Toby Belfield, head teacher of the independent Ruthin School
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Denbighshire head's apology over Welsh language row

A head teacher has apologised after saying young people should not be "forced" to learn Welsh as it makes them academically weaker than their English peers.

Toby Belfield of the independent Ruthin School, Denbighshire, also said children should be taught with English as their first language.

His remarks have led a sailing club to cancel an arrangement with the school.

But he told BBC Wales his comments were taken out of context.

  • 15 May 2015
  • From the section Wales