• " 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 take on trek challenge for award

They have trekked 16 miles, learnt to sail and windsurf plus helped in their local community to land a top award.

The 25 learners from Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan are hoping their efforts will bag them Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awards.

The final part of the challenge for the learners in Year 10 was a weekend trek along the Clwydian Range.  Working in teams and without adult help, they had to follow a route from Afonwen to Llangynhafal and then Ruthin, via Moel Famau, while carrying all the food and equipment needed to camp out overnight.

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan PE teacher Jon Blackford, who runs the school’s Duke of Edinburgh scheme, said: “The expedition component requires learners to undertake two expeditions within the Clwydian Range. The first is a practice run with teaching staff accompanying the learners to ensure they are map reading correctly and know what they are doing.

“The second expedition is done on their own with teaching staff meeting them at check points on the way. For both expeditions learners have to be self sufficient.

“Learners hike around 16 miles over the two days, putting up tents, preparing and cooking their own food and keeping themselves and each other safe.”


Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan learner Ellie O’Mahoney, said: “It’s  been something very different but a really good experience. We did do a practice run with teacher support and that was actually harder. At least, on our own, we knew what to expect.

“The terrain has been challenging and the map reading quite difficult. It certainly helps us work as a team and rely on each other.”

Morgan Jones agreed the expedition had been a good experience and he was glad he decided to take on the challenge.”

Sean Williams enjoyed the Duke of Edinburgh bronze scheme so much he is intent on tackling the silver and gold award too.”