School budgets and finance

The Schools Forums (Wales) Regulations 2003 require each Council to establish a Schools Forum.  The Schools Forum is key to developing informed and confident dialogue between the Council and schools on budgetary issues, including schools’ funding levels for the coming year, pressures on future years’ budgets, changes to the local funding formula and reviewing contracts / service level agreements for services to schools.

The Council consults with the Schools Forum annually on matters relating to its schools’ budget and revisions to its Scheme for Financing Schools.  The Forum is a consultative and advisory body, and not a decision taking body.

The Powys Schools Forum comprises 22 members, with no more than one quarter being non-schools members.  Schools members must include a proportionate number of representatives of primary schools, secondary schools, community schools, voluntary schools and at least one must be a representative of a special school.  At least one schools member must be a parent governor.

Current membership

Name Representing Designation
Sarah Chandler Primary Headteachers Headteacher
Vacancy Primary Headteachers Headteacher
Michelle Humphreys Primary Headteachers Headteacher
Linda Crockett Primary Headteachers Headteacher
Jim Toal Secondary Headteachers Headteacher
Ionwen Spowage Secondary Headteachers Headteacher
Jackie Parker Secondary Headteachers Headteacher
John Williams Secondary Headteachers Headteacher
Julie Kay Special School Headteachers Headteacher
Eira Jones School Governors Chair of Governors
Katie Moffat School Governors Parent Governor
David Malcomson School Governors Governor
Hugh Pattrick School Governors Chair of Governors
Graham Taylor School Governors Governor
Councillor Kath Roberts-Jones School Governors Chair of Governors
Maurice Thorn School Governors Chair of Governors
Susan Hill School Governors Vice-Chair of Governors
Vacancy School Governors Governor
Neil Butler Professional Bodies/Trade Unions Teacher Representative
Deidre Hanson Professional Bodies/Trade Unions Teacher Representative
Paul Williams Professional Bodies/Trade Unions Non-teacher Representative
Vacancy Diocesan Authorities Diocesan Representative
Councillor Myfanwy Alexander Powys County Council Portfolio Holder for Learning and Welsh Language
Councillor Aled Davies Powys County Council Portfolio Holder for Finance, Countryside & Transport
Councillor Peter Roberts Powys County Council Chair of People Scrutiny Committee

The Scheme for Financing Schools sets out the financial relationship between the Authority and the maintained schools which it funds. It contains requirements relating to financial management and associated issues, binding on both the Authority and on schools.

The Scheme applies to all community, voluntary controlled and aided, foundation and community special schools maintained by the Authority. 

Download the Powys scheme for financing schools