Head ap­pointed for new £10.27m school

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

PLANS to con­vert a vil­lage pub into hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion have been ap­proved by the nar­row­est of mar­gins.

Gwynedd Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee dis­cussed an ap­pli­ca­tion to con­vert the for­mer Bull Inn on Dein­iolen High Street into self­ca­ter­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Of­fi­cers had orig­i­nally turned down the ap­pli­cants over con­cerns that the plans would “cause sig­nif­i­cant harm to the vis­ual ameni­ties of the area,” but rec­om­mended that the amended plans should be ap­proved af­ter de­cid­ing they were ac­cept­able.

But sev­eral coun­cil­lors re­mained un­happy. When it came to the vote, mem­bers were dead­locked at five votes each which meant it was down to com­mit­tee chair, El­wyn Ed­wards, who cast his vote in favour of the plans. IM­POR­TANT steps have been taken as part of the £10.27 mil­lion com­mu­nity school scheme in Bala, with a head­teacher ap­pointed.

Bethan Emyr Jones has been ap­pointed as the strate­gic head of Ys­gol Go­dre’r Ber­wyn, for 3-18 year olds, by its Shadow Gov­ern­ing Body. Mrs Jones will start her new post in Jan­uary, with the school bring­ing to­gether pri­mary and sec­ondary school pupils, which will open in Septem­ber 2019.

Mrs Jones is cur­rently the head of the Cys­god y Foel Fed­er­a­tion, which in­cludes Ys­gol Ffridd y Llyn and Ys­gol Bro Try­w­eryn in the Pen­l­lyn area. Dur­ing her first months in post, her work will fo­cus on ap­point­ing staff for Septem­ber 2019.

Bethan Emyr Jones said: “It’s an ex­cit­ing pe­riod, and I’m de­lighted to have been ap­pointed.

“I look for­ward to de­vel­op­ing a new school and pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion of the high­est stan­dard to the area’s pupils.

“I want to cre­ate a school that puts chil­dren first, that re­spects and ex­tends all in­di­vid­u­als to their full po­ten­tial, a school where pupils en­joy learn­ing. This, in turn, will help to de­velop young peo­ple who have prin­ci­ples; who are en­ter­pris­ing and am­bi­tious and al­ways give their best.

“As a com­mu­nity school, our in­ten­tion is to en­sure that the build­ing of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one. In the new year the school hall will be used a cin­ema, and we hope this will en­sure the area’s res­i­dents will see the school as an im­por­tant re­source for the whole com­mu­nity.”

Coun­cil­lor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Coun­cil’s Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Ed­u­ca­tion, added: “The Bala area has waited for some time for this sig­nif­i­cant scheme and the ma­jor in­vest­ment of over £10 mil­lion into chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion in the area. This will greatly im­prove the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the chil­dren of the area with ad­di­tional re­sources and fa­cil­i­ties en­sur­ing that pupils are taught on a modern site that of­fers a suit­able learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the 21st cen­tury.”

● More than £10 mil­lion has been in­vested on Ys­gol Go­dre’r Ber­wyn school build­ings, which will be open to pupils in Septem­ber

● Gwion Lynch, chair of the School’s Shadow Gov­ern­ing Board, with Bethan Emyr Jones, who will be start­ing in her role as Ys­gol Go­dre’r Ber­wyn head­teacher early in 2019

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