Hawarden High School

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Hawarden High School
Welsh Name: Ysgol Uwchradd Penarlâg
Established 1606 onwards
Type Secondary School
Headteacher Mr P. Ellis
Deputy Headteacher Mr S. Budgen
Assistant Headteachers Mr G. Hughes
Location The Highway
Local authority Flintshire LEA
Students Approx 1250
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Colours Black uniform
Founder George Ledsham
Website Hawarden High School

Hawarden High School is an English language medium high school in Hawarden, Flintshire, North Wales. It is part of the Flintshire LEA.[1] The school traces its history back to 1606 when a single-classroom grammar school was established with £300 left by a local resident named George Ledsham.

In 1998, the school completed a £4m extension which provided a new school hall, a sports centre extension, expansion of the Technology department and a new drama studio, as well as numerous other improvements. The extension was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in March 1998, on her visit to Flintshire.

In 2007 the school's headmaster, Mr M.C. Powell retired after over 25 years of teaching; his role was taken over by Mr R.J. Davies, who previously held the role of Headteacher at a secondary school in Wrexham. The school retained a rating of "Good" in its 2009 Estyn inspection with "Excellent" prospects for future improvement.[2] As of September 2015, Mr P. Ellis is the Acting Headteacher following the departure of Mr. Davies to an advisory post with Welsh Government.

The school is famous for three ex-pupils who became professional footballers: Michael Owen, Andy Dorman and Gary Speed. Current footballers from the school include, Danny Ward and Ryan Hedges.


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