The first turf has been cut on the site of the new school in Dyffryn Aeron and the building work is now underway.

A ceremony was held to note the start of this work on Monday, 10 July 2023, with Councillors, Officers, pupils from the local schools and the contractors present on the site near Felin-fach.

This new area school will provide first class, modern facilities and equipment for primary age children who currently attend Ciliau Parc, Felin-fach and Dihewyd schools.

The building will be suitable for 210 pupils, with additional capacity for ALN, Welsh Language and pre-school provision, as well as a 3G sports pitch with flood lights.

Addressing the group that was present on the site on Monday, Councillor Bryan Davies, Leader of the Council, said: “It is a pleasure to be on the site of the new school today to mark the start of the construction work by cutting the first turf. This is an exciting project for people in Dyffryn Aeron and a great opportunity to invest in education in a rural area. We look forward now to continuing to work with the contractors, Wynne Construction, to ensure first-class facilities to pupils in the area.”

The first turf was cut by Councillor Wyn Thomas, Ceredigion Cabinet Member for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, who said: “It is a privilege to cut the first turf today and mark the start of the construction work for this new school. This new area school will enrich the learning and teaching experience in the local area, and I look forward to see the work come to fruition.”

The building has been designed to meet BREEAM Excellent Standards and will be built by Wynne Construction. The school will also be a Net Zero Carbon building, benefitting from air source heat pumps and solar panels.

This £16.3m school will be 70% funded through the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme.