We welcome to school the following new colleagues:
| Mr. Wayne Draper
||Head of Design Technology
| Mrs. Donna Graves
||Head of Religious Education
| Mrs. Samantha Dowling
||Teacher of Science
| Miss Rhian Jones
||Teacher of English
| Miss Natalie Powell
||Teacher of English & Drama
| Mrs. Karine Dubois-Jones
|Teacher of French (p/time)
|Internal staff change:
Miss Lisa Umbleja
Head of Media Studies
Head of Progress and Assistant Head of Progress – Staff Members
Mrs. Johns assisted by Mr Browne
Miss Owen assisted by Dr Jones
Mrs Arnold assisted by Mrs Davey
Mrs Mortimer assisted by Mrs Lloyd
Mrs Burnell assisted by Mr Pelaez Heras
Mr Sykes assisted by Mr Muscat and Mrs Davies
School Term Holiday Dates for 2013/14
These can be found here.
Important Dates for your Diary
||Parent Information Evening
||Options Information Evening
||Options Information Evening
Outstanding External Examination Results
Many congratulations to the A Level Class of 2013! This summer, we were privileged to be able to issue an excellent set of examination results to a fine cohort of students. In overall terms, our A Level results were amongst the best in the school’s history and were substantially above national averages. The key figures are:
A* – 8%
A-A* – 29%
A*-C – 78%
A* – E – 99%
An amazing 14 students attained 3 A grades or better which is an outstanding achievement. Natalie Hughes actually recorded 3 A* grades while Sophie Vellam, Martha Reed and James Watt all secured places at Oxford University.
I am also pleased to be able to announce another record year of Key Stage 4 results for the school. 87% of our pupils achieved A*-C in 5 or more subjects, the highest in the school’s history. At least 67% of pupils attained the Level 2 threshold including English and Maths and not a single pupil left school without a recognised qualification. 19 pupils achieved 10 A grades or better with 15 of those attaining 6 A* grades or better; amazing achievements.
Congratulations to all those students who achieved their academic goals this summer. I look forward to working with those who will be returning to the sixth form to study with us and I extend my best wishes to those students setting out on college courses or into the world of work. Good luck to all!
Open Evening – Thursday 26th September
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your child to Y Pant School’s Open Evening on September 26th. This is intended mainly for parents and guardians of Year 6 pupils who are considering Y Pant as the school of choice for their children. It is, however, also an opportunity for parents of younger children to attend if they wish. You are all welcome.
The evening will begin at 6.00 p.m with a presentation given by myself in our Sports Hall. From 6.20 p.m onwards there will be guided tours of the school for small groups where you will have the chance to visit subject areas, meet with teachers and see part of the wealth of learning activities that we provide for our pupils.
We are extremely proud of the teaching and learning that takes place in our school and of the examination results that our young people produce at all levels. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on the 26th and, hopefully, in the years to come.
Sponsored Walk – Years 07 to 10
The Sponsored Walk this year is scheduled to take place on Thursday 26th September, lessons 4&5, (weather permitting). I would like to thank you, in advance, for your support. The money raised will be added to the school fund from which all pupils benefit via subsidised activities.
Free School Meals
It is my understanding that we have pupils in our school who have not registered their entitlement to free school meals. If you receive any of these benefits then you are entitled to free school meals:
- Child Tax Credit (where total annual income is less than £16,190
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Employment Support Allowance
It is worth knowing that free school meals can save you about £500 per child per year. Once registered for free school meals your child will also qualify for financial support towards their school uniform. Our cashless canteen system in Y Pant guarantees anonymity for pupils on free school meals as the money is automatically added to each pupil’s account.
To apply for free school meals or to find out more please call 01443 681081 or log on to www.rctcbc.gov.uk/whyforkout.
Holidays taken during term time should be avoided at all costs. The negative impact upon a child’s learning is always substantial. A form requesting authorisation is available from the school office or Head of Progress. Authorisation is at the full discretion of myself as Headteacher and factors such as attendance rates and truancy are taken into consideration.
School Uniform will be available to buy from the “Uniform Shop” which is open every Thursday from 3.30pm – 6pm. Please note, uniform will not routinely be available outside of these hours.
Impromptu School Closure
Around this time of year there is always the possibility that the school might have to be closed at very short notice. This might be as the result of inclement weather or perhaps a failure in one of the major utilities. In the event of this happening it is important that all pupils, particularly younger pupils, understand the arrangements you have made for them.
The decision to close the school at short notice will not be taken lightly. However, there may be times when to remain open would put at risk the health and safety of both students and staff at the school. We will, of course, endeavour to ensure that no pupil is left in an unsafe situation. Please check the school website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for updated information.
The school rules allow girls to wear a stud earring in each lower lobe. However, on health and safety grounds these MUST BE removed for the duration of each P.E. lesson. Putting a plaster over a recently pierced ear is not acceptable.
Pupils, whether boys or girls, will not be allowed to attend school with a plaster covering a recent piercing. If you must allow your child to be pierced in any way then it is important that this takes place at the beginning of a long school holiday period. This will allow the necessary healing to take place prior to his/her return to school and thus allow your child to comply with the school rules regarding jewellery.
Entry onto School Premises
In the interest of pupil safety parents must not transport pupils onto school premises. In exceptional circumstances e.g. medical condition a pass will be issued by Mrs. Carter, the Headteacher’s P.A.
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