Cabinet approve change in language provision for Ysgol Bro Hyddgen
13 October 2021
Plans to gradually change the language category of the county's first all-age school have been given the go-ahead by Cabinet.
The language provision at Ysgol Bro Hyddgen in Machynlleth will be altered 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 change will 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 will be provided alongside the change in the school's language category, including opportunities for immersion education which has proved very successful in other counties.
On Tuesday 12 October, Cabinet considered an objection report before approving the proposal.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education, said: "Moving Ysgol Bro Hyddgen along the language continuum 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.
"It is important that Cabinet heard the views of those who have objected to the proposal and these were carefully considered before the decision was made."
For more information about Transforming Education in Powys, visit www.powys.gov.uk/transformingeducation