The Friends of Gladestry School

The Friends of Gladestry School (FROGS) was set up in 1986 when the school was threatened with closure. It was formed by a group of committed parents, past pupils and members of the community who believed that Gladestry School could, and should, have a future.

The original FROGS have been proved right. Thirty years later, Gladestry is still a thriving school perfectly suited to the community within which it is embedded. Not only are the standards achieved excellent, but the life of the school is vibrant.

FROGS’ fervent belief that Gladestry School should be allowed to continue the fantastic job it is currently doing – providing the best possible education to children, close to home, on the edge of rural Wales, but in the heart of our thriving community – has been recognised and they continue to support the ethos and work of the school.

We believe that Gladestry School represents a sustainable model of excellence in education, of which Powys County Council can be proud, and that its special, exceptional nature should be safeguarded for the future and allowed to thrive.

Who are we?

FROGS is a dedicated group of parents, past pupils supporters and members of the community.

What else we do

We organise fundraising and social events throughout the year and support the school by purchasing equipment, books, materials and funding one off trips and workshops. We contribute to the life of the school volunteering help, finding the right person for the right job and of course serving up good cuppas and delicious cake.

Social events

Our annual social events include: Advent Fair, After School Tea Party, Gladrags Clothes Sale, Dance Night, Whitsun Walk, Summer Barbecue.

Our next event will be a games afternoon at the village hall. Please contact us for further details.

Recent purchases include:

  • Ten new i pads
  • A whole school trip to Cinderella at the Courtyard Theatre
  • A blackboard for the school entrance
  • Purchase of digital cameras for the school
  • New office equipment
  • A new shed for the lower playground
  • A school visit to Titley Junction.





Estyn introduced a new inspection framework in 2010. Gladestry is the first school in Powys to be rated as ‘Excellent’ in all the new framework’s five key judgements; current performance, prospects for improvement and in response to the three key questions; ‘How good are outcomes?’, ‘How good is provision?’ and ‘How good are leadership and management?’



Gladestry Church in Wales Primary School has been working to further its healthy school status. The whole school has been working to achieve the latest Healthy Schools award.


  • Gladestry Scoops Platinum Award.

    Gladestry has been awarded the coveted Platinum Eco - Schools Award in recognition of its green credentials. Congratulations to the Eco-Gang and all the staff and pupils on this great achievement!

  • Pupils Perform for the Bourne Dance Company.

    Key Stage two pupils were invited to perform for the Matthew Bourne Company in Cardiff a dance that they had choreographed themselves.

  • Gladestry receives 'Green'.

    Gladestry is one of only 11 of the 85 primary schools in Powys to be categorised as GREEN under the new Welsh Government categorisation of schools by colour coding. The colour bands are Red - "a school in need of greatest improvement..." through Amber and Yellow to Green - "a highly effective school which is well run, has strong leadership and is clear about its priorities for improvement. These schools have a track record in raising the standards that pupils achieve and have the capacity to support other schools to do better."

  • Children Celebrate "Excellent" Achievement.

    The school and local community came together to celebrate an "excellent" Estyn report at a Hog Roast following the school’s sports day. A Powys County Council spokesperson stated that the school should feel justifiably very proud of its achievement. “It is rare that schools are awarded an excellent judgement for both current performance and prospects for improvement. I am delighted for the whole school community”

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