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Nia Griffith MP has joined the campaign demanding a new larger Welsh school for Burry Port, declaring it was a “complete shock” to see the conditions children were being taught in.
The campaign, which has gained more than 600 supporters, is hoping to win county council backing to tackle overcrowding at Parc y Tywyn.
Campaigners have described the situation as “chronic”.
After attending the school at the invitation of the governors, Nia said,
“It was a complete shock to me how small the main school building is and how many of the pupils are therefore housed in demountable classrooms with all the disadvantages that has in terms of getting to and fro to different parts of the school. To be fair to the head and staff, they are doing a fantastic job and trying to make the very best of the circumstances.
The headteacher has told me about children in the catchment area whom she has had to turn away, so clearly Some children are not getting the chance to have schooling through the medium of Welsh unless their parents are able to transport them out of Burry Port. After meeting the parents on June 15, I will seek a meeting with the executive board member of the county council for education, Councillor Keith Davies, and county officers.
We understand that it is now more difficult for the County Council to fund improvements because of cuts form central government, but the council does have a school improvement programme and what we need to point out is the urgent need in Burry Port and we need to ask the council officers if there’s any way that they can prioritise this need because we are having pupils who are being turned away.”