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Work starts on £9.9m new home for primary school

Work is starting on a new £9.9m home for a thriving Welsh medium primary school that will transform education for a generation of pupils.

Tan y Lan turf cutting

A turf-cutting ceremony has been held at the site of the new build for YGG Tan-y-lan at Beacons View Road in Clase.

Once completed it will have capacity for 420 pupils plus nursery to help meet the growing demand for education through the medium of Welsh in the area.

The development is being jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government as part of the 21st Century Schools and Colleges programme.

Council Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Jennifer Raynor, said: "I'm very pleased that work is now starting on this exciting new build that will benefit pupils and staff for many years to come.

"The multi-million pound investment in school infrastructure in Swansea at this time is unprecedented. A new school for Gorseinon Primary will open later this year, the new build for the Pupil Referral Unit at Cockett is well advanced, and work is also now underway at Bishopston Comprehensive School, Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, and at a new build for YGG Tirdeunaw.'

"Together, with our colleagues in Welsh Government, we are investing almost £150m into the fabric of schools and this will give thousands of pupils for years to come the very best chance of achieving their full potential."

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

The new built will increase capacity at the school by 290 places allowing it to meet further demand in the future.

Headteacher Berian Jones said: "I know that the pupils, staff and their families are all excited about our relocation and moving to a purpose built facility.  Our school has outgrown its existing premises and we are all looking forward to having a new home allowing us to offer excellent education for primary pupils and to continue to develop future generations.

"We are very much looking forward to working with Kier on school based projects and visiting the site, be it virtually or literally as the our new build takes shape."

Swansea Council has appointed Kier Construction as the main contractors and the company is committed to using local suppliers and employees wherever possible to support the local economy.

Kier will be also be using local apprentices on the project and offering work experience and placements.

Jason Taylor, Kier's operations director for Western & Wales, states: "We are delighted to start celebrate the start of construction works for Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tan-y-lan with a turf cutting ceremony.

"Working collaboratively with Swansea Council and the Welsh Government, we look forward to delivering first-class facilities that will provide a fantastic learning environment for pupils.

"We will utilise our extensive experience within the education sector and work with our local supply chain to deliver this scheme. Throughout the duration of this project, we engage with the teachers and pupils at the school as well as local residents as we look to leave lasting legacies in areas in which we build."

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