What a fortnight! Visitors from Denmark seeing what we do for our more able and talented youngsters, parents of Year 6 pupils touring the school, Y Pant TV launched (well done Mr Kuck and his team, particularly Bethany), Sophie Thomas blogging from Korea and our inspection team on site and settled into Mr Tucker’s office….a Welsh victory on the weekend would have made things even more exciting but, alas, it was not to be (although my winning the staff sweepstake softened the blow slightly!). Good luck to the boys in the 3rd place play-off.
Best wishes to all our Year 11 students, out of school on work experience. Hope it goes well for all of you and that it helps with your thoughts about your future careers. Make the most of this week and come back after half term ready for a lot of hard work building up to your mock exams.
Dal ati everyone!
It’s an extremely busy time for the school as we prepare for our forthcoming inspection. We look forward to welcoming our colleagues from ESTYN to Y Pant. All parents should by now have received a questionnaire with the Head’s most recent newsletter; 25% of pupils will be chosen at random to complete a similar questionnaire in school.
Today (Friday) we welcome colleagues from our ‘family’ of similar schools. Representatives from 8 secondary schools from various parts of Wales will be attending a conference in Y Pant where we will be sharing ideas about how to provide the best possible educational experiences for our children.
Next Wednesday at 6 o’ clock there will be our annual Key Stage 4 Success Evening for parents of pupils in Year 10. Letters should arrive at your homes any day now with more details. On Thursday there will be our annual Year 7 Parents’ Information Evening where parents will get the chance to chat to their children’s form tutors about how well they’ve settled into the school (the children, not the form tutors!). I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on these evenings; they really do have an impact upon how well your child can succeed in Y Pant.
I’m delighted to report sporting success again with 2 year groups winning their cup games this week. Well done boys!
Our annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal begins in the next week, the first in our cycle of charity events co-ordinated by Dr Jones. Last year the school raised over £7000 for various charities; it’d be great to match or even surpass that figure this year.
If you missed our television stars on Wales Today this week then follow the link on the website. Mrs Hoare, Lawrence Watts and James Watt are trying not to let fame go to their heads!
Finally, last year’s blogs contained the worst sporting predictions since Alan Hansen said ‘You can’t win anything with kids’. Therefore, I’ll refrain from predicting the outcome of Wales’s World Cup game against Fiji other than to hope for the best. Cymru am byth!
The school was last inspected by Estyn in 2005 – you can download their final report here. To summarise Estyn’s findings:
Y Pant is a very good school with many outstanding features. The headteacher and other members of the SMT work together very well to lead the school by example. Throughout the school, high quality teamwork predominates and this is a major factor in helping the school perform as well as it does. Pupils and students achieve considerable success in external examinations, often exceeding expectations. The curriculum is well matched to the needs of all learners. Pupils and students fare well in a very supportive yet challenging environment.