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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

Examination Results 2017

We are delighted and extremely proud that once again our students have achieved excellent exam results.

A Level: 100% of the year 13 cohort achieve the Level 3 threshold, which is the equivalent of 2 or more A*-E grades,  with 27% gaining 2 or more  A*- A,  94% achieved 2 or more A*-C grades (placing us top in Powys).  Worthy of particular note were 7 students who have 2 or more grade A*/A:  Ffion Williams with 4 A’s, Olivia Jones with 1A* and 3 A’s, Molly Hughes with A*, 2 A’s and B, Sioned Jones A*, 2A’s and C, Lauren Williams 2 A*, 1A, 1B, Amy Hill 2A’s, 1 Distinction*, 1C and William Richards with 2A’s, 2B’s.

There is no doubt that their hard work and dedication, together with the commitment of their teachers and parents who have supported them, has been justly rewarded with these outstanding results. 96% have been successful in gaining a place in their first choice university.

GCSE: We are proud to announce another set of excellent GCSE examination results at Llanidloes High School. Particularly pleasing was the 27.4% of pupils who achieved 5 or more A*-A grades which continues our improving trend from previous years.  English results, unlike the National picture, showed a significant improvement with 83.2% achieving A*- C  grades. 96% of the year group passed the newly graded Welsh Baccalaureate qualification.  76.8% gained level 2 and 67.4% the level 2 inclusive (at least 5 A*-C including English and Maths).

Congratulations go to the pupils who, supported by staff and parents, have put in tremendous effort to achieve results that they should be very proud of. I look forward to welcoming many back to our very successful sixth form, which achieved the best A*-C grades in Powys, and wish others every success in their future.  Thanks must go to the staff, parents, governors and the community who continue to support the school in continuing to provide excellent teaching and learning.

More news...


September 28th 2017, 6.30pm
Year 6 Open Evening

November 16th 2017, 6.30pm
6th Form Open Evening

November 30th 2017, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 7 Parents' Evening

January 11th 2018, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 9 Parents' Evening

January 25th 2018, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 8 Parents' Evening

February 28th 2018, 6.30pm
Year 9 Options Evening

March 8th 2018, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 11 Parents' Evening

April 12th 2018, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 10 Parents' Evening

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