About the 21st Century Schools Programme

The 21st Century Schools programme is a collaboration between the Welsh Government and Local Councils in Wales. It is a significant, long-term and strategic capital investment programme with the aim of creating a generation of 21st Century Schools in Wales.


The main priorities of the investment programme are to:

  • Match the supply of and demand for places
  • Invest in new schools and refurbish existing schools
  • Meet demand for education in both English and Welsh
  • Create ‘all-through' primary schools
  • Create a nursery provision on primary school sites
  • Improve ICT facilities

These developments will result in improved teaching and learning environments.

Other benefits include: -

  • Reduce surplus places at Primary schools
  • Reduce surplus places at Secondary schools
  • Reduce annual running costs eg heating, lighting and building maintenance
  • More effective asset management, including improved condition factors, reduced 25 year maintenance liabilities and releasing surplus sites
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Meet increased demand for Welsh Medium education
  • Modernisation of ICT infrastructure
  • Develop shared and co-located facilities eg community rooms, pre-school integrated childrens centres
  • Increased compliance re sufficiency and suitability