GALLERY: End of an era as Llandudno Junction primary schools close

Reporter:

Steve Craddock

PARENTS, teachers and pupils celebrated the 'end of an era' as two Llandudno Junction primary schools prepared to close ahead of the opening of a new superschool.

Tuesday marked the last day that Ysgol Maelgwn and Ysgol Nant y Coed would welcome pupils in their current form as both will reopen as Ysgol Awel y Mynydd from September until a new super school building on the Esgyryn site accommodating both schools is completed.

Llion Elis, head teacher at Ysgol Nant y Coed, who will become head at the new school, said: "It's going to be amazing.

“With the staff and the children and the parents of Junction we will create a vision together.

"We want to give them the best opportunity for their life going forward.

"This place will never be forgotten, but once they're there I'm sure they will love it to bits."

Ysgol Maelgwn's current head, Gisella Williams, who will be made deputy head, said the transition marked the 'end of an era' and was 'bittersweet' for both pupils and staff.

 She said: "I've loved it - I've had some of the best years of my life here. Once the actual new build is ready it will be amazing."

School cook Margaret Davies, who has worked at Ysgol Nant y Coed from when it opened in 1971, said: "It's been lovely, like a family right through."

Ysgol Nant y Coed deputy head Ann Lewis, who will be teaching years five and six in the new school, said: " It's a sad but exciting time. It's been very much a family atmosphere here which hopefully we can carry on with."

Kevin Boyle, whose four children have attended Ysgol Maelgwn, said: "I was in this school as well. It's a sad day but things have to move on and improve."

Helen Davies, who has been a lollypop lady at Ysgol Maelgwn for 20 years, added: "It's been going for so many years, there's a lot of memories but I think when the new one's up and running it will be great."

Parents of Ysgol Maelgwn's last ever year six class arranged for a limousine to pick up the children and take them to Pizza Hut to mark the occasion.

Kasia Pugh, improvement and engagement manager at Read Construction Holdings Ltd, delivering the new Ysgol Awel y Mynydd project in conjunction with Conwy Council, Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme and the North Wales Construction Framework, said: "We are working closely with the current schools to engage the children and staff with the construction phase and look forward to handing over a modern learning environment to the school users."

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