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Broadcaster Huw Edwards opens YGG Lôn Las

Broadcaster Huw Edwards has visited Swansea's newest Welsh medium primary school building to meet pupils and staff and to find out how they have settled in.

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Mr Edwards was guest of honour at a ceremony to officially open Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Lôn Las which has undergone a complete rebuild.

YGG Lôn Las initially opened in what was once the old Llansamlet Junior Comprehensive but thanks to an investment of almost £10m by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government the old school buildings were taken down and replaced with a brand new state-of-the-art facility.

It has made a huge difference to the lives of staff and pupils who are now firmly settled in.

BBC broadcaster and author Mr Edwards said ihe was delighted to see that a growing number of pupils and their parents were choosing Welsh medium education.

He added: "The success of schools like this speaks for itself.

"To everyone involved in the project, building the school, putting the resources and making sure it all happens, it's a great thing to see.

"I've been very privileged to open the school - it's been a fantastic day and I wish everyone well in the new school."

The timing could not have been better as this week the school received the findings of its Estyn inspection which rated it good across the board.

Inspectors said YGG Lôn Las was a caring community that promoted pupils Welshness and personal development successfully.

Pupils are happy, most make sound progress and achieve well.

The good working relationship between teachers and pupils is a strong feature of school life and teachers plan interesting lessons for them to ensure that activities are consistently good across the classes.

The inspectors also praised the leadership of the school and said YGG Lôn Las plays an active role in the wider community.

The project was built by Swansea-based firm Dawnus and part of Swansea Council's 21st Century Schools programme, upgrading school facilities across the city to help improve education and boost pupil attainment.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, said: "I was pupil in the old school in the 1980s when it housed the old Llansamlet Junior Comprehensive. Although I really enjoyed my time there we could never have dreamed of the facilities that more than 500 pupils now enjoy.

"I was delighted to attend today's opening as it underlines our aims of investing heavily to improve the surroundings our children are taught in through both the mediums of Welsh and English."

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