A NEW £5.9 m Welsh medium school in Gwersyllt will open its doors today.
The community primary school for three to 11-year-olds is located on Delamere Avenue and will be known as Ysgol Bro Alun after its naming in February.
Building work on the new school by contractors Harry Fairclough began in July 2012 and today it opens its doors to its first influx of pupils.
Long-time campaigner for the new Welsh school, Gwersyllt councillor Arfon Jones said: “We’re very pleased that at last the school is opening. It has been a four-year battle but we have prevailed.
“There has been very high demand in Gwersyllt and Llay for Welsh education and we welcome it opening.
“Ysgol Bro Alun will reduce the overcrowding in Plas Coch.”
The new school will share a headteacher and governing body with Ysgol Plas Coch, seeing Osian Jones take the helm.
Mr Jones said: “It’s very exciting. There’s been a lot of hard work over the last few months and myself and staff have been in almost every day of the summer making sure everything is in place.
“The parents have been here for an open day and are very impressed.
“The facilities are second to none.”
To begin with 56 children have been enrolled in the nursery and reception classes.
It’s expected the school will then grow year-on-year and other classes will be utilised.
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 Welsh Government education minister Leighton Andrews gave the go-ahead for the £5.9m school with the government paying £4.1m towards the costs of its construction. Each classroom of the school has direct access to external covered play and learning areas, which means pupils can go out come rain or shine.
The school also has sustainable green features including a bio-mass central heating boiler, solar panels, high levels of insulation and triple glazing.
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