John Beddoes School

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
John Beddoes School
John Beddoes.png
Motto virtue, discipline and learning
Established 1565
Type Mixed non-selective comprehensive
Students approx. 380 pupils
Location Presteigne, Wales, United Kingdom
52°16′12″N 3°00′09″W / 52.2701°N 3.0024°W / 52.2701; -3.0024Coordinates: 52°16′12″N 3°00′09″W / 52.2701°N 3.0024°W / 52.2701; -3.0024
School website Official school site

John Beddoes School is a secondary or comprehensive school for boys and girls. The school is based on one site in the town of Presteigne. It has a complement of approximately 380 pupils aged 11 – 18 years.[1]

It has a largely rural catchment area in east Radnorshire including the towns and villages of Presteigne, Knighton, Beguildy, New Radnor, Knucklas, Gladestry, Whitton and Norton. It's also situated 1/2 mile away from the Welsh/English border and also educates pupils from Herefordshire and Shropshire.

During 2013 the school was placed in Estyn's Special Measures category,[2] however, with the support of Newtown High School the school has undergone numerous changes.

Under Powys County Council plans, approved by Welsh Government,[3] John Beddoes High School closed on the 10th of April 2014, to be reopened as a campus of Newtown High School on the 11th of April 2014. The two campuses will both operate as part of one school, with a single Senior Leadership Team.


Founded in 1565 it is the second oldest grammar School in Wales. It was founded by John Beddoes, a wealthy woollen manufacturer who provided for the establishment of a Free Grammar School to bring up the youth ... in virtue, discipline and learning. The school was to be maintained from the rents of local properties.

John Beddoes endowed the school with the rent from “Bell Meadow” to pay the ringer. He stipulated that should the Curfew cease to be rung then the school should be closed and the financial endowment revert to his heirs. With financial help from the composer Mike Oldfield the tradition continues today.

The school moved to its current site on Broadaxe Lane in 1907.

John Beddoes Grammar School and Knighton Secondary Modern School amalgamated in 1970 to form the current comprehensive school.

The school closed on 10 April 2014, to reopen the following day as a campus of Newtown High School. It retains the John Beddoes name, as the Newtown High School - John Beddoes Campus.

Headmaster and Teachers[edit]

Welsh schools are no longer included in education league tables, but figures are available for 2001.[4] Some outline GCSE results are available on the school's site[5]

Currently (2014) the senior staff are:[6]

  • Headteacher - Mrs J Pryce (Newtown High School)
  • Deputy Head - Mr D Owen
  • Assistant Head - Mr P Jennings
  • Director of Wellbeing - Mrs J Hamilton

Notable former pupils[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Welsh Government". Retrieved 19 February 2007. [dead link]
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ "BBC". BBC News. Retrieved 19 February 2007. 
  5. ^ "school website". Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "school website". Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Gathering The Jewels". Retrieved 19 November 2009.