LLANDRINDOD HIGH SCHOOL
YSGOL UWCHRADD LLANDRINDOD
Telephone number/Rhif ffôn (01597) 822992
Fax number/Rhif ffacs (01597)822452
Whole-school related e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Headteacher / Pennaeth: Mr Steve Patten
Chair of Governors: Mr Maurice Thorn
Music plays a vital role in the life of the school. We are a very busy and committed department and believe that Music is for all regardless of age, gender, ability and interests. The department encourages all our musicians to develop their talents by giving them many opportunities to showcase and celebrate their successes. We make a substantial contribution to the life of the school as well as our local community.
All pupils study Music in Years 7, 8 and 9 and follow a course which is based on national curriculum requirements which ensures progression across Key Stage 3. Classroom activities develop pupils’ skills in performing, composing, listening and appraising. Schemes of work are broad and varied, combining traditional and modern approaches to music making. Classical music is studied alongside jazz, rock and a wide variety of world music and Welsh music. Throughout Key stage 3 all pupils assessment results/progress/skills are recorded in pupils’ individual files which are kept in the classroom. Pupils in Year 10 may opt for GCSE Music or GCSE Performing Arts. All course work is marked according to the marking criteria in line with the specifications.
Music resources are modern and up to date. Our Music Block provides a great learning environment, with a classroom set up with keyboards for performance tasks, three practice rooms and Music ICT facilities on the school laptops and iPads.
The school’s annual Art Exhibition, including the work of GCSE and A Level students, is being staged at the Radnorshire Museum, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells from 30th September to October 29th 2016.
School governors were among the invited guests at the preview evening on September 29th .
PRESS STATEMENT FROM LLANDRINDOD HIGH SCHOOL GOVERNORS – 27 SEPTEMBER 2016
Llandrindod High School governors are very disappointed by the decision of the Cabinet of Powys County Council to approve the proposal of the Portfolio holder for Education to close both Builth and Llandrindod High Schools and open a dual stream 11 -18 school across 2 sites from September 2018. This was despite an amendment put forward by the full council on 8 September and passed by a large majority, which gave both schools until 2018 to work together to come up with solutions to continue to improve standards.
One of the main reasons given for approving the merger, was that the schools have been collaborating since 2011 and have not managed to improve. This ignores the fact that this collaboration was at Post 16 only, was intended to widen subject choice at Post 16 (which it did) and involved all South Powys Schools and the college not just Builth and Llandrindod High Schools.
The decision also ignores the fact that both schools have improved standards in the past 2 years and Llandrindod High School now outperforms many schools not in special measures. In 2015 the key Level 2+ indicator (as used by Estyn) showed Llandrindod High School in the top 25% of schools in Wales. The final results for 2016 are not yet available but early indications are that this will be repeated this year.
The response from Estyn to the consultation document on the case for merger is most damning. It stated ‘it is Estyn’s opinion that it is not possible to establish whether standards will be at least maintained by the proposal.’ This opinion was ignored by members of the cabinet in making their decision today.
The governors will continue to fight to ensure that standards at the school will build on the improvement to date and to support the excellent work of the staff of the school for the pupils and the wider community. It is vital that progress to date is not put in jeopardy because of this decision by Powys County Council Cabinet today.
Maurice Thorn, Chair of Governors, Llandrindod High School
‘Learning without Limits’
The Sixth Form is an important part of Llandrindod High School. It not only provides the progression into higher education after Key Stage 4, but it also gives an opportunity to be actively involved in the life and work of the school. The AS, A2 and equivalent vocational courses that we offer give access to university, while key skills demonstrate a students abilities in communication, number and information technology. Almost all of those who embark on courses remain to complete them successfully.
The organisation and ethos of the Sixth Form allows for the ideal transition between compulsory schooling and the need for students to take responsibility for their own learning. The school offers good teaching, tutorial support, careers guidance, work experience and a wide range of social, cultural and community opportunities. There is very much a ‘college’ atmosphere within the school.
Llandrindod High School aims for excellence and I am convinced that this can only be achieved in an environment where students are secure and happy. Our expectations are that Sixth Form students will work hard and, therefore, be able to take full advantage of the expertise and commitment of our staff. We are able to provide high quality teaching within excellent study facilities. The school also encourages the students to give some time to help others, through community service, either within the school or the wider community.
We are a Welsh Baccalaureate School, this adds a valuable new dimension to subjects and courses that can be followed between the ages of 14 to 19. It encourages independence and adds ‘real life’ experience to the curriculum.
Pastoral support which is available to all students and which encourages them to achieve their full potential. This combines with an excellent Enrichment Programme and a wide range of social activities organised by the Sixth Form Committee.
What can we offer you ?
Llandrindod High School Sixth Form offers a plethora of opportunity and challenge for students who have taken the decision to extend their education beyond Year 11.
Obviously life in the Sixth Form is different but we hope students find it interesting, challenging, varied and most of all fulfilling. It will be demanding as the transition from GCSE to Advanced Level courses requires determination, self-discipline self motivation and above all hard work and commitment.
Throughout all subjects, students will be fully supported and regularly mentored by subject and form staff in order to help them achieve their full potential and ‘learn without limits’.
Sixth Form is not just about results though; we encourage sixth form students to make a valuable contribution to the rest of the school and wider community through a range of extra curricular opportunities.
The Welsh Baccalaureate gives students opportunities to enhance their skills alongside gaining an additional qualification which is certainly extremely valuable when applying to university or other further education courses.
Life in the Sixth Form should be about seizing opportunities – we ask every student to give of their best and from that we expect them to mature and develop into valuable and successful citizens of the future.
GCSE’s are the first milestone in an exciting journey. Now is the time to look forward to the next challenge, which will be to acquire the qualifications, skills and personal development upon which to base a rewarding and satisfying career.
It is important that you choose to do this in an environment that will give you every opportunity to develop yourself both personally and academically. The sixth form programme has been designed to offer the following:
- An induction process to ensure the subjects you choose to study will be appropriate for you.
- A wide choice of subjects to study at AS, A2 and equivalent vocational level taught by experienced and committed members of staff.
- Develop initiative and leadership skills through participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
- Explore the world of work through work shadowing opportunities.
- School and community service where you use your skills and talents for the benefit of others.
- Make well informed decisions about a healthy lifestyle, develop driving skills, learning to cook on a budget, manage your finances, look at coping away from home, develop good study skills through the PSE programme.
- Gain valuable skills through management training, interview practice and CV writing to take you well beyond A level study.
- Have a personal tutor who will help you to assess and develop your strengths and be the first point of contact if you have problems relating to work or life.
- Have fun through activities such as charity fundraising, sport, taking part in competitions and organizing the annual leavers’ dinner.
- Further enhance your academic profile through studying for the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ)
We know employers and admission tutors to Higher Education Courses are looking for lively applicants who can demonstrate they have developed their academic and personal qualities to the maximum. If you like a challenge, we promise that through our sixth form programme we can give you a CV that will ensure you “stand out from the crowd.”
Head of Sixth Form
A copy of the post-16 prospectus is available from the school office on request 01597 822992
At Key Stage the students follow schemes of work introducing them to the basics of computational thinking, using applications for modelling, data handling, presentation and design, as well as some simple programming, using Scratch and Python.
WJEC Computer Science GCSE
This course provides students with a stimulating and motivating study of computer science fit for the 21st century. As well as an understanding of hardware, software, networks and systems, it provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their programming and problem solving skills, skills that are assessed through external assessment in unit two.
The depth of coverage means that it provides a solid foundation for either the study of A level Computing or employment.
Unit 1 Understanding Computer Science
This examination assesses the students’ understanding of the theory content of the specification with a mixture of short, medium and longer answer questions.
(1 hour 30 mins written examination, 45% of qualification.)
Unit 2 Solving Problems Using Computers
This assessment consists of a series of tasks set and marked by WJEC and completed on screen.
(Externally assessed, 30% of the qualification.)
Unit 3 Developing Computing Solutions
This controlled assessment will give candidates the opportunity to develop a piece of work using programming software following a task brief from a choice of two issued by WJEC.
(Controlled Assessment over 15 hours, 25% of the qualification.)
Computer Science GCE AS/A
In Year 12, for the WJEC Computer Science qualification at AS Level (from 2015), students study the following Units:
AS Unit 1 Fundamentals of Computer Science
This unit investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, data structures, software applications, programs, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.
Written examination: 2 hours 25% of qualification (62.5% of AS)
AS Unit 2 Practical Programming to Solve Problems
This unit consists of a series of set tasks completed on-screen by candidates. These tasks will assess the practical application of knowledge and understanding and will require the use of Visual Basic.NET, Python or Java as a programming language.
On-screen examination: 2 hours 15% of qualification (37.5% of AS)
In Year 13, for the WJEC Computer Science qualification at A2 Level (from 2015), students study the following Units:
A2 Unit 3 Programming and System Development
This unit investigates programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.
Students work towards a written examination: 2 hours (20% of qualification)
A2 Unit 4 Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications
This unit investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and software applications.
Written examination: 2 hours (20% of the A Level qualification)
A2 Unit 5 Programmed Solution to a Problem
Candidates discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine and implement, test and evaluate a computerised solution to a problem chosen by the candidate which must be solved using original code (programming). This is a substantial piece of work, undertaken over an extended period of time.
Non-exam assessment (20% of qualification)
Welcome to the Careers Section. Here you will be able to access information regarding jobs, college courses & apprenticeships that will help to inform you of your decisions and choices post 16 and post 18.
School Careers Advisors
Yvonne Smith – Careers Wales
In school on a Monday & Wednesday by appointment only
Email – email@example.com
Lunchtime and afterschool drop-in sessions available
Email – JChittenden@llandod-hs.powys.sch.uk
Check website for more information and courses available:
Open evenings 2017/2018
Weds 8th Nov 2017
Weds 28th Feb 2018
Tues 7th Nov 2017
Tues 27th Feb 2017
List of useful websites:
Careers advice, exploration & discovery
Careers films on the web
Inspiration for your career, revision, exam tips, games & features
For information on apprenticeships & vacancies