The new Ysgol Parc y Tywyn in Burry Port has opened its doors to pupils for the first time.
Current pupils moved into their new £9.6 million school on Monday (July 9) at its new home near the harbour.
The Welsh medium school, which from September will include a new nursery offering part-time nursery provision, has been built to the highest energy efficiency standards, becoming the latest Passivhaus and BREEAM Excellent school building in Wales designed by the county council’s in-house Property Design team.
Welsh home grown timber is the principal structural material, and locally sourced softwoods provide the majority of the external rain cladding.
The council appointed Dawnus contractors to carry out the development.
The new school has been delivered through Carmarthenshire County Council’s Modernising Education Programme, and jointly funded by the Welsh Government.
Education executive board member Cllr Glynog Davies said: “What a great day today has been for staff and pupils in Burry Port and the surrounding areas as they move into their exciting and vibrant new school.
“Work has been completed in time for pupils to adjust to their new surroundings ahead of the start of the new school year in September.”
Headteacher Donna Jenkins, who will be retiring at the end of this term after 22-years, added: “It’s great to see this fantastic new school for Ysgol Parc y Tywyn. The school opened on October 4, 1965 with 49 pupils being enrolled on the first day, under the leadership of Mr Ken Jones. With this new school it’s safe to say that the future of Welsh education in Burry Port will continue to thrive. I would like to thank parents, governors and the council for securing this new school. It’s a very emotional time for me as I prepare to leave, but this is an exciting new chapter for the school. I am very proud of what we have achieved.”
Parents have until July 31 to apply for part time places at a new nursery class which opens in Ysgol Parc y Tywyn this September.
Visit the education pages on the council’s website to apply for a place.