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Welsh Medium Education Boost

A one million pound project to boost Welsh medium education in the west of Swansea has come a step closer.

The Welsh Government, through its 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, has approved in principal the business case for match funding a classroom remodelling at Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr in the city. Swansea Council would provide the rest of the costs.

The scheme aims to give Gwyr a 21st Century learning environment complete with flexible learning spaces and modern facilities to boost pupil attainment.

It includes remodelling the school’s existing buildings in Talbot Street to provide an extra general classroom, a science laboratory, and a secure foyer reception space.

Gwyr would also extend into the old Gowerton Infant and Nursery buildings which would be refurbished to create seven additional general classrooms as well as greatly needed additional dining provision.

The buildings have become available because Gowerton Infant and Nursery pupils have been united with junior pupils in a new multi-million pound purpose built school at the Elba.

Cllr Jen Raynor, Swansea Council Cabinet member for Education, said: “We welcome the Welsh Government’s approval in principal for the scheme.

“The proposals would have an extremely positive impact on the Welsh medium education in Swansea by providing the school with improved resources for it to meet demand and flourish.

“This project would also maximise the education benefits we can get from both the Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr and former Gowerton Infant and Nursery buildings. 

“It will reduce the risks and costs of having an empty school site while putting the buildings to excellent use to help boost pupil attainment.”

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