New Mid-Powys Secondary School

Plans for merging two of the county’s secondary schools is now underway, following the conclusion of the statutory consultation process.  From September 2018, Builth Wells High School and Llandrindod High School will be merged, to form a new dual-sited school.

The Project

The new school will operate from the current sites of Llandrindod High School and Builth Wells High School, and will provide education for 11 – 18 year olds.  It will be a bilingual school with English medium provision delivered on both sites, with Welsh-medium provision available on the Builth Wells site. 

There are no plans to build a single campus – secondary education will remain in both towns.


The new school will open from 1st September 2018.

A temporary governing body has already been formed, and information will be made available to pupils, staff, parents and communities as the project evolved.


Documents in relation to this proposal can be found here:

Press Release, 28th February 2018


Latest News

Update from the temporary governing body

Shortlisting for the externally advertised deputy post has now taken place and interviews will take place on Wednesday 29 November in Builth Wells High School and Thursday 30 November in Llandrindod High School.

Suggestions for the name for the new school have also been shortlisted and members of the school councils will now be consulted on the preferred name and for suggestions for the school logo.  The final decision on the name will be taken by the temporary governing body on 12 December before being submitted to the Education Portfolio Holder for ratification.

The Curriculum, Staffing and Finance sub committees continue to meet very regularly in order to finalise and present their plans for the new school to the full temporary governing body for approval at the December meeting.  Following that meeting there will be a further update for staff and pupils

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Press Release - July 2017

Appointment of Head for the new 11-18 bi-lingual school in Mid Powys County Council

Following interviews last week, the members of the temporary governing body for the new 11 - 18 bi-lingual school in Mid Powys have appointed Mrs Ionwen Spowage as head of the new school.  It is intended that she will take up her new post in January 2018.

Ionwen Spowage said that "I am delighted to have been appointed as Headteacher of the new Mid Powys 11–18 Bilingual School. I am excited by the prospect of working with the community to shape the future of education in mid-Powys. This will be a new school for everybody where inclusion and aspiration will underpin all that we do. I am committed to extending and ensuring equality of opportunity for our families who want their children to receive an outstanding bilingual and Welsh-medium secondary education in the heart of Wales. Our school will be a centre of high expectation, where learners develop the attitudes, characteristics and self-belief to tackle any challenges and can make a real contribution to our local, national and global community."

The Chair of the temporary governing body Sharon Hammond said that ‘the temporary governing body are delighted to announce the appointment of the new head and look forward to working with Mrs Spowage to shape the future of Bilingual 11 - 18 provision in Mid -Powys. Our vision is to ensure a smooth transition period as we work towards the merger and to lay down firm foundations for excellent provision in the new school’.

Any questions or comments to the Temporary Governing Body can be emailed to


June 2017

The Temporary Governing Body for the new 11 - 18 bi-lingual school in Mid Powys has been established, consisting of governors who represent both existing schools in Builth Wells and Llandrindod.  The Chair is Sharon Hammond and the Vice Chair is Andrew Willemsen.

The process of appointing a head for the new school has begun.  The post has been advertised nationally and the proposed interview dates are 6/7 July.

Any questions or comments to the Temporary Governing Body can be emailed to