Secondary school celebrates ‘historic’ new building

According to the South Wales Argus, a Newport school has finally opened its new £4.2m building

A secondary school in Newport has opened a new multi-million pound building after a year-long wait.

Rougemont School’s £4.2m extension houses a sixth form centre, 600-seat auditorium and refectory.

Andy Knight, director of business and finance at the school, described the building as “historic”.

He said: “This new building will complement the vast array of opportunities already on offer to pupils. The 600-seat auditorium will showcase the school as a centre of excellence for the performing and creative arts.

“There will be lots of exciting opportunities for pupils in the coming months because of the new building. For instance, we are now planning hands-on opportunities, so pupils can develop cooking skills in the refectory.

“Pupils of all ages will be using the building for a variety of different uses. It is a multi-purpose building and we are very proud of it.”

Knight added that the new building will be of immense benefit to pupils and the wider community.

“In time we hope the community will start to use the building,” he said.

“We hope the building will play a prominent role in the wider community. Our fantastic facilities will be available to hire for local clubs and organisations.

“We want our pupils to succeed and this is a good way to help that happen.”

He added: “The building is already proving popular. Last Friday the school hosted an event organised by Welsh ballet which saw more than 500 visitors to the school. Summer music schools and high-profile charity events and black tie dinners are already planned.”

Head teacher, Rob Carnevale, added: “The new build is a new chapter for Rougemont, building on our past successes to create a strong and thriving future for our pupils and our whole school community.”

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