Llanishen High School
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|Llanishen High School|
|Motto||We believe that all can succeed (Welsh: Credwn y gall pob llwyddo)|
|Headteacher||Miss Sarah Parry|
|Assistant Headteachers||Mr L Humphreys|
|Age||11 to 16-18|
|Colour(s)||Black and Blue|
Llanishen High School (Welsh: Ysgol Uwchradd Llanisien) is an English speaking-medium secondary school based in Llanishen, Cardiff, Wales and has approximately 1700 students, making it the largest single-site secondary school in Cardiff. It also has a sixth form college for 16-18 year olds.
Much of the school was built during the 1950s, but some buildings (the new Science block for example) were built in later decades. The School has a hockey pitch, basketball court, indoor tennis courts, fields for athletics/cricket/football and rugby and enters teams in a variety of competitions - usually competing against local schools. A new D.T. block has been built. The LRC (Learning Resource Centre/Library) and Sports Hall have been renovated.
In Autumn 2018, work on a new 3G pitch was completed on the site of the grass banks. New changing rooms and a clubhouse for Llanishen RFC have also been erected, in place of the indoor tennis facility, as part of an ongoing partnership between the school and the local rugby club.
The School has a student council formed in mid-2006. This council consists of two students from each year from 7-11 voted in by the whole year.
The council has been proved a success in having key input in developing several areas of the school. Examples of this include; new bike racks, re-development of the West-Wing corridor area, improving canteen food through the newly found SNACK committee. Current projects include a revamp of the school website, re-development of the East-Wing corridor area and improving the schools Quad area.
Recently, the council have formed a partnership with Sainsbury's in Thornhill, Cardiff. The superstore provides sponsorship to the newly produced school newspaper and offers cash prizes for several competitions run by the school.
LHTV was a small TV Station based at the school. The station was involved in an award won at the European Languages Awards 2007 when the Modern Foreign Languages Department won the award for the best "Foreign Language Film".
The station had also previously filmed the annual European Day of Languages held in Cardiff every year which the school itself ran.
The school has teams participating in local, regional and national competitions in a variety of sports. The school enjoys particular success in rugby, with the First XV Boys rugby team winning the Welsh Cup in 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as reaching the final in 2011.
Notable former pupils
- Elinor Barker, racing cyclist who currently rides on the track for Great Britain and the Welsh Cycling backed Team USN, and on the road for Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling.
- Tom Cullen, actor and writer whose roles include Jonas in Black Mirror, drug trafficker Yoram in Banged Up Abroad, and Anthony Foyle (the Viscount Gillingham) on Downton Abbey.
- Luke Rowe, racing cyclist who currently rides for Team Ineos.
- Joe Jacobson, professional footballer for Wycombe Wanderers, as well as former captain of the Wales U21 team and the Cardiff City reserve team.
- John Tabatabai, professional poker player who was the runner-up to Norwegian poker player Annette Obrestad in the first World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.
- Neil Slatter, former professional footballer who began his career with Bristol Rovers in 1980, where he remained for five years before moving on to Oxford United.
- Ruth Picardie, journalist and editor who worked for The Guardian and The Independent newspapers, with contributions to other publications, such as the New Statesman, and author of Before I Say Goodbye, her memoir of living with breast cancer.
- Wade Barrett, wrestler.
- Rabbi Matondo, professional footballer for Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League side Schalke 04. He has also represented his national side Wales, making his debut in a loss to Albania in Autumn 2018.
- Gaby French, actress. She portrayed Shirley in Martin McDonagh’s Broadway play Hangmen as well as appearing in minor roles in ITV’s Victoria and the BBC’s Inside No. 9. Her first role in a feature film came as Jess in Military Wives.
- "Spotlight: Gaby French". Spotlight. Retrieved 1 April 2019.