Llanidloes High School may well be the happiest high achieving school in Wales. As an inspector and Challenge Adviser, I had the privilege of supporting and evaluating secondary school provision up and down the country. When visiting Llanidloes, I was always struck by the vibrant and flourishing learning culture, deeply caring ethos and exceptional commitment of staff. Everyone goes the extra mile to ensure each and every pupil’s experience of school is as happy as possible.
It is, therefore, a truly humbling privilege to be entrusted with responsibility for overseeing the education of each and every precious child at Llanidloes High School. All of us at the school take this responsibility seriously which is reflected in the splendid results we achieve.
The school has outperformed Welsh Government’s modelled outcomes for five successive years in the number of pupils achieving five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh and mathematics. Only a tiny handful of schools across the country have managed that feat.
Last year, A-level results place the Sixth Form in The Times top 10 in Wales. Indeed, the Sixth Form has a strong history of supporting pupils to achieve places at Oxford, Cambridge and many other Russell Group universities. We will continue to ensure our most able students have an open door to world class higher education when they leave us for pastures new. It is little wonder that our vibrant Sixth Form is growing, with increasing numbers of students travelling from far and wide to access the caring, close-knit and supportive learning environment.
We have an exceptionally wide range of extra-curricular activities. All the main team games are offered and pupils successfully compete at county and international levels. We have a wealth of musical and theatrical talent. Local clergy regularly join us to help our children explore some of the most fascinating ultimate questions of life. Our Art and Design & Technology areas showcase students’ work both within school and in local exhibitions. The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is well established and popular at all levels with expeditions for Bronze, Silver and Gold becoming regular features of the school calendar. Many clubs and societies are available to pupils, both during and after school, and new staff are encouraged to contribute to this vital aspect of school life. The school celebrates achievements of the pupils in an annual Presentation Evening. A number of visits abroad take place each year including skiing and trips across Europe.
If you are considering sending your child to the school, please feel free to visit us during the school day. Once you’ve seen our pupils’ enjoyment of learning, we have no doubt you will want your child to join the Llanidloes High School community.
Daniel Owen BA. MA. (Oxon)