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New school opens in Ceredigion after education shake up

Ysgol Bro Sin Cwilt in Synod Inn
Ysgol Bro Sin Cwilt in Synod Inn will replace three smaller schools nearby

A new £3.3m school is opening as part of a shake-up of primary education in an area of southern Ceredigion.

Ysgol Bro Siôn Cwilt in Synod Inn, near Llandysul, replaces three small schools in the villages of Llanllwchaearn, Gwenlli and Caerwedros.

The new school includes a large hall, a studio, sensory and multi-purpose rooms and an all-weather playing field.

Ceredigion council said it would play a "central role" in a community where most of the residents spoke Welsh.

The local authority has been reviewing school provision, which which is leading to some merging and others closing.

Councillor Ceredig Davies, the council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "I welcome the opening of Ysgol Bro Siôn Cwilt, a school that will provide the best possible education in a magnificent building, with the most up-to-date resources.

"In addition to being an educational resource, the facilities will be available to local residents, and I'm sure the local community will welcome this.

"I would also like to thank the local community for their readiness in collaborating with us as we embark on the journey of reorganising education in this rural part of Ceredigion."

Other local authorities in Wales are currently reviewing school provision.

This has led to closures in some parts of Wales, and bitter campaigns have been fought to keep buildings open.

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