Cross-country runner Bethan’s off to join sister Rebecca at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the USA

Over the October half term, Bethan Evans from Year 13 flew to America to visit the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she is hoping to continue her education after she finishes at Y Pant next year by studying for an English Degree.


Bethan has been running since she was 9 years old and has competed for Glamorgan Valleys, the South Wales Region, and Wales at both Cross Country and Track and Field.  Over the last year, Bethan has finished 3rd in the Welsh Schools Cross Country Championships and also 3rd in the Welsh Athletics Cross Country Championships which gained her selection for the Home Countries International in Falkirk.  On the track, she won the Welsh Schools and Welsh Athletics Under 20 1,500m titles where she went on to represent Wales in the Celtic Games International.  She also ran in the Virgin London Mini Marathon which races the last 3 miles of the main marathon route.

Whilst in America Bethan travelled to Charlotte in North Carolina to watch the UAB ladies team compete in the Conference USA Championships where they finished in a very credible 7th place.  UAB were led home by Bethan’s elder sister, and former Y Pant pupil, Rebecca, who finished in 8th position and gained All-Conference USA 2nd Team Honours.  

Over the last year Bethan has kept in touch with Matt Esche, Head Cross Country Coach, at UAB who has been monitoring her performances and believed she would be a great addition to his team, and offered her a 4 year Sports Scholarship to which Bethan has now committed by signing a National Letter of Intent.

Bethan is very grateful for all the support she has received from all the staff at Y Pant and is looking forward to her time in the USA.



Pay for school meals online

RCT council has upgraded the online dinner money payment system.

The new system offers the following improvements :

  • More user friendly look and feel
  • ‘Shopping basket’ functionality giving the option to add multiple items with one payment at ‘Checkout’
  • The ability to register an account to which you can save the pupil references they pay regularly
  • Parents who register can also choose to save their card details
  • Payment pages will re-size to display on a mobile phone or tablet

Nothing will change in terms of they we notify you of  payments , you’ll continue to receive your dinner money reports as usual.  Also parents can continue to use their existing reference numbers.

The web addresses are below – a link to the English site is also available on the side of the website.


Online payments (English)

Online payments (Welsh)


Y Pant U13 Girls Triumph in Welsh Football Cup!

Congratulations to the U13 girl’s football team who beat Pen Y Dre in the 2nd round of the Welsh School’s Cup 7-1. The girls produced an outstanding team performance and will go on to play Tonyrefail in the next round. Well done girls and good luck!







The Team

Shania Mudd, Jay Wilson-Wood, Nia Colcomb, Lauren Mulvihill, Morgan Dyer, Livvie Owen, Ellie Cooper, Robyn Dando, Tiffany Price, Lowri Woodward, Abbie Blandford and Paige Howell.


Welcoming Miss Purcell back to school

Miss Purcell has recently returned to school after a year’s sabbatical with the Army Reserves.  As well as taking part in training exercises in the UK, she spent 6 months on a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Last week, Commanding Officer LtCol. Mel Green (right) and Regimental Sergeant Major WO1 Jim Hankey (left) from 7MI Battalion visited school to make a presentation thanking Mr Powell and the Governors for allowing Miss Annie Purcell to serve a Tour of Duty in Kabul Afghanistan earlier this year.

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The CO spoke briefly about the need for a different kind of soldier to be more effective against modern threats in non-conventional warfare and about some of the more diverse roles in Military Intelligence such as Cyber intelligence.


Maths GCSE equipment reminder

Maths GCSE exams take place the first week back after half-term. All pupils need to have:
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Calculator
Students need a clear pencil case. Water is allowed into the exam must the bottle must be transparent.

Out of School Revision and Support Sessions

The following revision and support sessions are now running.  More will be added as we progress through the year.


Session Day

Session Time

Staff Member

Target Students

Art & Design Tuesday 3.00pm – 4.00pm Mrs J Gold GCSE
Design Technology Monday – Friday Break and Lunchtime All department members All students welcome
Drama Monday 4.00pm – 6.00pm Mr O Thomas All students welcome
English Language Wednesday 3.00pm – 4.00pm GCSE
English Literature Wednesday 3.00pm – 4.00pm GCSE
Mathematics Tuesday 3.00pm – 4.00pm Mrs L Cranstone & Miss S Owen GCSE (11Y3 and 11Y4)
Religious Studies Monday – Friday Break and Lunchtime Mrs D Graves All students welcome
Additional Learning Needs Monday – Friday Break and Lunchtime All Dept. members All students welcome
Spanish Wednesday Lunchtime Senora V Fernandez GCSE