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Estyn Inspection Report 2016

Llanidloes High School is ‘Good, Good’

I am delighted to share with you the outcomes of our recent Estyn Inspection (April 2016) where the school’s current performance and prospects for improvement were both judged as good. It is a credit to the hard work of all in the community, the pupils, staff and other stakeholders that Llanidloes High School is one of the best in Powys. As a headteacher I have a clear vision for the school based on raising standards and meeting the needs of all pupils and, with a strong senior and extended Leadership team, have set clear priorities for improvement.

Standards were judged to be good. The inspectors reported that at both key stage 3 and key stage 4 there had been a gradual improvement in nearly all key indicators over the last four years. In Year 13 almost all pupils achieved the level 3 threshold.

Wellbeing was also good with almost all pupils feeling safe in school and thinking that staff deal well with the very few instances of bullying. As a school we provide valuable learning experiences for all pupils and meet the linguistic needs of pupils and the community well with pupils following Welsh GCSE to the end of key stage 4.

The report states that ‘the school has a very caring and inclusive ethos and is an important part of the community that values diversity and challenges stereotypes. This is reflected well in the school’s moto of ‘Giving Opportunities for All to Learn’ (GOFAL). The school provides a safe environment that promotes equality and respect well’. The school has positive relationships with parents an carers, who feel suitably informed about their children’s wellbeing and progress.

The report concludes that in view of the good standards achieved by pupils, the school provides good value for money.

The inspection report for Llanidloes High School has been published on Estyn’s website.  A copy of this inspection report can now be accessed from the page linked below.


Message from the Headteacher
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all pupils, parents, staff and the Governing Body for their continued support since I started at the school in January 2016. It has been a busy time with our recent inspection and many decisions made to further improve the school for example the new school uniform which will take effect from September 2016.  The uniform will be compulsory only for years 7 and year 12, although I would encourage as many pupils as it is feasible for to also change in September. I am sure the smarter appearance will have the positive impact anticipated. I would remind parents at this time that all pupils will be required to fully adhere to the school uniform policy (new or old) in September and that in particular trousers should be black tailored (no denim or denim-like material or leggings/skinny jeans).  Another aspect of school that will be strengthened over the coming months will be the use of the pupil planners to communicate home to parents on a regular basis. Teachers will make increased use of the planner and I would ask that parents sign them on a Thursday evening in preparation for the form tutors to check them on Friday.  After half term the times throughout the school day will change in that the pupils will have five, one hour lessons per day over a fortnightly timetable (50 lessons a fortnight). I would appreciate your help in ensuring the pupils come equipped for the right lessons across the fortnight as it will take some adjustment. The reduced time spent moving between lessons will enable teachers to focus on the learning activities the pupils are involved in. The start and end time to the day will not alter.
Mrs J Harries



I am delighted to welcome you to Llanidloes High school through our website.

Llanidloes High School is an 11 to 18 age range, high achieving school and we take great pride in the care that we offer our pupils and the opportunities that are available for pupils to develop their sporting, cultural, social and lifelong learning skills.

Teaching and Learning is a priority in the school and this is reflected in the motto GOFAL which is short for ‘Giving Opportunities For All To Learn’. This is also a Welsh word which translates into CARE which is how we strive to be considered – a caring school where every learner is encouraged to achieve their potential.



If you are either a prospective parent or a new pupil, I hope that you will find this website useful. This however, is only a beginning. It is, of course, by participating in the progress of our school that you will fully appreciate the quality of education and experience that we offer.

Your child will mature into an adult during the years spent at High School. We recognise the significance of this process and strive to provide a safe, caring, structured environment in which pupils enjoy a happy and rewarding adolescence. Children flourish in an environment which provides safety, order, regular routines and a structured day.

We provide such an ordered framework, incorporating opportunities for creativity, growth and sporting excellence. To support pupils’ progress, a list of school rules is established and these are supported by our rewards and sanctions scheme. A special feature of the rewards scheme is the Year 11 Prom which is held annually and celebrates the five years that the pupils have spent with us.

At Llanidloes, we set high standards and expectations. We expect each pupil to work to the highest possible standard, to care for each other and to show courtesy to all. Parents, knowing that co-operation between home and school boosts children’s chances, are extremely supportive. We appreciate this and the co-operative atmosphere produced.

School uniform is a source of pride for our pupils – a list is included on the school uniform page under parents. We are grateful for the excellent standards parents help us to achieve.

Every year, a Home-School agreement is sent out to pupils in Year 7 and parents are asked to read the agreement with their children, sign and return it to school. The purpose of the agreement is for the learner, parent and school to agree to common expectations and principles from all sides of the school partnership. The signed agreement lasts for the duration of your child’s time with us in school.

It may be helpful to attend our Open Evening, Sixth Form Open Evening, or simply to arrange a visit. We are happy to show visitors around the school at any time of day. Please contact the school office to make an appointment to visit us.

We look forward to your call.

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School Prom 2016

On June 23rd, Llanidloes High School celebrated its 12th Year 11 Prom at Maesmawr Hall, Caersws. Students attended the event with many family and friends witnessing their arrival, which included classic cars, luxury cars and the usual tractor.
Mathew Young, Head of Year 11 stated “As always, the year 11 prom has been one of the main highlights of the school year. This year has been one of the most memorable proms that I have attended. May I thank all the parents and students for their continued support and I wish them every success for the future”.
If you wish to purchase photos of the prom, they are available at
More photos of the event can be seen on the school facebook page.
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Year 6 Open Evening

October 22nd 2015, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 12/13 Parents' Evening

November 19th 2015, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 11 Parents' Evening

December 3rd 2015, 6.30pm
6th Form Open Evening

December 10th 2015, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 9 Parents' Evening

January 21st 2016, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 7 Parents' Evening

February 4th 2016, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 10 Parents' Evening

February 11th 2016, 6.30pm
Year 9 Options Evening

March 10th 2016, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 8 Parents' Evening

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