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On the 19th September 2012, the Welsh Government Minister for Education and Skills announced his approval of the plan submitted by Carmarthenshire County Council for the reorganisation of secondary education in the Dinefwr area. In September this year, I was proud to open our new school, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, currently operating on two sites: the Tre-Gib campus and the Pantycelyn campus.
This is an exciting time for us all. Pupils and students have been fully involved in designing our new uniform and sports kit, creating our new logo and motto and choosing a name for our new school.
The schedule approved by the Department for Education and Skills states that Ysgol Bro Dinefwr will move into a brand new building on the proposed site in Ffairfach in September 2016. We have currently 1262 pupils on roll with 256 students in the sixth form, and we expect to be of a similar size in 2016.
We are building on the strengths of ‘Tre-Gib’ and ‘Pantycelyn’, developing vibrant learning communities and providing the highest quality of education to our pupils. A wide range of opportunities are available to all, and our pupils and students are encouraged to develop their interests and talents. High standards are very important to us, not just in terms of examination performance, but in everything that we do.
Ysgol Bro Dinefwr is a happy school where pupils have settled quickly this year and are well cared for and supported. I am grateful to all the staff for their tremendous hard work, the parents for their support and our pupils for working with us to help them achieve their best. It is this energy and commitment, that is so evident across our new school community that makes it my privilege to be its Headteacher.