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Headteacher's Welcome/Croeso'r Pennaeth

It is my pleasure to offer this introduction, which will give you an insight into the work, approach and values of Olchfa School.  We welcome applications for places in Year 7 for September entry, but also throughout the year for all year groups, including the Sixth Form.

Olchfa is a large and busy school but also one that retains a family feel. Results in external examinations in Years 10-13 regularly place the students of the school amongst the highest achieving in Wales. This arises from a very high standard of teaching based upon excellent relationships for learning, an atmosphere of mutual respect and learning which takes place in partnership, especially with you as families. The school’s governing body, leadership teams and staff in all roles work hard to place children at the centre of all we do, continuing to evolve and develop as needed.

Important though results are, Olchfa School is about far more than academic outcomes. Our moral purpose matters hugely as we work to help develop well-rounded young people who are ready for the world. We try hard to make Olchfa a positive place, where young people can thrive. We embrace diversity and inclusivity as drivers of a rich and vibrant school community. To support young people and to help build their resilience, Olchfa offers an excellent package of pastoral care, promoting health and wellbeing and the help needed to overcome any barriers to learning.

Just as importantly, Olchfa is a school of opportunity and, hopefully, joy. Your children will have the chance to try new experiences, to visit new places and to showcase their talent, whatever form it takes. We celebrate the achievements of our students, in and out of school. We want Olchfa to both reflect and shape the communities it serves, working in partnership with primary schools, local businesses and organisations and, most importantly, you as families.

The best way to truly know the school is to see it for yourself. We welcome visits by prospective pupils and their parents or carers throughout the year, including at our formal events. If you require any further information please contact our admissions assistant, who will be happy to help.


Julian Kennedy