Y Pant Staff Parent Golf

On Saturday last Y Pant staff, parents and friends once again met for the autumn golfing challenge. Everyone had a wonderful day with views towards Pen y Fan from the picturesque course of Cradoc, Brecon. As always the match was treated very seriously especially as it fell on this Ryder Cup weekend. The final outcome in the main match was Mr Bryn Jones winning with a score of 34 (though the wheels fell of after the turn) and Mr Gavin Johns coming a close 12th (out of a dozen) with a score which did creep into double figures. Mr Johns’ total came as a great relief to the likes of Mr Duggan and Mr Chris Pembridge both previous “winners” of the losers trophy and dangerously close to taking it home once again. We look forward to a return in the Spring.

Y Pant School Parliament

Everyone is now in full swing writing their manifestos and canvassing for support in their campaign to become their form representative. Elections will take place in form groups by secret ballot during this week and next. Representative names to your AHoP by Friday Oct 12th. Remember there are House points for every reasonable manifesto written regardless of whether you wish to be considered for election or not.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

An outstanding display of cakes and cookies confronted the staff as they arrived for morning break on Friday along with a giant inflatable Fairtrade banana! Such a choice meant only one thing… one of everything 🙂 Ingredients used were Fairtrade as much as possible and Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar plus a few goodies were supplied by Co-op in Pontyclun.

£107 was raised by staff on the day which will be match funded by Barclay’s Bank and sent to Macmillian cancer research.

Shoebox Appeal 2012

It’s still only September and already my local shops have started to stock Christmas cards and gifts! Whilst it may be a bit too early to think about the presents that you will be opening on December 25th it’s not too early to start to think about the presents that you will give.

It’s that time of year when we at Y Pant think about giving the gift of a shoebox full of gifts to children in need in Eastern Europe…

Boy with shoebox
...to children like those in Dodeni, Romania who have to walk without any socks or shoes in the winter...
Boys from Montenegro
... to children like those who escaped the war in Kosovo and now live in a refugee camp in Montenegro next to a municipal rubbish dump.










Get involved in the shoebox appeal in one of the following ways:

  1. Contribute an item to your form group shoebox
  2. Donate some money so that we can buy items to fill shoeboxes
  3. Fill a shoebox of your own.
To find out more information follow the links below or see Dr Jones in room 49.

How to do a shoebox http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/how-to-pack-your-shoebox

Items that can be included http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/what-to-pack




Headteacher’s Blog

Arrangements and plans are currently being finalised for our Open Evening this Thursday.  I look forward to meeting as many prospective parents as possible and hope that you all have a great experience.  On that same day we will, weather permitting, be conducting our annual sponsored walk so it’s going to be an eventful week!

The regrading of English Language exam papers by the WJEC has now been completed and has resulted in 20 Y Pant students having their grade increased.  If your son or daughter is one of these 20 then you will receive an updated record of their results in the post.  From a whole school perspective, it means that 71% of last year’s cohort of pupils have attained 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths, a record for the school.

You should by now have received letters about the upcoming elections to the Governing Body of the school.  If any of you would like to become a parent governor please fill in the paperwork and return it to the school.  The governors do invaluable work for the school and we are always grateful for their support and commitment.

Short and sweet this time…enjoy the rest of the week.

Headteacher’s Blog

Many of you will by now be aware of some of the changes that we have made since the start of the new academic year.  The old house names have now gone,  registration groups are now known by the form tutor’s initial and we have 4 new house names.  The names we have chosen are Padrig, Aneurin, Nerth and Tirion (the initials spell PANT and they are Welsh names meaning ‘noble’, ‘honour’, ‘strength’ and ‘gracious’ ).  We have chosen these names because we feel that they represent many of the values that  Y Pant stands for, namely our Welshness and the characteristics and virtues we hope everyone in the school community will strive to exhibit.  Assemblies this week have explored the meanings behind the new house names.  In the year to come pupils will have ample opportunities to gain house points and we look forward to announcing the winner of the inter-house competition at the end of the year.

Good luck to Zoe Morgan who will tonight learn whether or not she has won the Griffin Mill student of the year competition in a plush event held in the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff.  Zoe is a worthy representative of Y Pant and our fingers are crossed for her.

I would also like to send our regards to Mrs Gold whose maternity leave begins on Monday.  Our very best wishes go with her.

Elsewhere on our website you may have seen the notice relating to our Open Evening.  Letters will be distributed via our cluster primary schools in the coming days but all prospective parents and pupils are welcome; I hope to meet as many of you as possible on that evening.

Regarding results, I will communicate the outcomes to you all as soon as we have confirmation from the WJEC and /or the Welsh Assembly Government on the regrading of English Language papers.  What a shame it is for our young people that such chaos has ensued; many of them have been placed in a position of uncertainty by a system which has badly let them down.  I sincerely hope that those responsible put this right sooner rather than later.

All the best and I hope you all have a great weekend.

Headteacher’s Blog

It is with great pride and a tremendous sense of anticipation that, as of this week, I take over from Mr Tucker as the Head of Y Pant.  What a tough act to follow!  Mr Tucker took over the leadership of Y Pant in 2006 and led the school from a position of strength to even greater things culminating in record results and an excellent inspection report.  We all owe Mr Tucker a huge debt of gratitude and wish him well in his retirement.   

It has been great to welcome our pupils back this week.  As always, Year 7 look excited if a little apprehensive but are settling in well.  Lower Sixth induction saw 128 students return to the school, yet another record!   I’ve enjoyed watching the Army put our students through their paces….

The staff of the school is looking very different this term.  On the Leadership Team, Mr Hurley has taken over the role of Deputy Head and we have welcomed Miss Ceri Richmond onto the team as Assistant Headteacher.  Other new faces (or familiar faces in new roles) are as follows:

Miss Sian Mundy (Head of Media)

Mrs Valle Fernandez (Head of Spanish)

Mr Rhys Foley (Geography)

Miss Victoria Knight (Home Economics)

Mr Andrew Collins (English)

Miss Sarah Madden (English)

Mrs Kelly Ann Munday (English)

Miss Carys Tucker (Cover supervisor)
Miss Sarah West (Cover supervisor)

Miss Martha Dykhoff (WBQ and Behaviour Support)

Mr Joseph Kuck has taken over as Head of English and Mrs Jen Dyson is now permanently 2nd in English.

A warm welcome to all these new colleagues, the best of luck to those in new roles and best wishes to those colleagues who have left the school.

Elsewhere on the website I have written about this summer’s results.  Once again, our students have done themselves, their families and their school proud.  Congratulations to each and every one of them.

Finally, it is with great sadness that we heard of the death in action in Afghanistan of Jamie Shadrake.  Jamie was a pupil of this school, a most polite, pleasant and courteous young man who had chosen a career in the military.  I would like to take this opportunity to mark his tragic passing and to extend the condolences of all of us here in Y Pant to his family and friends.  Our thoughts are with them at this unimaginably difficult time.

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.

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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.”

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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 Students Celebrate A Level Success

 There were scenes of celebration at Y Pant School as AS and A Level students celebrated an excellent set of results.  81% of all A Level grades awarded this year were in the A* – C range, a figure which is amongst the highest in the school’s recent history.  9 A level students recorded the outstanding achievement of being awarded 3 A grades or better with Ryan Richi and Rhys Morgan each attaining 4 A grades.  Alice Robinson achieved 3 A* grades, a truly exceptional performance.  The school is particularly delighted by the fact that it has once again outperformed national expectations for the A* grade, with 20 such grades having been awarded. 

 There were also notable achievements at AS Level.  An incredible 15 students attained 3 A grades or better with 7 of those students achieving 4 A grades and Ahmed Abou-Koura recording a remarkable 5 A grades!

 The Headteacher, Mr Stuart Tucker, praised the students’ efforts, saying, ‘Once again our sixth form students have done themselves, their families and the school proud.  A long tradition of excellence at A and AS Level in Y Pant has been maintained and, in some respects, built upon by this cohort of students.  I wish them all the very best for the future.’