School budgets and finance

Schools Forum

The Schools Forums (Wales) Regulations 2003 require each Council to establish a Schools Forum.  The Schools Forum is key to developing informed and confident dialogue between the Council and schools on budgetary issues, including schools' funding levels for the coming year, pressures on future years' budgets, changes to the local funding formula and reviewing contracts / service level agreements for services to schools.

The Council consults with the Schools Forum annually on matters relating to its schools' budget and revisions to its Scheme for Financing Schools.  The Forum is a consultative and advisory body, and not a decision taking body.

The Powys Schools Forum comprises 22 members, with no more than one quarter being non-schools members.  Schools members must include a proportionate number of representatives of primary schools, secondary schools, community schools, voluntary schools and at least one must be a representative of a special school.  At least one schools member must be a parent governor.

2020 Current Members

Representing Primary Headteachers:

Jess Stuart-Lyon, Ysgol Trefonnen C in W Community Primary School
Shan Kenchington, Mount Street Infants Primary School
Mark Wakeley, Crickhowell Primary School
David Lewis (representing Linda Crockett), Rhayader C in W Community Primary School
Bethan G Jones, Llanbrynmair School
Linda Green, Llanbedr CinW School

Representing Secondary Headteachers

Jim Toal, Welshpool High School
Jackie Parker, Crickhowell High School
John Williams, Gwernyfed High School
Russell Cadwallader (Special School Headteachers)

Representing School Governors

Graham Taylor, Rhayader C in W School (Chair)
Susan Hill, Maesyrhandir Primary School
Maurice Thorn, Ysgol Calon Cymru
Anthony Lancett, Presteigne Primary School
Huw Pattrick, Ysgol Maesydderwen
Cllr Kath Roberts-Jones

Representing Professional Bodies/Trade Unions

Angela Butler (NASUWT)
Paul Williams (non-teacher representative)

Representing Diocesan Authorities

John Meredith (Diocesan Director of Education)


Councillor Phyl Davies (Portfolio Holder for Learning and Welsh Language)
Councillor Aled Davies  (Portfolio Holder for Finance, Countryside & Transport)
Councillor Peter Roberts (Chair of the Learning and Skills Scrutiny Committee)

Financing Schools

The Scheme for Financing Schools sets out the financial relationship between the Authority and the maintained schools which it funds. It contains requirements relating to financial management and associated issues, binding on both the Authority and on schools.

The Scheme applies to all community, voluntary controlled and aided, foundation and community special schools maintained by the Authority. 

Download the Powys scheme for financing schools [885KB]

School Funding - Section 52 Budget Statement

Welsh Government Regulations require each Local Education Authority (LEA) to publish annually Section 52 Statements

  • Part 1 containing particulars of planned expenditure for individual schools
  • Part 2 information with respect to the methodology for determining schools' budget shares
  • Part 3 information with respect to the budget share of each of the authority's schools



Part 1Part 2Part 3
Part 1 2016-17 [142KB] Part 2 2016-17 [326KB] Part 3 2016-17 [275KB]
Part 1 2017-18 [142KB] Part 2 2017-18 [348KB] Part 3 2017-18 [278KB]
Part 1 2018-19 [140KB] Part 2 2018-19 [310KB]  (This document may not meet accessibility standards. If you require it in a different format, please contact us) Part 3 2018-19 [274KB]
Part 1 2019-20 [404KB] Part 2 2019-20 [302KB] Part 3 2019-20 [272KB]
Part 1 2020-21 [91KB] Part 2 2020-21 [256KB] Part 3 2020-21 [207KB]


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