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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

Eisteddfod 2017

Llanidloes High School enjoyed a very successful Eisteddfod for Year Groups 7, 8 and 9 pupils on St David's Day. A plethora of competitions were held during the morning, including Welsh, English and French recitation, drama, singing, instrumental competitions and 'the silent monks'. The highlight of the day was the Chairing of the Welsh and English literary winners, which was held in the afternoon.  Amy Owen, who had written an imaginative descriptive piece and Megan Jones, who had written a piece of prose entitled 'Belonging', were both worthy winners.  As well as this, a number of other awards were given, including an Art prize for Ian Downey and Jess Lewis, and the Junior Literary Medals for Welsh and English which went to Ffion Snape and Aerona Ferguson, respectively. Curriculum Area Leader for Languages, Gwenan Crawford, said, "After much fierce competition, Ceiriog house were the overall winners of the day.  Da iawn bawb! "

Interact Group Inauguration

Llanidloes High School would like to thank all those parents who returned the questionnaire about homework. The school also carried out a questionnaire and had replies and suggestions from all the learners.

In light of the huge response to the issue of homework, which is a subject that is regularly raised by the school council, the school has changed its approach in its production of homework timetables. These will now include some subjects where homework will be set on a regular pattern. Other subjects will set homework when appropriate and will have more flexibility concerning when they need to be completed.

All teachers in the school have been issued with a list of 11 points raised by both parents and learners as good practice for guidance regarding the setting, content and style of homework.

We hope that this exercise will provide beneficial results for learners, parents and teachers. Homework will continue to be raised by learners through the school council but we now hope we have addressed most of the issues raised. 

Make the school better

Got a suggestion on how to improve things at llanidloes High School Let us know what we can do to improve school life. 1. Tell your Year Council representative in your Tutor Group. 2. Write it down and and put it in the school suggestion box outside the main office. 3. Email

School Prom 2017

On June 29th, Llanidloes High School celebrated its 13th 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.
Emma Palfrey, 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”.
Year 11 pupils certainly did themselves, and the school, proud. Many thanks to all involved, pupils, parents, staff and Maesmawr Hall for making it such a memorable occasion.
More photos of the event can be seen on the school facebook page.

Examination Results 2016

We are extremely proud to announce the details of the examination results for A level and GCSE at Llanidloes High School. 95% of the Year 13 cohort achieve the Level 3 threshold, which is the equivalent of 2 or more A*-E grades,  with 22% gaining 2 or more  A*- A.  85% achieved 2 or more A*-C grades which is above the Powys average.
All students have worked very hard and have achieved excellent results, we are very proud of their success. Nearly all have been successful in gaining a place in their first choice university with the remainder being placed in their reserve university. In a school with a small sixth form it is particularly encouraging that we can continue to provide a varied curriculum which meets the needs of our students and achieve such excellent results.
At GCSE the school achieved another set of excellent results from pupils with L2 inclusive, at least 5 A*-C including English and Maths, at 71% a further improvement on last year. The percentage of pupils achieving A*-A remained consistent at 25% and is well above the Powys average of 14%.The improvement in the performance of the boys in the year group was particularly pleasing with them outperforming the girls in 12 subject areas and also more achieving the L2 inclusive.
Mrs Jane Harries, Headteacher said ‘I am very proud of the staff and pupils who have worked tirelessly and been rewarded with such excellent results. The school continues to improve the standard of teaching and learning, with pupils and staff working with dedication and determination to make Llanidloes High School one of the best in Powys. We are very grateful for the continued support of the parents and Governors and the wider community. These results, together  with the excellent Estyn report, puts the school in a good position to move Llanidloes High School on to be an outstanding school.’

Children In Need

Sixth Form pupils have been busy raising money for Children in Need by organising activities for younger pupils as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate. A non-uniform day was held along with a very profitable cake stall, a Teacher versus Sixth Form 'Countdown' gameshow, a basketball shoot-out and circus skills competition. Pupils and staff raised a total of £717.83. Thanks to everyone who contributed  and especially to Mr Hillier, Ms Brewer and Mrs Williams for taking part in the gameshow.

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.

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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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