A SWANSEA comprehensive which admitted pupils when a neighbouring school closed four years ago has welcomed plans for £100 million investment in the city's schools – saying their increased catchment area has brought the school a host of benefits.
Swansea Council last week announced plans to begin a feasibility study over proposals for a new English language comprehensive on the former Daniel James school site, as well as a complete rebuild for Blaenymaes primary, a major overhaul of Portmead, and the possibility of YGG Tirdeunaw in Treboeth relocating to the Ysgol Bryn Tawe campus.
The plans for YGG Tirdeunaw have been criticised by a governor of Welsh medium Ysgol Bryn Tawe, who said it fails to respond to demand for Welsh medium education in Treboeth, Clase and Llangyfelach, which YGG Tirdeunaw provides.
But governors at Bishop Gore School in Sketty, which welcomed pupils from Daniel James school when it closed in 2012, have expressed support for the latest plans, and noted benefits of having a wider and more diverse catchment.
They said Bishop Gore was 'nationally recognised as outstanding' and that they would be seeking a meeting with Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart and cabinet member for education Jennifer Raynor, to discuss how Bishop Gore can continue to 'play a pivotal role in education provision in Swansea'.
A spokesman for governors, who paid tribute to headteacher Ryan Davies and staff, for 'rising to the challenge of integrating a large intake of pupils when Daniel James closed', added: "The challenge for the council leadership is to ensure that there is equitable provision of the highest standards of education across Swansea – sometimes this will be in new facilities, sometimes it will be in older facilities but in all cases it requires high calibre, motivated and committed staff.
"Bishop Gore has consistently demonstrated what is achievable when such staff are present and are led by a passionate and far-sighted head teacher."
Councillor Raynor added: "We welcome these comments by the governors of Bishop Gore School.
"The school is excellent and is providing all its pupils, including those from the former Daniel James areas, with some of the best educational opportunities in Wales.
"We look forward to meeting with the head and governors to ensure the 'Bishop Gore' brand and expertise is an integral part of any new educational facility at the former Daniel James site."