LLANDRINDOD Wells mayor Marcia Morgan paid tribute to her “wonderful” community, which provided support following a bomb scare at one of the town’s primary schools last week.

More than 200 pupils and staff were evacuated from Ysgol Cefnllys on Thursday, May 9, with Dyfed Powys Police confirming a bomb threat had been called in to the school.

The quick reaction of staff to keep children safe has been praised by parents, as well the Powys spa town’s mayor.

“Our wonderful community pulled together during a difficult and challenging day yesterday,” said Councillor Morgan, speaking on Friday.

“A special thank you to our rugby club for providing an emergency safe place for the pupils and staff of Ysgol Cefnllys, to our local police for their swift and supportive action and Powys County Council for their support and for providing a hot meal and drinks.

“The staff at the school must be praised for their very quick action to ensure the safety of everyone. Thank you also to parents for their support and understanding and the many messages of thanks that they have sent the school.

“Educational psychologists and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) were on site today to provide support.

“Extra play time on the school field was given to the children today to ensure that the week ended on a happy note and the playing field once again became a happy place for the pupils to be.”

Parents showed their gratitude for school staff and others. Leanne Davies said: “As a parent of children who attend the school, I have nothing but good words to say about the staff at the school.

“All children were taken to safety, fed and kept safe until parents were informed to collect them. Thank you for keeping our children safe.”

Tom Crowden added: “Fantastic job from the head, deputy head, incredible staff and the chair of governors.

“Also, those in County Hall, responding quickly to bring supplies for the kids. It’s fantastic to see such gratitude from parents for people who today, and many other days go far beyond their day-to-day duties to deliver for our kids.”


Angharad Davies said: “Thank you to all members of staff for today, you were all amazing in a very difficult time. You kept our kids safe and calm.”

Police confirmed they had received a call about a bomb scare just after midday on Thursday.

The force said the bomb threat turned out to be a hoax and that one person has since been arrested and released on bail.

The school took to Facebook asking parents to come and collect their children from Llandrindod Wells Rugby Club on Thursday afternoon, and warned people not to come to the school site, located on Cefnllys Lane, close to Powys County Council’s headquarters.

Ysgol Cefnllys posted about the incident on its Facebook page, informing people just before 5pm that the school had been checked, deemed safe and would be open as usual on Friday.