The Swansea Labour-led Council cabinet has awarded contracts in excess of £15m to transform two Welsh medium schools.
Subject to final approval from the Welsh Government, pupils and staff at YGG Tirdeunaw and Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr will benefit from the major Labour-inspired investments.
Work could start within months on a new school and a Flying Start centre for YGG Tirdeunaw on land next to Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe.
The school is currently based at Heol Ddu and it is anticipated the new build, which is less than a mile from the current site and is also more central to the catchment area, will be ready in September 2021.
The three Labour ward councillors in Mynyddbach – Mike Lewis, Sam Pritchard and Gloria Tanner – have welcomed the investment in local schools.
In a statement they said: “It has been a priority that Swansea Labour put a massive focus on all schools which will benefit from a major investment in our education budget this coming year.
“Swansea Labour is always focused on the children of the city and continues to invest in their wellbeing and our future generations.”
Tirdeunaw currently provides 420 full-time places and 60 nursery places but the buildings are no longer suitable for the increasing demand for places.
The new build will provide places for 525 full-time pupils and 75 nursery places along with a Flying Start/Dechrau Deg’ initiative.
Demand for places at Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr is also increasing and because of the increased number of pupils coming through the Welsh medium primary schools in the catchment area there is likely to be insufficient capacity on the current site to meet demand by 2021.
Now work is due to start in the summer to extend and improve buildings at the comprehensive school and once complete there will be capacity for almost 200 more pupils.
As well as a two-storey extension and internal remodelling there are also plans for minor improvements to on-site transport facilities because the majority of pupils travel by bus.
Labour Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: “2020 is going to be a landmark year for our commitment to improve facilities for thousands of pupils and their teachers in Swansea.
“Work on the new school in Gorseinon is progressing very well and it will open in September.
“This autumn the Pupil Referral Unit will also leave its outdated accommodation at various sites in Swansea and come together at a new purpose-built facility at Cockett that will support some of our most vulnerable young learners.
“As well as the new build for YGG Tirdeunaw, also starting on site this year will be a new build for YGG Tan-y-Lan.
“Contractors will also be on site at both Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr and Bishopston Comprehensive School.”
The investment is being jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government under Band B of the 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme.
As well as improving education for thousands of pupils for generations to come it will also create and support hundreds of jobs in the local construction sector.
All contracts are committed to using local labour and suppliers wherever possible and to creating work experience places and apprenticeships.
Cllr Raynor added: “During the Band B programme £149.5m is being invested in education infrastructure ensuring many pupils are taught in the best possible surroundings and giving them the best possible chances of achieving their full potential.
“Education is the top priority for Swansea Labour. We have invested heavily in our schools and we will continue to do so.”