Carno and Glantwymyn
19th October 2017
An application submitted to the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools Capital Programme to support the Welsh-medium federation in the north of the county at:
- Carno and
- Llanbrynmair has been formally approved by Welsh Government. This has secured an investment of over £2.8 million.
Cabinet member for Schools, Councillor Myfanwy Alexander said:
"This is an important further step towards giving the families of Carno the school they need. The federation of the three schools is a great success, showing the benefits of working together. Collaboration between schools will be the hallmark of education in Powys in the future and allows the Authority to invest not just in large town schools but in the village schools which serve our rural communities."
The Cabinet submitted the application this summer after being told that the condition of buildings across the sites. Carno and Glantwymyn, especially, were not adequate and that considerable investment was needed to bring them up to standard.
The £2.8m plans, which will be 50/50 funded by Welsh Government and Powys County Council, will see mobile classrooms at Carno replaced with a permanent building next to the village community centre. The replacement building will receive a £500,000 contribution from the Carno Recreation Association, donated by the Carno Windfarm Trust.
Work at Ysgol Glantwymyn will include a new disabled toilet facility, new administrative space to improve safeguarding, an improved car parking and drop-off area and a MUGA (multi use games area).
Although a bid was submitted for minor refurbishment works at Ysgol Llanbrynmair, this was rejected by Welsh Government due to the good condition of the building, already meeting Building Bulletin '99 standards. However, plans are being drawn up to develop dedicated early years space, of which Powys County Council will fund.
The federation has been operating since 2014 with a single governing body, a single leadership team and a new Headteacher and accommodates 157 pupils across three sites.
Planning applications for the Carno and Glantwymyn projects have already been submitted, with the aim of being on site in March 2018.