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School with eight pupils closes

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A Powys primary school closes its doors for the final time after 134 years.

A primary school in Powys with eight pupils has closed its doors for the final time after 134 years.

Councillors voted in October 2007 to shut Llangurig school, along with two others, after a review found that there were more than 4,000 surplus places.

Llangurig head teacher Ernie Jones said everybody was "a bit subdued" and staff were "close to tears".

Howey, near Llandrindod Wells and Thomas Stephens School in Pontneddfechan are also set to close.

A decision about an additional three schools at Carno, near Newtown, Llanfihangel Yng Gwynfa and Ysgol Efyrnwy schools, near Llanfyllin, has been deferred.

Powys council hopes to save 4m if it shuts all six schools.

Everybody is a bit subdued, the staff are close to tears and the children are pretty quiet
Llangurig head teacher Ernie Jones

Llangurig head teacher Ernie Jones said: "Everybody is a bit subdued, the staff are close to tears and the children are pretty quiet.

"In a way we're glad it's all over because the fate of the school has been hanging in the balance for the last five years.

"It's been very stressful for everyone concerned."

Mr Jones added that some pupils had not taken the decision to close the school well. He said one little boy had cried every day this week.

The school held a mass reunion of staff and pupils last Friday, which was attended by 300 people.

Both teachers, aged 58, are retiring. The school also has a cook.

The children are set to attend either Llanidloes or Rhayader primary schools.

Llangurig school opened in March 1874.


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