Headteacher’s Welcome Message

Welcome to Crickhowell High School online.  As part of an ongoing project to modernize the way in which we communicate with the outside world, 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 over the next several months.

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 our 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.  In 2016 our GCSE students performed exceptionally well across all subjects, with 98% of students gaining at least 5+ GCSEs with A* to C grades, 24% of all GCSE grades achieved were A*/A and almost 50% were A* to B.   87% of students achieved the Level 2+ measure of at least 5 A* to C grades at GCSE with English and Maths.  70% of those students chose to continue their education with us in the Sixth Form.

We are in the top 2% of schools in Wales for our A Level performance.  In 2016, 100% of all Year 13 students gained at least 3 A Levels with A* – E grades.  40% of all A Level grades achieved were A*/A, more than 60% were A* to B and 81% were A* to C.  We have been classed as a ‘Green Category / Band One school’ by ESTYN since 2012.

We have more than 200 students studying more than 30 subjects at A2 and AS Level and our younger students now have the opportunity to choose their GCSE options from Year 8, allowing them a more measured study, preparation and examination timetable over an extended time period.  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 testing phase in their education.

We are proud of our vision for the future and our strong values.  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 outcome for our students.  We are also proud of the many fantastic student achievements, whether these are 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 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 pupils are happy here because they feel inspired, busy, helped and challenged, but, above all, because they are made to feel successful.  But don’t just take my word for it.  Step inside our doors and see for yourself!

For 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 technological learning systems, our newly refurbished and modernised sports centre and grounds or our extensive programme of events, which develop our students’ creativity and employability skills, and prepare them for life after school as happy, well balanced and successful global citizens.

We have an excellent ethos and record in inclusion, achieving the Inclusion Quality Mark and Centre of Excellence status in March 2016.  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 a 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 to help them to flourish and develop into a creative, confident and caring citizen, who is excited about learning and eager to make their mark on the world.

Jackie Parker, Headteacher