Welcome to Bedwas High School
I am proud, privileged and delighted to introduce you to Bedwas High School website. I hope you will find our website interesting, useful and informative and that it affords you a flavour of the life in Bedwas High School.
Bedwas High School is above all a happy, friendly school where students and staff care about each other and offer a safe and supportive working environment that enables all to flourish. Our members of staff are committed to supporting our students’ needs both in and out of the classroom. Extra-Curricular activities and school trips are extensive and offer all students every chance of worthwhile educational experiences.
We have been challenged, by the Welsh Assembly Government, Caerphilly County Council and EAS, like all schools, to make further academic progress. We feel that we have risen to this challenge
In order that we can ensure success of every student we rigorously monitor and track their progress. Snapshots, which indicate progress against aspirational targets, are sent out half termly to KS4/5 parents and termly to KS3 parents.
Our new processes and procedures ensure that academic success is as good if not better than others schools within Wales. Our aim is to ensure that our results continues to improve year on year.
I am very pleased that we have been selected to take part in Cymru Challenge. It’s a very exciting initiative and we are all very much looking forward to working with a great team of people to develop our school further. Bedwas is THE fastest improving school in Caerphilly County Council and we will use this new initiative to accelerate further our progress in all areas.
We have negotiated a series of exciting opportunities to further develop many areas within the school especially Literacy/numeracy. Of the 40 school in the challenge our bid as been identified as the most strategic and we have secured nearly £300.000 which will all be used to continue our journey towards academic excellence
One of our keys for pupil success is attendance.
We have made considerable progress since 2010 when our overall school attendance was 88%. I am very pleased to say that for the last academic year our attendance was 93.7% the highest in Caerphilly County Council secondary schools. This truly is outstanding and shows that our pupils enjoy coming to their school.
Our school moto ‘Caring and Achieving’ is evident in the work that our students show by not only supporting each other but their work within their community. They have helped organise various fund raising activities in the last year from mufti days, coffee morning, Christmas Fayre, donating money raised in excess of £7,000.
In the summer term we were presented with a defibrillator by Jack’s Appeal. Jack Thomas was a fit and healthy boy who died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition. The aim of Jack's Appeal is to provide all Comprehensive/High Schools with their own defibrillator. Our students have now taken up the mantle to raise additional funds to ensure that every school will have its own defibrillator and Jack’s Appeal is the student’s charity for 2014/15.
During the Summer Term we learnt that Caerphilly County Council were removing their Community Education provision from our school. We as a school know how important these classes are in our community and along with the Governing body we have now assumed responsibility for leasing the school facilities direct to community groups outside of school hours. These evening classes will run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening and we have taken the decision that this will NOT be a profit making exercise for the school. If you have a group or club that could benefit from using our facilities in the evening please contact us.
I am particularly proud of our 6th form students who have been working with Public Health Wales with the introduction of ‘the C card’ scheme. This scheme ensures that selected sixth form students, staff and governors, are trained to provide confidential information and distribution of contraception in the form of condoms to pupils, after full consultation. The scheme is offered to Key Stages 4 and 5 – Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 and runs every Thursday lunch time. This has proven to be very successful, and again shows how responsible our students are!
We introduced the DoE awards a few years ago. This prestigious award involves students in a whole range of activities. We currently have around 20 students engaged in the programme. Two of our students Robert Soulsby and Kyle Phipps Magill have achieved their GOLD award. I am extremely pleased that one of our students Megan Soulsby, who left last year, has continued the award at university and has also just gained the gold award.
Art has been a growing culture within our school over recent years. At the end of the summer term the Art department displayed the outstanding work completed by our students, in years 11, 12, and 13. A number of prestigious guests attended and we even made it onto the twitter site of Jeff Cuthbert. It was an enormous success and one we hope to make an annual event.
Each year I am truly astounded by the number of outstanding pupils who take part in and out of school in a range of sporting activities. This year we have 4 students who have obtain international status, along with 3 County and 3 district players. As well as teams participating in local competitions.
No school would be complete without its music and I am pleased to say this continues to thrive within the school. We currently have 19 players who represent a whole range of music clubs organisations locally, regional, county wind bands, big bands and orchestras, the list is endless. In addition they sit external exams and continue to gain excellent levels of achievement.
We have a massive array of talented pupils in our school.
Departments all strive to ensure, as well as academic success, they give all pupils the opportunity to experience many different cultural and educational visits. French trips, history visits, DNA workshops in Biology, science trip to Cardiff university, Library competitions, visiting authors, Welsh trips, Skills days, RS/PSE conferences, IT trips, theme parks, Princess Trust, DoE, Art murals for the Bedwas library, British Dance championships, Business challenge days, national theatre workshops in drama, live music performances, Christmas concert, ski trip, engineering team challenge, gravity racer, Christmas fayre, cooking club, geography field trips, team building days, animation club, Cadbury world, school newspaper the list is endless…….
I would like to take this opportunity to formally thank all the staff and governors at the school for the support they give our students. Their effort, enthusiasm and dedication make the school the successful environment it is for our community.
Successful and happy school days depend largely on the partnership between school and home and the support that parents give to their children. At Bedwas, we place a high value on this partnership and we actively encourage parents to work with us closely to ensure the happiness and success of their child during their vital school years.
There is always a warm welcome for parents at Bedwas. If you wish to find out more about our school or if you wish to make an individual visit to the school, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our drive to improve has led to outstanding results:
Our year 11 students:-
44% gained L2+ - 5A*-C grades including English & Maths a rise of 14% on last year.
This is the biggest improvement within Caerphilly County Borough Council and the second biggest in EAS.
69% of our students gained L2 - 5 grades A* - C a rise of 17% on last year
Again, the biggest improvement within Caerphilly County Council and joint third within EAS.
English 56% an increase of 19% on 2013
Maths 52% an increase of 10% on 2013
32 students gained 6 or more of the highest grades of A*-B with one pupil achieving 4A*, 4A, 1B, truly an outstanding achievement.
I believe our most impressive statistics to-date are:
- In 2014 the attendance at GCSE examinations exceeded 99%
- 67 students exceede their aspirational target for exam grades, over 60% of the cohort.
In Year 9:-
79% gained level 5+ a rise of 19%
27% at L6+ and
One of our students gained a level 8 which has not been achieved within the school before.
82% gained L5+ a rise of 10%
54% at L6+
81% at L5+ a rise of 24%
27% at L6+
These results are the best Bedwas have been achieved and I certainly look forward to the challenge of ensuring that this year 10 will surpass this and be our most successful ever!
This picture was repeated in Y12/13:-
20% of the grades awarded at A2 were A*/A – which is 3% above the national average.
83% of grades were A*-C again - 4% above the national average.
I am very pleased to report that 33 of our students applied for university places and 32 gained entry into the University. These places have been obtained around the United Kingdom, and it is evident that our students are becoming more adventurous and determined to experience life in and beyond our community!
All results are the outcome of an outstanding effort and determination by all the staff at Bedwas High School and an outstanding effort by our talented and motivated students. WELL DONE!
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