Plans for replacement Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr School move a step closer

Plans to build a replacement Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr school have moved a step closer, after the council’s Cabinet heard the outcome of a statutory notice, which received no objections. 


The replacement school is due to be ready for the beginning of autumn term 2025 and will be located on land off Ffordd Cadfan, which is just a short distance away from the existing site in Brackla. 


The new site will create more opportunities for learners to access a Welsh medium education by increasing the capacity of the school from 378 to 525 pupils, aged between 4 and 11 years. 


The council has now published a decision letter to confirm the approval of the plans. 


Cabinet also gave approval to co-locate the new Welsh-medium childcare provision for Bridgend at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr.


Previously, a long list of sites in the Bridgend town area were considered based on their suitability and location for the development of a childcare facility. 


Co-locating the Welsh-medium childcare provision with the new Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr site will encourage excellent transition links and strong promotion of the Welsh language by having all provision in the same location.


The childcare provision will be an integral part of the school and will have a separate access point into that part of the building. 


Cllr Jon-Paul Blundell, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “This is really exciting news for education in Bridgend County Borough as the new replacement Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr school will allow more pupils in the area to have a Welsh medium education than ever before.


“The plans will play a key a part in increasing the number of Welsh speakers in the county borough and it’s also pleasing that there will be Welsh-medium childcare provision on site too. This will help to make sure that there is a seamless transition in place for learners of all ages.”