Welcome from the Headteacher
Welcome to our Website. I am extremely proud to be the Headteacher of Ysgol Aberconwy - a school that puts learning and individual achievement at the heart of everything it does. We want every pupil to succeed; to achieve their full potential, be prepared for the future and become confident, thoughtful young people so they leave us ready for the challenges of an exciting and increasingly competitive world.
Situated in a spectacular location on the Conwy estuary, the school boasts a modern, well maintained and well equipped environment. Whilst the school’s ethos is based on traditional values of respect, responsibility and community spirit, students experience the very latest technology and teaching methods in the classroom.
Here at Ysgol Aberconwy we have the highest expectations of all our pupils in all areas of school life. Academic standards are important to us and we expect all pupils to achieve the very best. We also have the highest expectations of our pupils when it comes to behaviour, attendance, punctuality and uniform.
The pastoral system at Ysgol Aberconwy is extensive and innovative. Each year group has a full time non-teaching Guidance Mentor. Working from a key stage base these mentors are available throughout the day to respond to pupils’ concerns and to provide a direct contact point for parents.
As well as providing a sense of belonging and a medium for competition, the House System provides the structure for monitoring pupil achievement against their individual subject targets. The four Houses: Crafnant, Dulyn, Hiraethlyn and Llugwy are named after the four tributaries of the river Conwy. Pupils attend weekly House assemblies, compete for their House in a range of competitions and have their progress monitored and reported on by their Head of House.
We have a flourishing extra-curricular programme. This includes a full range of sporting activities in the school’s brand new state of the art facilities as well as music concerts and drama productions. The school owns its own field centre in the hills above Abergwyngregyn and has an extensive outdoor activities programme.
We are also proud of our Welsh tradition and heritage. The school encourages the use of the Welsh language in lessons and beyond, and we are developing the provision of some subjects through the medium of Welsh for those who want it.
We are very fortunate to have a dedicated and highly professional team of teachers and support staff who expect the very highest standards from all our pupils, whilst our strong school systems ensure that pupils learn in a safe and friendly environment where teachers teach and learners learn.
We want the same things that you want for your child. In order to achieve this we rely on our home-school partnership. We encourage parents and carers to get involved in the life of the school and their children’s educational journey alongside the dedicated team of mentors that will guide your children along the way.
For those of you who are parents of primary school children we know that the transition to secondary school can be seen as daunting for some pupils. We have strong relationships with all our partner primary schools and operate a special programme of events and activities to help smooth the transition process and provide continuity for your children.
The choice of school for your child is a crucial decision. True knowledge about a school comes from understanding and seeing what actually goes on inside it. This website provides lots of important information about the school but I strongly advise you to combine this with a visit to our open evening, or call us to arrange a visit at some other time so that you can make a well informed choice for your child.