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Additional classes planned at thriving comprehensive

Initial plans for major improvement works at one of Swansea's Welsh medium comprehensive schools are to go on show to the community next month.

Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr

Swansea Council is proposing the investment at Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr to meet the anticipated extra demand for places at the school.

Subject to Welsh Government funding and approval, it is planned to build a new two-storey extension to increase capacity for a further 195 pupils.

There will also be remodelling of existing buildings and improved external facilities with the potential for community use.

Before a planning application is submitted parents and the wider community are being invited to attend one of two drop in sessions to learn more about the scheme.

The first takes place between 3.30pm and 6.30pm on December 4th and the second between 3.30pm and 6.30pm on December 5th at Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr, former Gowerton Infants site, Talbot Green.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "Based on current projections in three years' time there will no longer be enough capacity at Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr to meet the demands of pupils transferring from the partner primary schools.

"The overall aim of this project is to provide additional new fit-for-purpose accommodation that will increase capacity and improve the surroundings for pupils and teaching staff.

"Anyone with an interest in the plans is very welcome to attend one of the drop in sessions to speak to officers and learn more about what is being proposed."

Nearby Gowerton Comprehensive School will also soon be benefiting from significant investment to address condition and suitability issues.

Swansea Council is about to embark on the second phase of its Quality in Education programme which is jointly funded by the Welsh Government.

It will include some brand new school builds as well as repairs, maintenance and improvements at others.

During the programme the council has pledged to support local firms and where possible use local suppliers for materials and products.

Contractors will be encouraged to employ local workers and offer work experience to unemployed young people.

Anyone who can attend one of the drop in sessions can contact the council's Education Services Unit on 01792 636094 or emaileducation@swansea.gov.uk

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