SIXTH formers at the Llandrindod Wells campus of Ysgol Calon Cymru have moved into the plush new surroundings of their Sixth Form Centre and Community Hub, formally known as the Youth Centre and Scout Hall.

The centre, which is located within the school grounds a short walk from the main campus, has a wide range of fantastic facilities which include a common room, quiet study room, ICT room, sports hall and quiet office space.

The centre, managed by Lia Price the school’s sixth form manager, has very quickly established itself as a base for pupils from both the Llandrindod campus and those pupils from the Builth campus too, who study some subjects in Llandrindod.

Lia said: “We are delighted to be able to move our sixth form provision forward and provide the sort of learning environment that our pupils are entitled to.”

Lizzie Tiernan, the Llandrindod campus head of sixth form, added: “Already pupils are benefitting from the new space to study, relax and take part in a wide range of activities such as badminton, table tennis and pool.

“It is wonderful to be able to give our sixth formers an experience of post-16 study that supports them as young adults.”

For the school, keeping the centre as a community space is very important. It is also used by a range of multi agencies and local community groups such as Scouts, Guides, Brownies and Rainbows and the Llandrindod Youth Club. Jenni Moorhouse, from the Scouts, said: “Scouting enables young people to learn lifelong skills while at the same time having fun and making new friends.

“Covering ages 6-14 we have three sections and around 75 children accessing our group weekly. We look forward to working in partnership with the school to support the local community and our young people for many years to come.”

Ysgol Calon Cymru headteacher Richard Jones said: “The school is very proud of its community links and we hope that this facility will strengthen them further.

“This new facility, along with the school’s increasing curriculum offer, allows pupils to have a rewarding and fulfilling experience as part of the Ysgol Calon Cymru sixth form. At Ysgol Calon Cymru, we believe in a sixth form that not only strives for academic excellence, but one that is central to the vitality of the school.”

Working alongside other sixth forms as part of the Chweched Powys Sixth, Mr Jones said that the collaboration between schools was stronger than ever, and he was pleased that Ysgol Calon Cymru could play its part in ensuring learners in Powys receive the quality of provision they are entitled to.