Cymraeg yn Ysgol Uwchradd Dinbych

At Denbigh High School, our vision is for the Welsh language to be an integral part of learners’ everyday life, with the entire school community contributing towards strengthening and promoting the language.

A key driving force in developing Welsh in Denbigh High School is our Cyngor Cymraeg. This consists of 23 students who are deeply committed to promoting Welsh within our school.  They actively meet to brainstorm and implement initiatives aimed at enhancing the prominence of the language throughout our school community. 

In addition to this we have other events and groups including;

  • Our Urdd Club for Year 7 and 8 students meet weekly to engage in cultural activities and language practice.
  • Enriching residential courses to Glanllyn and Cardiff, immersing students in Welsh language and culture outside the classroom. 
  • We proudly reinstated the School Eisteddfod recently, celebrating Welsh arts and talents, while also fostering a sense of pride in our linguistic heritage. 
  • We collaborated with local primary schools for a Cluster Eisteddfod, offering a platform for young talents to shine on stage in Welsh. 
  • We celebrate days of national importance such as St. David’s Day, Diwrnod Shwmae/ Sumae and Dydd Miwsig Cymru. 
  • We offer drama workshops and provide opportunities for students to compose songs with renowned artists like Lanto Elwy and The Welsh Whisperer, nurturing creativity through the medium of Welsh.

Our Welsh results at GCSE and A Level are excellent. This has led to 25% of our Sixth Form learners studying Welsh A Level, showing the strength and vibrancy of the language within our school community. 

Furthermore, we reward students with a Tocyn Iaith for speaking Welsh around school. These efforts, coupled with the enthusiasm of our staff and the active participation of our students, contribute to the flourishing of the Welsh language at Denbigh High School. 

Our ethos of bilingualism and cultural appreciation is demonstrated by the commitment of staff at Denbigh High School to improve their Welsh.  We have 31% of staff who are fluent and 56% who are actively learning Welsh.

Our governing body shares this commitment, with Welsh language matters featuring prominently as a standing agenda item in all governors’ meetings. We’ve recently appointed a governor specifically tasked with ensuring that Welsh remains an integral and vibrant aspect of school life. 

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