St Richard Gwyn High School
St Richard Gwyn High School
St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School is a Catholic comprehensive school serving the population of Flintshire in North Wales. It was founded in 1954 to serve the Catholic population of Flintshire.
It is one of three Catholic secondary schools in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wrexham, the others being St Joseph's Catholic & Anglican High School, Wrexham and Blessed Edward Jones RC High School, Rhyl.
It is a mixed school, currently serving 861 pupils (2016) (including a mixed sixth form of over 120). It draws its pupils and students from the Roman Catholic parishes of Flint, Holywell, Queensferry, Mold, Saltney, Buckley, Connah's Quay, Hawarden and Pantasaph.
Its patron Saint, St. Richard Gwyn, was canonized in 1970; prior to this, the school was called "Blessed Richard Gwyn Roman Catholic High School". The school observes his feast day on 17 October with a whole school Mass; every year, this is preceded by a week of religious observance and themed lessons as part of a "whole school retreat" that is called a faith 'focus week'.
The school's current head teacher is Mr Paul Heitzman. Other headteachers include Mrs Maria Rimmer, interim and first ever female headteacher (2016-2017), Immediate Past President, Catholic Association of Teachers, Schools and Colleges; Mr Ronald Keating (2012-2016) and most importantly, the first headmaster, Mr Burrows (1954 to circa 1973), Mr Derek Doran, retired (2005-2011), Mr. Tom Quinn (2002–2005), Mr. Mark Philpot (forner President of the World Union of Catholic Teachers) and Mr. Patrick Dominic Bryon OBE (For services to Education in Wales) (former Lead Assessor, National Professional Qualification for Headship).
In 1995 the school added a new block which houses the Religious Education and Music departments. The school has a theatre with tiered seating and a lighting rig to serve it. During 1996 its North Block was converted into science laboratories. During 2001 the school added a new restaurant, doubling its former capacity.
In each year from years 7 to 11 there are usually 6 form groups consisting of letters H, Q, M, S, F and B (C and P have also been used in the past if there is a big year group):
H = Holywell,
Q = Queensferry,
M = Mold,
S = Saltney,
F = Flint,
B = Buckley,
(C = Connah's Quay)
(P = Penyffordd)
From when the school officially opened in 1954 there has been a head boy and girl system. Since 2008 there has been a House System - Dewi, Gwen and Beuno, named after St. David, St. Winefride and St. Beuno respectively.
In the 2016 Welsh Government's National School Categorisation System, the school is placed in Standards Group '4' (1-4, with 1 being the highest group and 4 the lowest), Improvement Category 'D' (A-D, with schools with an improvement capacity of A showing the greatest capacity to improve and those with an improvement capacity of D showing the least capacity to improve). These two measures place the school in the 'Red' support category, meaning that the school requires the most intensive support.