Bishop Hedley Catholic High School was established in 1967 after local people had campaigned and raised money to provide for pupils of the Roman Catholic faith in the Heads of the Valley area. At present 82% of pupils are Roman Catholic and 18% who seek a Christian education. The vast majority of pupils transfer from our partner primary schools which serve the parishes of Merthyr, Aberdare, Hirwaun, Merthyr Vale, Gurnos, Dowlais, Tredegar, Rhymney, Brynmawr and Ebbw Vale.
The school, named after Dr John Hedley, Bishop of Newport and Menevia, is situated in the parish of St Illtyd’s, Dowlais. St Illtyd’s Church was the first Catholic Church to be built in the Valleys since the Reformation and was opened by Bishop Hedley, thus it seemed appropriate that the school be dedicated to him. Bishop Hedley fought for the cause of Catholic education and was noted for insisting that religious education was more than simply learning Church teaching, but should prepare a child for life.
Today, Bishop Hedley Catholic High School is a community which serves pupils from all corners of the globe, from Portugal, Poland, the Philippines, Brazil and Angola as well as the locality. It is a vibrant community and, as a Catholic school, Bishop Hedley is a believing community, taking Christ as its model, where pupils are presented with a Christian witness to Gospel values, to be challenged to love others and to accept Christ into their lives, creating a school where all are treated in a Christian way while they develop socially, morally and academically.
The qualities to be nurtured in Bishop Hedley are those of an inclusive community, family spirit, good relationships, recognising the dignity of each, pupil and staff, as being created in God’s image, displaying care, compassion, and forgiveness, based on the vision of Christ. As such, Bishop Hedley Catholic High School believes in reaching out to the community, working in partnership with the family, the parish and the wider community.
All this is encapsulated in our school motto is ‘Duw A Digon’, or 'God is enough'.
Monday 29th April - Year 10 Work Experience begins.
Wednesday 1st May - Year 7,8 & 9 exams start.
Thursday 2nd May - Year 7 Parents Evening.
29th April 2013
Papal tweet - "Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!"
21st March 2013
We are currently the Welsh link for the BBC School report follow us here
13th March 2013
We have a new Pope - follow the link for a profile on Pope Francis http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21777141
28th February 2013
Pope Benedict XVI has left his office as Pope for retirement we all pray for a happy retirement for him.
16th October 2012
Pope Benedict XVI announced a special "Year of Faith" to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment to sharing faith with others.
Celebrating Mass Oct. 16 with participants in a Vatican conference on new evangelization, the pope said the Year of Faith would give "renewed energy to the mission of the whole church to lead men and women out of the desert they often are in and toward the place of life: friendship with Christ who gives us fullness of life."
22nd June 2012
Mrs Jones wins teaching award
Mrs G. Jones, Assistant Headteacher at Bishop Hedley, has won a lifetime achievement award at a national ceremony.
Click here for more information (external link: Wales Online).
4th April 2012
The spring edition of the school newsletter has been released. Click here to read it.
28th March 2012
Year 11 revision timetable
Click here to view our school's Year 11 revision timetable.
15th March 2012
BBC News school report
Today our school has taken part in the BBC News school report.
Click here to view the reports written by our pupils.
7th March 2012
On the 5th March, Archbishop Stack visited our school to dedicate the Garden of Memories and bless the new statue of Our Lady.
Click here to read more and to see photos from his visit.