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(UK) Wales: Special school to expand; capacity to increase from 75 to 120

Nov 25, 2020, Wales Online: Pupils at this special school are keen to move to a new site, with a rabbit if possible Pupils at an over-subscribed special school are excited about a new school being built for them but also a little nervous - and they'd also like a rabbit. The school council at Ysgol Heol Goffa, Llanelli, was consulted by Carmarthenshire Council over its plan to relocate the cramped school to a new site next to Ysgol Pen Rhos…. Ysgol Heol Goffa has capacity for 75 pupils, aged three to 19, who have severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties. But it had 101 youngsters on its roll as of January, 2020, and this trend is forecast to continue. The proposed new-build school just under four miles away would accommodate 120 pupils and have more space and better facilities. Three-quarters of the construction cost would be funded by the Welsh Government, a quarter by the council, subject to business case approval. Addressing the committee, Cllr Glynog Davies, executive board member for education and children, said of the current site: "It's an old school. We need to improve facilities. It's very challenging for teachers." Cllr Deryk Cundy wanted to know if the proposed new school could be easily extended if demand for places grew. A council officer said this would be the case….


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