Machynlleth’s new super-school is projected to lose more than £100,000 a year for the next three years, the Cambrian News can reveal.

Llanidloes High School is the only secondary school in Powys set to make a surplus by 2022.

Among primary schools, Ysgol Llanybrynmair and Ysgol Llandinam are set to remain in surplus each year to 2021, but Ysgol Llanidloes is set to run a deficit by 2021, a report reveals.

Powys council Cabinet will meet this week to discuss the schools budget for the county and stark figures show the extent of a funding crisis hitting county schools.

Powys council is facing a deficit of more than £9m by 2021 across its 11 secondary schools – and more than £11.5m across all schools – if budgets are not slashed and cost-cutting delivered.

The council has issued notices of concern to dozens of school which predict they will be unable to break even – including Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, which has budgeted for unauthorised losses of more than £100,000 between 2019 and 2022.

However, Ysgol Bro Hyddgen’s projected losses – which include the primary provision in its status as an all-through school - are tiny compared to some of the other secondary schools, where projected losses run into seven figures.

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