September 5, 2008

Thriving on Teamwork in New Alleys School

A BRAND-NEW secondary school has opened in a Valleys town.

More than 1,250 pupils are now attending Maesteg Comprehensive.

An amalgamation of upper and lower schools means pupils are now housed together under the same roof on Ffordd y Dysgu.

Parents watched as the first group of youngsters stepped foot inside the school, but there are plans for guided tours and evening classes for the locals to have a good look around the latest addition to their hillside.

Head teacher Ann Carhart said: "The main strength of this new building is the fact we are now all on one site so we can develop staff teamwork much more than when we were split over two sites.

"Our staff made the most of the old buildings but what we've got now is wonderful. We really are going to go from strength to strength as a school."

The school is fully accessible for disabled children with lifts and disabled-friendly furniture in every classroom, while every teacher has their own classroom giving them a real sense of ownership.

"The last couple of days before we opened to pupils were excellent because everybody at the school has been so positive," she said.

"It's not often teachers turn up for work on the first day after the summer holiday with big smiles on their faces!"

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