Two Llanfyllin schools could merge into a new 'super-school' if plans for a new all-through facility are approved by Powys County Council.

The council say the initiative to combine Llanfyllin Secondary School and Llanfyllin County Primary School into a new 4-18 school would address falling numbers at both sites, which are predicted to drop from 844 pupils in January next year to 702 by January 2023.

Llanfyllin would join Ysgol Bro Hyddgen in Machynlleth as only the county's second 'all-through' school should the scheme get the go-ahead from the county council’s cabinet, who are set to decide on the issue later this month.

The target date for closure of the two schools is August 31, 2020, with the new school opening on the September 1, 2020.

The council say the new school would be delivered across both existing sites, with no new building work anticipated as part of the plan.

Cabinet Member for Learning and Welsh, Councillor Myfanwy Alexander, in a report to the cabinet, said the county council had received a letter from the two school’s governing body supporting proposals for an amalgamation of the schools from September 2020.

"We are working with the school communities in Llanfyllin to develop the integrated and high-quality educational provision which will prepare our learners for the challenge they will face in their working lives," she said.

"Tailored school structures to fit the exciting new curriculum with its emphasis on well-being and creativity will give the young people the best possible start."

The council say the plans, if approved, will provide a "more efficient, sustainable model for delivering Welsh and English medium primary and secondary in the area, with seamless progression through each key stage of education and improved quality and leadership."

The county council's cabinet will consider the recommendation at County Hall during a meeting set to be held on September 18, with a consultation exercise on the proposals likely to begin in October.