WALES’ first purpose built combined primary and secondary Welsh-medium community school will be officially opened by Kirsty Williams in Llandysul today (Sept 29).
This new concept for education in the area is the result of six years of feasibility studies and consultation by both the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme and Ceredigion County Council.
Designed in conjunction with teachers, pupils and education advisers, the state-of-the art facility links all phases of learning on a single site, providing 60 reception/nursery places, 360 primary places and 678 secondary places.
Ysgol Bro Teifi is the result of the merger of Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi secondary school with Aberbanc, Coed y Bryn, Pontsian and Llandysul primary schools. Ysgol Bro Teifi will provide pupils of all ages with a truly 21st century education experience.
The school has separate ‘wings’ whereby higher and lower schools are not in the same space at any one time. However, the design allows the entire school to access the very latest equipment and facilities, from the astro-turf sports field to the stage, lighting, bleacher seating and drama studio, green room and recording studio.
The local community will also have access to the school’s 450 seat performance facility, sports facilities and recording studio.
Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams, said: “It’s too easy to think of schools today as serving a single purpose: a – place where teachers teach and students learn. An integrated, focused school like this is more akin to a smart phone. The school and community can connect, collaborate, and create.
“Bro Teifi really is a community school in the broadest sense. The array of facilities available for both the pupils and public alike has created a school that invites you in and I’m delighted to formally open it today.”
Headteacher Robert Jenkins said: “As a school community, we’re delighted to take ownership of our new school and greatly appreciate the investment and support provided by the Welsh Government and Ceredigion County Council.
“Both staff and pupils were integral to the decisions made during the initial design consultation and the subsequent implementation of these ideas and are now thrilled with the result.
“It is a truly innovative facility that will enhance our ability to provide our pupils with a truly integrated learning journey. Being under one roof has already enhanced our mutual understanding of the strengths and needs across the sectors and the advantages of being able to share resources, both physically in terms of equipment and with regards to staffing, are beginning to enrich our pupils’ learning experiences.”
Council Leader Ellen ap Gwynn said: “I am especially grateful to the Welsh Government for their support via the 21st Century Schools Programme. Without this support, it would not have been possible for this project to come to fruition.
“As the first school of its kind in Wales, this is an example of Ceredigion leading the way, by providing an innovative school of the highest quality to meet modern educational needs for pupils in the local district, as well as for generations to come.
“I have every confidence that Ysgol Bro Teifi will make an important contribution towards the excellent provision of education that is being offered in Ceredigion.”
A level results still high in Ceredigion
THE ‘A’ level examination results published today by the WJEC (15 August) show that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools once again. 97.9% of entries for WJEC examinations were graded A* to E, with 27.9% of the entries achieving the top ’A’ grades.
Ceredigion pupils continue to outperform the Welsh average. More pupils in Ceredigion achieve the top ’A’ grades and A* to E grades. The below table shows a comparison with average Welsh figures. These don’t include Welsh Baccalaureate results and those from examination bodies other than WJEC.
Wales 2019 Ceredigion 2019
Grade A* – A 27.92% 27.0%
Grade A* – B 56.0% n/a
Grade A* – C 77.5% n/a
Grade A* – E 97.9% 97.6%
Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services. She said, “I would like to extend my warmest congratulations once again to Ceredigion’s sixth form students for their successes in this year’s A Level and AS examinations.
These results are the culmination of a long journey through school life which has seen them nurture and develop the academic and interpersonal skills that will enable them to move confidently into higher education, training or employment in fields of their choice. I wish them good luck for the future and would like to sincerely thank all who have contributed to their school journey in any way.”
MP Ben Lake calls for reform of police funding
HAVING recently shadowed Dyfed Powys Police officers in Aberystwyth, the Ceredigion MP has again urged the UK Government to review the police funding formula for rural areas.
Mr Lake visited Aberystwyth police station as part of the #GiveADayToPolicing campaign, a scheme for Members of Parliament to better understand the challenges currently facing police forces across the UK.
During his visit Mr Lake had the opportunity to experience a variety of aspects of local policing – from spending time with the neighbourhood policing team, meeting officers from different departments, and discussing policing challenges with front-line police officers.
Mr Lake has challenged the UK Government on several occasions to reform the formula for police funding – highlighting the need for the funding formula to take into consideration the seasonal pressures on forces, particularly the significant increase to the population of coastal areas during the summer months.
Mr Lake said: “I am very grateful to the officers of Aberystwyth police station for their welcome, and for taking the time to speak with me. I now have a better understanding of the challenges our police officers face, as well as a deeper level of respect and admiration of their work and commitment to public safety.
“As I have previously stated, we cannot expect a one size fits all approach to work effectively across the whole of the UK, and as such, it is imperative that the criteria used to allocate the Home Office police grant are revised so that they reflect the increased demands and unique challenges facing rural forces in areas such as Ceredigion, especially during summer months.”
Mr Lake added: “It is widely acknowledged that Welsh police forces have suffered under the present funding formula, and so it is high time that the UK Government either amends the formula accordingly, or devolves the responsibility for policing to the Welsh Government so that they may do so themselves.”
New waste trial launched in Aberystwyth
A NEW trial has been launched in Aberystwyth as part of the Caru Aber campaign, to help keep the town centre clean on waste collection days.
Heavy duty sacks will be placed on Aberystwyth streets on Monday afternoons before the black bag collection on Tuesdays in the following streets; Portland Street, Portland Road, Queen Street, Corporation Street, Eastgate Street, New Street and Cambrian Place.
Black bags should be put in the sacks by 8am on Tuesday mornings for collection. The intention is that the sacks contain the waste until it is collected. The sacks will be retrieved after the waste has been collected to avoid clutter and obstruction on the streets.
Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “We see this trial as a practical and relatively cost effective way of responding to long standing issues relating to domestic waste presentation in Aberystwyth town centre. The sacks will also provide a visible reminder to residents in the town centre on what days to present their black bags.
“The trial forms part of the Caru Aber campaign, and the wider Caru Ceredigion campaign, where the council looks to work with local communities to address issues which are of concern or are important to them.
“This innovative approach is another example of positive proactive action the council is taking. We hope that the residents of the town centre will play their part by making good use of the sacks as this will be the critical factor in measuring the success of the scheme.”
Clean recycling and food waste should continue to be presented on a weekly basis in the containers that the council already provides through clear bags and food caddies.
Ensuring that the right waste is presented in the right way and on the right day will help to make sure that the town’s streets are kept clean and that the waste is contained, managed and treated in the most cost effective and environmentally friendly way as possible.
The sacks were first used in readiness for waste collections on Tuesday 6 August 2019. The initial feedback is positive as they have worked to contain the waste on the streets, which were noticeably cleaner.
This latest initiative is developing on feedback and experience from two other trials undertaken. The success of the trial will be monitored on an ongoing basis and reviewed to reflect the experience which will include looking at ways of engaging all residents.
For more information about the new scheme, please contact the Customer Services Contact Centre on 01545 570 881 or by e-mail on email@example.com.
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