Dear Parents/Carers

Happy New Year! Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

We are delighted to be placed in the “Green” (or top) band this year in the Welsh National Categorisation system. We are the only school in Denbighshire to be placed in this band and one of only six high schools in North East Wales. The categorisation reflects exam outcomes at Key Stage 4 and attendance improvements over the last three years and reflect tremendously well on all the excellent work put in by students, staff and the whole community over this time. Well done to everyone! We are proud to be “green” but know we need to work hard to maintain these levels.

We are also delighted to have four offers for our students from Oxford and Cambridge universities (see article in this issue for details). This is a terrific achievement on the part of the students who have succeeded in the face of strong competition across the United Kingdom. It is also a great accolade for us as a school, particularly in view of the small number of successful applications made from Wales. This reflects well on the preparatory work done by staff and also on our programme for more able and talented students. Two of the girls still have to achieve the required grades and we wish them all the best with this.

Finally, I would ask all parents to be mindful of a change in the school uniform policy with regard to footwear. From September 2017 only formal leather style black shoes will be allowed as part of school uniform. This means that “hybrid” shoes such as Vans, Converse, fashion boots will no longer be allowed from September 2017 We are looking to ensure that all students are in a consistent “business like” look and would ask for everyone’s cooperation in ensuring that all children are in the correct footwear. We have posted examples of correct / incorrect footwear on the school website for information. Please contact Mr Cheffings, Deputy Headteacher, or myself at the school if you have any questions regarding this.

Many thanks
Martyn Froggett