Robert Price Help Improve School Facilities

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Robert Price have contributed to the refurbishment of school facilities in Caerphilly. The boys toilets in St Martins Comprehensive School, Caerphilly, have been modernised and greatly improved from their previous dilapidated state, with improved lighting, toilet facilities, high-powered hand dryers and even hair dryers to help pupils dry off after wet weather P.E. lessons.

The refurbishment was made possible by donations from Robert Price, who are the single source supply partner for the council’s £220 million Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) improvement programme. Additional donations were made by many of the company’s suppliers; including Ideal Standard, 3D Flooring, Treforest Glass, Rixonway Kitchens, Wavin, Seren Electrical and Nuaire. The total value of the donations was over £10,000.

Work was carried out by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Housing Repair Operations team, who are responsible for carrying out repairs to the homes of council tenants throughout the county borough.

Pupils and staff inside the newly-refurbished toilet facilities

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David Pattison, Head of Public Sector Business at Robert Price, commented “Robert Price are delighted to have been involved with the upgrade project at St Martin’s School. The project has been made possible through the collaboration of supply chain members that supply Caerphilly County Borough Council’s WHQS programme. It is really positive that as a consequence of the housing refurbishment programme, we are able to contribute to improving standards of facilities for a school within the borough. The upgrade will undoubtedly contribute to the drive for higher standards the staff and pupils are aiming to achieve.”

Lee Jarvis, Head at St Martin’s Comprehensive School, added “The new facilities have made such a difference to our students’ lives. Without the support of the council and the generosity of the numerous companies who donated items to this project we would never have realised such a high standard of finish to these toilets. The link between poor school facilities and attainment is clear. I am sure that this further improvement will help students to feel comfortable in school and therefore more able to concentrate upon their learning. I would like to personally thank the council for once again recognising the need to support educational improvements and putting its schools at the heart of the work that it undertakes.”

The girls toilets have also been improved recently, meaning all pupils now have modern, appealing and high-quality facilities available to use.