Headteacher’s Welcome

M Froggett (Headteacher)

Welcome to Ysgol Dinas Brân.

Dear Parent/Carer/Visitor

Welcome to our School. At Ysgol Dinas Brân we aim to ensure that all or our children succeed in the happy, caring and secure environment we offer.

We are very proud of the standards we achieve at the school; our last Estyn report (2012) described us as “providing an outstanding range of learning experiences” and having a “very high level of care and support for pupils”.

In recent years exam results have placed us amongst the highest achieving schools across Wales; in 2016 our GCSE results were the best we have ever achieved. We are a “green” school (top rating) in the most recent Welsh government categorisation (January 2017). We are delighted with this but are aiming to improve further.

We are a popular, forward thinking school with around a thousand students and a Sixth Form of around 160. Our motto is “Success Through Effort” and we firmly believe that we should aim for all students to achieve their very best academically through the highest possible standards of teaching and also in extra curricular life, whether through sporting, musical, dramatic pursuits or through the many and varied visits and activities available at the school. Our philosophy is simple; we expect each student to work hard and behave well and show politeness and courtesy to others.

Our successes are founded on a bedrock of strong pastoral care. We support all students as individuals, be they more gifted and talented or students with specific learning needs. All are supported by a form tutor, who works closely with the Learning Manager and an Assistant Learning Manager to provide the best possible care for each child. We believe firmly in strong active relationships with all parents and carers and welcome all contact and feedback. We also work closely with outside agencies including the Youth Service, the police, CAMHS, Careers Wales and several others to provide a full range of educational services.

There are a number of things which make our school distinctive and diverse; we offer over 30 subjects at Key Stage 4 and over 25 at Key Stage 5. In a rich and diverse curriculum our provision offers a full programme and a vast range of sporting and extra curricular pursuits. Through our Welsh medium dimension, around 100 students study their subjects through Welsh. We are proud of our bilingual status where students and parents can choose a preferred medium for education. We relish the strong international links we have established over a number of years with schools abroad. Llangollen is home to the International Eisteddfod and we enjoy close links with the musical, artistic and dramatic communities that contribute to this major event.

Ysgol Dinâs Bran is an excellent place for a child’s education. If you wish to find out more about us, please do not hesitate to contact us.