Parents back save school bid
PLANS to rescue a leading independent school from £2.2 million of debt, were given a standing ovation by parents of pupils.
Llandovery College warden Guy Ayling, outlined a plan to close the company operating Llandovery College, and form a new company at the end of last week.
Holding a meeting with parents on Sunday, he added that an immediate priority was addressing the lack of pay for the school's 100 staff.
Parents added their support to the plan — with Mr Ayling receiving a standing ovation at the end of the meeting.
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Mr Ayling, who took up his post as warden in April, told staff and parents that in order to safeguard the long term future of Llandovery College, it has been necessary to close the company currently operating the school.
Mr Ayling added: "Llandovery College will continue to operate with its full range of services and facilities and we will start the Michaelmas term as usual on September 3.
"Parents do not need to take any further action."
Parent, Bethan Drinkall, said the news of the school's financial issues was initially a shock, but added: "Following a parents meeting on Sunday evening, I felt that there was an overall sense of positivity and faith in his management of the situation.
"He received a standing ovation from all present at the meeting which resounded the immense support that he had from parents, staff and pupils."
Llandovery College has a 160-year history, catering for more than 300 boarders and day pupils aged from 4 to 18. Alumni include X Factor finalist Rhydian Roberts and Wales rugby star George North.