Cabinet to consider Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon language consultation report

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10 June 2021

Image of teacher and pupil at a desk with other pupils in the classroomA north Powys primary school could eventually become a Welsh-medium school if a recommendation to Cabinet is approved, the county council has said.

Powys County Council is proposing to alter the language provision at Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon in Trefeglwys so that eventually it becomes a Welsh-medium education setting, ensuring that all pupils attending the school become fully bilingual in Welsh and English.

It is currently a dual-stream school providing English-medium and Welsh-medium education for pupils aged 4 to 11.

The proposal will help the council deliver one of the aims in its Strategy for Transforming Education 2020-2030, which is to improve access to Welsh-medium provision across all key stages. The strategy was approved in April 2020.

The council carried out a seven-week consultation during February and April 2021 and the findings of the consultation report will be considered by Cabinet on Tuesday, June 22.

Cabinet will also be asked to continue with the process to change Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon from a dual-stream school to a Welsh-medium school, which would be introduced on a phased basis, year-by-year, starting with Reception in September 2022.

The proposed change would not affect those pupils already at the school - pupils currently accessing English-medium provision at the school would be able to continue to access this provision until they leave school.

If given the go-ahead, the council will publish a statutory notice formally proposing the change. It would then be required to consider another report to conclude the process.

Leader of Powys County Council, Cllr Rosemarie Harris, said: "We would like to thank all those who took part in the consultation exercise for this proposal. After considering all the consultation responses, the recommendation that I will be putting forward to Cabinet is to continue with the proposal by publishing the statutory notice formally proposing the change.

"In order to meet these aims and objectives within our Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys, we want to move Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon along the language continuum. This would ensure that all pupils attending the school have the opportunity to become fully bilingual, fluent in both Welsh and English, therefore contributing to the Welsh Government's aspiration to achieve a million Welsh speakers by 2050."

The council's Learning and Skills Scrutiny Committee will be considering the proposal on Wednesday, June 16.

To find out more about Welsh-medium education in Powys, visit Destination bilingual.

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