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All the exciting things we have to report.

Fantastic GCSE Results in 2017!

We are celebrating the achievements of our pupils today with once again over 25% of all pupils achieving the very top accolade of 5 A-A* grades. The school has recorded some impressive results across the school with well over 75% of pupils gaining 5 or more C grades or above. Top performing pupils Emilia Bolton, Josh Dyson, Daniel McClean-Howell and Elizabeth Samuel all had a clean sweep of top grades. The quartet benefitted from sitting both their Maths and Numeracy GCSE in November and securing, along with 10 other pupils at the school, the top A* grades in both papers. This has enabled the students to get a head start on their A-Level Mathematics which they will all go on to study at the school next year. All have high aspirations for the future with Emilia hoping to study Medicine and Josh, Law.

Acting Headteacher Mrs Bev Cheetham said,

‘It really has been a monumental year for the school. In January we moved into a brand new, state of the art building and later that month we had straight ‘Excellent’ judgments from our Estyn inspection. To be celebrating such strong academic success both last week, and this week is really an outstanding achievement.  Staff and parents are really proud of the pupils and their many achievements. We are fortunate to have a team of staff who work tirelessly for the benefit of our students, committed governors who are actively involved in the school, parents who are highly supportive and most importantly great pupils who have really good attitudes to learning.’

A-level Results – fantastic achievements!

Congratulations to years 12 and 13 who have yet again achieved fantastic results!

At A-level, 57% of all grades achieved were A*-B grade and 83% were A*-C grade.  Acting Headteacher Mrs Bev Cheetham said that “we have a traditional A-level offering at Y Pant and I am delighted with these results.  They are a clear reflection on the hard work and dedication of our students and staff and the support those students are receiving at home”.

Many students are now celebrating having got into the University of their choice.

Some of our successful year 13 A-level students

At AS-level, 10% of students gained straight A grades and all are now looking forward to next year’s study.

Just some of the students who gained very high grades in their AS-levels.

Creativity Exhibition and Showcase Evening a Great Success!

On Thursday 22nd June Y Pant opened its doors to the local community and hosted an Exhibition and Showcase of the creative work undertaken by its pupils.  The evening was the brainchild of music teacher Marvin Thomas who said…

Central to the evening were the live performances.  These included vocal soloists, DJ’s, rock bands, a ukulele group and performances from the cast of “Oliver!”, our school show which takes place on 10th and 11th July.  The musical numbers took place all over the school including the canteen and the open courtyard which created a lovely atmosphere for the 200 or so visitors.  In addition to these A-level Drama students performed short extracts from their exam pieces and A-level Media students revealed their exam show reels in the lecture theatre.

Whilst not being entertained, visitors enjoyed browsing the excellent Art exhibition in the covered courtyard, seeing cookery demonstrations, reading stories and poems, visiting the Learning Resource Centre and listening to pupils discuss their experience at the Hay Festival.  Welsh Baccalaureate students presented their standpoints on global issues and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group talked about their experiences and sold raffle tickets to help fund their expeditions.

The raffle prizes were donated by local companies and members of staff – we’re very grateful for all donations.   The raffle raised £196! The prizes were won by:

Prize Kindly Donated By Winner
Two tickets to a Cardiff City FC home game Cardiff City FC Mrs Cranstone
Two tickets to any Cardiff Blues home game Cardiff Blues Ceri Matthew
Two day passes to Miskin Manor Spa Miskin Manor Spa Mrs Berry
Two day passes to Miskin Manor Spa Miskin Manor Spa Mrs Nowell-Hughes
Family ticket to the school production of Oliver! Y Pant School Mr and Mrs Gate
Family ticket to the school production of Oliver! Y Pant School Liz Hammacott
House of Commons bottle of wine Chris Elmore MP Mrs Kelly
1.5l bottle of red wine   Mrs Gold
Free MOT at Maynard’s Motor Services Maynard’s Motor Services Mr Wildy
Vase   Mrs Davey
Vase   Mrs Padfield
Rice Bowls   Sarah Harris
Cat scratcher   Gruff Thomas
Bath and Shower oils   Sian Hopkins
Car valet set Halfords, Llantrisant Mr Abdo
Decorative plate Butcher’s Arms Gallery Rachel Hammacott
Necklace Butcher’s Arms Gallery Amanda Jenkins
Two glasses Butcher’s Arms Gallery Mrs Rose
Sterling Silver Necklace   Mrs Parker
Lavender Plant The Flower Pot Mrs Thomas
Treaclemoon Bath Set   Lia Nadimi
Enchanted Grace Bath and Perfume Set   Grace Powell

The DT department showcased some of the excellent projects students have undertaken this year and drew crowds with their 3D printing demonstration.  Y Pant scientists discussed the design of the experiment for the NASA Mission Discovery competition and displayed their winning entry for the Royal Horticultural Society garden design competition and took visitors up to the rooftop classroom.

For many in the local community, this was an excellent opportunity to see our new £24 million building which the school moved into in January and which provided the perfect backdrop for such a creative evening.  

Thanks very much to all the staff and pupils who worked hard all evening, and to everyone who came to visit.

Busta Rhymes

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Young Writers Busta Rhymes competition and Y Pant pupils have made a significant contribution to this prestigious event!  The competition aims to find exceptional young poets and this year it received in excess of 6,000 entries.  Y Pant pupils from Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 took part and submitted their poems to the selection panel.  The competition organisers were particularly impressed with their poems and wrote to us expressing their delight that the work of a large number of pupils from Y Pant had been selected for publication.  Fantastic news!  The judges were so impressed by the standard of poems penned by our pupils that 31 have been chosen for publication in this year’s volume of Poets from Northern Ireland & Wales.  Choosing which poems are going to be published is essentially subjective and editors’ preferences do come into it but the judges were impressed by the perception, imagination, expression, creativity and original use of language in our pupils’ work.  The collection of poems will be published on 30th June and available to buy online and in all good bookshops!

Estyn Inspection Report for Y Pant – “excellent” in all 5 areas!

The school was inspected by Estyn in January 2017 under the new pilot framework and awarded “Excellent” in all 5 categories inspected.

As such, Y Pant is one of only a few schools in Wales to have been awarded an excellent rating in all areas.

You can read the whole report here.

Y Pant Estyn Report 2017

Some quotes from the report:

“Overall, the quality of teaching is excellent.” 

“Standards of wellbeing are very high and contribute significantly to the excellent standards that pupils achieve.”

“The school has a strong sense of community and pupils feel secure and valued.”

“There is a well-established culture of high expectation in the school.”

Headteacher, Mr Mark Powell said, ‘This is a proud day for the school and every member of our school community.  The fact that ESTYN has highlighted excellent practice in all of the key inspection areas is testament to the hard work and commitment of the staff and pupils of the school.  This level of success has not been achieved overnight but is the product of many years of conscientious endeavour directed towards giving our pupils high-quality learning experiences which set them up for life.  I would like to thank everybody connected to the school for their contribution to these inspection outcomes.’

Y Pant pupils visit the world in a day

Last week we took part in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Programme and were able to take pupils on field trips all over the world – and beyond!

Google came into school for the day and brought with them 60 smartphones.  Using the Google Expeditions App and cardboard Virtual Reality viewers, pupils were able to experience 360-degree tours to places as diverse as New York’s immigration centres, Barcelona, the Arctic, the Great Barrier Reef, the human respiratory system and the Moon!

Pupils were excited to experience this technology and there were many gasps of astonishment as we came face to face with a Great White Shark or experienced standing on the Great Wall of China.

Anyone wanting to try this at home needs two smartphones, or one smartphone and a tablet (one needs to act as the expedition leader) and a Google cardboard (which can be purchased for as little as £5 online).  Check your smartphone can run the Google Expeditions App before purchasing!  It’s fun and has some serious learning potential as well which we’ll be exploring.

Y Pant becomes Hogwarts for World Book Day

Thursday 2nd March was World Book Day and to celebrate, our librarian Mrs Heather Johns, put on a fantastic Harry Potter themed day.

Hogwarts took over the school and our houses became Hogwarts houses for the day.  We also participated in the Hogwarts Teacher Exchange Programme and welcomed Professors McGonagall, Trelawney, Umbridge & Quirrell among others to Y Pant.  Pupils were challenged to find all the Hogwarts staff during the day—a hard task as some had taken Polyjuice potion and looked a lot like Y Pant teachers.

Bake Off

We held a Harry Potter themed bake off and were highly impressed with ALL the amazing cakes that were brought in. 

Bake Off Winners and Runners Up

Bake Off Joint Winners: Emily, Megan, Teyha, Leah and Katie
Joint second Niamh, Briony, Sofia, Elena and Tayah
Third place Jessica
Highly Commended—Libby, Joel and Isobel


Some pupils took part in a quiz in the Learning Resource Centre and then hunted for the missing snitches at the end.  The quiz was won by Aneurin 2 (Hufflepuff), the team comprised of, Sam F Davies, Corey Luke, Evan Marsland-Davies, Elise-Marie Shaw, and Libby Lee.


We also challenged pupils to write a review of one of the Harry Potter books or films.  We had some fantastic entries (which will be displayed in the Learning Resource Centre).  The winners are:

  1. Harriet Kehl 
  2. Laura Mathieson 
  3. Jay Lock


Pupils were also encouraged to sum up their favourite Harry Potter moment in 140 characters.  This was won by Caitlin Richards with the following: