• " The school achieved GCSE results in the top 25% of similar schools in 2017 and 2018."
  • "In lessons and around the school, many pupils are courteous and polite. They engage well in their learning and work suitably in groups and pairs. " - Estyn 2018
  • " High standards of teaching from staff and excellent learning from students, alongside the proactive encouragement of parents, have all contributed to the school's recent success. " - IQM Inspection 2018
  • " In 2018 the school was awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark Award - Centre of Excellence for the second time. This reflects the school's commitment to including all learners. "
  • " The school has a successful Sixth Form in which learners are achieving results in the top 25% of schools in Wales. "
  • " I just wanted to say a huge thanks to your wonderful staff for all the support they have provided for my son and myself over his first year at high school. " - Year Seven Parent - July 2018
  • " The extra curricular activities that are offered via the Engage@Emrys programme are the best in the area. " Year Seven Parent - July 2018







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Learners as Leaders

Giving the learners in Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan the opportunity to develop leadership skills is a really important  part of our work.

We try to ensure that all learners get the opportunity to lead teams inside and outside the classroom.  We know that the opportunity to practice and develop these skills is a really important part of the education we offer.

Some of the groups of learners who lead elements of the schools work are shown below.  We have also tried to highlight the areas of the school and the wider community that they influence.






Associate Pupil Governors

Who:  Two representatives from the Sixth Form who attend all Full Governing Body Meetings in the school with the Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and full complement of Governors.  They are also the leaders of the School Council.


Purpose:  To ensure that the Governing Body are fully informed of the learners perspective on any decisions that are made.


Achievements in 2018/19

  • Supporting the discussion regarding the removal of the blazer from the uniform.
  • Highlighting issues with Sixth Form Provision.
  • Giving a perspective on how the school feels to learners.
The Sixth Form Leadership Team

Who:  Six learners from the Sixth Form who applied and successfully interviewed for the role who meet regularly with the Head Teacher and Head of Sixth Form.


Purpose:  To play an active role in the continuing improvement of the sixth form by ensuring that the views of learners are central to any decisions taken.


Achievements in 2018/19

  • Developing the sixth form recruitment process
  • Supporting the transition of learners from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5
  • Improving the facilities provided for sixth form learners
Representing the school at specified events
The School Council

Who:  The School council is split into year group council and whole school council. Two learners are nominated as form reps, these reps will then sit on the year council and meet termly with Pastoral Leader, feeding information to and from the form class.

 From the year council two learners are nominated to sit on the whole school council, these reps feed information back and forth to year council and whole concil.


Purpose:  To ensure learners have a voice that is valued and appreciated. All learners’ ideas can be put forward in an open forum for discussion. 


Achievements in 2018/19

  • Year group specific discussions re. transition/ uniform
  • Input into the decisions around extra-curricular activities/ trip
Continuous discussions re. daily routines/ PDP/ HW/ HW diaries
The Eco-Committee



Purpose:  Identify opportunities to improve the school environment and enable the school to operate sustainably. Implement any actions required to improve the school environment.


Achievements in 2018/19

  • Produced a whole school audit and currently discussing actions required and the priorities for these actions.
Sports Ambassadors

Who:  A Young Ambassador is an outstanding and committed sports leader that takes on the additional responsibility of increasing participation, promoting PE and school sport and being a link between teachers and young people.



  • Be the young person's voice for PE and School Sport.
  • Promote the positive values of sport at Emrys ap Iwan and in the wider community.
  • Be a role model and PE champion at all times.
  • Increase participation opportunities and promote healthy lifestyles
  • Participate in Engage clubs on a regular basis.
  • Lead a warm up/cool down with lessons or during club.
  • Be involved with sporting events within school sport.
  • Manage and assist with the organising of sporting events in the PE calendar.

Achievements in 2018/19:

  1. Sports ambassadors’ day at Nant BH. Outdoor Education day to understand their roles and responsibilities, as well as how to develop sport in the school community with Conwy PE and sports officers.
  2. Successful meeting to highlight their peers views on curricular and extra-curricular provision, which feeds into the engage@emrys programme, self-evaluation and assist with curriculum mapping.
All bar one took the opportunity to attend the Outward Bound week at Ogwen Cottage developing inter and intra-personal skills learning how to work as a team and develop lifelong skills.
Student Ambassadors

Who:  For learners from Year 9 who volunteered, and who were willing to be elected, were chosen to act as representatives for the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland, to promote young people’s rights and the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child.


Purpose:  Inform other learners in the school about the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and her work.

Make sure other pupils know about young people’s rights under the UNCRC.


Achievements in 2018/19

  • Planned an assembly on their roles in the school (dates still to be finalised)
Planned and to deliver a session for Year 8 to be delivered on the Enrichment Day on the 28th March