Bala’s new £10m school now has a name and a headteacher.

Bethan Emyr Jones has been appointed as the strategic head of the three to 18-year-old school by the Shadow Governing Body of the new school.

And it has been decided that the school’s name will be Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn.

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.

Ms 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.”

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