Use of the Welsh language in Powys schools

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We want to make sure that Welsh-medium education is available to all children whose parents/guardians ask for it. You don’t need to be able to speak Welsh for your child to be educated in Welsh.

At primary level, Welsh is taught in all schools as a foundation subject.

The best way to become totally fluent in Welsh is to go to a primary school that offers Welsh-medium provision. In Powys, Welsh-medium primary education is available at two different types of schools:

  • Category 1 – Welsh-medium schools
  • Category 2 – Dual stream schools, where Welsh and English provision exists side by side

In Welsh-medium schools or streams, children are taught in Welsh in the Foundation Phase (up to the age of 7). Welsh continues to be the main teaching medium at Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 11), and English is introduced as a subject.

Welsh-medium education is available to all children who live in Powys, and if there is no Welsh-medium school or stream in the area where you live, Powys County Council will provide transport to the nearest Welsh-medium school in Powys.

Look at: Find a school in Powys for more information about each school, including contact details, websites & Estyn reports.

For additional help and support, view our "Links to other websites" section below 

Welsh medium education

Welsh-medium education is available across Powys, and in all phases of education, from nursery, through primary and to secondary. Most pupils who receive their education in Welsh come from non-Welsh speaking homes.

Bilingualism can bring many benefits to your child, and if you are thinking about Welsh-medium education, the council has produced a leaflet entitled ‘Have you considered Welsh-medium education for your child?’ which contains more information.

Category 2 – Dual Stream Primary Schools

School Telephone
Builth Wells Primary School (01982) 553600
Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon Primary, Trefeglwys (01686) 430644
Llanfair Caereinion Primary School (01938) 810470
Llanfyllin Primary School (01691) 648207
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant Primary School (01691) 780352
Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, Machynlleth (01654)704 200
Rhayader Primary School (01597) 810288
Ysgol Rhiw Bechan Primary, Tregynon (01686) 650303
Sennybridge Primary School (01874) 636268
Trefonnen Primary School, Llandrindod Wells (01597) 822190

Category 1 – Welsh-medium Primary schools

School Telephone
Llanerfyl Foundation School (01938) 820294
Ysgol y Bannau, Brecon (01874) 622207
Ysgol Carno (01686) 420209
Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd, Newtown (01686) 622162
Ysgol Dyffryn Banw, Llangadfan (01938) 820226
Ysgol Glantwymyn (01650) 511394
Ysgol Gymraeg Dyffryn y Glowyr (01639) 846060
Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng (01938) 552005
Ysgol Llanbrynmair (01650) 521339
Ysgol Llanerfyl (01938) 820294
Ysgol Pennant, Pen-y-bont-fawr (01691) 860326
Ysgol Pontrobert (01938) 500394

At the secondary stage Welsh is taught as a subject in all schools and in a number of schools it is used as a medium of instruction.

Welsh-medium secondary provision is provided in Welsh streams in a number of high schools across the county. Although the number of subjects taught through the medium of Welsh varies between secondary schools, the aim of the council, and every secondary school that has a Welsh-medium stream, is to teach every subject on the curriculum through both Welsh and English in every Key Stage, to give equal opportunity and equality of provision for all pupils in Powys.

In the Ystradgynlais area, the council provides transport out of county to Welsh-medium secondary provision at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera.



Look at: Find a school in Powys for more information about each school, including contact details, websites & Estyn reports.

The council is required by the Welsh Government to prepare a Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP).

The Welsh in Education Strategic Plan tackles two important, linked issues:

  • increasing the percentage of Welsh-medium pupils in the early years and primary sectors
  • improving the Welsh-medium curriculum offer for secondary and post-16 pupils  

The WESP will result in:

  • more pupils learning through the medium of Welsh
  • more pupils progressing to a Welsh-medium stream/school in the secondary sector, allowing a wider choice of subjects to be offered
  • a better range of Welsh-medium provision at all Powys dual-stream secondary schools
  • more schools being either Welsh-medium or delivering Welsh-medium provision through a dual stream system
  • better linguistic progression from pre-school to the end of Key Stage 4 and into Post-16 Education

Download the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP)

Download the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) December 2014 Progress Report

Download the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) December 2015 Progress Report

More Information

The Mid Wales Welsh for Adults Centre

Twf - a project to encourage parents and prospective
parents to raise their children bilingually.

Tel: 0845 6051551

Parents for Welsh medium education (RhAG) RhAG works to improve Welsh-medium education for pupils the length and breadth of Wales.

Tel: 029 2073 9207 / 07912175403

Welsh Government Guide to Welsh Medium Education