Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Wrecsam wins funding for first new Welsh-medium school in a decade

The first new Welsh-medium school in Wrexham for a decade will ease demand on existing schools, according to a Plaid Cymru councillor.

Cllr Marc Jones, leader of the Plaid group on Wrexham council, said he was delighted the Assembly Government had allocated £4.1 million in funding for the new school in the Gwersyllt area. The school will meet growing demand for bilingual education in the North Wrexham area and ease pressure on Ysgol Plas Coch in Rhosddu, which currently has a number of mobile classrooms to cater for demand.

He said:

"This is a long-awaited addition to Welsh-medium education in the county and all the council staff involved in the successful bid for the funding deserve our congratulations. For parents, like me, who have seen their children having to be educated in mobile classrooms this makes that temporary inconvenience worth the wait.

"I hope we can press ahead as soon as possible to get this new school up and running so that parents and children in the Gwersyllt and Summerhill area don't have to travel so far. It will also ease the pressure on Ysgol Plas Coch, where staff and children have had to put up with overcrowding due to the additional numbers."

Cllr Jones said many schools in Wrexham were over-subscribed as the population of the county rises, so the only realistic way to meet the huge demand for Welsh-medium education in the area was a new building. He added:

"Plaid Cymru locally was determined to make sure that demand was met and, since our election as councillors in 2008, we've worked with officers, parents, head teachers and governors to make sure it became a reality."

Councillor Arfon Jones, Lead Member for Children and Young People who is also a Gwersyllt councillor, in welcoming this news said:
“A large number of children in Plas Coch are Gwersyllt children but there is still an unmet demand for Welsh-medium education in Gwersyllt and Llay. The news that a new Welsh school will meet this increasing demand is to be welcomed. I would also like to thank council officers who worked hard to put in this complicated bid against very tight timescales.”

1 comment:

MH said...

Yes, I'll celebrate with you ... especially because, as you reported before, it was only in April that Wrecsam were thinking they might not even put in a bid.

I'm sure the four of you have put in a lot of work behind the scenes, so well done!