Prestatyn High School is one of the largest schools in Wales with 1728 currently on roll including 330 in the sixth form. We usually admit about 280 pupils from our 9 feeder schools with whom we have an excellent relationship. The demography locally shows something of a downward trend for a few years to come through in-migration offsets this somewhat as families relocate to Prestatyn from other parts of the area as well as central and northern England.
The school opened in 1956 and most local families have some association with us, in many cases covering several generations! The school is generally well thought of in the town and we
take our community role seriously in terms of what we can offer as well as how we can use the community as a resource. We have developed this in our core professional purpose, a ‘Community Achieving Together’ which summarises our aspirations and the principles by which we endeavour to operate.
As the town has grown, its population has become more eclectic and the school reflects this. We are more comprehensive now than ever both in terms of academic ability and social advantage. Whereas we can run educational visits to the USA and to all parts of Europe our free school meal entitlement has risen steadily to a current value of about 17%. Analysis of data trends also shows significant variation between cohorts by means of innate potential yet the expectations on us to raise standards each year continue to rise. This remains our biggest challenge and priority but one for which we remain optimistic.
On entry pupils are assigned to one of 8 houses in which they stay for their time with us. The Heads of Learning for each house, group tutors and student support assistants provide continuity and support both pastorally and academically.