Swansea Council has identified a preferred site for a brand new build for a thriving Welsh medium primary school.
The Council has plans to create a state-of-the-art new and enlarged school for YGG Tan-y-lan.
It is part of its plans to invest £150m in school buildings in the city in the coming years under the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme.
YGG Tan-y-lan has been a success story since it was first established at the former Graig Infant School but it has outgrown its present site.
The Council is currently undertaking feasibility works to establish the viability of what looks to be the most suitable new site, which is on council-owned land in the heart of Clase with views overlooking the Swansea Valley.
Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning, said:
“We are investing heavily in Welsh medium education with support from the Welsh Government to meet their target of one million Welsh speakers by 2050 and today there are more than 400 Year 2 pupils in Swansea being taught through the medium of Welsh, which is up 30% on five years ago.
“We are hopeful that our plans for a brand new school for YGG Tan-y-lan will progress and the site we have identified will allow for a modern new school with plenty of room for first rate facilities.”
Headteacher Berian Jones said it would be an exciting development for the school.
“Since it was established seven years ago Tan-y-lan has gone from strength to strength. A brand new school with new facilities would be welcomed by staff and I’m sure the pupils and their parents.”
As part of the delivery of the Council’s Welsh Education Strategic Plan, there are also plans to further enhance accommodation and facilities at the existing Welsh medium secondary schools.
Under the plan the council also hopes to build a new school for YGG Tirdeunaw and to provide enhanced facilities at other WM primary schools.
This time last year more than 500 pupils at YGG Lôn Las moved into a brand new school with spacious and light classrooms, as well as play and communal areas.
Cllr Raynor added:
“The feedback from staff, pupils and their families has been overwhelmingly positive since the new school opened for Lôn Las.
“We are very hopeful that we will be able to deliver the same for pupils and staff at YGG Tan-y-lan.”