A BRAND new state-of-the-art Welsh language school has been officially opened.

Pupils, staff and guests came together to unveil the new Y Gwyndy – Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni campus in Caerphilly, on Friday, November 22.

The new school, developed on the former St Ilan site, is a welcome boost to the county borough’s Welsh-medium education provision.

The fully refurbished and extended Phoenix block is now home to 85 Year 7 students from the Caerphilly area. The launch gave visitors the opportunity to tour the new facility, which has a gym and an innovative central courtyard that forms the social hub of the building.

Owain ap Dafydd, head teacher at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, said: “This really is a momentous day for Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni. I’m delighted to say that staff and pupils have settled in really well.”

Rhianon Passmore, Caerphilly council’s cabinet member for education, said: “The launch of Y Gwyndy – Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni is an exciting day for Welsh medium education here in our county borough, and demonstrates our commitment to invest in our young people.

“It is often difficult to imagine how buildings will look when presented with artist’s impressions but this building is truly magnificent. I very much look forward to seeing all that Y Gwyndy has to offer in the future.”

The official opening of the Y Gwyndy campus completes the first phase of a project to develop secondary Welsh-medium education in Caerphilly. It is hoped works to a development at St Ilan will be completed by September 2015, when it will cater for children aged three to 16 years old.