A-LEVEL results day was emotional at Howell’s School - as with the school closing in September, it would be the last.
For 17-year-old AS student Amy-Jane, the day was particularly poignant.
She was set to be head girl next year.
Amy was there to collect her AS results in maths, business studies and economics, but with results given module by module she could not be sure of overall grades as yet.
She said of her 12 years at Howell’s: “I’ve loved it. The day we found out I just couldn’t stop crying.”
Parents Jason and Catherine Bramwell also had 13-year-old daughter Lea-Anne at the school.
An active member of the PTA, Mrs Bramwell said: “It’s been a big part of my life. It’s not just the girls who had happy times, we’ve had some very happy times here.”
Mr Bramwell: “The kids were just gutted.
“When we were children, finding out our school had shut down we would have been jumping up and down with joy.
“But the atmosphere and community there has been great over the years - it’s just not a normal school, it’s a big family.”
He said getting Amy-Jane a place at another school – St David’s College in Llandudno – had been straightforward, though it was a shame she would not have a full year as head girl.
“Her transition to head girl was at Easter, so she has had that, and going through the whole interview and application process gave her that massive boost of confidence already.
“I’m sure from the comments we’ve had from her teachers that she would have been a really good head girl.”
Mrs Bramwell said she didn’t blame the trustees for the timing of the closure.
“They did it right closing it now rather than half way through a term.”
Mr Bramwell added: “At least we’ve had four weeks and Nicky (Nicola Locke, school trustee) and her team have been a huge help
“We’ve had countless offers of help from teachers and everybody.
“The school’s been here 154 years and you just expected it to always be here.
“You chat away about things but then you think ‘we’re not going to do that again, go and see shows there again, do that drive again.
“These memories keep coming back, but at least we’ve got them,” he added.