NOTE: This content is old - Published: Tuesday, Sep 10th, 2013.
Next month The Maelor School in Penley will be inviting all prospective students to visit the school and look at the facilities on offer.
On October 1st at 7pm, students due to start High School next year will have the chance to attend the school’s Open Evening. Throughout the evening, staff will be on hand to answer any questions students or parents may have about the school, along with offering the opportunity to take a look around.
The following day, the school will then extend the opportunity to look around to prospective students and parents, who will get to see how the school operates on a day-to-day basis. Tours will be provided by the Maelor’s sixth form students, who will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the school.
During the Open Evening / Day events, visitors will have the chance to have a look at the schools combination of old and modern facilities, including the recently refurbished library, dance studio, sports hall, ICT suites and swimming pool. Along with extra curricular activities such as sports clubs, a drama club and a show jumping club.
The open day will run throughout the course of the day and appointments are not necessary.
Speaking about the Maelor and what it has on offer, Headteacher Simon Ellis said: “The school has always had a strong reputation. The motto is keep the school traditional but also modernise it as well.
“We were the first school in Wrexham to have wireless internet installed, and sixth form students are allowed to bring in their devices and can hook up in the library to do their work.
“The strengths of the Maelor are academic performance and behaviour; we expect children to be well dressed and courteous. There are only only 113 pupils per age group so we know them individually, and we encourage them to be individual. The school has a very personal element.”
One element the school prides itself on, is ensuring that while lessons remain educational, there are also elements of fun provided for the children.
For example Geography students will be paying a visit to Pompeii, and in the past have visited Iceland. The school also work in partnership with Lesotho in South Africa, offering a one week exchange student programme, that allows students from the Maelor and Lesotho to experience a different culture.
The school has recently achieved its highest exam results, with 98% of pupils achieving 5A*-C and 76% achieving 5A*-C including English and Maths in their GCSE results. Students also recently celebrated their A Level results with 96% of students achieving at least 2 ‘A’ levels. 76% of A levels were awarded A*-C.
Speaking of the recent GCSE and A Level results, Headteacher Simon Ellis said: “They are stunning results, highest we have ever had, really strong set of results.
“It’s down to our concentration on behavior, which is shown in the figures. We have very strong teachers, and would like to continue the standards of the results over the coming year.”
The Maelor is also heavily involved in social media, incorporating sites such as Twitter into lessons. An example of this is the school’s Welsh Department, which sets out questions in Welsh and encourages the students to reply for the chance to win a prize.
For further information on the Maelor School in Penley, you can visit their website: http://www.maelorschool.org.uk/
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