Ms Sexton – Head of Department
Mrs Poulton – Assistant Headteacher
Mrs Iannetta – Year 8 Progress Coordinator
Mr Cranshaw – Teacher of Languages
In Key Stage Three, all students have an opportunity to successfully learn Welsh and develop their skills across the three strands of Oracy, Reading and Writing. The Welsh department provides detailed and tailored programmes of study producing resources to meet the specific needs of students and further their all-round development. Students acquire, develop, practise, apply and refine these skills through group and individual tasks in a variety of contexts throughout their lessons. Focus is placed on learning Welsh primarily as a means of communication, particularly oral communication and understanding. Topics are based around their interests which include television, school, holidays and fashion.
GCSE Applied Welsh Second Language is a qualification that will develop candidates’ interest in Welsh and enthusiasm for the language. The aim is to develop students’ confidence when communicating effectively in Welsh and to develop essential skills while undertaking practical tasks which fulfil the needs of candidates, employers and further education. The aim of the Welsh GCSE is also to develop the skills of candidates to make practical use of the Welsh language in order to communicate effectively, usefully and appropriately in the bilingual society of the twenty first century. There are two qualifications available. Year 11 follow Welsh Second Language Applied Short Course. Learners will undertake controlled assessments in all skill areas and will sit a final reading and writing exam. Year 10 follow the new Welsh Second Language Course where all students sit an oral exam in year 10 and 3 exams in Year 11 assessing their oral, reading and writing skills.
- Residential trips to Llangrannog.
- Welsh club
- GCSE revision sessions
Welsh is becoming increasingly popular within the workplace throughout Wales and there is substantial evidence that the benefits of bilingualism are great. The Welsh Language Act ensures that public sector services must be offered bilingually; therefore the opportunities for Welsh speakers are increasing. The ability to offer a qualification in Welsh is extremely advantageous when applying for jobs and most application forms in Wales require candidates to specify their competence in the language.