Welsh Lib Dem Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has approved the final business case for a new £17m Welsh medium campus to be built in Port Talbot.
The new 11-16 secondary school will become part of the 3-18 school in Ystalyfera, creating 650 new places to cater for increasing demand from existing Welsh primary schools in the south of the county. The campus will be built on the site of the former Sandfields Comprehensive.
Local campaigner and former Welsh Lib Dem candidate for Aberavon Helen Ceri Clarke said:
“Welsh Liberal Democrats recognise the importance of ensuring that children and our communities have access to Welsh medium education to help the Welsh language thrive.
“Today’s announcement is fantastic news for our communities. Parents, pupils, teachers and Welsh education campaigners in our area will be delighted by today’s announcement.
“After many years of lobbying to increase the provision in our area, this new school will mean that children who previously couldn’t access a Welsh secondary education will now have the opportunity to do so.”
Welsh Lib Dem Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said:
“The Local Authority is only currently served by one Welsh medium secondary school, based in the north of the county. This investment in Welsh medium education will address the growing demand in the area and significantly reduce travel for some pupils.
“This is another example of our 21st Century Schools and Education Programme focusing resources on the right schools in the right places.”