Builth Bulletin 17


As we returned to school after the half-term break we have had another busy week with important events and significant news relating to the future of Builth Wells High School.


General announcements


School Modernisation

You will probably be aware by now that the decision to merge Builth Wells and Llandrindod Wells High Schools was approved by Cabinet this week. Cabinet approved the recommendation to establish a new dual-sited dual-stream 11 - 18 school that will operate on the current campuses of Builth Wells and Llandrindod High Schools with effect from 1st September 2018.

We have been informed that decision letters will be drafted and brought to the school for distribution to parents, staff and governors within the next few days.

This is now the start of a new challenge for the school, in terms of managing the school through a process of change. At this stage, there is no further information available however, if you have any questions or issues, then please do not hesitate to contact me I will attempt to answer them.


Staffing Update

We are delighted to welcome three new members of staff to the school:

Mr Richard Mears – Business Manager

Mrs Angela Lloyd – Cover Supervisor

Mrs Rebecca Chambers Perola – Technical Support for Design Technology and Art.

We are also delighted to see Mr Marrs our Learning Coach returning to school following a period of ill-health.



Estyn will be returning to school to conduct their next monitoring visit from the 28th – 30th March 2017.

The team will observe lessons, scrutinise pupil work and school documentation and will interview a group of pupils, leaders and managers, members of the Governing Body and the Powys LA/ERW Challenge Adviser.



Gwales.com is the only website with details of all Welsh language books.

You can buy books, e-books and audiobooks on Gwales.com

You can find books you like on Gwales.com and then either buy them online or just hire them from your local library (who can order any title in within a few days).

Click on the link below to go to the advanced search page of Gwales.com


Then choose the following options

  • Publication date: 01/01/2000 – present
  • Category: All Categories - Welsh Books for children
  • Key Stage: Key Stage 3 & 4
  • Availability: Display all items (not just those available to buy on Gwales.com)
  • No. of results per page: 100

This search will give you 13 pages of 1249 modern Welsh titles for children.


Pupil Success


Builth Wells High School Students Win Aberystwyth University Awards

Students from Builth Wells High School have been successful in Aberystwyth University’s Entrance Scholarship competition.

This year, the University awarded 65 Scholarships and a number of Merit Awards to students applying to study at Aberystwyth in September 2017. 

The successful candidates are:

  • Lewys Williams – Thomas Davies Scholarship - £1,000 a year
  • Oliver Heard and Hannah Wilding were also awarded unconditional offers as a result of their strong performance in the examinations

Aberystwyth University runs a scholarship competition every January, with awards worth £1,000 to £2,000 per year to help students with their living costs.  The Entrance Scholarships are part of a wider package of scholarships and bursaries offered by the University.  Kylie Evans, Academic Awards Officer at Aberystwyth University, said:

“We would like to congratulate the students who have been successful in this year’s exams and we look forward to welcoming them to Aberystwyth in September.  The entrance exams recognise academic ability but we also have a wide range of other awards to help students with their living costs.  In some cases, students can receive in excess of £15,000 over the course of their studies.”

Other awards available include:

  • Departmental Scholarships
  • Sports Scholarships
  • Music Scholarships
  • Means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary
  • Bursaries for Care Leavers and Young Carers
  • Coleg Cymraeg Scholarships for students studying through the medium of Welsh.

To find out more about Aberystwyth University awards, take a look at the website www.aber.ac.uk/scholarships or phone 01970 622065.



Last weekend year 9 pupil Sam Ryland took part in the Welsh Championship off road duathlon at Pembrey country part. His race consisted of a 5k run, 12 k mountain bike race and final 2.5k run. 

Despite the awful weather, he gave 100% effort and he finished 2nd in his category of under 16s, only just missing 1st place when he was overtaken in the last 1/2 k from the finish line.

As well as being 2nd in his category, he also finished 3rd in the whole event, beating all adult competitors, despite being the youngest athlete there.


Design talent

Congratulations to Willem Saraff in Year 7 who recently won a competition to design a logo for the Llanwrtyd Community transport minibus.

Llanwrtyd Community transport is an organisation the helps people that cannot access transport because of where they live or because of illness or disabilities. They do weekly bus trips to shops and help people who need it with their shopping. There are also regular trips for special days out, where public transport doesn’t normally go. They also have a community centre where people come and get advice, use computers and get together for a chat over a cup of tea. They have a community garden where they grow fruit and vegetables for the community. They also do recycling at events to help raise money for all of the activities they carry out. For further information please have a look at their website www.llanwrtydcommunitytransport.org.uk


Eisteddfod yr Urdd 2018

This week we celebrated Dydd Gwyl Dewi by leaving our school uniform at home and wearing our own red, white and green clothes! We also enjoyed an evening of Cawl a Chân where Mrs Dillon’s Year 10 Hospitality and Catering students served up a feast of cawl, bread and cheese. We were entertained by some of our school Eisteddfod 2017 winners who sang, played their instruments and recited poetry. The evening closed with some lively communal singing.

We would like to thank the Co-op and Mr Dillon for their generous donations in support of the event.

As a result, our celebrations, we have been able to contribute a further £325 to the fundraising appeal for the Urdd 2018 Eisteddfod which is being held in Llanelwedd.



On Wednesday a team of mainly Year 9 pupils competed in the U15 South Powys Netball Tournament at Christ College, Brecon. The girls lost to Brecon A in their opening game, but then went on to beat Llandrindod and Christ College B teams to finish runner-up in their group. They then played and lost to a very strong Christ College A in the semi final and then lost to Crickhowell, who had beaten Christ College A in the group stage, in the playoff for 3rd and 4th place. The team improved with every game they played and should be very proud of their 4th place. Christ college A and Brecon A drew in the final and shared the trophy.



Forthcoming Events


Dates for your diary

Year 9 Options Information Evening - Thursday 16th March 5.30 – 6.30 in the Bwyty

Year 9 Parents’ Evening - - Thursday 30th March 4.00 – 6.30 in the Bwyty

CSE Parent Presentation – Wednesday 29th March 6.00 – 8.00 in the Bwyty

INSET Day (Easter holiday begins for pupils) - Friday 7th April

Summer Term – Monday 24th April