Parents in the Llanfair Caereinion area have reportedly expressed frustration over Powys County Council’s lack of communication regarding the future of Ysgol Bro Caereinion.

On Tuesday, November 21, a meeting was held at Llanfair Caereinion Leisure Centre over the proposed changes to Ysgol Bro Caereinion from Powys County Council, changes that could see the school transformed into a Welsh medium school.

The private meeting was reportedly a chance for the school’s governing body to inform parents of the full set of proposals from Powys County Council, with headteacher of Ysgol Bro Caereinion Huw Lloyd Jones also in attendance.


Parents in the area have reportedly expressed “frustration and confusion” over the decision to refrain from consulting directly with them regarding the proposal.

A spokesperson for a group of parents in the Llanfair community said: “The announcement, made just weeks before the start of the high school application process, has left many families uncertain about the best educational options for their children.

“The council has opted to exclude parents from direct consultations, choosing instead to focus on discussions with schools, governors, and children only.

“The lack of open communication has created an atmosphere of uncertainty and anxiety among parents, who are eager to understand the potential implications of this change on their families.

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“Key concerns include the division it will create in the community, possibility of siblings being separated, and eligibility for free school transport when applying for English stream high school places. 

“Parents are calling for greater transparency and direct engagement from Powys County Council to ensure they are empowered to make informed decisions about their children's education. Without this essential dialogue, the proposed change risks creating further anxiety and division within the community.

“Powys Council’s decision to exclude parents from direct consultations has raised concerns about the council's commitment to open communication and community engagement. With the clock ticking down to the end of the consultation period, parents are urging them to reconsider its approach and prioritise direct dialogue with those most affected by this significant educational decision.” 

The meeting was held as Powys County Council’s consultation process for the proposal nears its end, having started in October and scheduled to finish on December 7.