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Ysgol y Cribarth piloting Welsh-medium class

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10 February 2022

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A group of primary-aged pupils are being taught through the medium of Welsh as part of a pilot scheme taking place at a south Powys school, the county council has said.

Ysgol y Cribarth, an English-medium school in Abercraf, established a Welsh-medium Reception / Year 1 class at the start of the academic year as part of a pilot scheme that is being supported by Powys County Council.

The school, which has employed a teacher and learning support assistant to teach through the medium of Welsh, is also looking to support parents and other residents in the community by hosting Welsh classes.

The council is supporting scheme as one the strategic aims in its Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys 2020-2030 to improve access to Welsh-medium provision across all key stages of education.

The council will be evaluating the pilot scheme as it takes place and, if successful, could see a permanent Welsh-medium stream introduced at the school.

Mr Simon Hosking, Acting Headteacher at Ysgol y Cribarth, said: "We are proud to be embarking on this journey with the council. Our first steps towards Welsh medium provision have already revitalised efforts to normalise bilingualism within the whole school. We are fully committed to making a valuable contribution to the Welsh Government's vision of a million Welsh speakers by 2050."

Mrs Susan Davies, Chair of Governors at Ysgol y Cribarth, said: "We are delighted that Ysgol Y Cribarth is taking part in the pilot scheme of Welsh-medium provision in an English-medium school. It is an exciting opportunity for our pupils, the school and our local community, and we believe will enhance the learning experience of our children, as well as contributing to the Powys aim to increase bilingualism in the county."

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said: "The council is committed to improving access to Welsh-medium provision across all key stages of education in Powys and want to increase the opportunities for children and young people in the county, and those who move into the county, to become fully bilingual.

"The evidence from the rest of Wales is that bilingual/Welsh-medium provision offers the best opportunity for learners to become fully bilingual, whilst also creating a dynamic outward looking cultural environment.

"I'm delighted that the council is working with senior leaders at Ysgol y Cribarth on this pilot scheme. Not only will it see these children start their journey to becoming fully bilingual, but the findings of the pilot will also be important to the council as we look at ways of improving access to Welsh-medium provision across Powys."

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