On Thursday, Welsh Government released its categorisation for Secondary Schools
and Cardiff High School is deemed to be a 1A Green school, the highest status a
school can achieve. The same evening I walked around the school after hours and I
listened to a BBC News Report produced by our students (available on Twitter), I
popped into the Jesus Christ Superstar rehearsals in the Learning Hub which were in
full flow. You could hear the singing from the football pitch, where our U15 girls were
winning 8-1 in fine style in the Girls Welsh Cup. Across the field, 25 Year 7 boys
were playing for the Year 7 B rugby team against Llanishen High School. The
Photography Club had received delivery of their new equipment courtesy of the PTA
and were really pleased. News filtered out that Lauren Evans had been selected for
the Wales U20 Athletics team. Meanwhile across town, our girls basketball team
were demonstrating great endeavour. There was Maths tutoring taking place after
school for some of our most vulnerable students and on our Twitter feed some
amazing work from the school day was being showcased. Meanwhile, the Year 13
Parents Evening was taking place with lots of staff involved in the event and lots of
positive comments from parents. When I arrived home, Cardiff High School pupils
and a member of staff were on the Made in Wales TV channel talking about diversity.
What makes a great school? It is the pupils, the staff and the relationships they have.
These are often forged in the extra curricular activities that a school offers.
We should be very proud of our Green status and the high level of academic
achievement that represents. However, we should also be equally proud of the
experiences our children receive in Cardiff High School and the dedication of all our