Welcome Ms Crook
I am thrilled at being appointed as Deputy Headteacher of Llandrindod High School. I have been made to feel very welcome by the staff, students, governors and members of the community and know that this is a place where I will enjoy working. Llandrindod High School and the surrounding community have a reputation which extends beyond its borders for being friendly and caring, with strong ambitions for its young people. I am very much looking forward to building upon the successes of the staff, students, governors and working with all stakeholders to ensure it becomes a truly outstanding place to learn.
I have been teaching for 24 years, 15 of which as a senior leader. I spent seven years as Deputy Headteacher at the Redruth School in Cornwall, during which time the school went through a significant change, culminating in receiving a letter from Minister Nick Gibb informing us that we were in the top 100 schools nationally for rapid and sustained improvement as a result of a 32% rise in A*-C including English and Maths. Prior to that I worked in Wiltshire and was fortunate to gain rapid promotion from Head of Year to Assistant Headteacher during my time at the school. I consider myself very fortunate to have started my teaching career in a very challenging South East London school, as it induced most of my values and aspirations of education for young people. I have a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry and a Masters of Education. Ms Crook
Green Flag Award
Congratulations to Mr Simpson and the Eco Team on achieving the Green Flag award.
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Remembrance assembly at Llandrindod High School took on a particular poignant significance in this 100 year anniversary of the start of World War One.
Students of the High School researched ex students commemorated on the school cenotaph. In particular, Gunner Garnet Bufton, age 25, killed in action 6th May 1918. Garnet Bufton was born in Penybont in 1892 and he did very well at school, leaving Llandrindod to work in London as a civil servant.art of World War One.
During a very moving assembly, the high school students learned more about Gunner Bufton and other servicemen/women form the Great War and more recent active service. At the end of the assembly members of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and Army Cadet Force marched through the school hall and out to the cenotaph to lay a wreath.
The students who gave readings, and the wonderful cadets, made this a truly moving commeration of the sacrifice made to this country by our armed forces both past and present. Several members of staff were struggling to hold back their tears as the cadets marched through and laid a wreath at our recently restored cenotaph. We are very proud of them. Ms Asplin.
Congratulations to Emyr Davies and Morgan Evans who won the competition today, against Y13 students from Gwernyfed. Most impressive of all, perhaps, was that Dan Binks and Ben Wilson stepped in to debate with an only an hour to prepare after Christ College pulled out at the very last minute. They delivered two 7 minute speeches and a 4 minute summation and looked like they had been rehearsing for weeks. Gemma Price also stepped in to Chair the debates (for Dan). Terrific afternoon.
Mrs A. Nicholls
South Powys Inter-Schools Literacy Olympiad Competition
The Literacy Olympiad is a new initiative which invites South Powys pupils from Brecon High School, Builth Wells High School, Crickhowell High School, Gwernyfed High School, Llandrindod Wells High School and Ysgol Maesydderwen to become Literacy Olympians by completing literacy-based challenges that focus on reading, writing or speaking. The competition was launched last year to great success and produced some excellent responses from pupils in all the South Powys secondary schools.
The winner of the inaugural year 9 competition was Emyr Davies from Llandrindod High School.
The competition is continuing this year with students in all schools eager to become Literacy Olympiads.
A Level Results
Students at Llandrindod High School celebrated their A' Level results with the school improving on its record of last year with 87% A* to C.
Georgia Price gained 1 A* and 3 Grade A's and Connor Smith gained 4 A's.
Our students have performed really well this year and we are all extremely proud of them. So many have achieved their expectations which creates wonderful opportunities for their next steps in life. Most of our students have gained a place at the university of their choice. I would like to thank our staff for their commitment and the parents for their on-going support.
On behalf of the governors, teaching and support staff I wish all our students a bright and happy future.
Ms Jane Asplin
Sarah Powell and Rhys Stephens gained 4 A's, Antonia Wood and Vicky Powell gained 3 A's and Kate Patten 2 A's.
Well done to Mrs Lisa Stead-Jones (TA) for her Grade A in AS Art.
76% of our students gained 5 or more A* to C grades, a significant increase on last year!
We have had some stunning individual achievements.
- Kirsten Ritichie: 8 A*'s 2 A's
- Ben Coombs: 5 A*'s, 4 A's, 1 B
Emma Kolano-Rodgers: 2 A*'s, 7 A's
Hannah Gibson Lapper: 4 A*'s, 2 A's, 3 B's
Connie Alder: 3 A*'s, 3 A's, 2 B's, 1 C
Kathryn Brown: 2 A*'s 5 A's, 1 B
Humayun Rashid: 3 A*'s, 5 A's, 1 B
Jacob Lathbury: 1 A*, 2 A's, 6 B's
I am thrilled that these, and many of our other students, have reaped the benefits of their hard work. Our school is looking forward to working with many of these young people when they join our sixth form. I wish all our students the very best luck in the future, whichever path they choose.
Ms Jane Asplin
In May, Llandrindod High School pupils Daniel Binks, Emma Davies and Emyr Davies, Yr 9, entered the Mother Tongue Other Tongue Modern Foreign Languages poetry competition with Routes into Languages Cymru. The pupils each produced an original piece of poetry in French, the language they are studying at school, together with a short explanation of why they had chosen their theme and why they had decided to enter the competition.
Emyr Davies is the winner of the Other Tongue category Year 7-9. He was described as an outstanding young poet. Emyr’s poem will be published in a poetry booklet and will be launched on the European Day of Languages on September 26th which will also be a prize giving event for the winners. Daniel Binks’ and Emma Davies’ poems will also be included in the book; their work was described as fantastic. All three pupils have since opted to study French at GCSE.
“This is the first time pupils from our school have entered a Modern Foreign Languages competition such as this and I am extremely proud of their achievements.” Miss D. Hardwick, Head of French.
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