Pupils and staff at Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr have moved in to a brand new two storey teaching block as part of a £6.7m investment in facilities at the school.
Contractors Kier Construction have completed the first phase of the project which has eight new classrooms along with a new hall providing a vastly improved dining area and served by a new school kitchen.
New state-of-the-art sports facilities including a multi-use games area, running track, 2G and 3G training pitches, are also proving popular and are being well used.
The project has been jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government under the 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme.
Headteacher Dafydd Jenkins said: “The new build is already making a really positive difference and our staff and pupils say it has changed the vibe at the school.
“The classrooms are bright and modern and the dining area is such an improvement on the facilities we had before.
“The new sports facilities are being very well used by our PE department, by our sports and athletic teams and by the pupils during their break times.”
Phase two of the project will see further improvements and remodelling to existing buildings which have now been vacated and are on track to be completed by the spring.
Once finished it will increase the capacity of the school by around 195 pupil places, meeting the growing demand for Welsh medium education in Swansea.
Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Robert Smith, said: “I’d like to thank the school, Kier and our education building services teams for working so well together in delivering the first phase of this exciting project and it is very pleasing that it is already being so well used.
“More pupils are attending the Welsh medium primary feeder schools for Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr so this investment is needed to ensure we can meet the demand for when pupils move on to secondary school.
“Swansea Council is committed to providing our young people with the best education possible and this investment at YG Gŵyr is part of a much wider £170m being spent on improving schools across Swansea, which is the biggest investment of its kind that Swansea has ever seen.”
(Lead image: Swansea Council)
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