Welsh medium education: 3 to 11 years old

Whatever the language of your home, Welsh medium education can offer your child additional skills and more opportunities for the future. 

In Denbighshire, there is Welsh medium education for all children and young people within reasonable reach of their homes.

We will provide free transport for your child to travel to your nearest school that offers Welsh medium education if you live over two miles away from it. 

Why choose Welsh medium education for your child?

Welsh medium education has a very simple aim - to enable children to become fully fluent in both English and Welsh.

Most young children learn languages easier than adults. 

By choosing Welsh medium education, you'll be giving your child an additional life skill - the ability to communicate in two languages.

Studies show that people who are bilingual find it easier to learn other languages, a clear advantage for your child in school.

EvidenceEnglish in key stages 2 and 3 (external website)

Welsh provides children with access to another culture – including literature, music, digital media, and a host of other things – that might otherwise be unavailable to them.

Research shows that it is by far the best way to get children to be bilingual in both English and Welsh. It is very useful as a skill in the workplace with the ability to speak Welsh being an essential or a desirable skill for a growing number of jobs.

Evidence: The benefits of bilingual learning (external website)

Support for newcomers

Learners (newcomers) who have not previously received Welsh medium education and have registered at a school to receive Welsh medium education in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be entitled to outreach support at the beginning of their first term at their registered school.

Two staff members (teacher and a higher level teaching assistant) will provide support for learners. Support has been carefully structured to promote fluency in the spoken language (Welsh), enabling learners to fully integrate into school life through the medium of Welsh.

Find out about the support for learners (newcomers) in year 3, 4, 5 and 6 who have not previously received Welsh medium education.

Welsh medium primary schools in Denbighshire

Fifteen primary schools offer Welsh medium education in Denbighshire.

Applying for a school place

Please visit the following pages for information about applying for a school place: