Work begins on new Welsh language school in Pembrokeshire

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A Tier 1 contractor has successfully delivered the pre-construction phase of a forthcoming Welsh language school in Pembroke, after the planning application was approved by Pembrokeshire County Council.

Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Penfro in Pembroke will provide places for 210 pupils aged 5 to 11, as well as a crèche for 30 pupils and a Cylch Meithrin for children under three.

Morgan Sindall Construction is expected to begin work on the school in May 2022, with the school due to open in September 2023.

The school will be located on the site of the former Pembroke School in Bush Hill, near Henry Tudor School.

Rob Williams, Regional Director of Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “We are extremely proud to be playing a part in building a school that will support Welsh language education.

“We will work together with the council and the Welsh Government to deliver a school that reflects the need for state-of-the-art educational facilities in the 21st century.

“Having worked extensively across the region on educational institutions, we know how important schools are when it comes to nurturing and inspiring young people and helping cities and towns stay vibrant. .”

Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Cllr Guy Woodham, said: “We are really delighted that this project is progressing and has gained planning approval.

“This is great news for Pembroke and the surrounding area and will go a long way towards expanding Welsh language teaching locally.”

“In 2023, we hope to open Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Penfro, replacing the double flow supply at Ysgol Gelli Aur.”

Cllr Cris Tomos, Cabinet Member for the Environment and the Welsh Language, added: “Children educated in Welsh in primary school have a wonderful life skill – the ability to communicate in two languages ​​– as well as the enjoyment of a whole Welsh-speaking world. culture and great career opportunities when they are older.

“It’s a great gift and I’m delighted with the progress made.”

Morgan Sindall Construction is also currently working on the £48.7million Haverfordwest High VC School in Prendergast, which is due for completion in the summer of 2022.

The high school will accommodate 1,500 students aged 11 to 16, as well as 250 sixth-grade students.

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