Gwynedd Council is committed to pursuing a policy of school building and refurbishment to meet the needs of education in the 21st Century. Buildings will meet high environmental standards in the design, construction and materials used and in minimising the carbon footprint of the schools.
The 21st Century Schools Building Programme in Gwynedd
Projects to build new schools and to improve existing buildings will require significant sums of capital funding and the Welsh Government has established the 21st Century Schools Programme. This is a major, long-term and strategic capital investment programme with the aim of creating a generation of 21st century schools in Wales. Funding of new projects will be achieved by a mixture of grants from the Welsh Government and investment by Gwynedd Council.
The new Ysgol Yr Hendre was opened to pupils in April 2012 and Bro Dysynni Area School is under construction, due to open in September 2013. This programme will also include extensions and refurbishments to Penybryn, Pennal and Dyffryn Dulas schools.
A future funding programme has been agreed with the Welsh Government which will include work in the catchments of Y Gader (Dolgellau) and Y Berwyn (Bala), a new primary school for the Groeslon area, a new school replacing Ysgol Glancegin, and a new special needs facility for Meirionnydd and Dwyfor, to replace Ysgol Hafod Lon.