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Have your say on plans for new Welsh medium primary schools

Plans to build brand new schools for two Welsh medium primaries in Swansea are going out to formal consultation this week.

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Swansea Council wants to improve facilities and increase the number of places available at YGG Tan-y-lan and YGG Tirdeunaw to meet the growing demand for education through the medium of Welsh.

Parents, staff, pupils and the wider community will be asked for their views on the proposals to build brand new schools for both during consultations that start this week.

It is proposed a new school would be built for YGG Tan-y-lan at Beacons View Road in Clase. Pupils would continue to be taught at the existing site in the former Graig Infant School in Morriston until the new buildings are completed.

A new school for YGG Tirdeunaw is proposed on surplus land that is currently part of the YGG Bryn Tawe site. Again pupils would continue to be taught at their current site, which is less than a mile away, until the new buildings are ready to move in to.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Skills and Training, said: "Demand for Welsh medium education in Swansea is rising and as part of 21st Century Schools Programme there is an opportunity to increase the capacity and significantly improve facilities for pupils and staff at YGG Tan-y-lan and YGG Tirdeunaw by building brand new schools.

"We are now seeking as many views as possible on these proposals so that when the council's cabinet comes to make decisions at the end of this year members have as much information as possible in front of them."

Letters will be sent out informing parents or carers about the consultation which will be available in full online. Hard copies can be provided on request

Consultation meetings are being organised for staff, pupils and governors to have their say and a drop-in session will be arranged for parents. The council will also be asking statutory consultees for their views.

There are separate consultations for YGG Tan-y-lan and YGG Tirdeunaw and both run for six weeks starting from September 5.

The plans are also subject to successful bids for capital grants to the Welsh Government.

Cllr Raynor added: "Both consultation documents outline the proposals in full and list the benefits and challenges associated with the plans, as well as other options that have been considered. No decisions have been taken which is why I would encourage people to share their views."

To view the consultation documents online visit:

YGG Tan-y-lan: www.swansea.gov.uk/yggtanylanconsultation

YGG Tirdeunaw: www.swansea.gov.uk/yggtirdeunawconsultation


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