A NEW £5.9m Welsh medium school has been officially opened.
Ysgol Bro Alun, a school for three to 11-year-olds on Delamere Avenue in Gwersyllt, was officially opened yesterday by the Welsh Government Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis.
He said: “It’s a privilege to officially open Ysgol Bro Alun, a modern and sustainable school which will not only serve its Welsh medium learners, but the community as whole.”
Building work on the new school by contractors Harry Fairclough began in July 2012 and it opened its doors in September.
Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru AM for North Wales, said: “I’m delighted that Ysgol Bro Alyn is now open after a long campaign by parents and supporters to get a Welsh-medium education for their children in the village.
“Welsh-medium education continues to grow in the Wrexham area and the numbers already enrolled here show that the school is meeting a real demand.
Pupils and parents alike are delighted with the modern facilities and that will, I hope, encourage the further growth in the area in coming years.”
The new school is sharing a headteacher and governing body with Ysgol Plas Coch, with Osian Jones at helm.
Mr Jones, said: “I am delighted to welcome everyone to the official opening of our new school.
“Staff and governors are all thrilled with the excellent facilities that are available to our young pupils who have all settled in well and are enjoying their new school.
Fifty-six children were enrolled in the nursery and reception classes at the start of the academic year.
The site has separate pedestrian, vehicle and service access to improve safety and security. Each classroom has direct access to an external play and learning area.
The classes are arranged in two single storey wings which also open out internally to an enlarged shared circulation area which houses a resource area for ICT and library facilities.
Sustainable features include a bio mass central heating boiler, solar panels, high levels of insulation, triple glazing, rainwater harvesting, ecological improvements and a sustainable drainage system and sprinkler system.
It is hoped that 75 per cent of the site will be used for the community.
The long-awaited new school was proposed for Gwersyllt in January 2012.
Planning permission was granted in June 2012 after it was agreed a new Welsh medium school was needed to ease over-crowding.
In May 2012 the then Welsh Education Minister Leighton Andrews gave the go-ahead for the £5.9m school with the government paying £4.1m towards the cost of its construction.