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School opens Tuesday after £9.8m rebuild

Pupils returning to a primary school in Swansea from their Easter break will need to remember to turn up at the correct site on Tuesday (May 2).


During the last year YGG Lôn Las has undergone a complete rebuild and it throws open its doors to more than 500 youngsters for the first time since the work was completed.

Teachers and children moved out to temporarily share accommodation at Ysgol Gymraeg Y Cwm in Bonymaen while their old school buildings in Llansamlet were taken down and replaced with a brand new state-of-the-art facility.

On Tuesday staff from the school and Swansea Council will be at the entrance gates to welcome children on their first day and direct them to where they need to go.

As well as new improved classrooms, play and communal areas, other benefits include new parking bays on Blawdd Road which will make it much easier for parents to drop off their children and collect them at the end of the day. 

Parents have been sent a letter explaining the new pedestrian access routes into the school and to let them know that breakfast and after school clubs will be running as normal.

Headteacher Karen Thomas said it was an exciting time for everyone at the Welsh medium school and thanked her staff for giving up part of their Easter break to help to set up classrooms ready for Tuesday.

She added: "It's going to have a hugely positive impact on all of us.

"The old buildings that we had were in such poor condition but this new building is going to support the high standard of education that we provide.

"Once pupils have settled in we will be inviting parents to have a good look around, and we hope that they will be as pleased with the new teaching environment as much as we all are "

The extra temporary buildings that were used to house some of the children from Lôn Las will be removed over the next few weeks.

Mrs Thomas thanked everyone at Ysgol Gymraeg Y Cwm for hosting them during the re-build.

She said: "We have had an excellent partnership and we wish them good luck for the future."

The project, which has been completed ahead of schedule and funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government, was built by Swansea-based firm Dawnus and part of the council's 21st Century Schools programme, upgrading school facilities across the city to help improve education and boost pupil attainment.

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