Powys School Plans
20th December 2017
Ambitious Powys County Council plans that could see nearly £114m invested in county schools over the coming years have been approved in principle by the Welsh Government.
Under the plans, submitted to the Welsh Government's 21st Century programme, the county could see major improvements to:
- secondary and
- special school services as part of a joint Local initiative running from 2019-2025/26.
A key part of the application will be a major investment in the educational infrastructure in the Newtown area in order to improve the facilities for vulnerable pupils at Ysgol Cedewain and Ysgol Brynllywarch, Kerry.
Ysgol Cedewain has 110 pupils aged two to 19 who have a range of additional learning needs that require specialist teaching, care, support facilities and equipment. Concern has been expressed at condition of the existing school buildings and the need for investment to provide improved facilities for the vulnerable pupils.
There will also be investment in some of the town's primary schools, as well as plans to develop a 2A Welsh-medium all-through 4-18 school in the town.
The county council has been told that the £113.9m Band B programme application has been approved in principle by the Welsh Government. This is subject to approval of individual business cases for specific elements.
Cabinet Member for Schools, Councillor Myfanwy Alexander said: "This is an opportunity to provide a far better infrastructure in which our most vulnerable youngsters are learning. In partnership with Welsh Government and the Health Service, together with our communities, we are looking to deliver a new vision for Newtown. We are confident that these ambitious plans will come into fruition, having a considerable positive impact on the economy of Powys and the well-being of our citizens."
The programme also includes funding to improve primary school buildings in Brecon, and to support the development of Welsh medium education in Mid Powys. Funding to refurbish or remodel schools in other areas of the county, based on level of need is also included in the plans.
The development in Newtown, the county's largest town, could feature exciting capital projects with public partners including Powys Teaching Health Board with potential for improved health and social care provision in the town and surrounding area as part of a major building programme.