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:

Latest News

September 2017

Information on Temporary Governing Body Members

Mrs Sharon Hammond – Community governor

I have been a school governor for 23 years and I have been Chair of a primary and Llandrindod High School, where I am currently Vice Chair.  As Chair of the Temporary Governing Body, I am committed to working with governors and the Local Authority to manage this period of change to secure the best possible education for our current and future pupils to ensure that we look after the excellent staff at our existing schools.

I am a former teacher of business and accounts and have 4 children who all attended Llandrindod High School. I am also involved in the running of my family’s businesses, where my particular responsibilities include administration, accounts and HR.

Mr Maurice Thorn – Community governor

I am a retired Chartered Accountant.  For the last 20 years of my working life I was Finance Director of a company with direct responsibility for all the finance and administration of the business.

I became a governor at Llandrindod High School in autumn 1988.

I am at present Chair of Governors at Llandrindod High School and have twice been Vice-Chair.  I have always served on the Finance Committee and before becoming Chair of Governors was for many years the Chair of the Finance Committee.  I have also served on the Headteacher Appointment Panel, Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee, Personnel, Pay and Review Committee and the Pupil Discipline and Exclusions Committee.

Mr David Malcomson – Community governor

Born 1948, retired 10 years.  At retirement, a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer, a Member IOSH, and a Senior Manager at Powys.

Governor at BWHS for 12 years, and IVCPS for 8.  At BWHS, I am Vice Chair, and Chair of Staffing, and have previously severed as Chair of Finance and Heads Performance Review.

Strengths are Project Management; Strategic Planning; Documentation; Organisation; Problem solving; Finance.  By nature, I will speak up, and listen to others.  I am a questioner – like to know why, how.  I will face up to difficult problems, not avoid them.

Mr Chris Probert – Community governor

A Community Governor of Builth Wells High School.  Chair of the school’s Curriculum and Standards committee and as a Link Governor for Science and Technology, I’m passionate about the provision of the STEM related subject.

As an Innovation Specialist for the Welsh Government, I work with Welsh businesses providing advice and guidance on Research & Development, design, manufacturing and intellectual property.

In previous roles at global technology companies, I've been involved in major change programmes and bring this experience to the shadow governing body of the new secondary school for Mid Powys.

Mrs Penny Everett – Community governor

Dr Bernard Jones – LA governor

I have 40 years teaching experience as a Head of Department in 11-18 schools in London, Devon, Cornwall, Bristol and Wales.  I have been a professional mentor for the PGCE’s of several universities, training manager for Crown Paints, university tutor for Adult Extra Mural and Access courses and tutor for the WEA, Manager of Powys Adult Guidance, Literature and Drama Adviser and Assessor for the Welsh Arts Council and English Subject Advisor for The Robert Owen Group and Education Department of Birmingham City University.  Currently I am a trustee of two Arts and Educational Charities, school governor and Reviser for A Level Examinations papers for the WJEC.

County Councillor Tim Van Rees – LA governor

Mrs Lynda Brown – LA governor

  • 8 years as a parent governor at Franksbridge Primary School
  • 8 years as a parent governor at Builth Wells High School
  • currently a LEA governor at Builth Wells High School 
  • current Chair of Builth Wells High School
  • a member of the Staffing Sub-Committee and Headteacher's Performance Management Committee

Mr John Powell – LA governor

County Councillor Gwilym Williams – LA governor

Mr Tony Burgoyne – Parent governor

Having lived in Llandrindod Wells for the past 30 years, I feel that I have an understanding for local concerns regarding Education as a parent and local resident.

Contributing towards the shaping of future pupils and providing them with the best educational opportunities is of very high significance.  I feel that it is very important that the stakeholders in the school have a say in its future.  I believe that a Governor should be a voice for the parents and carer of our children and future generation to come.  I recognise the importance of a strong governing body.  In order to support and enable the headmaster and the staff leadership team to use their expertise to effectively run the school, while also providing accountability.

Mr Andrew Willemsen – Parent governor

I have been a parent governor for 8 years, firstly at Abington High School in Leicestershire and then at Llandrindod High School.  I currently have three children at Llandrindod, and my main aim as a governor is to help the school provide the best education possible to all students, through both support and challenge.  I have served on both curriculum and finance subcommittees, as well as preparing Abington for merger with another high school.  My desire is to see Mid Powys School recognised for what it can be – an exceptional rural Welsh high school.

Mrs Angela Davies – Parent governor

I am a new parent governor at Builth Wells High School and am in my 13th year as a primary school governor. I am one of three elected parent governor representatives on the ‘Powys People Scrutiny Committee’.

I have four children, two were educated in English at Llandrindod High School and two are in the welsh stream at Builth Wells High School.  Professionally I run an agricultural and property business in partnership with my husband. I hold a PGC in Agri-business Management and a Certificate in Personnel Practice from the IPD (Institute of Personnel Directors).

Mr Christian Thomas – Parent governor

I’m a relatively new governor, having been a parent governor for Builth Wells high school since March 2017.  I am a senior Finance professional working in the NHS, having worked in a variety finance roles over the last thirteen years, including general management.  In the ten year prior to this I worked in finance in private industry in London and latterly in Belgium.  I am an ex-pupil of Llandrindod High School and have a daughter currently in Builth Wells High School, and am keen to ensure that the new school and both campus’s excel going forward.

Mr Roy Davies – Parent governor

I volunteered for the Interim Governing Body of our new school because I believe that we must secure the best possible education of our young people and keep a school site in both Llandrindod and Builth Wells.  This has to be achieved whilst protecting standards for our current learners and ensuring that we look after the excellent staff of both current schools during the process of change. 

I’ve been a Governor of Llandrindod High School for six years, I have two sons in the school.  I live with my wife and family in the Elan Valley where I established my own business, Elan Valley Lodge, a residential outdoor activity centre 30 years ago.  I look forward to playing an active role in shaping the future for secondary education in Llandrindod and Builth Wells.

Vacancy – Parent governor

Mrs Jan Willemsen – Staff governor

Mr Steve Mason – Teacher governor

Teacher of Welsh at BWHS for over twenty years.  Currently Head of 1st Language Welsh and Literacy Coordinator as well as NUT Rep.  Also Chair of Working Party for the 2018 Urdd Eisteddfod in Breconshire & Radnorshire.  Also parent of two children coming to high school in September 2017.

Mrs Melanie Mackenzie – Teacher governor

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