Young people

Talented young artists brighten the lives of care home residents

The work of a group of talented young artists will help brighten the lives of care home residents. The Wrexham-based Pendine Park care organisation staged an art competition for children related to residents, their families or staff – and the results were stunning. So much so, that artist-in-residence Sarah Edwards is putting on a virtual […]

Outstanding GCSE grades at Myddelton College represent ‘justice’ for students

The headmaster of one of the UK’s newest private schools said the “outstanding” GCSE exam results represented justice for his students. Andrew Allman, Headmaster of Myddeltpn College in Denbigh, was speaking after 85 per cent of the Year 11 pupils gained A star to C grades after having to cope with the trials and tribulations […]

Young virtuosos given chance to shine at top music festival

Talented young musicians from North Wales are being given the chance to shine at a top international music festival. They will have the opportunity to perform with acclaimed orchestra NEW Sinfonia at the North Wales International Music Festival that’s going virtual for the first time in its 49-year history. Instead of being held at St […]

Pioneering online classes provide educational lifeline for key workers’ kids

A pioneering online learning programme, created by academics as part of research into the impact of Covid-19 on schooling, has provided an educational lifeline for a family of keyworkers in Flintshire. Top researchers from Bangor University have recruited families from across England and Wales for the study, which considers how best to teach children remotely […]

Royal composer launches major campaign to save Land of Song

Royal composer Paul Mealor has launched a passionate campaign to save Wales’ reputation as the Land of Song. Professor Mealor spoke out as Patron of the North Wales Music Co-operative amid fears music lessons will be axed as a result of deep financial cuts in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis. The group includes two […]

Opportunities Academy being launched to give vulnerable young people a leg up

A social enterprise is launching a new academy in a former bank in Caernarfon to invest in vulnerable young people across Gwynedd in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown. The charity, Gisda, is opening the Academi Cyfleon (Opportunities Academy) to give jobless and homeless young adults a much-needed leg up. Grant support is enabling it […]

Schoolgirl Sofia, 10, and care home resident Susanne forge touching pen pal friendship

A 10-year-old schoolgirl has struck up a touching friendship with a care home resident under lockdown Sofia Bird, a pupil of St Mary’s Aided School, in Overton-on-Dee, is the new pen pal of Susanne Lewis, 41, who has lived at Pendine Park’s Bryn Bella care home in Wrexham for the past nine years. They regularly […]

Online music service launched in record time to teach children in lockdown

A pioneering new service has been launched to provide professional online lessons and fun music challenges for children in North Wales to ensure they don’t miss out because of the coronavirus restrictions. The platform,, has been created in record time by the North Wales Music Co-operative whose peripatetic teachers would normally tour the region […]

Teenager Katie takes her place on UK’s top youth pressure group

A sixth form student who takes calls from troubled teens on a North Wales helpline has been chosen for a coveted place on the UK’s leading campaigning group for young people. Katie Balmer, a pupil at leading independent school Myddelton College, Denbigh, is one of just ten Girl Guide representatives from across the country on […]

Virtually connected –top independent school has lessons for the world

Virtual lessons are keeping pupils around the world up to date with their studies thanks to a top North Wales independent school’s pioneering use of an online classroom. Students from Myddelton College in Denbigh are logging on to classes each day whether they’re in China, Nigeria or the Vale of Clwyd thanks to the magic […]