25 October 2022
The findings of an informal engagement exercise on plans to transform secondary school in mid Powys have been published, the county council has said.
Powys County Council wants to address issues with the current operating model of Ysgol Calon Cymru, a dual stream secondary school operating campuses in Builth Wells and Llandrindod Wells.
In 2021 the council had identified a preferred way forward that could address these issued which included:
- A new 11-18 English-medium campus in Llandrindod Wells; plus
- A remodelled 4-18 Welsh-medium all-through campus in Builth Wells.
Last year, a questionnaire was launched to help the council understand what people thought about the preferred way forward.
A report outlining the findings of this engagement exercise has now been published.
Cllr Pete Roberts, Cabinet Member for a Learning Powys, said: “I would like to thank all those who gave their views on the preferred way forward suggested by the council during this informal engagement exercise.
“The purpose of the initial engagement exercise was to test the council’s future plans for education in the area with local residents. The feedback received as part of this exercise will be invaluable in helping the council to shape the future direction for the school in the context of the challenging circumstances we now face.
“Alongside the informal engagement exercise, further work is ongoing to test the plans, including work to assess the feasibility of remodelling Ysgol Calon Cymru’s Builth Wells campus to accommodate an all-age school.
“Once this work is complete, the council will need to consider how to move forward, to ensure that in the future, learners across the catchment can access educational opportunities of the highest quality across the broadest range of subjects.
“As this work continues there will be further opportunities for residents to give their views on any plans that emerge before they are taken forward.”
To read the findings of the engagement report visit www.haveyoursaypowys.wales/ysgol-calon-cymru