Students in one area of Wales are unable to get into their closest Welsh medium school, despite the Welsh Government's language goal. Pupils on Anglesey can't join their nearest Welsh medium high school, Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern, due to there not being enough spots available.

Historically, Bodedern has been the go-to for Welsh speakers in Holyhead, while Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi (Holyhead High School) offers a "Transitional Welsh Medium", where some parts of the schooling are taught in Welsh. However, demand has exceeded supply at Bodedern this year.

Because Holyhead is further away from the high school (about seven miles) than Bodedern and its neighbouring villages, some of its pupils are missing out. It is understood 14 children from the town were turned down for a place.

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This comes when the government in Wales aims to achieve one million Welsh speakers across the nation by 2050, reports North Wales Live. Parents aren't taking the situation lying down, however. They are appealing the rejections and are hopeful they can find a solution. For the latest Welsh news delivered to your inbox sign up to our newsletter

Carl Edwards, a parent of one affected student, said: "We understand there are 14 pupils who have missed out - including 10 from Ysgol Cybi. The school is the furthest away from Bodedern due to its location in Holyhead so more pupils have missed out from here than other schools in town.

"We want our children to go to the nearest Welsh medium school. At the moment the Welsh Government is pushing for 1m Welsh speakers but this doesn't fit with that target. They do teach modules in Welsh at Holyhead High School but that is not the same as a Welsh medium school where everything is taught through Welsh, apart from English.

"They have mentioned providing school transport to other Welsh medium schools on the island but then you lose out on being part of the local Welsh community, with friends nearby. We think they need to rethink this decision and find space for the extra children."

A letter says that there are 165 places for Year 7 learners for September 2024 at Bodedern - but at least 179 applicants. Carl was told the criteria of nearest walking distance from the child's home address to the school gate was used to determine the allocation of places.

An Anglesey County Council spokesperson said: "We have been contacted by a number of parents who were disappointed they had been unsuccessful in applying for a place at Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern - an out of catchment area school - with regards the National School Offer of place made on 01.03.24.

"A school's published Pupil Admission Number reflects the school's ability to accommodate pupils in order to avoid overcrowding. Parents whose children have been refused a place at their preferred school were notified of the decision by our School Admission Officer.

"This correspondence outlined the reasons for the decision and the options available to them, this includes the right to appeal to an independent panel. Whilst every effort is made to meet the needs of learners / parents / guardians, school places outside catchment areas cannot be guaranteed."