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Headteacher’s Message

A message from the Headteacher

I consider the opportunity to educate other people’s children a rare privilege, bringing with it a huge responsibility to provide the best all-round education possible as we aim to prepare young people for happiness and success in their adult lives. At Wales High School we refer to this as ‘The Wales Way’, which is an ethos we take great pride in and which runs throughout everything that we do here at Wales.

We live in exciting and rapidly changing times and this means that providing an outstanding, progressive and well-rounded education is more important than ever. Of course examination results matter and at Wales our students consistently achieve excellent results in all areas of the curriculum, giving them access to the very best apprenticeship opportunities with world leaders in their respective field, as well as entry to the top universities in this country and overseas. However, this is just one aspect of ‘The Wales Way’, through which all our students are supported to show ambition both within and beyond the classroom.

I firmly believe that school should be fun as happy children are more likely to be successful. We see it as our responsibility to bring out our students’ talents, to broaden their interests and to develop their personal qualities. To do this we aim to instil confidence, foster resilience and perseverance, encourage tolerance and integrity; to enhance communication skills; embrace creativity; celebrate teamwork; and to promote an open-minded and outward-looking mentality so that students are ready to make a really positive contribution to their wider community.

Tradition is important here at Wales and still shapes some of our guiding principles as we seek to build on the past whilst looking to the future. Our strong history of success is built on a firm foundation of excellent pastoral care and we ensure a climate for learning which is well-ordered, safe, calm and focused.

Wales is, and will remain, a forward-thinking school that enthusiastically embraces innovation and new opportunity. Our team of hugely talented and committed staff make sure that our curriculum, guidance, care and support meets the different needs of every young person. We pride ourselves on having high expectations which ensure that our students are well-organised, caring and supportive of each other and also personally ambitious. We work with our students in a collaborative and orderly atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. This gives them a sense of belonging and a pride in our school, in themselves and in ‘The Wales Way’.

I am immensely proud to be the Headteacher of Wales and it would give me genuine pleasure in inviting you to visit the school to meet our students and staff and to judge for yourself what makes this such a special place to learn in.

By choosing Wales High School you too are committing yourself to ‘The Wales Way’ and to working with us to ensure our school values and ethos are continued.

Miss L McCall – Headteacher