9:01am Thursday 19th September 2013
THE first 85 pupils have now started school at the new multi-million pound Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni campus in Caerphilly town centre.
Work on transforming the former St Ilan school site was completed earlier this year and has now become the state-of-the-art Y Gwyndy campus.
It is designed to ease pressure on the Cwm Rhymni at Fleur-de-Lys and has taken in its first 85 year seven pupils.
These are from the nearby Ysgol Ifor Bach, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Y Castell and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Caerffili, while youngsters from other primaries in the borough will continue to study at Cwm Rhymni.
Deputy headmistress of the school Angharad Dafydd-Styles said she is proud of the way Welsh-medium education has developed in the area.
She said: “The school has progressed wonderfully since opening its doors for the first time back in 1982 in our original site in Aberbargoed. The teachers and more importantly, the pupils, have settled in very well at the new site.”
Cabinet member for education and lifelong learning Rhianon Passmore said: “It is especially exciting for those pupils who are benefitting from this fantastic new development that is seeing an old, disused school converted into a vibrant educational facility that will transform Welsh medium education in our county borough.”
When works to the St Ilans development are complete, estimated to be by September 2015, it will cater to the educational needs of children aged three to 16, in a campus which will include a new £10.5 million Leisure Centre for the school and the wider community to use.
Provision for 900 secondary school places will be formed through the development, alongside the relocation of Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Caerfilli onto the site.
There will also be the opportunity to offer additional post-16 education.
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