of Flint's new Ysgol Maes Hyfryd Secondary Specialist School has high hopes

THE headteacher of Flintshire’s new school for children with additional educational needs has vowed to make it a ‘flagship facility’.

Jane Kelly insists Ysgol Maes Hyfryd Secondary Specialist School’s pupils have a great chance to integrate into mainstream education and social activities.

Mrs Kelly was responding to Flintshire County Council’s Lifelong Learning Committee’s concerns about completing the dining area, PE changing rooms and drama studios in time for September.

“It will be a flagship facility,” said Mrs Kelly. “It’s a fabulous building which will become a fabulous school. We open on September 3. The facilities for more than 120 pupils, 16 teachers and 65 support staff are extraordinary.

“All needs are catered for. We’re confident of a smooth transition for the comfort of the children and reassurance for their parents.”

Maes Hyfryd and its primary school counterpart Pen Coch have been built to replace Ysgol Y Bryn, Shotton, Ysgol Belmont, Buckley and Ysgol Delyn, Mold.

Flintshire’s Lifelong Learning director Ian Budd said: “Ysgol Maes Hyfryd has been designed with a first rate dining area and hot-food servery, which will deliver a top class experience for students.

“The food will be prepared in the adjoining Flint High kitchens and transferred to Ysgol Maes Hyfryd. This is an agreed feature of the original specification and provides an effective method of providing meals for Maes Hyfryd pupils.

“Although Flint High’s dining area isn’t currently disability act compliant, there’s a schedule of work to make the necessary modifications in time for some students on integration programmes who will dine at Flint High.

“There’s a programme of further works we’re commissioning and further wish to commission at Flint High School to improve opportunities for integrated learning. Some have been completed, some are being completed and some are future ideas for enhancing Flint High School’s accommodation.”

Maes Hyfryd chair of governors Trefor Howorth believes there will be minimum disruption.

He said: “I hope Maes Hyfryd fully integrates but first it’s important the children settle into their new school.”

Welsh Assembly Government First Minister Rhodri Morgan will officially open both Maes Hyfryd and Pen Coch on Friday, September 25.

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