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A new Welsh-medium high school for Newtown?

Created on 07/11/2017 @ 17:17
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Newtown could be earmarked for a new Welsh medium high school, MyNewtown understands.

A Welsh Education Strategic Plan has been approved today by Powys County Council for the next three years.

It sets out a range of plans to develop Welsh medium education in the county.

This includes the presentation of a business case to the Welsh Government to develop a 2A secondary provision in north Powys. Welshpool and Newtown are the likely options, although MyNewtown understands Newtown is the preferred option, possibly due to the location of the new Welsh medium primary school alongside the existing high school.

County Councillor Elwyn Vaughan welcomed the strategic plan.

The plan notes the work programme for the development of Welsh medium education in the County and the intended action.

This is done in accordance with the legislative expectations of Welsh Government. 

Cllr Vaughan, the Plaid Cymru – Green group leader on the Council said: “This strategy is a step in the right direction, but further broad action will have to be taken in three years if we are to see the essential increase in accordance with the Welsh Government aim of having a million Welsh speakers.

“We particularly welcome the acknowledgment that the authority needs a fundamental change in the way it introduces Welsh medium education, and the commitment to establish new Welsh medium provision.

“We welcome the following steps;
the presentation of a business case to Welsh Government in order to develop a 2A secondary provision in North Powys  
to expand the provision in Ystradgynlais
to reviewing the provision in the Llanidloes area  
develop a latecomers induction centre 

“All these steps are to be welcomed” he added, “but what is needed now is firm action, We cannot continue to discuss these ideas for years to come, rather we need to see words turned into action.

"After all, if the County is to contribute towards the aim of a million Welsh speakers there’s a need to increase the number in Powys from 19% to 33% of the population, a substantial challenge, and therefore we must see a substantial increase in Welsh medium education in order to normalise bilingualism and see Welsh as a natural skill in the modern Wales.”

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