Pupils in Denbighshire
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'They become fluent within a year' says school head

Primary school children from English-speaking homes who go to Welsh-medium schools are less likely to be top performers in core subjects than pupils in English-medium schools.

But they are also less likely to underachieve, according to Welsh government figures.

They look at how 11-year-olds are doing in English, Maths, Science as well as first language Welsh in Welsh schools.

The performance of 25,000 pupils was compared.

The head of a Welsh medium primary school said young pupils became fluent within a year.

More than half of pupils at Ysgol Bro Cinmeirch in Denbighshire come from English-speaking homes but head Gwennol Ellis said children became confident to speak bilingually.

  • 23 Oct 2014
  • From the section Wales
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