School pupils in Llanfyllin have returned to classes this week following a programme of refurbishment and improvements to the town's school.

Work has been ongoing throughout the summer on the opening of a new primary phase and sixth form centre, to support changes to the site after it became an all age school with amalgamation of the town’s High School and Primary School last September.

The new self-contained primary phase consists of six newly refurbished classrooms, a dedicated science room, resource centre, IT room and secure playground areas.

The safeguarding of the primary pupils has been enhanced with new perimeter fencing and secure gates and internal doors, the school says.

The new sixth form centre includes six refurbished classrooms, three study areas, an ESGOL online teaching studio, a café with outdoor seating areas and a new common room.

Headteacher Dewi Owen said it had been a "tremendously exciting" start of term for teachers and pupils alike in Llanfyllin.

"We now have a true all age school with pupils from age 4 to 16 all on one campus and our post 16 learners having their own college style 6th form Centre," he said.

"The new facilities are wonderful, a real tribute to the staff, students and contractors who have designed and refurbished the different areas.

"The new physical arrangement of the school aligns perfectly with the new curriculum for Wales. This will allow our tremendous staff the opportunity to ensure our learners are ambitious, enterprising ethical and healthy individuals who are ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society."

The merger of Llanfyllin CP School and Llanfyllin High School in 2020 saw the creation of the new Ysgol Llanfyllin, only the second so-called "all-through" school in Powys, providing Welsh-medium and English-medium education for pupils from four to 18 years on the primary and high school sites.

Speaking at the opening of the school last September, Cllr Phyll Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said it was an "exciting time for governors, staff, parents and pupils"at the school, which underlined the council's commitment to improving education provision for young people in Powys.