Step closer to turn Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon into a Welsh-medium school

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22 June 2021

Image of teacher and pupil at a desk with other pupils in the classroomPlans to turn a north Powys school into a Welsh-medium school have moved a step closer, 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.

During February and April 2021, the council carried out a seven-week consultation on the proposal.

Today (Tuesday, June 22) gave the go-ahead for a statutory notice to be published formally proposing the change after receiving and considering the consultation report.

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.

"By moving Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon along the language continuum, it will help us meet the aims and objectives within our Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys. It will also 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."

Sue Wilcox, Chair of Governors at Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon, said: "The Governing Body will support the council in whichever decision it reaches and will work with them for benefit of the pupils of Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon, both now and in the future."

The proposed change would be introduced on a phased basis, year-by-year, starting with Reception in September 2022. It 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.

It is anticipated that the statutory notice will be published shortly and that a further report, summarising any objections received, will be considered by Cabinet in the autumn.

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

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