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Croeso Cynnes i’r Adran Gymraeg!

A Warm Welcome to the Welsh Department!

The Welsh Department at Croesyceiliog School was established in 1993. The Department has grown significantly since then and we now have a team of 6 teachers with over 70 years combined experience in teaching Welsh:

  • Mrs L. Williams, Head of Department
  • Mrs M. Lewis, Deputy Head of Department
  • Mrs R. Edwards, Head of Year 9
  • Mrs T. Newland-Jones, Head of Year 7

At Croesyceiliog, we teach Welsh at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 study three hours of Welsh over a fortnight learning a variety of topics including School, The Family, Holidays, The Area, Media, Eating Healthily plus many more. Oral work plays a huge part in the course representing 60% of the overall level attained at the end of Year 9, 20% for reading and 20% for writing.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Welsh is compulsory for all students at GCSE whether they choose to follow the subject as a ‘Full Course’ or ‘Short Course’ option. ‘Full Course’ students study five hours of Welsh over a fortnight whilst ‘Short Course’ students study two hours. All students will continue to develop their language skills and will become more confident in speaking and writing in Welsh. Controlled Assessments usually take place in Year 10 for students following the ‘Full Course’ and in Year 11 for those taking the ‘Short Course’. ‘Full Course’ students will also sit two reading and writing examinations over the two years as well as an oral examination in Year 11. ‘Short Course’ students only sit one reading and writing paper. A range of subjects are studied to help you to use Welsh outside school. Topics include young people’s issues, music, the media, keeping healthy, sport and technology.

Key Stage 5/ Post 16 (Years 12-13/ Sixth Form)

Croesyceiliog School also offers Welsh at AS and A Level. AS students study eight hours of Welsh over a fortnight whilst A Level students study 10 hours. Students will explore The Media, Poetry, Short Stories, Creative Writing and Grammar through the medium of Welsh. At this level, students are expected to use Welsh as much as possible outside school and immerse themselves in local culture such as seeing Welsh theatrical performances, listening to Radio Cymru and attending the Eisteddfod. We also have fun on our regular trip to North Wales where we get the chance to speak Welsh with the locals!