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BBC Wales's David Cornock
"The school has to rely on occasional grants and the generosity of parents"
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Tuesday, 20 June, 2000, 14:13 GMT 15:13 UK
London Welsh school appeal lost
Ysgol Gymraeg Llundain
MPs are to appeal for funding to secure the school
The Government has rejected an appeal to help save the only primary school outside Wales that teaches in Welsh.

The Schools Minister, Estelle Morris, said The London Welsh School - or Ysgol Gymraeg Llundain - could not receive funding because it does not teach the national curriculum.

The school has to leave its current home at the end of this term and is appealing for extra funds.

It has had to rely on occasional grants and parental support because it does not follow the English national curriculum and consequently cannot get state aid.


Children at Ysgol Gymraeg Llundain
The school was set up in 1955

The school and its 17 full-time and 13 part-time pupils is currently looking for a new home as it has to leave its current site at the end of the term because its building has been sold.

Governors are trying to get voluntary-aided status but that would mean having to teach English in Key Stage One of the national curriculum.

But this, MPs say, would defeat the purpose of the school's existence.

The school dates back to 1955 when Welsh language classes were started by two members of the London Welsh Association.

Within two years, it had been decided to extend the lessons by setting up a dedicated Welsh school.

By 1961, the school was set up at St David's Church in Paddington, west London, before it moved to its current site at the Welsh Chapel in Willesden, north west London.

In a bid to secure the school's future on a third London site, the Cardiff North MP Julie Morgan, had appealed to the Commons for funding.

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