Mid Wales

Vote backs Welsh stream education at Brecon High School

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Image caption There are 19 pupils studying in the Welsh-medium stream at Brecon High School this year

A majority of councillors voted in favour of retaining a Welsh-medium stream at a Powys school on Tuesday.

The council's cabinet had recommended changing Brecon High School to an English-medium school from 1 September.

But 32 members of full council opposed the plans, with eight in favour.

The vote was taken as an indication of the full council's views but it was not a final decision. That rests with the cabinet which meets on 14 March.

A council report said low pupil numbers and the "need to ensure robust linguistic progression and appropriate curriculum choice for Welsh-medium pupils" were the reasons for the recommendation.

The council plans to centralise Welsh-medium education for mid and south Powys in Builth Wells High School, which is a 40 mile round trip.

A consultation has been carried out on the plans, with staff, parents and pupils raising a number of concerns.

Among them were pupils missing out on extra-curricular activities, such as after school clubs and music lessons, due to having to travel to Builth Wells for Welsh-medium education.

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