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Cabinet to consider Newtown schools objection report

Plans to increase the capacity of a proposed new school building in Newtown so pupils from another school can also be included could be given the go-ahead if a recommendation to Cabinet is approved, the county council has said.

Powys County Council is proposing to increase the capacity of the proposed new school building at Ysgol Calon y Dderwen so that pupils from Treowen C.P. School can also be included.

It is the intention that, from September 2025, Ysgol Calon y Dderwen would be extended to include the current building Treowen C.P. School building. Pupils currently attending Treowen C.P. School would continue to attend school in the existing Treowen building until the new building at Ysgol Calon y Dderwen is ready.

When the new building opens, the Treowen site would close and all pupils would move to the new school building on the current Ysgol Calon y Dderwen site.

Earlier this year, Cabinet gave the go-ahead for a statutory notice to be published formally proposing the change, which was published in May. During the statutory notice period, 38 objections were received.

On Tuesday 9 July, Cabinet will receive and consider the objection report and will be asked to approve the proposal.

Dr Richard Jones, the council’s Director of Education said: “The council is committed to securing the best start in life for our young people and one of the ways we can achieve this is by transforming education.

“The council believes that this proposal meets the aims of the Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys as we look to improve the learner entitlement and experience while delivering 21st Century facilities that would provide environments where learners and teachers thrive and reach their potential.

“However, it is important that Cabinet hears the views of those who have objected to the proposal and these will be carefully considered before any final decisions are made.”