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Construction of new home for primary school could start with months

Construction on a brand new home for a successful Welsh medium primary school with extra places for pupils and a Flying Start centre could get underway within months.


Swansea Council's Cabinet is set to appoint a contractor to deliver the new state-of-the-art buildings for YGG Tirdeunaw at its meeting next Thursday (January 23).

Subject to confirmation of joint funding from the Welsh Government work would then begin in the spring.

The new school will be built on land next to Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe with opportunities to share enhanced sports facilities.   YGG Tirdeunaw is currently based next to the former Daniel James secondary school site at Heol Ddu and it is anticipated the new build, which is less than a mile from the current site and is also more central to the majority of current pupils attending the school, will be ready in September 2021.

The existing school currently provides 420 full-time places and 60 nursery places but the buildings are no longer suitable for the increasing demand for places at the school.

The new build will provide places for 525 full-time pupils and 75 nursery places along with a Flying Start/Dechrau Deg' initiative.

The project also includes a purpose-built coach park that will serve YGG Bryn Tawe as well as a dedicated car park for staff and modifications to the site and highway which will improve pedestrian safety and vehicle access arrangements .  

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "We are now getting close to work starting on this new build that will make a huge difference to pupils and staff and also help us to deliver our commitment to increase the number of Welsh medium education places at schools in Swansea.

"Last month we appointed a contractor to build a new school for YGG Tan-y-lan at Clase and once both are open there will be an additional 409 places at Welsh medium primary schools in Swansea."

The new school is part of an ambitious programme to invest almost £150m in school infrastructure in Swansea in the next few years.

Contractors are already on site building a new home for the EOTAS (Education other than at School) service in Cockett that will help transform education for some of Swansea's most vulnerable young people.

A new home for Gorseinon Infants and Primary bringing both together at a new build at Parc y Werin is also taking shape and will be completed by the summer.

Major improvements are also scheduled at Bishopston Comprehensive and Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr.


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