Category Archives: Info for Parents and Carers

National Reading and Numeracy Tests


Reading and Numerical Procedures Tests

These will all be sat in the Sports Hall.  The whole year group will sit the test at the same time.  Children entitled to extra time will sit the test in a separate room.

The Reading test is 60 minutes with a 20 minute preparation period.  The Numerical Procedures test is 30 minutes with a 10 minute preparation period.

The tests will be sat as follows.

Date Session Test
Wednesday 4th May Lessons 1 & 2 Year 9 Procedural Numeracy
Wednesday 4th May Lessons 3 & 4 Year 7 Reading
Wednesday 4th May Lesson 5 Year 8 Procedural Numeracy
Thursday 5th May Lessons 1 & 2 Year 9 Reading
Thursday 5th May Lessons 3 & 4 Year 8 Reading
Thursday 5th May Lesson 5 Year 7 Procedural Numeracy

Safer Internet Day 2016

Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 9th February with the slogan ‘Play your part for a better internet’.


Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.


The Safer Internet Day website has excellent resources for Parents and Carers and also specific resources to support adoptive parents and foster carers.

The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!


There are ways in which we can all contribute:

  • Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations (and those of others), and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online. They can help to respond to the negative by being ‘helpful bystanders’: supporting peers if they encounter issues online, taking a stand against cyberbullying, and reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find. Above all, children and young people should be encouraged to take their stand as digital citizens of the future – participating in debates on the future of the internet, and making their voices heard.
  • Parents and carers can help to create a better internet by maintaining an open and honest dialogue with their children about their online lives, by supporting them with their personal development online and helping them to deal with any concerns or issues, seeking out positive opportunities to engage with their children online, and helping their children to find and use good quality digital resources. They can help to respond to the negative by staying engaged with their child’s online activity (as appropriate to their age), by modelling positive online behaviours themselves, and by also reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find.
  • Educators and social care workers can help to create a better internet by equipping children and young people with the digital literacy skills they require for today’s world, and giving them opportunities to use – and create – positive content online. They can help to respond to the negative by supporting young people if they encounter problems online, and by giving them the resilience, confidence and skills that young people need to navigate the internet safely.
  • Industry has a role to play by creating and promoting positive content and safe services online and by empowering users to respond to any issues by providing clear safety advice, a range of easy-to-use safety tools, and quick access to support if things do go wrong.
  • Decision makers and politicians need to provide the culture in which all of the above can function and thrive – for example, by ensuring that there are opportunities in the curriculum for children to learn and teachers to teach about online safety, ensuring that parents and carers have access to appropriate information and sources of support, and that industry are encouraged to self regulate their content and services. They must also take the lead in governance and legislation, and ultimately ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people through effective child protection strategies for the online world.

We hope that you will join with us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, on Tuesday 9 February 2016 – and beyond – to play your part in helping to create a better internet!

Find out more about what is happening in the UK on Safer Internet Day at

Find out more about what is happening globally on Safer Internet Day at

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Information for First Day Back at School (2nd September)

We’re looking forward to welcoming all pupils back to school on Wednesday 2nd September.  Hope you all had a good break.  Please take note of the following:

Access to the School Site

Developers Morgan Sindall started work on the site over the holidays but there have been some changes to the way in which pupils, staff and visitors should access the site.

Pedestrians should use the existing North road (what we always called the drive) and walk up there as usual.  The new pedestrian footpath to the south is not quite ready.

All vehicles should use the South road.  Additional passing places and parking areas have been created.

Parents cannot drive onto the school site to drop children off.  This has always been the case but is even more important now we have construction traffic on site as well.

School Transport

If you have received a letter from school transport with a timetable attached, please note that the timetable may be wrong.  The RCT website has the correct times.  For ease of access they are listed below.  Times accurate from RCT website 01/09/2015.

Bryncae (Edwards Coaches – bus number 141/05)

Pickup point To school From school
Trenos Gardens 7:58 15:09
Post Office 8:00 15:07
Terry’s Way 8:02 15:05
Y Pant Comprehensive 8:10 14:55

Brynna (Edwards Coaches – bus number 141/01)

Pickup point To school From school
Mountain Hare 7:50 15:15
Brynna School 7:52 15:13
Eagle Hotel 7:54 15:11
Hillcrest 7:56 15:09
Y Pant Comprehensive 8:10 14:55

Groesfaen (Mainline Travel – bus number 141/04)

Pickup point To school From school
Tynewydd 7:40 15:25
Babell 7:46 15:19
Groesfaen Houses 7:50 15:15
Southgate 7:54 15:11
Rhiw Gog 7:57 15:08
Ynysmaerdy Industrial Estate 7:59 15:06
Bottom of lane (off the by-pass) 8:01 15:04
Talbot Square 8:05 15:00
Y Pant Comprehensive 8:10 14:55

Llanharan (Mainline Travel – bus number 141/02)

Pickup point To school From school
The Bear Inn 7:56 15:09
Birchgrove 7:58 15:07
Tylacoach 8:00 15:05
Y Pant Comprehensive 8:10 14:55

Llanharan (Laser Minicoach and Bus Hire- bus number 141/06)

Pickup point To school From school
Meadow Rise 07:58 15:07
Hillside Avenue 07:59 15:06
Llanharan War Memorial 08:00 15:05
Y Pant Comprehensive 08:10 14:55

Llanharan (Edwards Coaches- bus number 141/07)

Pickup point To school From school
Baptist Church 7:50 15:20
Llanharry Road 7:52 15:18
Parc Bryn Derwen 7:55 15:15
Pen y Parc 7:58 15:12
Llechau Farm 8:02 15:08
Elms Farm 8:04 15:06
Y Pant Comprehensive 8:10 14:55

Llanharry (Edwards Coaches- bus number 141/03)

Pickup point To school From school
The Bear Inn 8:01 15:14
Y Pant Comprehensive 8:20 14:55

School Uniform Shop 2016

There will be two opportunities to buy uniform (before the summer holidays and just before school return in September). The exact dates and times will be posted after the Easter holidays.

Please note: the shop is also open every Thursday during term time (3.00pm until 6.00pm).

Should any parent require a special order, i.e. smaller or larger size than usually stocked, then the order will need to be placed as soon as possible.

I would like to remind parents that volunteers run the uniform shop in order to keep costs of the uniform down. If you are interested in volunteering your services please contact Mrs. Carter , P.A. to the Headteacher on (01443) 237701.

However, from 1st October 2015 the cost of each item (except ties & socks) will increase by 50p. This is the first increase in 4 years.

Possible snow forecast this week

Some weather forecasts contain the possibility of snow for South Wales this week (although not in the Met Office forecast below).  If school is to be closed we will notify parents and pupils via the website, Facebook and Twitter.  You should assume school is open unless we notify otherwise.

Please take note of the following information which was shared with parents in out September newsletter.

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.

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget