Deputy Head’s Blog

I was delighted to be able to attend the re-opening of the School Library this week.  Miss Umbleja and Mrs Jones have worked tirelessly in recent months – including late nights and days in the summer holidays – in updating the stock, re-decorating and modernising the lending system.  Many thanks to them and the pupils who have helped.  So get along to the school library (it’s in the New Block) and get reading!!

Congratulations once again to Amy Jones and James Watt for their resounding success in the CEWC Cymru Debating Competition.  Arguing the case against the proliferation of nuclear power, they defeated teams from local schools and Atlantic College.  Well done both and thanks to Mr Howells for his support.

It’s a sad day in the life of the school today as Mrs Elaine Jenkins retires after over 20 years of distinguished service.  Mrs Jenkins has been a key member of the maths department and an outstanding Head of Year.  In fact, the last year group that she took through the school achieved record results; this was in no small way down to Mrs Jenkins’s commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of the pupils in her care.  She will be greatly missed by all her colleagues (and I will no longer have someone to talk to about the great works of Bruce Springsteen!)  

Hopefully, Mrs Jenkins’s retirement (and birthday!) weekend will coincide with Wales qualifying for the RWC semi-finals….fingers crossed but no predictions from me.

Y Pant Hosts Danish Visitors

The school will be hosting visitors from Denmark in the new school term. The trip has been arranged by NACE Cymru and its purpose is for the visitors to see how we deliver lessons and to explore the way in which we successfully completed the NACE Challenge Award. It is a prestigious visit and an honour to share the exciting opportunities open to our students and the fantastic work they complete.

The first visit took place on Tuesday 13th September and will involve three visitors, including a university professor, a researcher and an Educational Psychologist.

Further visits will take place on 10th and 11th October with six visitors each day, including teachers, Head teachers, LEA Officers and Government officers.

We offer our visitors every courtesy and hope they find their visit rewarding and enjoyable. Some of our More Able and Talented Media Studies students are planning a documentary on the visits… Watch this space.

Continental Breakfast

By Emma Willington, Megan Davies and Tara Joyce in year 7.

On 26th September 2011 it was European Languages Day.  The MFL department at Y Pant held a continental breakfast at breaktime.  There was lots of tasty food for us to eat like mini doughnuts, croissants, crepes and pain au chocolat, plus orange juice for us to drink.  Our favourite food was crepes, they were delicious!

continental breakfast

continental breakfast

continental breakfast
Mr Tucker says "bon appetite" to some year 7 pupils

There was also a band playing songs for us to listen to.  They were playing songs from different countries.  This helped to create a foreign atmosphere.

continental breakfast

continental breakfast

continental breakfast

Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed themselves!

You can see more about the Modern Foreign Languages department at Y Pant on the MFL website and also on BBC iPlayer when the BBC Wales team interviewed Mrs Hoare & 6th form students James Watt and Lawrence Watts.

Sponsored Walk 2011

 How many laps did you walk?

Year Seven and Eight pupils worked together to do a Sponsored Walk around the school, the event was two hours long or four laps and for this event the pupils were able to wear their own clothes. It was a very enjoyable event for both Year Seven and Year Eight. During the event the Sixth Formers helped serving food and drink for the pupils at each lap point like squash, cakes and biscuits. The money that pupils raised will soon be announced in front of the school. All the pupils got involved and all had positive feedback from both teachers and pupils! As well as having a fantastic time going around the school, pupils also had a chance to look at Y Pant’s surroundings and its scenery. The pupils gave it their all for the school with both money and the walk. We are all very lucky that the weather was perfect. There were photos taken to commemorate the event and the great time both pupils and teachers had during the sponsored walk. There were an outstanding number of pupils in Year Eight and Year Seven that joined in what made it even more a success was that everyone pulled together to make the event work. As the day went on more and more smiles on the children’s faces appeared and by the end of the day nobody went home unhappy. Altogether the day was a success and another terrific day for Y Pant. I think all the pupils want to say a big thank you to the people who helped make the day a great success. The money that the pupils helped raise was for the school’s upcoming events and many more things like equipment the school needs.

By Jessica Wigley (year 7)



Helpful Websites for More Able & Talented Students

General Websites

These websites offer general advice and guidance for parents, teachers and students regarding the more able and talented agenda. Some of the websites offer ideas and resources for students. Explore and have fun.


Click on the name of the association to visit the website:

National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE)

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

The Standards Site, Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)


Qualifications Curriculum Authority

London Gifted and Talented.

Brunel Able Children’s Centre (BACE)


How Stuff Works

Excellence East



Keeping Current

One of the key elements we seek to encourage in all our students is an awareness of current affairs. Below is a list of organisations who can keep you up to date with current news and opinions as well as links to political institutions. We have tried to be international and politically even-handed in our choice to encourage diversity of thinking.

Youth Parliament

British Government

UK Parliament

Welsh Government

European Parliament

Farlex Free Library

The Times

The Independent

The Financial Times

The Guardian

New York Times

The Washington Post

The Japan Times

The Nation


University Education

This section has been included to raise awareness of the possibilities for our able students from early in their school careers through to the time for university application.

The Complete University Guide

The Guardian University Guide

The Times – University World Rankings

Plant Biology University Rankings

Oxford University

Cambridge University

Oxbridge Applications

Oxbridge Entrance Tutor

Russell Group Universities

Academic Ranking of World Universities

British University & College Sport

Subject Specific Websites

As the school recognises that students have abilities in specific subject areas, the following list offers extra information and resources for students, teachers and parents in those areas.


Paul Carney Arts

Business Studies


Business Studies Online

Child Development

Teacher direct


National Association of Youth Theatres


Creative Drama

Royal Acadamy of Dramatic Art

Design Technology

Technology Enhancement Programme

Design and Technology Association

Technology student

National Grid for Learning

Design Technology


BBC Hard Spell

The Times Spelling Bee

UCL Grammar

DfE Writing Opportunities

National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)

Spartacus Educational

Write 4 Kicks

Tim Sheppard

Film Studies

Internet Movie Database

Film Education






Geographical Association

Geography Teaching Today

National Geographic

Royal Geographical Society


Spartacus Educational

Institute of Historical Research

Home Economics

Learning and Teaching Scotland

ICT / Computing

For a full list of websites, free downloads and other resources please see the ICT department website.



Nrich (Mathematics)


Pass Maths (magazine)

School Work Out

Figure This

Cool Math

Media Studies

Media Studies Goodies

British Film Institute (BFI)


Teaching ideas

Awards for young musicians

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama


Youth Sport Trust 

PE Office Ltd

Welsh Sports Association

London Olympics




Top Marks

Unlocking RE

World Religions


Planet Science

National Science Museum

Nuffield Foundation




Spanish Language

Spanish Online

Kennesaw State University


Travel and Tourism

Excellence Gateway

National Maritime Museum




Learn Welsh


LearnSmart / Thinking Skills




Minimus (Latin)

Ethnologue (language interest)






















Thinking Skills

Y Pant’s Approach to More Able and Talented

As part of our drive to challenge all students to fulfil their potential, Y Pant recognises that some students are more able and talented and, in rare cases, exceptionally able and talented. We are determined to ensure that these students are fully catered for and as such have a policy and series of programmes to meet this need.


  • To provide entitlement to an appropriate education
  • To provide opportunities to work at a higher cognitive level
  • To provide opportunities to develop specific skills and talents
  • To support teachers in their work with these students
  • To ensure curriculum challenge
  • To show concern for the whole child, both intellectually and socially
  • To enrich the curriculum with an enrichment programme
  • To facilitate students in accessing external opportunities


Identification of the More Able and Talented

  • At Y Pant School procedures for identification of More Able and Talented students will be transparent, non-discriminatory, flexible and effective
  • The agreed identification criteria at Y Pant will involve:
    • Objective test data (CATs, SATs, GCSEs, AS/A,FT)
    • Referral from teachers in-line with the published subject policy for identification
    • Referral from outside organisations
    • Parental requests will be considered in accordance with the above criteria
    • Underachievement, disability or behaviour problems will not prevent a student from inclusion in the cohort
    • Students will be added at any time during the school year if they meet the above criteria
    • A register of MA&T students will be published annually and updated as necessary.  This will be distributed to all staff and available on the Staff Area
    • Student referral sheets will be used to ensure consistency in identification and be available on the Staff Area and in the staffroom
    • Parents of students identified will be informed.
    • A small number of students will be identified as exceptionally able and talented. These students will have regular meetings to monitor progress and to design personalised learning plans where necessary. Parents will be invited to annual reviews.


  • It is recognised that there is a need to ensure the social and emotional welfare of students identified as ‘More Able or Talented’
  • Our school recognises the complex needs of the exceptionally able students and will seek to provide them with opportunity, enrichment and challenge
  • Students will be informed of, and encouraged to attend extra-curricular and E3+ enrichment and extension opportunities
  • Parents will be encouraged to support students at home and inform the school of any concerns


  • Any enrichment programme should touch on a range of curriculum areas
  • Individual subject areas may offer their own opportunities such as visits, master classes and clubs
  • Provision will be made for students to work at a higher level.  Subjects will make provision in their own appropriate way.  These could include:
    • Differentiated materials and higher order tasks
    • Grouping by ability
    • Accelerated entry for GCSE
    • Differentiated homework tasks
    • Parental feedback