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Victory for campaigners as Powys school closure plans ditched

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Plans to close Gwernyfed and Brecon high schools and establish a single 11-16 school should be abandoned, Powys County Council will be told later this month.

A report outlining feedback from wide-ranging consultation earlier this year and recommending a change of direction will be debated by full council on September 8.

In February this year, 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.

The report is recommending plans to close both Gwernyfed and Brecon high schools and create one 11-16 school, with post-16 education delivered by Neath Port Talbot College Group should be abandoned in favour of investment in a new campus at Brecon and improvements at the Gwernyfed site.

The report is recommending to reconsult on the proposal to close the Welsh stream at Brecon High School and have it delivered at the Builth Wells campus of the proposed new two sited secondary school for mid Powys

It was clear to anyone who attended the consultation meetings in Gwernyfed and Brecon that the plans for a single 11-16 school operating on one site in Brecon were not supported.

Although there are many benefits for a larger 11-16 school in Brecon it is not the right solution for the area and that is clear from the consultation responses.

The communities have spoken and we have listened and are abandoning our plans for a single school on one site.

– Cabinet Member for Schools, Councillor Arwel Jones

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