It was good to return to Dylan Thomas School where I had been a Governor for five years to see attainment and school numbers continue to grow.
The new headmaster Paul Davies gave me a tour and arranged for pupils to do a question and answer session. I was put through my pacesGeraint Davies MP for Swansea West by the tough questions I got on education funding, the voting age and, if it happens,how hard Brexit would hit Swansea.
I was impressed by the ambition of pupils including one already focussed on an Oxford University place.
Dylan Thomas has the highest level of free school meals, and therefore need, of any school in Swansea. They run a free school breakfast scheme from the pupil common room that needs new facilities. If anyone wants to contribute to the costs, including for a new pool table, then they should contact the school.
I’m supporting the schools’ bid for an AstroTurf pitch that both pupils and the community can use.
I’ll be welcoming Dylan Thomas pupils to Parliament in February before the school goes on its first overseas visit for ten years – to Barcelona to play local football teams.
Dylan Thomas is adding more value to the ability of pupils than any other school in Swansea and I’ll do whatever I can to support its success and funding.”