Ysgol Bro Teifi, an innovative new school, has been formally opened in Llandysul, offering a new approach to the management of education in Wales.
Created through the merger of Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi secondary school with Aberbanc, Coed y Bryn, Pontsian and Llandysul primary schools, the new establishment is Wales' first purpose-built combined primary and secondary Welsh-medium community school.
It has been designed in conjunction with teachers, pupils and educational advisers, with the state-of-the art facility linking all phases of learning on a single site, including 60 reception and nursery places, 360 primary places and 678 secondary places.
Ysgol Bro Teifi is split into separate wings, meaning the higher and lower schools do not occupy the same space at any time. However, the design allows all of the pupils to access the latest equipment and facilities, including an astro-turf sports field, a drama studio, a green room and a recording studio. Many of these facilities will also be available for use by the local community.
The opening of the new school comes after six years of feasibility studies and consultation by the Welsh government's 21st Century Schools and Education Programme and Ceredigion County Council.
Headteacher Robert Jenkins has welcomed the innovative design of Ysgol Bro Teifi, which is helping staff to get a better mutual understanding of the strengths and needs of the different sectors, as well as allowing them to share resources, both in terms of physical equipment and with regards to personnel.
Kirsty Williams, Welsh cabinet secretary for education, said: "It's too easy to think of schools today as serving a single purpose: a place where teachers teach and students learn. An integrated, focused school like this is more akin to a smartphone; the school and community can connect, collaborate and create."