Builth Bulletin 24


I hope that you have all had a relaxing summer holiday and are ready for a busy term ahead.


Results summer 2017


A Level

The students at Builth Wells High School who received their A Level results had good reason to celebrate. 47% of all results were graded A*-B, marking yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements for students at the school, with an overall pass rate of 100%.

In BTEC Level 3 Diploma courses, 100% of students passed with half of these achieving Distinction star grades.

We are thrilled with the success of our students’ A Levels results and very are pleased to see our students achieving their expected places at a wide range of Universities. These results demonstrate that the School is continuously providing high quality Post 16 education to students and more importantly, that students feel challenged and supported to achieve their very best.



Over 65% of pupils gained at least five passes at grades A* to C, including maths and English/Welsh, maintaining last year’s performance.


Induction Week 2017

The first week of the autumn term saw pupils in all year groups benefiting from an extensive induction programme designed to support their physical, intellectual, emotional and social well-being.


CAIS – alcohol and substance misuse

Sarah Langford - Young Person’s Substance misuse worker delivered sessions to 3 year groups:

Year 7 – tobacco

Year 8 – substance misuse

Year 10 – staying safe

These sessions are part of their education programme and are specifically targeted for the above year groups. 


Progress and Well-being Managers (PWMs) – bullying

Each PWM delivered sessions to all of years 7-10 on bullying.  Their sessions were based on the ChildLine resources.  These sessions were targeted by the PWMs as they, more than anybody, know the issues that our pupils are faced with in relation to this topic.


Spectrum Cymru

2 external speakers delivered the following sessions:

Belonging – Year 7

Sexual consent – Year 9

Stages of abuse – Year 10

As part of the drive by the Welsh Government to tackle Domestic Abuse, Gender Based Violence and Sexual Violence, the Spectrum Project by Hafan Cymru have been given extended funding to raise awareness of Domestic abuse and its issues in all secondary and primary schools in Wales. The Spectrum Project links with the PSE Framework whilst also implementing the Literacy and Numeracy framework.

All Spectrum sessions:

  • Promote the importance of healthy relationships and raise the awareness of children, young people and adults about the issues of domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender based violence.
  • Are delivered by qualified and experienced teachers, sessions can be delivered in Welsh or English and all resources are bilingual.
  • Are cross curricular and are designed to promote peer discussion, using a range of techniques.
  • Use material that are thought provoking but are not designed to be so emotive as to cause distress. The sessions are designed to promote discussion not disclosure.
  • Conclude with information for young people on where they can access help and support both inside and outside the school.
  • Deliver training for school staff and parents on:
    • raising awareness of domestic abuse
    • understanding the implications of domestic abuse on a child
    • looking at a whole school approach to tackling domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender based violence.

Personal and Social Development units completed on:

  • Motivation
  • Self-esteem
  • Peer pressure
  • Healthy Lifestyles

Delivered to all pupils in years 7-10.


Save a Life September – years 7 & 12

St Johns Ambulance came in for two days to deliver basic First aid qualification to all year 7 and 12 pupils.  Following on from last year’s success we now have every student with basic first aid training. 


Positively Mad – years 10-13

Positively MAD has developed a formidable reputation in the education market place as one of the country's leading providers of student workshops. Staff from Positively Mad delivered Exam Busters workshops for all students in years 10 -13.


Sex education – year 10

2 school nurses along with Mrs Williams and Mr Lewis delivered the follow up sessions to year 10 on the Apause programme.


Year 11 Community Challenge

A fantastic two days (Wednesday and Thursday) of year 11 coaching year 8 and 9 for their Community Challenge, as part of the Skills Challenge Certificate.  There were 21 groups in total, containing between 2 to 6 students.  Pupils had to plan out 1-hour lessons to deliver over 10 hours, including producing their own resources and assessing all the possible risks.  Year 8 and 9 were coached through a variety of activities from team building activities and sports to healthy eating and safety to art, drama and music. After the first hour students learnt a vital skill of being able to adapt to the changing situation, like when timings go astray or activities do not go to plan.

The reports from year 8 and 9 students were very positive saying ‘they’ve really enjoyed the days.’  Staff supervising the activities have been very impressed with how confident and engaging the year 11s were to the younger year groups. 

A BIG thank you to all year 11 pupils for all their hard work and grown up attitude towards the challenge and to all staff for their help and support supervising the activities.

The Link Governors kindly gave up time to visit the activities and here are some their comments from the two days. 


Sixth Form Induction


Barclays Bank (Life skills)

Year 12 - How to write a CV

Year 13 - Bank accounts / loans / managing money


Joseph Murphy - University of South Wales

Year 12 - Why University?  UCAS and how to choose a course

Year 13 - How to write an effective personal statement workshop, success at interviews, and students finance presentations.


Morfudd Matthews - Coleg Cymraeg

12 & 13C - Scholarships for students studying part of their course through the medium of welsh.


Tudur Rees and Bethan Price Menter Brycheiniog a Maesyfed - Gweithdy Cymraeg

Workshop for students in 12C


New Staff

We are delighted to have welcomed a number of new staff this week:

Sarah Cuthbertson – CPM for Design and Technology and ICT

Andrew Stanway – Teacher of mathematics

Daniel Davies – Teaching Assistant

Kathryn Jarman – Teaching Assistant

We would like to take this opportunity to wish them every success as they start their careers  with us at Builth Wells High School.


Forthcoming Events


Dates for your diary

Prize Giving 2017 – Wednesday 13th September at 19.00 in the Sports Hall.