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Work underway on £11.5m new build for school

Work is underway on a £11.5m new build for YGG Tirdeunaw in Swansea.

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A turf-cutting ceremony has been held on the site fronting Heol Gwyosydd in Penlan next to Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe.

The new school, which is being jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government under the 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme, will help meet the growing demand for Welsh medium education in the city.

YGG Tirdeunaw is currently based next to the former Daniel James secondary school site at Heol Ddu where it has 420 full-time places and 60 nursery places, but the buildings are no longer suitable for the growing pupil numbers.

The new build, which is less than a mile from the current site and is also more central to the majority of current pupils attending, will provide places for 525 full-time pupils and 75 nursery places along with a Flying Start/Dechrau Deg' initiative.

Headteacher Jackie James said: "We are all extremely excited for our new building which will give our community the very best education can offer.

"The design, layout and facilities at the school will enable us to provide fantastic opportunities for the wellbeing  and learning which will support the delivery of the new curriculum. This without a doubt will inspire our pupils to achieve." 

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "This is the fourth major schools project to start this year with work already taking place at Bishopston Comprehensive, Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr and YGG Tan-y-lan.

"Together with our colleagues in Welsh Government we are investing £150m in school infrastructure in the next few years - the largest investment in education Swansea has ever seen.

"New or improved schools make a real difference to teachers and pupils and I'm delighted that work on this exciting development is now underway."

Morgan Sindall has been appointed as the main contractor and is committed to using local workers and suppliers and creating apprenticeship and work experience opportunities.

Robert Williams, Area Director at Morgan Sindall Construction, said: "We're incredibly pleased to break ground on this project and to continue our longstanding relationship with Swansea Council, delivering yet another vital school for the local community.

"In addition to providing much-needed capacity for extra pupils, the project will route spend through skilled suppliers at a time many need it most. We'll also engage meaningfully with local children during the build process about careers in construction and hope our work here can inspire the industry's next bright young minds."

As well as a new school build the project also includes a purpose-built coach park that will serve both YGG Tirdeunaw and YGG Bryn Tawe as well as a dedicated car park for staff and modifications to the site which will provide a new multi -use games area.

You can follow the progress at YGG Tirdeunaw by visiting https://www.swansea.gov.uk/yggtirdeunawproject

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