Council approves new Welsh medium secondary school in Newport
Posted on Friday 20th May 2016
Newport City Council has approved plans that will see work start on a new Welsh medium secondary school in the city.
The approved proposal includes an extension to the existing Duffryn High, with the new school, Ysgol Gyfun Gwent Is Coed, having its own buildings and grounds. The two schools will operate independently of each other.
While construction work is ongoing, it is intended that pupils of the new school will be temporarily housed in part of Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon in Brynglas, one of Newport's three Welsh medium primary schools.
The development will deliver up to 900 school places in future years, and meet the growing demand that exists across the region for Welsh medium secondary education.
Funding of the new school is via the 21st century schools programme as a joint enterprise through Welsh Government, Newport City Council and Monmouthshire County Council, providing secondary school places for both local authorities.
Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said: "After a thorough and detailed process, I am delighted that we will now be able to offer Welsh medium secondary education within the city. Well done, da iawn, to all who have worked on this.
"The approval today also means that improvement works on Duffryn High School will be completed giving pupils there a better environment in which to pursue their education."
Councillor Gail Giles, Cabinet Member for Education and Young People, said: "I am very pleased that we can now press ahead with a new purpose-built school offering the best possible facilities for pupils. Ysgol Gyfun Gwent Is Coed will be a great asset for the city."