Sustainable School 2017

Ysgol Bae Baglan – Stride Treglown

Ysgol Bae Baglan Stride Treglown

Project Partners: AECOM – MEP, Cambria Consulting Structural & Civil Engineers, Stride Treglown Landscape Architect, Bouygues Construction UK. Main Contractor – Design & Build

Ysgol Bae Baglan is one of the first all-through schools in Wales. It has 1500 pupils which includes a fully inclusive 100 pupil SEN facility at the heart of the school. This £38.5m project was equally funded by Neath Port Talbot Council and by the Welsh Government. Located on a very flat and sandy site both landscape and building combine well to present a series of visual events with the built form also rising and falling to reflect the character of the surrounding rolling hills. Energy and carbon efficient measures are interactive so that pupils and the community can be educated in their use with the aim of contributing sustainable living throughout the community. The completed scheme has achieved a BREEAM rating of Excellent. The design and construction phase has benefitted local communities with employment and wealth through the contractor’s drive to purchase locally and to employ local staff. As a community facility it is open to the community outside normal school hours and   is used for a variety of cultural, social and sporting events throughout the year. Core spaces are designed for flexibility, allowing the space to expand and contract to accommodate a variety of activities.

Stride Treglown lead the energy efficient design, incorporating the passive energy principles of orientation, optimised fenestration and efficient fabric design. AECOM modelled the internal environment to optimise passive energy measures air quality and natural daylight. They have incorporated active energy collection systems such as 2,000 square metre and a transpired solar collection wall for preheating incoming air to all sports areas. The local community was central to the development of this scheme, and continue to participate in its success. Throughout the construction period the main contractor also facilitated ‘school ambassadors, consisting of current and future pupils at the local schools. These pupils were shown around the site and taught about progress as well being able to witness some of the procedures.  Each of the pupils were then trained as presenters so that they could convey the activities on site to all their peers. This has been a great opportunity for the younger community to be part of the new development of their school and to become tomorrow’s leaders.


Eco Icans Challenge – Thornhill Primary School

Project Partners: National Museum of Wales, Eco Schools Wales, Cardiff Council – Energy Management, Schools, Willowbrook Primary School, Roath Park Primary, Bryn Celyn Primary, Llanederyn Primary, Springwood Primary, Christ the King Primary, Radnor Primary, Howells School, St Bernadettes Primary, Bryn Hafod Primary, Rhyd y pennau Primary, Coed Glas Primary and Glyncoed Primary

Thornhill Primary developed a creative project to impact positively on learners across the region with the objective to give schools an opportunity to develop real and relevant projects linked to sustainability which could be exhibited in a museum. The project helped to develop a whole school approach. The school organised events to support learning and sustainability. One event focussed on a group working on problem solving and team building on a visit to the National Museum which engaged the learners in how to produce exhibitions. This was followed by a showcase day which brought together judges from Eco Schools, the local authority and the museum to consider the success of their work. Schools developed projects to impact on sustainability in their communities ranging from eco song writing to upcycling of clothing. Whilst the focus was on sustainability, the programme provided opportunities to develop Literacy, Numeracy and ICT. The National Museum exhibited the work in the main hall – a celebration for the whole school community. The objective of this project was to develop opportunities for school to school working through a collaborative project which would raise the profile of sustainability and develop the eco school work.

Thornhill Primary provided the leadership for this activity to take place but we worked closely with the National Museum of Wales who were keen to engage with the schools and support the activity.  ECO Schools Wales and Cardiff Council were also involved in the project along with many primary schools across Cardiff.


Y Gymru a Garem – Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel / CISP Multimedia

Project Partners: CISP Multimedia / Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel

Y Gymru A Garem

“Y Gymru a Garem” is an environmental project promoting sustainability through creativity and ICT. Pupils aged 3-11 years at Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel have all worked in partnership with CISP Multimedia since April 2017 using film-making, art and musical theatrical productions to promote positive messages to the local community and all stakeholders regarding Keeping Wales Tidy, (Y Gymru a Garem), seeking more sustainable, less wasteful ways of living (O Dan y Pridd) and finding cleaner methods of producing electricity (Trydan). The aim of the project was to make pupils environmentally aware of the importance of sustainability, through the creative arts and digital learning. Throughout the project the pupils and staff have learnt new skills in relation to digital music production. Pupils created puppets and animation and recorded songs for a musical production entitled “O Dan Y Pridd”, which they performed for the local community. A clear message was relayed through their performances, namely who is going to clear our waste? How can we achieve more sustainable ways of living and reducing pollution. Pupils helped write lyrics for songs with an environmental message and crearte a short digital film. The success of this whole school project resulted in the school being awarded a green eco flag.

This project was run by the Head teacher of Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel with CISP Multimedia. Pupils performed their musical productions for members of the local community, eg. elderly residents of the local Llys Y Bryn Residential Home, the congregation of St. Mary’s Parish Church, Burry Port,  the Ti a Fi playgroup which is run at the school, parents, past pupils, pupils of nine local primary schools, the Welsh Secondary School Ysgol Gyfun y Strade, Officers of the LEA, Keep Wales Tidy Officer Mrs. Bethan Phillips and Former Environment Minister in the Welsh Government – Jane Davidson.


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