Headteacher’s Welcome Message

Welcome to Crickhowell High School.  We are in the process of redeveloping our website to provide an easier, more informed user experience.  Please be patient with us whilst we update the pages.

Our School is an outstanding community-focused, inclusive comprehensive school, where students are nurtured educationally, emotionally and socially.

It is my privilege to be Headteacher of this unique school, where, with the help of a highly qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic team of staff, we consistently transform the lives of the young people, who come to us from  a diverse local and wider community, providing them with the necessary skills to go on to realise their potential in an increasingly competitive world.

We are extremely proud to be recognized as one of the top schools in Wales.  We have been classed as a ‘Green Category / Band One school’ by the Welsh Government since 2012.

We have  more than 200 students in our very successful Sixth Form, studying more than 30 subjects at A2 and A Level and also able to experience a range of vocational courses as well as a rich menu of extra-curricular activities.  National ALPs data places our Sixth Form performance in the top 5% of schools in the UK.

From Year 7 to 11 we operate a five-form entry with approximately 150 students in each year group, coming to us from more than 26 feeder primary schools.  Our younger students now have the opportunity to choose their GCSE options at the end of Year 8, allowing them a more measured study, preparation and examination timetable over an extended 3-year time period from Years 9 to 11.  This in turn enables our teaching staff to identify where additional support is needed at an earlier point in time, easing the journey of our students through this important  phase of their education and ensuring they achieve superb results whatever their level of ability.

We are proud of our vision for the future of the school and our strong values which underpin every aspect of our work, and ensure a very positive school ethos.  Our teachers and support staff are creative, skilled, dedicated and enthusiastic professionals, who work tirelessly to develop a broad, inspirational and modern learning environment to improve the outcomes for all our students.  We are very proud of the many fantastic  achievements of our students, on a daily basis, whether these be  academic, sporting, artistic, or personal.  Many of our students gain entry into the top universities in the country or gain  prestigious apprenticeships in the UK and overseas, and go on to enjoy highly successful careers in every walk of life.

As a pioneer curriculum school, we are at the forefront of developing a dynamic, challenging curriculum, yet never losing sight of the needs of each and every child.  We know that each child is different, but we also know that each child deserves success.  Our students are happy here because they feel inspired, busy, supported  and challenged, and above all, confident and successful.  Don’t just take my word for it, make an appointment to come and visit and see for yourself!

As a school first opened in 1983, we remain passionately committed to moving with the times.  Our vibrant, dynamic and exceptional school community is ideally placed to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century on a global footing, whether that is via our extensive array of languages, our leading-edge ICT suites and use of digital devices for learning, our modern Sports Centre and recently refurbished grounds (including a 3G pitch and astroturf) or our extensive programme of  extra-curricular activities.  We constantly work to expand and develop each student’s creativity and employability skills, and to prepare them for life after school as happy, well balanced and successful global citizens who make the world a better place.

Educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all pupils, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background.  An educationally inclusive school is one in which the teaching and learning, achievements, attitudes and wellbeing of every young person matters.  We are what we say:  a happy, family-oriented, community-focussed school, founded on caring relationships with every child.  Like every positive school, we have clear policies and systems.  Whilst good behaviour is the norm, we recognize it’s  also important to have fun and we believe we do this well.

Our goal is simply to enable all our students to develop the knowledge, skills and character to follow the career path of their choice.  Together with our dedicated teaching staff and the unfailing support of the wider community, parents, carers and guardians, we will harness your child’s individual strengths, helping them to flourish and grow up to be become a creative, happy, confident and caring citizen, who is excited about life-long learning and eager to make their mark on the world.

Jackie Parker

Headteacher