Cabinet to consider Ysgol Bro Hyddgen objection report
6 October 2021
Plans to gradually change the language category of the county's first all-age school could be implemented if given the go-ahead by Cabinet later this month.
Powys County Council is proposing to alter the language provision at Ysgol Bro Hyddgen in Machynlleth 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 18.
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.
Additional support would be provided alongside the change in the school's language category, including opportunities for immersion education which has proved very successful in other counties.
Earlier this year, Cabinet gave the go-ahead for a statutory notice to be published formally proposing the change, which was published in June. During the statutory notice period, 258 objections were received.
On Tuesday 12 October, Cabinet will receive and consider the objection report and will be asked to approve the proposal.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education, said: "Moving Ysgol Bro Hyddgen along the language continuum would help us meet the aims and objectives within our Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys.
"It would 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.
"It is important that Cabinet hears the views of those who have objected to the proposal and these will be carefully considered before any final decisions are made."
For more information about Transforming Education in Powys, visit www.powys.gov.uk/transformingeducation