New parents FAQ's

We hope that you have found this website to be informative; below we have noted some answers to frequently asked questions by new parents to the school.

1. I am looking for a school place for my child, what should I do?

Please feel free to make an appointment to visit us, phone for a chat or e-mail any questions you may have prior to making an application. Following making a decision you will need to complete an application online at
https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/resident/education/school-admissions/school-admissions.aspx

2. Why choose Welsh medium education?

Welsh-medium education has a very simple aim - to enable children to become fully fluent in both English and Welsh while teaching all the other subjects across the curriculum. Young children learn languages remarkably easily – it’s by making the most of this potential that Welsh-medium education has become so popular.
Research shows that it’s by far the best way we have to get children to be bilingual in both English and Welsh.

Being bilingual has many advantages. It’s very useful as a skill in the workplace: the ability to speak Welsh is either an essential or a desirable skill for a growing number of jobs.

The Welsh Government has also committed to developing a bilingual Wales through its Welsh-language strategy ‘Cymraeg 2050’ with a vision for reaching a million speakers by 2050.

There is more demand today than ever before for bilingual skills in a variety of fields such as health, education, leisure, childcare, retail, and public services.

Welsh provides children with access to a culture – including literature, music, digital media, and a host of other things – that might otherwise be unavailable to them.

2. Can I learn Welsh alongside my child?

Some parents, after choosing a Welsh-medium school for their child, decide to learn Welsh as well. It’s a great opportunity to learn together, to practice your language skills on each other and spend quality time together. Here at Ysgol Dewi Sant we aim to support every parent who is eager to learn Welsh alongside their child.

3. We don't speak Welsh at home - will this effect my child?

The vast majority (around 96%) of our pupils do not speak Welsh at home. So coming from a non-Welsh speaking background is absolutely normal and the curriculum is designed with that in mind. Welsh-medium schools do not expect that children speak Welsh when they start, but will help those children to become fluent in Welsh very soon.

4. How can I help my child with homework if I don’t speak Welsh?

As most children don’t speak Welsh at home, we here at Ysgol Dewi Sant are very experienced in supporting both pupils and parents.
All correspondences from the school is sent bilingually to parents and guardians.
Please see the list of useful links on this website to aid you as parents with supporting your child's learning from home.
http://www.ysgoldewisant.co.uk/useful-websites.html

5. Which high school do the children attend after leaving Ysgol Dewi Sant?

Most of our pupils transition to Ysgol Glan Clwyd at the end of Year 6, a Welsh medium Secondary School in St Asaph. Please find the link below to the school's website
http://ysgolglanclwyd.co.uk/en/home/

6. Will Ysgol Dewi Sant support my child who has additional learning needs?

We support the learning of every child and aim to ensure that all pupils are fully included in all school activities. If your child has Additional Learning Needs (ALN), they may receive support from a number of professionals, including an Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo).

Our aim is to identify and address the variety of Additional Learning Needs (ALN) recognised at any and every stage of education, and to work in partnership with parents and other agencies, to meet these needs in the most appropriate, positive and effective manner

7. Information pamphlet for new Nursery Parents

PDF - Information pamphlet for new Nursery Parents

Contact Us

Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant,
Rhuddlan Rd,
Y Rhyl, Denbighshire,
LL18 2RE

Phone: 01745 351355
Fax: 01745 351395
Twitter: @YsgolDewiSant
Email: dewi.sant@denbighshire.gov.uk

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