New £19m Welsh school of­fi­cially opened

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS -

YS­GOL Gym­raeg Bro Dur, the new £19 mil­lion Welsh-medium se­condary school in Sand­fields, Port Tal­bot, has been of­fi­cially opened.

The new school, built over 68 weeks by con­trac­tors Bouygues UK, forms the south­ern cam­pus of Ys­gol Gym­raeg Ystalyfera Bro Dur and se­cures the fu­ture of Welsh medium ed­u­ca­tion in the county bor­ough.

The project was jointly funded by Neath Port Tal­bot Coun­cil’s Strate­gic School Im­prove­ment Pro­gramme and the Welsh Gov­ern­ment, as part of its 21st Cen­tury Schools ini­tia­tive.

The school will even­tu­ally ac­com­mo­date up to 650 pupils aged 11 to 16.

The new fa­cil­ity has been built on the site of the for­mer Sand­fields Com­pre­hen­sive and Traeth­me­lyn Pri­mary schools.

It boasts dig­i­tal age teach­ing and sup­port re­sources with sports fa­cil­i­ties and pitches which can ben­e­fit the wider com­mu­nity, to­gether with fea­tures in­clud­ing un­der­floor heat­ing and bio­met­ric (fin­ger­print) tech­nol­ogy.

Leader of Neath Port Tal­bot Coun­cil Rob Jones said at the of­fi­cial open­ing on Tues­day: “This new school rep­re­sents our com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing our chil­dren have the best and most mod­ern ed­u­ca­tion they can pos­si­bly have and it also rep­re­sents our com­mit­ment to the Welsh lan­guage.”

Coun­cil­lor Peter Rees, Neath Port Tal­bot Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion, skills and cul­ture added: “Ys­gol Gym­raeg Bro Dur un­der­lines an­other key land­mark in Neath Port Tal­bot Coun­cil’s am­bi­tious plan for cre­at­ing the best en­vi­ron­ment for teach­ing and learn­ing.

“This new Welshmedium cam­pus to­gether with the com­pleted re­de­vel­op­ment of the ex­ist­ing Ys­gol Gym­raeg Ystalyfera site in the north will form a key part of the Coun­cil’s plans to strengthen the pro­vi­sion of Welsh medium ed­u­ca­tion across the county bor­ough”.

Aled Davies, a for­mer pupil of YGG Tyle’r Ynn (Bri­ton Ferry) and Year 7 pupil of the new Welsh medium cam­pus came up with the new school name dur­ing a com­pe­ti­tion. Ys­gol Gym­raeg Bro Dur roughly trans­lates as ‘steel com­mu­nity’ school.

Rob Jones and Matthew Evans mark the open­ing of Ys­gol Gym­raeg Bro Dur.

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