2 Princes Avenue
Prestatyn High School
Prestatyn High School is an 11 – 18 mixed comprehensive with over 1722 pupils on roll including a Sixth Form of 286. Pupils come from the town of Prestatyn and the surrounding villages. We also receive a number of pupils from outside of the traditional catchment area who come through parental choice. The school has been over-subscribed for the last seven years.
The school has a single, attractive site with purpose built accommodation for all the major curriculum areas. In addition to extensive playing fields the school is also fortunate to have a leisure centre on site. For the purpose of pastoral care, the school is split into eight houses, each with a Head of House and a deputy. The Sixth form exists as a largely separate pastoral group. Academic organisation is through departments.
There is a school uniform and pupils are expected to maintain a high standard of personal appearance. Exam results are good, usually being above the local and national averages at both GCSE and A level. Results in recent years have been particularly encouraging.
The school has undergone two full inspections during the past eight years. The reports that followed both, and especially the report for the inspection in September 1998, have been very positive about the school. Prestatyn is described as ‘a good school’, which gives ‘good, and almost very good value for money’. Particularly pleasing were the comments about the quality of teaching within the school. During the inspection hardly any unsatisfactory teaching was observed and well over 60% of all lessons were judged as good or very good. The Key Issues identified no major weaknesses within the school or any individual departments.
The school prides itself on its professional development policy and there is also a policy for the induction of newly qualified staff with a deputy head having this as a specific responsibility.
The school has benefited from a major building programme completed at the beginning of 1999 and funded by a grant of over £3.4 million from the Welsh Office under its ‘Popular Schools Initiative’. This has provided us with a Library / Resources / Careers building, and a Maths / I.T. block, a completely refurbished Technology area, a Sixth Form suite, internal walkway and Snack Centre, a new Art room and refurbished Art area, a Science lab and preparation rooms and a refurbished suite of rooms for our Learning Support department. Over 150 new P.C’s came to the school as part of the project and another bookable IT room has been added since then. Other parts of the school need further upgrading and this remains on the school’s continuing list of priorities.
The school has developed a comprehensive policy on behaviour over the last four years called ‘Choose to Succeed’. This policy, based on the principles of assertive discipline, rewards good behaviour and deals systematically with poor behaviour. It has proved a success within the school and recently won a curriculum award from the Welsh Secondary Schools Association.
Andrew Keep – January 2002