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More Able / Talented Pupils at Llanidloes High School

More Able and Talented Students (MATS)

It is the policy of Llanidloes High school to encourage our more able and talented students. This is clearly stated in our school aims and we aim to meet the needs of MATS in the following ways;


  • Pupils are identified and their progress tracked carefully by staff
  • Providing MATS with teaching and learning strategies and opportunities to allow them to reach their full potential
  • The school is registered with Potential Plus UK ( and NACE Cymru - National Association for Able Children in Education (
  • A member of staff has responsibility for our MATS programme
  • Lessons are differentiated according to MATS needs
  • MATS are encouraged to enter local and national competitions
  • MATS are encouraged to participate in the school’s extra-curricular programme of activities
  • MATS are encouraged to enter GCSE courses earlier than their peers where appropriate

How do I know if my child is gifted and talented?

A gifted child will tend to:

develop speech and vocabulary early
ask lots of questions and be very curious
read early
learn quickly
have a good memory
be good at puzzles
enjoy problem-solving and reasoning

If you think your child is gifted or talented, please contact the school and explain why you think so and have some examples to illustrate your points.


Selected websites to support MAT learners

The following are the Teachit websites which offer a range of free resources to download as well as useful information.

English –
Maths –

The following are Olympiads in the different subject areas:

Biology –
Chemistry –
Physics –

Past papers (questions and answers) are available as free downloads for the above subjects

Maths –

Past papers available but there is a charge

Geography –
Linguistics –
Science/Technology –


Cymraeg English

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Latest News

Powys Route for 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Powys this September during its 388-day journey through the Commonwealth. 

The Powys route is part of the 230,000 kilometer journey to the baton’s final destination - The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia in April 2018.

The baton will spend four days in Wales, making its way through Powys on September 7 as part of a journey through every nation and territory within the commonwealth in the build up to the opening ceremony. 

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communications Cllr Wynne Jones, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Powys once again. 

“As the baton travels through the county, it’s an opportunity to celebrate our rich heritage, culture, beautiful landscapes and the Welsh language on an international stage. 

“The Powys route will begin in Brecon, travel up to Rhayader for a public street event before stopping at Llanidloes high and primary schools and a private photo stop in Llandinam.

“It will then travel to the new Welsh-medium Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd in Newtown, before a final stop in the county at Welshpool.

“I hope having the Queen’s Baton in Powys will ignite pride in our county and Welsh athletes competing in the games. Plans are at an early stage but we look forward to putting on memorable activities to mark this exciting occasion.”

Chris Jenkins, Commonwealth Games Wales Chief Executive, said: “We’re extremely proud to announce this route. The Relay will give everyone a chance to be involved in an unforgettable experience.”

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September 29th 2016, 6.30pm
Year 6 Open Evening

October 13th 2016, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 12/13 Parents' Evening

November 8th 2016, 6.30pm
6th Form Open Evening

November 17th 2016, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 11 Parents' Evening

December 1st 2016, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 7 Parents' Evening

January 12th 2017, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 9 Parents' Evening

February 9th 2017, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 10 Parents' Evening

March 2nd 2017, 6.30pm
Year 9 Options Evening

March 16th 2017, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 8 Parents' Evening

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