Head appointed for new £10.27m school
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