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Mind your language

While the court was highly critical of Denbighshire County Council’s decision to close a Welsh-language primary school, the judgment may only be a short-lived victory, writes Ane Vernon

6 October 2016

Issues involving the education or schooling

of children in a regional or minority language typically generate passionate debate. A controversial decision by Denbighshire County Council to close a small Welsh-language primary school in the village of Pentrecelyn in rural Wales was challenged in an application for judicial review earlier this year (
R (Aron Wyn Jones) v Denbighshire County Council [2016] EWHC 2074). It was only the second case since the High Court was established in 1875 in which written and oral submissions had been made in Welsh.

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