It’s not too late to benefit from bilingual education
YSGOL Glan Clwyd offers English speaking pupils the chance to learn Welsh and become fluent in the language. The school provides interested Year 6 primary school pupils with an intensive introductory course to develop their skills in Welsh. If they decide to attend the school they then follow an accelerated special programme of study in Years 7 and 8 and by Year 9 are able to study in Welsh alongside all other pupils.
During their time at secondary school, they will be taught by various subject teachers who have received specialist training in bilingual education and who are sensitive to their needs as learners.
What if my child speaks no Welsh?
The intensive course at the end of year 6 is an opportunity to give pupils an effective injection of basic language skills. These skills are then built upon from year 7 onwards in every area of school life.
What are the advantages for my child by taking part in this project?
Short term advantages
- Improving fluency in Welsh.
- Promoting the ability to use Welsh in a variety of situations.
- Developing thinking skills
Long term advantages
- A wider range of opportunities in the work place for young bilingual adults.
How will I know that my child is coping within this situation?
The school has a wealth of experience in late immersion and keep a constant vigil on pupils’ progress together with regular monitoring of pupils performance. A recent Estyn inspection found the school had an extremely effective immersion provision for pupils who have transferred from English medium primary schools and progress made by pupils was a significant strength of the school…”It enables pupils to learn quickly through the medium of Welsh and these pupils’ achievements in Welsh are rated as “high” by Estyn at the end of key stage 4”
Below are some comments by pupils, parents and staff who have been involved with the project over the years.
“Before I came I worried about everyone else speaking Welsh and I would be on my own but I’ve made lots of new friends”
“My parents were worried at the start but now they’re pleased that they sent me here”
“I would say you’ve got nothing to lose. At the end of the day you’ve got a child who is fluent in Welsh”
“I’ve never done anything like this before. It’s incredible how they pick the language up”
“It’s a second chance to choose Welsh medium education. It opens a new door for them. It does not only teach them a new language but involves them in Welsh culture”
The immersion programme is a Welsh Government initiative providing pupils with a second chance to develop their linguistic skills and to become confidently bilingual. It has the full support of the Welsh Government and Denbighshire County Council and is part of a national and LA policy.
If you would like to discuss the scheme further please contact the Immersion Scheme Coordinator, Miss Meinir Williams at the school on 01745 582611