Education through the Medium of Welsh

For parents/carers who prefer their children to be educated through the medium of the Welsh language, the Authority currently provides Welsh-medium Education at three Welsh Primary Schools situated in Cwmbran and Pontypool. These schools cater for demand throughout the County Borough.

Nursery provision is catered for at the Nursery Unit attached to Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbran, Ysgol Bryn Onnen and Ysgol Panteg and at Cylch Meithrin Cwmbran and Ysgol Feithrin Pontypŵl.

Pupils of secondary-school age are catered for at Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw which is situated in Pontypool. This school also has a 6th form.

Pupils attending a Welsh medium school will be provided with transport in accordance with the Authority's transport policy.

The names and addresses of the various Welsh schools and details of the Authority's transport policy in respect of welsh medium education can be found in the Parents / Carers Information Booklet on pages 87-90.

Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP)

Councils have to submit a Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) for approval to Welsh Government. WESPs detail council and Welsh Government outcomes and targets for the development of Welsh Medium education. You can download a copy of the approved Torfaen Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2017-2020 here.

Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2022-2032 Consultation

The Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2022-2032 consultation document highlights the steps we believe we need to take over the next ten years. This is an opportunity to seek your views and to influence the strategy for the next ten years. View the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2022-2032 consultation here.

If you are thinking about educating your child through the medium of Welsh and want to know more about the support on offer then the Welsh Government's Guide to Welsh Medium Education could help.

5 top tips to help your child at home with Welsh

  1. Don’t panic!  There’s plenty of support out there for you
  2. Keep in touch with your school - We can’t stress enough how important this is.  Your school and the teachers are your best source of advice. If you have any questions or concerns get in touch with them first. They should always be your first port of call
  3. Encourage your child to speak about their tasks with you - Getting your children to explain their work gets them to translate and adapt their language. This deepens their understanding of what they have to do and strengthens their language skills
  4. Welsh isn’t only for school - Welsh isn’t just for school!  It’s for all things in life! So start making Welsh a part of things you do at home like singing and dancing to Welsh music, watching television, videos, cooking, art and crafts, playing games …
  5. Find and use extra resources - There are many resources available for your child to use at home as well as what your school provides. There are Welsh events for all ages and lots of help with learning Welsh for adults too!

For more information and support visit www.welsh4parents.cymru

Last Modified: 24/11/2021
For more information contact:

School Admissions

Tel: 01495 766915

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