Demand for Welsh medium education booming in Caerphilly.


Parents increasingly want their children to be educated through the medium of Welsh across Caerphilly County Borough.
Figures recently produced for Caerphilly County, show that 700 additional children of primary school age will need to be educated through the medium of Welsh by 2016 and by around 1,000 pupils at secondary level by 2020, illustrating the boom in the demand for Welsh medium education across the whole of the county borough.
There are a number of surplus places at some Welsh medium primary schools at present but by 2016 there will be a massive turnaround with 15 excess pupils.
More than 200 primary age children travel from Bedwas and Machen to schools in Caerphilly while a similar number at secondary level are transported to Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni at Fleur de Lys, highlighting strong demand for Welsh medium education in the Caerphilly Basin.
Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni has 49 surplus places currently but that is forecast to change dramatically with the school over-subscribed by September 2013 to the tune of more than 80 pupils, rising to more than 900 excess pupils by 2020.
Councillor Phil Bevan, Plaid Cymru, Cabinet Member for Education said: "These latest projections highlight the continuing and increasing popularity of Welsh medium education within the county borough and the need to meet that demand from parents for their children to be educated through the medium of Welsh.
"The key pressure point for Welsh medium education at Cwm Rhymni is September 2013. In September next year the school will be over-subscribed to the tune of 21 pupils but the following year that will rise to more than 80 and more than 700 by 2016, numbers which clearly cannot be accommodated as things stand."