Category Archives: News 2011-2012

Y Pant Year 9 Parents’ Evening

The year 9 parents’ evening is this Thursday 16th January 2014 starting at 3:30pm.  This is a really important evening for parents and guardians to discuss the progress their child is making in all their subjects.

Year 9 pupils will need to choose options for GCSE soon!

There will be an information evening for parents and guardians to find out about the different options available on Thursday 30th January at 5pm but there will be no opportunity to talk to your child’s teacher then so please make sure you come along on Thursday 16th to find out how well your child is doing and where their strengths lie.

Y Pant GCSE Results 2012 break records again!

It was a record year at Y Pant Comprehensive, Pontyclun, as pupils across Rhondda Cynon Taf received their GCSE results.

GCSE 2012

88% of pupils entered attained five GCSEs at A*-C grades: the best results day in the history of the school. In addition, 99% of pupils entered gained 5 A*-G GCSE passes.

71% of pupils entered achieved five GCSEs including English and Maths with 20 top performing students gaining a fantastic 10 A/A*.

Three students each achieved an amazing 10 A* grades:  Ellen Havard, Bethan Jenkins and Jackie Hopkins. Jackie recognised that this was the accumulation of two years’ of hard work and was thrilled with her results.  Bethan said, “I am overjoyed with these results – they were better than I expected.”

GCSE 2012

Ellie added, “I was hoping for good grades so I was quite nervous picking up the results. I am thrilled: I had far more A*s than I expected.”

This has been a great year for the school and for this cohort of young people in particular. As a school we are proud of the exceptional standards reached by our students and the ways in which students continue to fulfil their potential at the school.

The results handed out today are the rewards of years of hard work by these pupils and their teachers. It is a proud day in the history of the school and a proud day for these youngsters and their families.

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Y Pant Pupils Recognised in BTFT Awards!

Five Y Pant pupils have been recognised for personal achievement at a BTFT Celebration Event held in Cardiff City Stadium. BTFT (Building the Future Together) is a RCT initiative providing interventions which help young people to maximize their potential.
Accompanied by proud literacy coach Emma Pursey and key worker Julie Geysen-Holley, all five pupils enjoyed a tour of the ground and a buffet before the awards ceremony. They heard television presenter Lowri Morgan speak of her inspirational (yet slightly nauseating) experiences in a 350-mile race across the Arctic, and were also treated to performances by Treorchy’s senior dance squad and a choir from Ty Coch.

Bethany, Miss Pursey, Charlie, Sarah, Courtney and Caitlyn all pose pitch-side

Four year 8 pupils known affectionately as The Bumblebees (Bethany Mason, Courtney Luckett, Caitlyn Lewis and Charlie Masters) won the overall Personal Achievement award for Essential Skills, beating nominees from schools throughout RCT to the accolade. Sarah Hopkins (year 9) was one of just two runners up shortlisted for the same award. The awards were introduced by Sara Edwards of the BBC, and presented by Children’s Champion (and David Cameron doppelganger) Keith Towler.

Sarah receiving her award

All five pupils have worked with Miss Emma Pursey (Y Pant’s literacy coach) throughout the year, producing some fantastic work and showing considerable improvement. Bethany, Caitlyn and Courtney have also worked with Mrs Gill Matthews, the school’s numeracy coach.
As well as winning a trophy for the school, The Bumblebees were given tickets to the first women’s football match of the Olympics, in which Team GB will take on New Zealand. (As a women’s football writer, Miss Pursey was very excited by this!)

The Bumblebees accept their trophy

The Bumblebees are particularly fond of poetry, and a limerick-writing session led to a
fantastic collaborative effort about their English teacher, which I cannot refuse you the
pleasure of reading:

Our teacher is called Mrs Dyson,
And in her desk drawer is a python.
Instead of loud shouting,
She gives it an outing,
To punish mis-use of the hyphen.

By The Bumblebees

Huge congratulations to all five successful pupils.

Year 6 Extremely Able & Talented Debating

Despite the ill omens of Friday 13th, the English department hosted a very successful debate competition for EAT (extremely able and talented) pupils from our Year 6 Primary Schools. Pupils from our cluster have visited the school on several occasions this year to develop their ability to think critically and speak confidently. The event saw these Year Six pupils battling against Year Seven pupils in a ferocious attempt to win, not only their individual debates but, the coveted prizes of Best Speaker and Best Overall Team.

The occasion itself promoted oracy, collaborative learning and critical thinking: skills that the EAT pupils involved excelled in. It further strengthened Y Pant’s transitional links with primary schools and we were mightily impressed by what was on show! Students displayed their excellent research, speaking and listening skills and the competition was fierce. With a number of propositions put forward, the judges were captivated by the calibre of the students and the future of debating at Y Pant School looks very bright indeed.

Staff were delighted to see such great support from parents who attended the event and would like to extend their thanks for their continued involvement and support. A huge thank you must also be given to Mr Howells for his outstanding effort and contribution to the debating team over the last six years. The school is undoubtedly in a much better position now thanks to his hard work and innovation, and he will be sorely missed. We look forward to debating against Evelyn Grace (Mr Howells’ new school) in the near future.


Best Team

Honourable mention:

Josh Dyson & Amelia Bolton

Tori Rose & Matthew Emberlain


Erin Roberts, Bethan Coleman & Charlotte Thomas

Best Team: Bethan Coleman, Erin Roberts and Charlotte Thomas with Mr Howells Mr Howells (Former Head of English and Debating Legend)

Best Speaker

Honourable mention:

Maisie Allen, Elizabeth Samuel & Erin Roberts


Anas Abou-Koura

Best Speaker: Anas Abou-Kora with Mr Kuck (Head of English)

Sergeant Pearsall’s latest blog from Afghanistan

“Pa khair ose”, Y Pant! Warm (about 50 degrees Celsius) greetings from all of us here in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. I hope the term has gone well for you all and you are ready for your richly deserved Summer holidays. After 4 months ‘in theatre’ I’m having a break myself; 2 weeks at home for my R & R (Rest and Recuperation) leave. So, if in the next couple of weeks, you see a man enjoying being out in the rain with a bedraggled border terrier on the beach at Porthcawl; it will probably be me.

Life has been very hectic over here for Essex Company of the Royal Anglian Regiment. The lads have had a busy schedule of patrolling to ensure that the Taliban are kept out of mischief.  As the temperature climbs over 50 degrees Celsius the physical demands of being on the front line become ever more evident. However, as mentioned in the previous article, the principle of “Train hard, fight easy” comes into its own and we find that we can push our endurance levels to achieve what is required to fulfil the mission.

As our area is made more secure by removing the Taliban’s ability to inflict damage on those trying to live a peaceful and lawful existence, so the opportunities arise to improve development and governance. An area that was once war ravaged can now see the benefits of stability with upgraded roads improving freedom of movement and promoting commerce and marketing of agricultural produce. As security is improved further we can see the Afghan government being able to engage with the local population and assess their needs with regards to education and health care. We of the Military Stabilisation Support Teams (MSST) have been able to help organise and mentor local elders and leaders to meet up with representatives of the Afghan Government ministries and set up mutually productive dialogues. One such meeting was filmed and reported on by Caroline Wyatt, the BBC Defence Correspondent and I have it on good authority that the side of my head made an impressive appearance on national television.

Of course, Afghanistan is still a very dangerous place and it was with great sadness that we received news of the death of our Military Stabilisation Support Team colleague and friend Warrant Officer Pez Thomas. Along with Guardsman Craig Roderick from Llanharan and Guardsman Apete Tuisovarua, Pez was killed by a rogue Afghan policeman who opened fire on their patrol as they left a police check point. It was a sombre time as we formed a guard of honour to load their coffins onto the back of the aircraft that was to bring them back home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones at this difficult time and it serves as a timely reminder of the ultimate sacrifice so many have made not only here but in a number of fields of conflict around the world.

This will be my final article from Afghanistan. My next article will be on completion of my tour in September before I return to join you in Y Pant in October. Have a good summer; enjoy the Olympics and I hope the weather proves to be better than what you’ve had so far. Good luck to all you Year 10s, 11s, 12s and 13s who are awaiting examination results in August. If you get what you wanted, well done. If not, there are always contingency plans to help you achieve your goals. I’d like to say a fond farewell to Mr Tucker our beloved Headteacher; like many others I will miss him greatly and I wish him a long and enjoyable retirement. However his place will be amply filled by our new Headteacher Mr Powell who will drive Y Pant School on to further greatness in the future.

Onwards and upwards- Mr P.

Year 7 Litter Pick – we braved the Welsh summer!

We braved the wind and rain this morning and managed an hour’s litter picking on Porthcawl seafront with year 7.  The “Keep Wales Tidy” campaign kitted the pupils out with hi-vis jackets, gloves and litter pickers and we managed to pick several bin bags full.  Last week year 7 had an assembly delivered by the campaign and found out how important it is to keep our sea shores clean and litter-free.

We had hoped to have a picnic on the beach but this wasn’t to be and sadly we had to come home early.  Despite the weather the pupils had smiles on their faces and enjoyed the fresh air!

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litter pick

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Staff Changes

At the end of term we shall bid farewell to the following staff, and extend to them our best wishes-

Mr Gareth Howells

Acting Head of English, will be leaving his post after 6 years. He will be taking up his new post as Vice Principal at Evelyn Grace School, Brixton in London.

Mr Guy Swallow

Teacher of Geography, will be leaving his post after 2 years. He will be taking up his new post as Head of Geography at Purbeck School in Dorset.

Mrs Gill Lee

Teacher of Home Economics, will be leaving her post after being with us for 3 years. She will be taking up her new post as Head Welsh Baccalaureate in Hawthorn School, Pontypridd.

Miss Jane Norton

Teacher of English, will be seconded for 2 terms to Bishop Hedley School as Head of English.

Miss Carly Smith

Teacher of Biology, will be leaving her post after being with us for a year. She will be taking up her new post in  Bristol.

Mr Adam Speight

Teacher of ICT, will be leaving his post after being with us for almost a year to take up his new post in Brislington Enterprise College, Bristol.

Miss Emma Pursey

Literacy Development Officer is leaving us after a year do a Masters in English at Swansea University.

Both Miss Rebecca Clark, teacher of English, and Mrs Jo Gold, teacher of Art, will commence maternity leave during September 2012.

At the end of term we wish both a long and happy retirement-

Mr Jeff Owen

Assistant Headteacher and Head of Lower School, after being with us for more than 38 years

Mrs Gail Hoare

Head of MFL, after being with us for nearly 26 years.

Mr Stuart Tucker

“I will also be retiring at the end of this term. I have enjoyed my time at Y Pant School immensely and will miss daily life at the school.  I wish Mr. Powell and the staff good luck for the future – our young people couldn’t be in better hands”

New Staff in September

Miss Ceri Richmond – Assistant Headteacher

Miss Sian Mundy – Head of Media Studies

Mrs Valle Fernandez – Part-time teacher of Spanish

Mr Rhys Foley – Teacher of Geography

Miss Victoria Knight – Teacher of Home Economics

Mr Andrew Collins – temporary – Teacher of English (cover for Miss Norton)

Miss Sarah Madden – temporary – Teacher of English (cover for Miss Clark)]

Mrs Kelly Ann Munday – part-time Teacher of English

Miss Kelly Keohane – temporary part-time Teacher of Art

Internal Staff Changes

Headteacher – Mr Mark Powell

Deputy Headteacher – Mr Andy Hurley

Head of English – Mr Joseph Kuck

2nd in English – Mrs Jen Dyson

Head of Year Teams

Year 7

Mrs Johns and Mrs Arnold

Year 8

Mr Dyson and Mrs. Davey

Year 9

Mrs Mortimer and Miss Umbelja

Year 10

Mrs Burnell and Mr Pelaez-Heras

Year 11

Miss Owen and Mr Browne

Year 12/13

Mr Sykes, Mrs Rose and Miss Buckwell

Summer 2012 Newsletter

Autumn Term 2012

There will be a staggered start to the new school year:-

Monday September 3rd           -INSET for staff.

Tuesday September 4th          – INSET for staff.

Wednesday September 5th    – Year 07 pupils arrive at 8.30 a.m.

Wednesday September 5th    – Year 12 pupils arrive at 10.00 a.m.

Thursday September 6th        – All pupils arrive at 8.30 a.m.

School Term Holiday Dates for 2012/ 2013










 Autumn 2012 


3 September



29 October


2 November



21 December


 Spring 2013 





11 February



15 February



22 March


 Summer 2013 


8 April



27 May



31 May



22 July



Activities Day

Our annual Activities Day will take place on Tuesday 17th July 2012. Many off-site visits have been arranged as well as school-based events.

Examination Results

We will be open for examination results from 9.00 a.m. on the following dates:-

A/AS levels  : Thursday August 16th.

    G.C.S.E.   : Thursday August 23rd.


Reports for years 7, 8 and 10

Your child’s annual school report will be issued on Thursday 19th July 2012.  If you would prefer to receive end of year information through the post, then please forward:-

  • an A4 self addressed envelope with 92p postage attached per report and
  • an A4 self addressed envelope with a first class stamp attached for the results.


A reminder that all pupils are expected to return to school in full school uniform.  Any pupils reporting for school in September without full uniform risk being sent home to change.

End of Term

School will finish for pupils on Friday 20th July 2012 at 12.30 p.m.