Carmarthenshire

Ysgol y Felin in Felinfoel to become a Welsh Medium school under new Council plans

Plaid Cymru run Carmarthenshire Council plans to make changes to a Llanelli school to increase the numbers of fluent Welsh speakers.

As part of a vision for a bilingual Carmarthenshire, the county council is proposing to change the Foundation Phase provision at Ysgol Y Felin in Felinfoel to Welsh medium education from September 2022 onwards.

The changes would only affect pupils starting in the Foundation Phase at the school from September 2022. Current pupils attending the school would be unaffected.

The council says the proposal would support the development of bilingual and multilingual opportunities in line with the new curriculum to be launched in 2022.

The move comes shortly after the council abandoned a similar plan at Model School in Carmarthen.

Executive Board Member for Education and Children’s Services Cllr Glynog Davies said: “The council has a legal responsibility to review the number and type of schools it maintains in the area and whether or not it is making the best use of the resources and facilities to deliver the opportunities that children deserve.

“As part of this process the council has published its vision on how it sees the future for all of the primary and secondary schools in the county and this includes consulting on the future shape of education in Ysgol Y Felin.”

A drop-in session for Ysgol Y Felin is being held online using Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, March 10 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. To register your interest, email DECMEP@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.

Those unable to attend can contact council officers to discuss the proposals or answer questions by email or phone on 01267 246426.

The information gathered from the consultations will form part of the consultation report which will be submitted to the council’s Executive Board for consideration.

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