Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

Dear Parents and Students

Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

In our school we encourage everyone to have the highest expectations of themselves and each other as together we Learn to Lead our Lives.

We are proud of our students’ academic achievements.  Just as importantly, we are a school that cares.  We believe that students need to feel comfortable and secure in order to learn and, as a school, we put as much emphasis on creating a supportive and happy environment as we do on academic success.  We achieve both.

I look forward to working with you to ensure the very best learning and life for the young people in our care.

Vaughan Davies

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Adran y Gymraeg

Faculty Leader: Miss A Pearson

Welsh as a Second language is taught to all students in Years 7 to 11 and AS and A2 Levels are also offered to Sixth Form students. 20% of the population of Wales speak Welsh fluently and this figure is rising. Amongst 3 to 15 year olds, the figure is 40%.

Research shows that understanding more than one language allows us to think more flexibly and creatively. Learning Welsh opens the door to experiencing a different culture of music, literature, TV and radio. A qualification in Welsh is now widely sought for careers including the Welsh Government and Local Government, the media and teaching.

At MCS, students are given many opportunities to use their Welsh outside lessons. The weekly Clwb Cymraeg (Welsh Club) holds a variety of activities. There are also regular visits to the Urdd Centres in Llangrannog and in Cardiff Bay and trips are arranged to the Millennium Stadium to watch Wales playing football and rugby.


Students start Year 7 with a wide range in their experience of Welsh. Some will have had regular lessons at primary school, whilst others are just starting out! For those students transferring from primary school in England, the Faculty offers offers a ‘Croeso i Gymru’ (Welcome to Wales) day of introduction to the Welsh Language and all things Welsh in July!

In learning Welsh in Years 7, 8 and 9 our emphasis is on enjoying learning and using everyday spoken Welsh. Students learn through a wide variety of games, role plays, conversations and use of the internet. Topics covered include School, Time, Holidays, Family, Sport and Entertainment. The four subject specific skills areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing are all developed but the greatest emphasis is placed on speaking as well as the skills that are to be developed as part of the Year 7 Integrated Curriculum.

The annual school Eisteddfod is an exciting highlight in the school calendar. Each year students compete in their tutor group in an array of competitions to win the Year Cup. The climax of the day is the awarding of the Eisteddfod Chair which is given to the student who is judged to have written the winning Welsh poem.


At Key Stage 4 students choose either the Full Course GCSE or the Short Course GCSE. Both lead to a GCSE qualification grades A* to G but the Full Course covers twice as much content.  25% of the overall GCSE mark for Full Course and 50% for Short Course is allocated to Controlled Tasks which consists of spoken and written tasks.


Welsh as a Second Language is also offered to AS and A2 Levels. Students are able to study the Welsh language plus a variety of topics including welsh literature, poetry, films, dramas and short stories. 

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