Primary governors reveal plans to ditch school English stream
PLANS have been drawn up to scrap the English language stream at one of the largest primary schools in the Teifi Valley.
Teachers at Newcastle Emlyn's Ysgol Y Ddwylan were briefed on the move last week but parents have not yet been consulted.
The decision to look at changing the category of the school — making it Welsh only — was made by school governors at a meeting in November.
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It follows a similar move the same month by the primary school in Cardigan, where all new pupils will now be taught only in Welsh.
Sioned Thomas, chairwoman of the governors at Ysgol ay Ddwylan, told the Journal this week: "This is something that should have happened at the beginning.
"Most of the children go through the Welsh stream.
"The education authority (Carmarthenshire Council) is taking the lead now. The county council is very keen and supportive."
She added that the move would help the school, which has limited resources, and is currently forced to double up some classes with children from different year groups.
"We will still be a bilingual school and English will be taught.
"This is just getting rid of the English stream and combining them together," said Mrs Thomas.
"Other schools throughout the area don't give a choice and this is something that is happening across the county."
She said it was first proposed at a meeting of the governors at the end of November but has not yet been made public.
The move may have implications for the town's secondary school, Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, which is an English language school and Ysgol y Ddwylan is the main feeder school.
Carmarthenshire Council confirmed that it was having talks on the move with the primary school.
Director of Education Rob Sully, said: "Officers have met with the head teacher of Ysgol y Ddwylan to discuss the process of changing the school's language category following a request from the school's governing body."