First Minister Carwyn Jones (left) is accompanied by Vale Cllr Chris Elmore (right) who 'cabinet' member for schools - and is also Labour's candidate for the fortcoming Ogmore Parliamentary by-election

First Minister Carwyn Jones (left) is accompanied by Vale of Glamorgan Cllr Chris Elmore (right ) who is  ‘cabinet’ member for schools – and is also Labour’s candidate for the forthcoming Ogmore Parliamentary by-election

There’s been another official opening of the Penarth Learning Community today – the £48,000,000 campus on the outskirts of Penarth which now contains St Cyres Secondary School and the amalgamated Ysgol Y Deri special school .

The Welsh Assembly First Minister Carwyn Jones was greeted on arrival by Cllr Chris Elmore the ‘cabinet’ member responsible for schools in the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council. Cllr Elmore is also Labour’s candidate in the forthcoming parliamentary by-election in the Ogmore constituency .

Later this morning the First Minister was touring the building and also attending a Vale of Glamorgan  reception to which local Vale councillors and education officials had been invited.

The Penarth Learning Community project was initiated in 2010 by the previous Conservative administration in the Vale of Glamorgan Council. A number of previous opening ceremonies have been held on the campus, the main one having been in 2014. The pupils actually moved into the new St Cyres in November 2014.

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  1. Christopher David says:

    Sounds excellent, St Cyres is developing its offer at an exponential rate. But why numerous opening ceremonies?

  2. Chris Franks says:

    The less than enthusiastic report by Penarth Daily News is totally justified. This ‘opening’ was almost an insult to the pupils and staff of both schools. It was clearly no more than a public relations exercise on behalf of the Labour Party at public expense.
    The pupils from St Cyres and Ysgol y Deri saved the day giving a delightful welcome. The invited guests were vetted by Labour. Some hard working staff were barred from the event initially. The contributions from the First Minister and Vale Cabinet Members were embarrassing.

  3. Lindsay says:

    Hmmm. Looks like political advantage is being courted by at least three parties.

  4. Ann Other says:

    I have heard that there is soon to be another opening of Penarth library by local Labour Party superbo’s just before the next elections. Following the formal opening ceremony, they will repair to Alexandra Park and open the Summer 2016 flower beds. I am sure the Penarth News will report in due course on these important public ceremonies.

  5. Andrew sarchus says:

    Hmm illuminating Chris Franks- and wow- even Lindsay speaks truth.

    • Lindsay says:

      Thank you for the kind words Mr sarchus. You never know, I may gain faint praise from Christopher David one day. If you know him, put in a word for me.

  6. Martin Coffee says:

    I’ve tried to say it before and I’ll say it again. These political people should be kept out of our children’s education. Schools should be kept off limits to political people, especially during these eternal elections.

  7. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Some years ago whilst watching TV there was a news item where Jane Hutt then Health minister announced that an extra £220m was to be spent on ( I think ) midwifery services in Wales.

    Naive as I was in those days I mentioned to two of my brothers who were also present that this was good news,

    Both of them were senior accountants in the Health service and both burst out laughing at my comments and pointed out that Hutt had already announced the same £220m at least six times over the previous year but had used different terminology to pretend that each announcement was new money and not the same lot.

    They pointed out that politicians did it all the time in order to cynically con the public.

    I’m not so naive now and confidently expect to see the Penarth learning centre opened at least another 3 or 4 times probably all before the Welsh assembly election.

  8. Christopher David says:

    Well- Kevin I’m naïve then. Knew they milked it all but to this extent ! Never have I seen so much consensus here. Oh go on then- even Lindsay the anon agrees. That’s it then, anarchy.

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