I am writing following the letter from Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies in last week’s County Times relating to Welsh medium secondary schools in Powys.

Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd opened in Newtown in 2001 with promises that full Welsh medium secondary education would follow. Almost 20 years later, we are still waiting.

It is now an undisputed fact that dual stream schools do not work in creating truly bilingual citizens and 95 per cent of our pupils come from English speaking households, and it is the full immersion in the language in every aspect of school life that makes them fluent by year 6.

However, the hard work and commitment of staff, pupils and parents is not then supported as there is no natural progression for complete immersion in the continuation of their journey.

Indeed, such is the confusion and lack of a clear path that pupils end up attending streams, with varying numbers of subjects available in Welsh, in different secondary schools across the area.

It’s time to end the broken promises of the past 20 years.

The number of parents choosing Welsh education for their children is increasing significantly in the Severn Valley, as it is across Wales, and it is time for the authorities to act now to create an all through Welsh medium school in Newtown.

Hywel Lovgreen, Chair of Governors, Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd