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Hundreds protest over plans to merge Powys secondary schools

Hundreds of pupils and local residents have turned out at their local council office in Powys ahead of a decision by council members to reorganise two secondary schools in the area.

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Council members are considering plans to replace two schools in Brecon and build a new English-medium school on the site of Builth Wells High School. The second school Llandrindod Wells will be closed under the proposals.

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Under the same proposals, Gwernyfed and Brecon secondary schools would also close in south Powys and be replaced by an English-medium secondary school.

The move will improve cost-effectiveness and efficiency, eliminate maintenance costs at both schools and remove surplus places.

"Decisive action is needed in the region to strengthen our secondary provision, three of the four secondary schools are in special measures. We must take action for the sake of our young learners.

– Cabinet Member for Schools, Councillor Arwel Jones

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