21st Century School Programme delivers new schools
14 January 2020
Nine school building projects have been completed in the last four years as part of a major Powys County Council investment programme.
The council has successfully delivered nine projects under its 21st Century School Programme. The project has seen one high school and seven primary schools being built and another primary school refurbished.
Almost £56m has been invested by the council and the Welsh Government as part of the programme's first wave of investment.
The first school to open under the programme was Newtown's Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd, which opened its doors back in January 2016 at a cost of £8m.
Following an area review of the Gwernyfed catchment schools, which saw 10 primaries become five, the council has built five primary schools in Llyswen, Talgarth, Clyro, Hay on Wye and Llangors as part of a £24m investment programme.
The council has also built a replacement school for Ysgol Gynradd Carno and refurbished Ysgol Glantwymyn thanks to a £2.8m investment. £500,000 worth of funding was provided for the replacement school at Ysgol Gynradd Carno by the Carno Recreation Association, donated by the Carno Windfarm Trust.
Ysgol Carno and Ysgol Glantwymyn together with Ysgol Llanbrynmair are the council's first model of school federation. The federation was highly praised by Estyn inspectors in 2019 after all three schools received excellent or good classifications in the five key areas reviewed by inspectors.
The latest project to be delivered is the £21m Brecon High School, which opened its doors to pupils for the first time in December 2019.
Every project is unique and responds to local needs with a strong emphasis on community benefits. It includes examples of co-location of library services, community meeting and sporting facilities as well as facilities which centre around the needs of the family.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said: "Providing high quality teaching and learning environments is one of the aims of our Vision 2025.
"This has been a significant investment from both the council and the Welsh Government, which have provided 21st Century facilities that will help our learners and teaching staff thrive.
"Our investment plans won't stop there. Work has resumed on the new Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School build and we will continue with our plans for replacement buildings for Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng, Ysgol Cedewain and Brynllywarch and other exciting developments."