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Welsh Baccalaureate at Llanidloes High School

Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification

The ‘Bac’ is compulsory for all pupils and is taught by the Sixth Form team and members of staff from a wide variety of departments through the school.

It consists of 3 parts:
the core (detailed below),
the options (AS and A-levels studied by pupils) and
tutorial support.

The core consists of:

All 6 Key skills  Application of Number, Communication, ICT, Improving own learning and performance, Problem solving and Working with others (3 at level 2 and 3 at level 3 including one of Application of Number, Communication or ICT).

PSE including the 4 key elements: positive relationships, good health (including sexual health), the rights and responsibilities of being an active citizen, understanding development issues and education for sustainable development, and community participation.

Wales, Europe and the World including political issues, social challenges and responses, the impact of economic and technological change, heritage and cultural perspectives, and the language module.

Work- related education including working with an employer, and team enterprise.

Individual investigation of 2000 to 2500 words to include a presentation on a theme to be decided by the student in consultation with staff.

One-to-one mentoring / tutorial support of at least half an hour each half-term to discuss pupils’ progress with the ‘Bac’ and in general. In addition group tutorials will be held when necessary to discuss topics which might be of concern to the whole mentoring group such as settling in at the beginning of term, time-management techniques, revising for exams or applying to University.


Key skills are assessed by portfolios.
PSE, Wales Europe and the World, and Work-related education are assessed by log/diary entries.

Progression to Higher Education and employment

The ‘Bac’ covers the ‘Learning Core’ of the 14-19 Learning Pathways, devised to cover the skills required by universities and employers.

It is worth 120 UCAS points (equivalent to an ‘A’ at A-level) when applying to university and is accepted by universities in England and Scotland as well as Wales.


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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.

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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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