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My Local School is a website designed to provide school performance data for parents and others who may have an interest in particular schools and governors.
Our vision is to provide a coherent and integrated curriculum and assessment framework for schools, which raises standards of achievement and widens educational opportunity.

Opportunities to continue learning through the medium of Welsh from age 3 to 16.

Welsh-medium schools

In Welsh-medium primary schools, your child’s learning in the Foundation Phase will be almost entirely through the medium of Welsh up to age 7.

In Key Stage 2, your child’s skills in English will be developed through the use of the language as a subject and medium. At the end of this key stage (age 11), your child will be assessed in both Welsh and English literacy to ensure that they develop the relevant skills for their age in both Welsh AND English by the time they have completed their primary education.

In Welsh-medium secondary schools, Welsh is taught as a subject and most, if not all, other subjects are taught through the medium of Welsh, apart from English.
At Key Stage 4, young people will generally sit both Welsh and English language GCSEs with the option of sitting Welsh literature and English literature examinations in addition. Many or all other GCSE examinations or vocational qualifications are also taken through the medium of Welsh.

Bilingual schools

Bilingual schools can vary substantially from those where a large proportion of the curriculum is delivered through the medium of Welsh, to those where only a few elements of the curriculum or a very a small number of lessons are taught through the medium of Welsh.

In many of these schools, what your child will learn will be similar to the descriptions above for Welsh-medium schools. In others, there may be more English-medium content in the provision. However, as with Welsh-medium schools, at the end of key stage 2 (age 11), your child will be assessed in both Welsh and English literacy to ensure that they develop the relevant skills for their age; and at key stage 4, young people will generally sit both Welsh and English language GCSE.

It should be noted that opportunities for pupils to develop fluency in a broad range of Welsh-language

Late immersion programmes

Should you change your mind and want your child to transfer to a Welsh-medium school, in some areas of Wales, there are late immersion programmes available, which enable pupils in Year 6 (age 10-11), who have been educated in English-medium schools, to transfer to Welsh-medium secondary education. These pupils will receive additional linguistic support until they are fully integrated into the normal day-to-day teaching of subjects through the medium of Welsh by the end of Year 8.

Where can I get information about the schools in my area?

Local authorities

Your local authority should provide information about the linguistic nature of the schools in your area. The contact details for each local authority can be found on the on the WLGA website.

You can also find information about the schools in your area on the My Local School website.