clyro school has not been asked to close - why are you trying to 'save' it?
We are trying to save it's reputation, and save it from closure by stealth. We believe that losing a teacher is the start of the process. As a 3-class school, Clyro will be classed as a "small school" and is at much greater risk of closure under Powys' current education strategy.
why didn't the school governors submit a recovery plan?
The short answer is that the Head Teacher and Governors were attempting to work with Powys County Council to find a solution that did not involve staff redundancy, as they did not support this as the being the best outcome for the school and it's pupils. They were then only offered a very short window to submit the actual "Recovery Plan", and an extension that was requested due to extenuating personal circumstances was not accepted. The Governing Body's financial powers were removed shortly afterwards, on the last day of term before Christmas. Our campaign was launched on the same day. Also see Timeline of Events So Far for more details.
What can i do to help?
Follow the links on the home page to sign the petition, and make a donation via the GoFundMe page.
Join the campaign and share our message on social media.
Write letters or email the addresses on our contacts list (available soon).
You can also have a look at the information on this website and the timeline of events so far, and let us know if you have any ideas or can help in any way.
If you are a parent at the school and you qualify for Legal Aid we urgently need to hear from you - or if you think you might qualify please also get in touch.
when might a teacher be lost? what will happen when?
The internal consultation is happening now with an outcome expected in the coming weeks. We assume that the outcome will be a teacher being made redundant (as this is what the Head Teacher and Governors wanted to avoid), and that they will remain in place until the end of the academic year in July. As it is all taking place behind closed doors, we do not have any official channels of communication to inform us of what is happening.
We will continue with our campaign for as long as is necessary, until we have secured the future of our school.
i'm hoping to send my child/children to clyro school. can i help?
Yes you can. In fact, by choosing to send you child or children to Clyro School, you are already helping. Please contact the school straight away and let them know. If you are new to the area or if you are planning on transferring from another local school it would be really useful if you could send us a message or email to let us know - a very small increase in pupils numbers could change the course of the campaign. If your child/children will be starting in Reception as part of the September 2021 intake, it would also be useful to hear from you. We need to make sure that places are offered to all who have asked for them. And remember to let the school know - they hold the official figures so it's really important that they know of any prospective new pupils.
WHat is the "fair funding formula"?
This is the name given to Powys County Council's formula for funding schools across Powys. There is an initial level of funding, after which the number of classes are calculated on a stepped approach of 30 per class based on the pupils on the pupil count date on the first Friday after October half term. See here for more information.
I thought the new welsh curriculum includes supporting children's mental health?
Yes. Health and wellbeing is one of the core aspects of the new Welsh curriculum (see here), which starts in September 2022. We believe that what is happening at Clyro School is at odds with this.