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Investment will create more places at Welsh comprehensive

Work to extend and improve buildings at a comprehensive school in Swansea is set to start this year to meet the growing demand for Welsh medium education places in the city.

Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr

The investment at Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr will also provide new outdoor sports facilities.

Swansea Council's Cabinet  is being asked to award a contract for the work at its meeting next Thursday (January 23).

This will be subject to confirmation of a grant from the Welsh Government which is jointly funding the scheme.

The work will see the extension and remodelling of existing buildings that would provide additional places for almost 200 pupils in the future.

Because most pupils travel by bus there are also plans for minor improvements to on-site transport facilities.

Cabinet member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Cllr Jennifer Raynor, said: "I'm very pleased that this project is progressing and that pupils and staff at Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr are set to benefit from improved surroundings.

"We know that because of the increased number of pupils coming through the Welsh medium primary schools in the catchment area there is likely to be insufficient capacity on the current site to meet demand by 2021.

"If all goes to plan then work will start this summer and the school will start to be able to move into the new accommodation from the autumn term in 2021."

Planning permission has already been granted for the work.

It includes a two storey extension and minor remodelling of key areas on the existing site.

Once completed the school will have capacity for 1,273 pupils.

Cllr Raynor added: "We are working hand-in-hand with colleagues in Welsh Government to improve education settings across Swansea.

"As part of our Band B of the 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme, £149.5m spending is planned in Swansea in the next few years. This is the biggest investment in school infrastructure Swansea has ever seen."

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