An award ceremony was held at Linden House, Mold, on Monday to celebrate the successes of two Welsh-medium primary schools in Flintshire and Wrexham in Siarter Iaith (Language Charter) – a set of goals set out by the Welsh Government aimed at encouraging more social use of Welsh among young people.

Both of the schools involved have taken part in a number of activities to get pupils using the Welsh language more frequently during the past year, with a focus on the use of the language in less formal situations.

The schools awarded on the day were Ysgol Gwenffrwd, Holywell and Ysgol Bro Alun, Gwersyllt.

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Ysgol Gwenffrwd received the gold award which shows the effect of the charter on the school and local community.

Ysgol Bro Alun received the silver award which reflects the implementation stage of the charter. The school will be continuing on its journey towards the gold award this year.

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As well as working with parents and their neighbouring communities, the schools involved have also worked with other schools in their counties in order to promote the aims of Siarter Iaith and increase use of the Welsh language among pupils.

Cllr Phil Wynn, Lead Member for Education at Wrexham Council, said: “Congratulations to all those schools involved – their efforts have been very impressive and I’m glad to see them all being commended for their efforts.

“Welsh medium education is incredibly important, and it’s good to note that the participating schools are being recognised in this way for all the work they’ve put in to ensure children are encouraged to speak Welsh not just in school, but outside of the school setting as well.”

Cllr Ian Roberts, Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, said: “Flintshire has a strong commitment to the Welsh language and we want to increase the number of Welsh speakers within our county.

“We support people of all ages to improve their Welsh language skills and to give them the confidence to use the language in their daily lives – at work, at home, at school and in their communities.

“Congratulations to all schools in achieving the Siarter Iaith awards.”

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