New Welsh Medium School in Monmouthshire & 30th November Deadline for Secondary School Applications 

Last month plans were announced to build a new Welsh medium school in Monmouthshire following the announcement of a nationwide scheme to boost Welsh medium education. 

The Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan announced that £46m has been allocated from the Welsh Medium Capital Grant and Childcare Offer Capital Grant to support the growth in Welsh medium education. 

Among the 41 projects that will be funded through the grant are new Welsh medium primaries in Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen, the first ever Welsh medium school in Monmouth town, and an innovative Welsh language centre in Denbighshire. 

Welsh medium School

Monmouthshire parents advised to meet 30th November
deadline to apply for secondary school places 

Monmouthshire County Council is alerting parents and guardians of children
due to start secondary education next September that the closing date to apply for school places is looming.

Children attending Year 6 at primary school will transfer to a secondary school in September 2019, and parents are urged to complete their applications before the 30thNovember closing date. This will give them the best chance of ensuring that their child attends their preferred school. Parents resident in Monmouthshire must apply to the council even if their preferred school lies outside the county’s borders (excluding schools in Newport where applications are to be made directly to the city council). 

Parents may apply using the council’s online application system. For more information, visit: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk 

Alternately, parents may request an application pack by telephoning the council’s admissions team on 01633 644508 or emailing: accesstolearning@monmouthshire.gov.uk 

The completion of an application form expressing written preference for a school is a legal necessity set out in the School Admissions Code of Practice. In addition, while each school within the county serves a specific catchment area, parents or guardians can not assume that their children will automatically gain entry. 

Parents who submit application forms by the deadline on 30th November 2018 will be informed which school their child will attend no later than 1st March 2019. 

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for schools and learning, Councillor Richard John said: “It’s vital that parents apply for school places on time. 

Applications not submitted by the deadline will be considered after those received on time, meaning parents who apply late may be less likely to secure a place at their preferred school – even if they have other children already in the school. I would urge parents to apply as soon as possible.” 

Contact the School and Student Access Unit on 01633 644508 or email accesstolearning@monmouthshire.gov.uk for further information.