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New Welsh-medium primary school for Swansea set to open in 2021

A CONTRACTOR has been appointed to build a new home for a thriving Welsh medium primary school in Swansea.

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Swansea Council's cabinet approved a contract to build YGG Tan-y-lan in Beacons View Road, Clase, which means work is expected to start early next year with completion by the autumn term of 2021.

YGG Tan-y-lan is currently based at the former Graig Infant School site in Morriston.

Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said the decision was an important milestone in transforming Welsh-medium education in the Clase area of Swansea.

The £9.9m investment will have space for 420 pupils and a nursery to help meet the growing demand for education through the medium of Welsh in the area. It is being jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government as part of the 21st Century Schools and Colleges programme.

Cllr Raynor, said: "This is an important step. The new school will be large enough to accommodate two form entry so it will be able to cater for the increased number of pupils being taught through the medium of Welsh.

"It will have a mini all-weather pitch and multi-use games area which will be available for community use outside of school hours.

"There will also be childcare on site to allow Welsh-medium numbers and interest to grow as the school grows."

YGG Tan-y-lan headteacher Berian Wyn Jones said: "Pupils, staff and parents are looking forward to seeing progress on the new building. It is an exciting time for YGG Tan-y-lan, the community and for Welsh education in Swansea"

As with all building projects commissioned by Swansea Council the contractor will be expected to use local labour and suppliers where possible and provide apprenticeships and work experience opportunities to support the local economy.

Work is already progressing well on two other brand new school builds in Swansea.

A new home for the pupil referral unit is taking shape in Cockett and will replace outdated accommodation at different locations throughout the city bring the service for some of Swansea's most vulnerable young people together on one site.

Pupils and staff at Gorseinon Primary School are looking forward to the completion of their new school that will replace the outdated Victorian buildings they currently use.

Another new build is set to start next year for a new home for YGG Tirdeunaw on land next to Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe.

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