Y Pant 2011 Results – Deputy Head’s Blog

All results are now in and it’s been a record-breaking year for Y Pant students!  Congratulations go out to all of our pupils who got the grades they deserved as the result of several years of hard work.  There were many notable performances across Years 11, 12 & 13 but I really think that the following are worthy of particular mention:

3 A* grades at A Level: Anna Jenkins and Lauren McCarthy

3A grades or better at A Level: Hannah Davies, Rebecca Davies, Christopher Edwards, Natalie Hopkins, Sean Phillips, Hannah Sutton, Gabrielle Woodward-Smith.

4 A grades at AS level: Megan Anderson, Sara Day, Michael Gilheaney, Rhys Morgan, Ryan Richi, Alice Robinson, James Watt.

Tremendous achievements!  The best of luck to all our Year 13 students who are leaving us.  I hope that the future is all that you wish it to be.

GCSE results this year have been the best in the history of the school.  An incredible 80% of pupils attained 5 A* – C; 71% recorded 5 A* – C including English and Maths (the most important measurement of success); 36 pupils attained 10 A grades or better!  I would especially like to call attention to the following pupils’ achievements:

Martha Reed (14 A*); Natalie Hughes (13 A*); Matthew Ingram (12 A*); Helen Needs (12A*),  Jenny Grey (11 A*s); Abbie Taylor (11A*); Sophie Vellam (11A*); Rebecca Rose (10 A*).

These are quite exceptional results and would certainly rank amongst the very highest in the country.

So, once again, congratulations and the best of luck for the future to all our students.

Edinburgh Festival Success for Mr Thomas

richard parker

Mr Owen Thomas, otherwise known as Head of Drama at Y Pant, is also a playwright.  This year, he is putting on his play “Richard Parker” at the Edinburgh Festival between 21st and 29th August.

The play is described as “A darkly comic play about two loners who meet on a ferry. One follows fate and coincidence, the other preferring reason and logic. This fateful meeting challenges both their beliefs and changes the course of their journey. These polar opposite character’s witty banter balance the comedy and the thriller.

Some staff and students saw the play in Cardiff last year and I for one can recommend it!

For more details and to buy tickets if you happen to be in Edinburgh this summer check out the Edinburgh Festival Guide and read an interview with Mr Thomas here.

Update 25th August – Richard Parker has had some excellent reviews in Edinburgh!

Y Pant 6th Form Careers Newsletter

 Sixth Form Careers Newsletter

Week Beginning 8th August 2011

This week’s newsletter is aimed specifically at Year 13 who are awaiting their results next week, Thursday 18th August 2011.  This can be a very anxious time of year but you need to be aware that there is help available should you need it.

I will be available on A’ Level results morning in school but if you need to speak to me or another Careers Adviser sooner then ring the Pontypridd Careers Centre on 01443 484264.


 Important UCAS Information

Year 13

Track Login Details – Make sure that you make a note of your Track username, password and Personal ID so you can follow the progress of your application and to find out if you have met your offers in August.  Also remember to keep your contact details updated.  If you have moved or changed telephone numbers then login to TRACK to change them.  This is important as universities or colleges may want to contact you.

UCAS TV – This will have important information on How to Use Clearing, How to use Adjustment and for any late applicants – How to Apply.  Visit www.ucas.tv

Clearing vacancies published in the Telegraph – The UCAS website will list course vacancies from 18th August until late September.

The Telegraph will publish Clearing vacancies in their newspaper on the following dates:

Thursday 18 August

Friday 19 August

Saturday 20 August

Thursday 1 September

Thursday 8 September

Track will not be available to applicants or advisers until mid-morning on 18 August – so please make sure you do not try to access Track at midnight on 17/18 August – the only system available at this time will be the Clearing vacancy search.

Guides for Clearing

  • Applicants are eligible if no places are held or they applied after 30 June.
  • One Clearing choice can be added at a time.  Applicants are advised to speak to multiple universities and colleges before adding a choice and to get provisional confirmation of a place.
  • Eligible applicants can add Clearing choices from mid-July and only when their exam results are known.
  • Applicants who originally applied to one choice can enter Clearing if they pay the additional application fee of £10.00.  Payments must be made direct to UCAS, no invoicing option is available.

Confirmation of offer letters

  • Applicants must follow the advice on their own Confirmation letter (AS12, AS12B and AS12N) as each letter will differ depending on the university or college.


  • Applicants are only eligible if their original conditional firm (CF) conditions are met and exceeded.
  • Applicants who have changed from CF to UF have five days to apply for Adjustment and find a new place.
  • Adjustment opens on 18 August and closes on 31 August.


  • Applicants have five days to reply to a changed course offer, indicated on Track as UCC.  If no reply is recorded, the choice will be declined automatically.
  • Applicants are advised to check Track mid-morning on results day to see their updated status.  If the applicant has been successful and confirmed, a message will appear stating:

“Congratulations!  Your place at X university to study Y course has been confirmed.

You will receive a Confirmation letter shortly.”

If the message still reads, “You are holding a place” the place is NOT YET confirmed.


For Those of You Who Haven’t Applied to University

How about considering an apprenticeship such as those below?  For a full list of vacancies, register on the Apprenticeship Matching Service on the Careers Wales website www.careerswales.com where employers can see your details and contact you direct if they feel you are suitable.  Closing dates are imminent on some of these vacancies so you need to apply as sooon as possible.

One such vacancy suitable for A’ Level candidates is: –

Position Title Trainee Technician – Transportation – Cardiff

Job Category – Internship / Vacation Student / Graduate / Sponsorship

Business Line – Transportation

Office Location UK – Cardiff

Why Choose AECOM? – AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.  With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves.  AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation, and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural, and social environments.  A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 100 countries and had revenue of $7.0 billion during the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2010.  More information on AECOM and its services can be found at www.aecom.com.

About the Business – Line Transportation.  We provide professional services in areas such as aviation, transit, freight rail, highways and bridges, planning, and ports and marine. Our global network of top-tier specialists delivers comprehensive services over the full life cycle of a project to benefit clients in government and private industries.

Job Description – Our Transportation Planning Business Line in Cardiff is currently seeking an ‘A’ level student to fulfil their trainee position.  We are looking to recruit the brightest and best ‘A’ level qualified school-leaver who shows commitment, aptitude and enthusiasm towards science, engineering and technology careers with AECOM; careers that provide variety, interest and responsibility with a leading global organisation.

The successful applicant must meet the following criteria to be considered:

Qualified to ‘A’ level standard, or predicted to attain ‘A’ level qualifications in at least 3 of the following subjects at grade ‘C’ or above; Maths, English, Physics (or other similar science based subject) or a Language.

Show an aptitude towards software-based engineering and drawing e.g. Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Demonstrate an interest in Civil and Transportation Engineering, Technology and Science and a desire to pursue a career in Transportation Planning.

A highly motivated individual with excellent communication skills

Demonstrate a commitment to continued education and improvement through on-the-job learning and training opportunities.

Successful candidates will combine work-based on-the-job training and learning with further studies and must be willing to progress their career by undertaking a 2 year day release course at a Further Education college to study a BTEC Higher National Certificate in a relevant engineering discipline which would be funded by AECOM – and all the time earning money by working with us.

Driven by the successful completion of a Higher National Certificate you may want to continue your studies at a higher level. AECOM fully expects this and is keen to develop and nurture its talent. For those wishing to continue with their education AECOM would continue to support individuals through an appropriate part-time degree course.

Trainee salaries are typically in the range of £12,000 to £13,000 per annum.  Traineeships are scheduled to start summer 2011.

What We Offer – AECOM employees around the world enjoy a wide range of benefits and competitive compensation package.  AECOM is much more than just a place to work. It’s a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It’s a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world’s most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It’s a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It’s what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

New Apprenticeship Vacancies

New vacancies since last posting include 27000745 Mechanical and Electrical Maintenance Apprentices, Rockwool,Pencoed; 27000750 Nursery Assistant Apprentice Day Nursery, Cowbridge; 27000710 Apprentice Appliance Fitter Llantwit Fadre; 27000743 Vehicle Technician Apprentice South Wales Police Bridgend; 2700751 Horticultural Apprentices RCT County Borough Council Llantrisant; 27000755 Building Services Apprentices Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Talbot Green.

(For more information on these and for a full list of vacancies look on the Careers Wales Website www.careerswales.comunder the New Apprenticeship Matching Service or Jobs in Wales).

Deputy Head’s Blog

So we come to the end of the school year!  I’d like to take this opportunity to express my hope that the academic year 2010-2011 was as successful as possible for evveryone, pupils and staff alike.  I’d also like to wish everyone a relaxed and enjoyable summer break.

We say goodbye today to Miss Kayleigh Holt, Miss Victoria Williams, Mrs Rachael Lloyd-Davies and Mr Alun Evans.  Miss Holt and Miss Williams have been with the school for a year, Mrs Lloyd-Davies for 6 years and Mr Evans for 30 years!  We wish them all the very best for the future and thank them for the hard work they’ve contributed to Y Pant.

Our new Head Prefect is Matthew Knight, our two new Deputy Head Prefects are Zoe Morgan and Michael Gilheaney.  Congratulations to them and we wish them well in these important roles.

Don’t forget that AS/A Level results are available at the school on August 18th; GCSE results come out on August 25th.  I look forward with real hope to these days and always take delight in the successes of our youngsters.

Here’s hoping that 2011-2012 is as good a year for the school as this year has been.


Mr Sykes’ Visit to Uganda

Y Pant School has international links with Bulaago School near Mbale, Uganda. Mr Sykes visited Mbale and worked in Bulaago School during the Easter holidays. The link was made through an organisation known as PONT which stands for Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust. The concepts behind PONT go back as far as the Ethiopian famine of the 1980s where medics from the Pontypridd area worked in the refugee camps. The project seeks to link as many professionals and organisations in the Pontypridd area with their counterparts in Mbale as possible. Hence teachers, engineers, doctors, nurses, local authority managers and politicians visit and work with their colleagues in Uganda to improve the lives of the people in the Mbale region.

Mr Sykes took money raised from the selling “tuck” during breaktimes to buy materials for Bulaago school. He also took football shirts, footballs and baby clothes donated by the staff of Y Pant School for students and their families. The visit was extremely successful, it was good to meet again colleagues and to hear the good news that the Ugandan government are to build a new school for Bulaago. Communication on a regular basis remains difficult because of a lack of electricity at the school so it is hoped that the new school will have an electricity supply. Mr Sykes was accompanied on the visit to Uganda by Robert Deveraux, the Headteacher of Trerobart primary school, Ynysybwl. Mr Sykes spent a day in the primary school linked with Trerobart where time was spent teaching students the basics of rugby. Time was also spent in Nauwo primary school linked with Maerdy primary school who’s headteacher, Suzanne Belcher, is the sister of Mr Sykes. Here, in classes of over 60, students were hard at work preparing for their year 7 examinations, although they took time out to show their gratitude for the gift of footballs, using them for a football and netball tournament

Not all of his time was spent in schools Mr Sykes also visited the mountain area badly hit by landslides last year, visited to an orphanage for children who had lost their parents through  Aids, went on a walking tour of Namatala slum area and was very fortunate to witness an Ugandan wedding, alive with song and dance. Everywhere the welcome from the Ugandan hosts was overwhelming and reinforced the view that despite differences in culture and circumstances people all over the world have the same values and aspirations.

Y Pant Sports Day Record Breakers!

We have some outstanding athletes in school at the moment and this was proved on Sports Day this year when 5 records were broken – one of which has stood for 25 years!

Liam Simpkins in year 10, proving himself to be an all-round performer, broke the 100m record with a time of 12:03s.   This record had previously been held by Chris Edwards who ran a time of  12:37s in 2008.  Whilst 100m might be the showcase event everyone remembers, what is probably more impressive is that Liam also broke the long jump record which had stood since 1986 – 25 years!  Liam jumped an outstanding 5.67m smashing Howard Richards-Clarke’s 1986 jump of 5.24m.

Harry Flint, also in year 10, broke the 1500m record (Glen Hopkins 2004 5m 7s) in a time of 4m 56s.

Congratulations to Bethan Evans who broke both the girls’ 800m and the 1500m records.  The 800m record was previously held by Emily Christopher (2009 2m 50s) and the 1500m record was held by Nikita John (2007 6m 4s).  Yesterday Bethan ran the 800m in 2m 42s and the 1500m in 5m 27s.

Da iawn to all!