A HEADTEACHER at a Powys high school is to be put in charge at another secondary school in the county, because the school’s current head is not in work due to ill health.

Rob Edwards, the current headteacher at Newtown High School, will join Brecon High School from next Monday, March 11, after an agreement was reached between the local authority and both schools' governing bodies.

Brecon High School’s governing body has agreed to put an acting headteacher in place to cover the absence of current headteacher Richard Jenkins, who has been absent since the end of 2023 due to ill health.

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The agreement will see Mr Edwards work at Brecon High School five days a week to cover Mr Jenkins’ absence.

The council said that arrangements are being put in place at Newtown to support the high school during this period, but had not yet confirmed what they are.

Councillor Pete Roberts, Powys County Council’s cabinet member for a Learning Powys, said: “I would like to thank Newtown High School governing body in agreeing to allow Mr Edwards to take the position of acting headteacher at Brecon High School.

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“The council will support Brecon High School to ensure a smooth transition of leadership arrangements.

“It is also providing support to Newtown High School to make sure that this agreement does not disadvantage the school.

“We would like to take this opportunity to wish Mr Jenkins a speedy recovery.”