Plans to reorganise primary education in the Bangor area were given a boost today, with Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet confirming its investment to extend Ysgol y Faenol.
Refurbishment of the current structure and building an extension will increase its capacity from 186 to 315 pupils. The new extension will include modern purpose-built classrooms compatible with education in the 21st century. It will also include a pre-school and community facility making the school a hub for the area of Penrhosgarnedd.
The development is part of a larger scheme to reorganise primary education in Bangor, which includes a new school for Ysgol y Garnedd, increasing its capacity to 420.
Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Education said: “This is an exciting time for primary education in Bangor. By increasing the size of both schools, we are enabling more places for local children at a time when the population is increasing and the demand for places at these schools is high. We are very pleased to be able to provide modern and suitable schools for the area.”
The Council has committed to invest £12.7 million on primary education in Bangor, which includes a £6.35 million Welsh Government Grant under the 21st Century Schools Programme.
It is expected that the planning application to extend Ysgol y Faenol will considered shortly, and if approved work to refurbish and extend Ysgol y Faenol is due to start in the summer.