'Wrap up warm', children told as broken boiler doesn't close THIS school

By Sue Austin | Oswestry | News | Published:

A broken central heating boiler brought an 'old school' response - when parents were asked to send their children to the classroom in warm clothing.

Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng. Inset, headteacher Bethan Bleddyn.

With many schools across Shropshire and Mid Wales closed recently because of snow, frozen pipes and heating problem, the head at the Welsh-speaking Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng took a different approach.

Mrs Bethan Bleddyn wrote to parents explaining that the boiler in the old school building was broken and suggesting the children wear layers of clothing to keep warm.

In a message to parents on Monday following the breakdown she wrote: "School will be open tomorrow, however, despite a number of emails and phone calls expressing the urgency Powys has not sent an engineer to fix the boiler.

"If you feel it would be too cold at school to send your children, that’s fine. They do not have to wear their school uniform and can wear warm, layered clothing. We apologise for this continuing issue but are doing all we can, as a school, to get it fixed.”

The school has 75 pupils and almost all turned up either in uniform and layers or in warm trousers and fleeces.

Mrs Bleddyn added: "Those that are not at school we understand have the usual coughs and colds."

Children also enjoyed activities to keep them warm during the day.

Powys County Council said an engineer was due at attend the school today.

The new Welsh speaking school is housed in old buildings at the former Ardwyn School on Red Bank. The town has had a restructuring of its primary schools and Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng - Welshpool Welsh School - will eventually move onto the Maesydre site.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.


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