St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School History
Summary of Our School
St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School is an 11-18 mixed Catholic comprehensive school serving the population of Flintshire in North Wales. It was founded in 1954 to serve the Catholic population of Flintshire.
It is one of three Catholic secondary schools in the Catholic Diocese of Wrexham, the others being St Joseph's Catholic and Anglican High School, Wrexham and Blessed Edward Jones RC High School, Rhyl.
It is a mixed school, currently serving close to 1000 pupils (including a mixed sixth form of over 120). It draws its pupils and students from the Roman Catholic parishes of Flint, Holywell, Queensferry, Mold, Saltney, Buckley, Connah's Quay, Hawarden and Pantasaph.
Our most recent 2008 Estyn and Diocesan Inspections quotes:
"This is an Outstanding Catholic School"
"Outstanding pupil motivation and behaviour"
"Outstanding pastoral care, respect for diversity and working relationships"
"Outstanding leadership and management"
"Outstanding GCSE results"
"Outstanding working relationship with parents"
"We haven't seen such an entire school behaving so well before"
Rattling the Chains - Ysgwyd y Cadwyni
After studying at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Richard Gwyn became a school teacher in Wales. He married Catherine and they had six children, three of whom survived him. Richard Gwyn often had to change his home and his school to avoid fines and imprisonment, due to his determination to hold firm to the Catholic faith. In one particular incident in May1581, Richard Gwyn was taken to a church in Wrexham, carried around the font on the shoulders of six men, and laid in heavy shackles and chains in front of the pulpit. However, he “so stirred his legs that with the noise of his irons, the preacher’s voice could not be heard”. In 1584, Richard Gwyn was martyred by being hanged, drawn and quartered for high treason. He was canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1970 as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
His legacy lives with us every day in this school. He was declared a Saint of the Church on 25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI. Our school was originally called Blessed Richard Gwyn Roman Catholic High School; its name then changed to Saint Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, when Blessed Richard Gwyn was canonised.
We live in more enlightened times now in a country which recognises the dignity of people with other beliefs. We have become educated in the spirit of Saint Richard Gwyn who looked for freedom to express his belief against those who would not tolerate variety and pluralism.
The school observes his feast day on 17 October with a whole school Mass; every year, this is preceded by a week of religious observance and themed lessons as part of a "whole school retreat" that is called a faith 'focus week'.
The school excels in its pastoral care (Estyn) and provides excellent academic education in addition to offering many extra-curricular activities. Particularly vibrant are the Activities week, the Focus week, Theatrical and Musical Performances, Art Exhibitions, Science Shows, Eisteddfod and Faith Retreats. Academic standards are excellent and achievement at all levels is outstanding.
In each year from years 7 to 11 there are usually 6 form groups consisting of letters H, Q, M, S, F, B
H = Holywell,
Q = Queensferry,
M = Mold,
S = Shotton,
F = Flint,
B = Buckley
There are three school houses; Dewi, Gwen and Beuno