'Concern' over school provision

Concerns are being raised over the lack of Welsh medium secondary school provision in Newport. Pupils currently travel to Pontypool, but the school there is expected to reach capacity in 2016. The Welsh Government says it is monitoring the situation.

Calls for new Welsh-medium secondary school to be built in Newport

There are calls for action over the lack of provision for Welsh-medium secondary education in Newport.

At the moment, there are three Welsh-medium primary schools in the city, but secondary school pupils travel to a site in Torfaen.

The school is due to reach capacity in three years as it services four local councils, leaving parents wondering what provisions will be made for their children after 2016.

Richard Morgan reports.

Welsh Government: councils must provide 'sufficient and appropriate' Welsh-medium places

We expect all local authorities to identify how they will provide sufficient and appropriate places for children whose parents/carers desire them to have Welsh-medium education.

The School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 will place a duty upon local authorities to prepare, consult on and publish a Welsh in Education Strategic Plan that will be submitted for approval of, and monitoring by, Welsh Ministers.

One of the key provisions in the Bill relating to Welsh in Education Strategic Plans will be the requirement for local authorities under certain circumstances to measure parental demand for Welsh-medium education in their areas.

We take this issue very seriously and are monitoring the situation carefully.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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'Concern' over Welsh secondary school provision

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The Welsh Government says it is monitoring the schools situation in Newport Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire/Press Association

There are calls for action over the provision of a Welsh medium secondary school education for Newport to meet increasing demand.

Currently secondary school children from the city travel to Ysgol Gwynllyw in Torfaen, which also serves Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire and Newport.

There is concern that the school will have reached capacity in 2016 and will not be able to accommodate children from Newport.

Plaid Cymru AM Lindsay Whittle has written to the Education Minister Leighton Andrews, criticising the 'lack of progress'.