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Bank of America Visits Ysgol Rhiwabon

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Bank of America recently attended Ysgol Rhiwabon, with students from Years 8 and 9 participating in fun computer programming activities.

As a relaxer, the students started by building a tower made out of spaghetti, masking tape and string to see who could create the highest tower. This set the scene for the students for more fun. There were three activities set out from Scratch, Python and Raspberry Pi.

Students worked in groups to beat the time allocated to achieve the required result. It was challenging, but most students did very well and enjoyed the activities. The best teams won prizes, which ranged from water bottles to piggy banks.

ICT Teacher Mr P Slater said, “It was a fun few hours, and students really enjoyed themselves in a relaxed but challenging atmosphere. Bank of America were great and really made IT programming come alive for the students.”

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History of Ysgol Rhiwabon

The school was founded in 1575 (the earliest recorded mention is from 1618) by Doctor Lloyd, Vicar of Ruabon. Back then, people referred to Ruabon Grammar School as an endowed grammar school due to its reliance on wealthy endowments to educate a select number of boys in the Ruabon parish. The School was in a building in the Churchyard that still survives to this day.

The Original School Building

Alfred Lee Taylor

Although technically a county school, people still called it a grammar school. Remaining under the headship of Alfred Lee Taylor, the School became renowned for its reputation and strong traditional values. Later, under the headship of JR Roberts, the school numbers swelled to almost 100, and the demand for an extension was growing. However, the outbreak of the First World War put paid to these ambitions at the time as the school mourned the heavy loss of its “old boys”. It lost 10 ex-students during the First World War and the school erected a monument in the hall.

Founded in 1922, the parish has provided no secondary education for girls. Those who could afford it would have to travel to Llangollen. The proposal was for the creation of a separate girls’ grammar school on a different site. With financial restraints hampering all efforts, an agreement decreed that the girls’ school could use land at the back of the boys’ school for a yearly rent.

In 1967, following the abolition of the 11-plus examinations, the county education committee decided to create a Comprehensive school out of the old Ruabon Grammar School, placing Mr Eifion Ellis as the headmaster of the whole school site (both sides of the road). The quick succession of amalgamation and abolition of the Grammar schools led to the creation of Ysgol Rhiwabon, a mixed 11-16 comprehensive school with 6th form.

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