Exciting times for education in Bala

Date: 21/12/2018

Important steps have been taken as part of the £10.27 million community school scheme in Bala, with a headteacher appointed who will start work early in the new year.


Bethan Emyr Jones has been appointed as the strategic head of the 3-18 year old school by the Shadow Governing Body of the new school. Mrs Jones will start her new post in January, with the school bringing together primary and secondary school pupils in the town of Bala, which will open to pupils in September 2019.


Mrs Jones is currently the head of the Cysgod y Foel Federation, which includes Ysgol Ffridd y Llyn and Ysgol Bro Tryweryn in the Penllyn area. During her first months in post, her work will focus on appointing staff for the new school.


Bethan Emyr Jones said: “It’s an exciting period, and I’m delighted to have been appointed as the school’s headteacher. During the first few months, the focus will be on interviewing and appointing staff for September 2019. I look forward to developing a new school and providing education of the highest standard to the area’s pupils.


“I want to create a school that puts children first, that respects and extends all individuals to their full potential, a school where pupils enjoy learning. This in turn will help to develop young people who have principles; that are enterprising and ambitious and always give their best.


“As a community school, our intention is to ensure that the building offers something for everyone. Of course, in the new year the school hall will be used a cinema, and we hope this will ensure that the area’s residents will see the school as an important resource for the whole community.”


Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Education added: “The Bala area has waited for some time for this significant scheme and the major investment of over £10 million into children’s education in the area. This will greatly improve the learning environment for the children of the area with additional resources and facilities ensuring that pupils are taught on a modern site that offers a suitable learning environment for the 21st century.


“I’m very pleased that Bethan Emyr Jones has been appointed as the school’s headteacher. Bethan has years of experience as a headtaecher in the Penllyn are and she has also worked as adviser with the GwE education consortium sharing her expertise with staff across the region.


“I’m sure that this background will stand her in good stead as she leads the development of the new community school that will officially open to the area’s pupils in September.”


The school’s Shadow Governing Body has also recently chosen a name for the school. This follows the process of inviting proposals from the schools in the catchment area, and after consideration, the Shadow Governing Body decided that the name of the school will be Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn.


Gwion Lynch, Chair of the School’s Shadow Governing Board said: “I would like to congratulate Bethan Emyr on her appointment as head of Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn and I look forward to working with her.


“We’re pleased that the name has been chosen for the new school. The shadow governing body chose the name following a request for suggestions and we thank everyone who took the time to offer possible names.”


PHOTOGRAPH: Gwion Lynch, Chair of the School’s Shadow Governing Board with Bethan Emyr Jones who will be staring in her role as Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn Headteacher early in 2019