Wales High School

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Wales High School
Wales High School Badge, Jan 2012.jpg
Motto Humble et Loyal
Established 1970
Headteacher Giuseppe Di'Iasio
Chair of Governors Jacqueline Holcombe
Location Storth Lane
Kiveton Park

South Yorkshire
S26 5QQ
53°20′37″N 1°16′25″W / 53.343519°N 1.273749°W / 53.343519; -1.273749Coordinates: 53°20′37″N 1°16′25″W / 53.343519°N 1.273749°W / 53.343519; -1.273749
Local authority Rotherham
DfE URN 136331 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,600, 350 of whom in 6th form (2011)
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–19
Houses Busli, Mortain, Rollo and Warenne
Colours Blue, Yellow and Grey
Parents' Association 'Friends of Wales High School'
Adopted Charities


Bluebell Wood Hospice

Wales High School is an academy school for 11- to 19-year-olds, in Kiveton, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England.

Opened in 1970, the school provides education for nearby villages, including Kiveton Park, Harthill, Todwick, Wales, Thurcroft and South Anston. The school is situated in Kiveton Park, not in the small neighbouring village of Wales less than a mile away.

The school is a specialist school in Business and Enterprise.

Ofsted inspections[edit]

The school was asked to become an academy under new government policy in 2012.

Date of inspection Outcome Reference
2006 Outstanding  
7–8 November 2012 Requires improvement Report
8–9 April 2014 Good Report


Since the school opened in 1970, the headteachers have been:

  • Mr Phillip Timothy, September 1970–December 1989
  • Mr Lawrence Morton, January 1990–December 2007
  • Mr Lawrence Morton (chief executive) and Mr John Day (head of school), January 2008–August 2012
  • Mr Lawrence Morton (chief executive) and Mr Giuseppe Di'Iasio (head of school), September 2012–present


  • Sponsored walk: every four years the school holds a sponsored walk with the intention of raising money for the school. Previous walks have contributed to the ongoing improvement of the school environment.
  • Full school formal assemblies: known as the 'Full School Squash' by pupils and staff, take place four times a year, at Easter, and Christmas, and at the beginning and end of the school year at which the school bell is rung by the youngest pupil/s. Every member of the school is expected to attend. At assemblies special guests are invited, news is given, certificates and awards are presented, and musical items often performed.
  • Houses and the Dragon: Busli (Blue), Mortain (Black), Rollo (White) and Warenne (Yellow). Busli is named after Roger de Busli and Warenne after William de Warenne, two of William the Conqueror's knights, Mortain after his half-brother, and Rollo was one of his ancestors. Each pupil is assigned a house when joining the school. Pupils are provided with sports kit in their specific house colours, to be worn in P.E. lessons and house sporting events. Houses compete in events such as football, rugby, tennis, cross country and netball, and non-sporting activities such as chess, drama and art. At the end of the year, the house with the most points is awarded the 'Dragon', a golden dragon statue in a glass case. The dragon is engraved with the year and winning house.
  • The Headmaster's Challenge: each year on an afternoon during the 2nd term the sixth form compete in the annual Headmaster's Challenge, a rugby match where Lower Sixth play Upper Sixth. The match continues to be a highlight of the school calendar and is enthusiastically supported by the staff and student body, as well as by the wider community that the school serves.

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