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Government "agrees" to investment in two local schools

Created on 22/12/2017 @ 10:13
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Funding to help redevelop two local schools has been agreed in principle by the Welsh Government.

Powys County Council wants to invest in Ysgol Cedewain in Newtown and Ysgol Brynllywacrh at Kerry.

Under the £114million plans, submitted to the Welsh Government’s 21st Century programme, the county could see major improvements to primary, secondary and special school services as part of a joint Local initiative running from 2019-2025/26.
A key part of the of the application will be a major investment in the educational infrastructure in the Newtown area in order to improve the facilities for vulnerable pupils at Ysgol Cedewain and Ysgol Brynllywarch, Kerry. 
Ysgol Cedewain has 110 pupils aged two to 19 who have a range of additional learning needs that require specialist teaching, care, support facilities and equipment. Concern has been expressed at condition of the existing school buildings and the need for investment to provide improved facilities for the vulnerable pupils.
There will also be investment in some of the town’s primary schools, as well as plans to develop a 2A Welsh-medium all-through 4-18 school in the town.
The county council has been told that the £113.9m Band B programme application has been approved in principle by the Welsh Government, subject to approval of individual business cases for specific elements.
Cabinet Member for Schools, Councillor Myfanwy Alexander said: “This is an opportunity to provide a far better infrastructure in which our most vulnerable youngsters are learning.

"In partnership with Welsh Government and the Health Service, together with our communities, we are looking to deliver a new vision for Newtown and we are confident that these ambitious plans will come into fruition, having a considerable positive impact on the economy of Powys and the well-being of our citizens.”
The development in Newtown, the county’s largest town, could feature capital projects with public partners including Powys Teaching Health Board with potential for improved health and social care provision in the town and surrounding area as part of a major building programme.

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