IT is one of the most breathtaking sights and most visited places in Powys – and now Pen-y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog) has a school named after it.

Ysgol Golwg Pen y Fan is the name of the new school that will open in Brecon this September.

The new school will open following the merger of Mount Street Infants School, Mount Street Junior School and Cradoc School.

The new school will initially operate on the three existing sites before eventually moving to a brand-new building in Brecon, set to open in September 2024, which will provide brand new, 21st century facilities for pupils.

Jess Williams, chair of Ysgol Golwg Pen y Fan’s temporary governing body, said: “The temporary governing body and I are extremely excited about the name for the new school, Ysgol Golwg Pen y Fan.


“We have enjoyed working collaboratively with pupils, parents, staff and the local community and I would like to thank them all for the help, engagement and support.

“It is a fantastic step of progression for the new school and I look forward to seeing and being part of further developments during the transition.”

Sarah Court will be the school’s headteacher, having been appointed in July 2023. She said: “It was a privilege to spend time in the schools, talking to the children and staff as they thought of ideas for a school name.

“The school community have chosen a wonderful name from the selection that were put forward.

“It is great to see the new school develop step by step and I feel very proud to be part of Ysgol Golwg Pen y Fan’s new journey.”

Pupils were initially asked to suggest possible names. A shortlist of six names was then agreed by the temporary governing body, and the school communities were asked for their views on the shortlisted names.

County Times:  Pen y fan stands overlooking Brecon. Pic: UGC (contributions). Pen y fan stands overlooking Brecon. Pic: UGC (contributions).

After considering the responses, the governing body agreed to propose Ysgol Golwg Pen y Fan as the name.

Councillor Pete Roberts, Powys County Council cabinet member for a Learning Powys, said: “In over six months’ time, a new chapter for education in Brecon will begin with the opening of Ysgol Golwg Pen y Fan.

“I would like to wish governors, staff, parents and pupils all the best over the coming months as they make the preparations as part of this merger.

“I will look forward to working with them as we work to improve the learner experience for those children who will attend Ysgol Golwg Pen y Fan.”

The new name will be subject to a delegated decision by Cllr Roberts.

The merger of the three existing Brecon schools forms part of Powys County Council’s transforming education plans for the Brecon catchment area.