Monmouthshire’s Cabinet is to launch a public consultation later this year on the potential establishment of a new Welsh-medium school as part of an expansion in Welsh-medium education in the county.
Monmouthshire currently has two Welsh-medium schools – Ysgol Y Ffin in Caldicot and Ysgol Y Fenni in Abergavenny.
A potential location for a new school is the site of the old junior school in Raglan, which has been empty for four years.
Cllr Richard John, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and MonLife, said,
“This administration is leading Monmouthshire’s biggest ever expansion in Welsh-medium education to ensure that parents have a choice about the education they want for their children.
While we have two successful Welsh-medium schools in Caldicot and Abergavenny, travel times are deterring parents in the Monmouth area from being able to exercise that choice.
Together with our plans to double capacity at Ysgol Y Fenni in Abergavenny to two-class entry and expand nursery provision at Ysgol Y Ffin in Caldicot, this is an exciting time for Welsh-medium education in Monmouthshire.
These plans are at an early stage, but I look forward to considerable public engagement on these proposals to ensure our education system meets the needs of Monmouthshire families.”