Connah's Quay High School

Ysgol Uwchradd Cei Connah / Connah's Quay High School

More Able and Talented


There is a national strategy to meet the needs of these learners because research shows that, whilst they have often reached satisfactory levels of attainment against national norms, they have not necessarily achieved their true potential.

Connah’s Quay High School is committed to addressing the needs of these learners in a focused and creative way. We are confident that together with, schools, the LEA and various other outside providers we can help these MAT learners to gain more from their time at school, enabling them to become even more effective learners and to flourish into young people that are fully engaged and committed to life-long learning.

Visit to Goodison Park with Cambridge UniversityEverton Cambridge University MAT visit

A group of six Year 10 learners attended a Raising Aspirations day with Magdalene College Cambridge at Everton’s home ground Goodison Park
on the 21st March 2017.

The aspiring learners were given a tour of the ground and help and encouragement from Cambridge University students to aim high for their future academic ambition.


Super Workshop Day

A day of Superclasses hosted by Lead Practitioner Teachers at Connah’s Quay High School was attended by More Able and Talented Year 9 learners from many Flintshire Schools on 30th March 2017.

The MAT learners were given high level challenging lessons in design using the computer program Photoshop; a Shakespeare lesson in literature, computer programing and Einstein mathematics.

All learners performed brilliantly and received a certificate.

Super Workshop Day


Engineering Workshop - 19th January 2017

Year 9 learners enjoyed a workshop focusing on energy and careers in the field of engineering. They learnt about possible routes into engineering through apprenticeships or through university.

Learners worked through a scenario relating to renewable and non-renewable resources in different countries around the world. They found out about the natural resources and geographical characteristics of each country and made decisions on the feasibility of possible sources of renewable energy.

Later in the workshop, the learners designed and built their own electric car. Learners carried out trials to see how far their car travelled depending on the voltage applied to the car. They developed their graph drawing skills and communication skills throughout the activity. The aim was to see whose car travelled the furthest – well done to the girls who won!

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Cambridge University Visit - 29th November 2016

Cambridge University visit

As part of our enrichment Programme for More Able and Talented learners, a group of 10 year 8 learners were invited to a day at Cambridge University. In the morning they were introduced to the notion of life as a Cambridge University student and in the afternoon they worked in the world famous Cavendish Laboratory on a task based on the Mars, Rover Project. It was a long day but the learners conducted themselves brilliantly.

Engineering Education Scheme Wales - 21st November 2016MAT science 21-11-2016

The pupils engaged in the Engineering Education Scheme Wales’ I2E (Introduction 2 Engineering) Crumble Control IT activity. Pupils were given an introduction in programming the Crumble micro-controller with an emphasis on making things work. The students were tasked with programming a pair of traffic lights to work in tandem by programming the Crumble to control a set of Sparkles.

Curriculum Focus Day – 6th October 2016

A group of Year 9 MAT learners enjoyed a visit to the Gladstone Library in Hawarden to experience the research facilities and beautiful oak Library. Learners also looked at some rare and unusual books.