Well done to the year 11 students who sat Maths GCSE in November. A fantastic set of results!
The year 11 mock GCSE exams will run from Monday 8th December to Thursday 18th December.
You can download the mock exam timetable here.
As you may be aware, the arrangements for study leave were changed by the Welsh Government last year. This has given us the opportunity to offer pupils more revision time with their teachers leading up to their exams up to 23rd May. We hope parents and carers will work with us to ensure students’ full attendance during this important period.
Please note the following:
A copy of the arrangements for the period covering Monday 12th May to Friday 23rd May can be downloaded here, so that parents and carers are aware of the provision in place for year 11 students.
It is important that pupils fully adhere to school uniform rules throughout the period of the examinations and that are fully equipped with stationery for their exams. They should aim to be outside the exam hall before the published start time to ensure they are ready to begin the exams promptly.
We hope these steps will help students fulfill their potential and wish them good luck during this crucial period of their education.
Please find attached the details of the revision sessions being put on at the school during the Easter and Whitsun holiday periods.
We are extremely grateful to the large number of staff who will be coming in during their holidays to run revision sessions and would like to underline the importance of as many students attending as is possible. It is an excellent opportunity for students to receive targeted revision work. We hope you will work with us and encourage your child to attend these sessions.
We would also take this opportunity to remind parents of Year 11 students that the Welsh Government stopped the practice of issuing study leave last year. As a consequence your child should continue to attend school during the period of the bulk of their exams. We will be publishing the details of the revision programme that will operate in the school during the first two weeks of the GCSE exams, up to the Whitsun half term.
The mock exams start on Thursday 12th December.
You can download the timetable here: Mock GCSE Timetable December 2013
Christmas dinner will be served on Wednesday 11th December from 12.45 p.m. onwards in the Lesser Hall. Further to the above, snacks (sandwiches, burgers, pizza etc.) will be served from 12.45p.m. in the Main Hall. Kitchens will not be open during mid morning break so pupils may wish to bring a snack to school.
The very successful annual Senior Citizens Party will this year take place on Friday 13th December.
Year 06 pupils will be joining our Year 07 pupils for a Christmas Carol Concert at the school on Monday 16th December from 9.15 a.m.
Mock GCSE examinations begin on Thursday 12th December and run to Thursday 19th December 2013. Welsh Government Guidelines state that pupils will no longer be able to take ‘study leave’. Therefore all pupils must attend their normal lessons when they are not timetabled for an examination.
A/S, A2 and GCSE Modular examinations January 8th – January 29th 2014. Welsh Government Guidelines state that pupils will no longer be able to take ‘study leave’. Therefore all pupils must attend their normal lessons when they are not timetabled for an examination.
In the interest of pupil safety, parents should not transport pupils onto the premises during the course of the school day or park in the bus bay or road system. In exceptional circumstances e.g. medical condition, a pass will be issued by Mrs. Carter, the Headteacher’s P.A.
Once again thank you to all parents who have supported pupils in their fundraising efforts. The following sums were raised:
£2094.18 was donated to Children in Need
£2014.17 was raised for the school fund via the Sponsored Walk.
On Friday 20th December school will be closing at 12.30 p.m. for the Christmas holiday period. No lunch will be provided on this day but the canteens will be open for an extended mid morning break.
School commences on Monday 6th January 2014 and, as per the PLK, we return on a Week 2.
On behalf of the staff and students I extend to you all best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Mr. M. Powell
|Mr. Wayne Draper||Head of Design Technology|
|Mrs. Donna Graves||Head of Religious Education|
|Mrs. Samantha Dowling||Teacher of Science|
|Miss Rhian Jones||Teacher of English|
|Miss Natalie Powell||Teacher of English & Drama|
| Mrs. Karine Dubois-Jones
|Teacher of French (p/time)
|Internal staff change:
Miss Lisa Umbleja
Head of Media Studies
Mrs. Johns assisted by Mr Browne
Miss Owen assisted by Dr Jones
Mrs Arnold assisted by Mrs Davey
Mrs Mortimer assisted by Mrs Lloyd
Mrs Burnell assisted by Mr Pelaez Heras
Mr Sykes assisted by Mr Muscat and Mrs Davies
|26th September||Year 6||Open Evening|
|24th October||Year 7||Parent Information Evening|
|14th November||Year 11||Parents Evening|
|5th December||Year 12/13||Parents Evening|
|16th January||Year 9||Parents Evening|
|30th January||Year 9||Options Information Evening|
|6th February||Year 7||Parents Evening|
|6th March||Year 10||Parents Evening|
|13th March||Year 11||Options Information Evening|
|1st May||Year 8||Parents Evening|
Many congratulations to the A Level Class of 2013! This summer, we were privileged to be able to issue an excellent set of examination results to a fine cohort of students. In overall terms, our A Level results were amongst the best in the school’s history and were substantially above national averages. The key figures are:
A* – 8%
A-A* – 29%
A*-C – 78%
A* – E – 99%
An amazing 14 students attained 3 A grades or better which is an outstanding achievement. Natalie Hughes actually recorded 3 A* grades while Sophie Vellam, Martha Reed and James Watt all secured places at Oxford University.
I am also pleased to be able to announce another record year of Key Stage 4 results for the school. 87% of our pupils achieved A*-C in 5 or more subjects, the highest in the school’s history. At least 67% of pupils attained the Level 2 threshold including English and Maths and not a single pupil left school without a recognised qualification. 19 pupils achieved 10 A grades or better with 15 of those attaining 6 A* grades or better; amazing achievements.
Congratulations to all those students who achieved their academic goals this summer. I look forward to working with those who will be returning to the sixth form to study with us and I extend my best wishes to those students setting out on college courses or into the world of work. Good luck to all!
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your child to Y Pant School’s Open Evening on September 26th. This is intended mainly for parents and guardians of Year 6 pupils who are considering Y Pant as the school of choice for their children. It is, however, also an opportunity for parents of younger children to attend if they wish. You are all welcome.
The evening will begin at 6.00 p.m with a presentation given by myself in our Sports Hall. From 6.20 p.m onwards there will be guided tours of the school for small groups where you will have the chance to visit subject areas, meet with teachers and see part of the wealth of learning activities that we provide for our pupils.
We are extremely proud of the teaching and learning that takes place in our school and of the examination results that our young people produce at all levels. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on the 26th and, hopefully, in the years to come.
The Sponsored Walk this year is scheduled to take place on Thursday 26th September, lessons 4&5, (weather permitting). I would like to thank you, in advance, for your support. The money raised will be added to the school fund from which all pupils benefit via subsidised activities.
It is my understanding that we have pupils in our school who have not registered their entitlement to free school meals. If you receive any of these benefits then you are entitled to free school meals:
It is worth knowing that free school meals can save you about £500 per child per year. Once registered for free school meals your child will also qualify for financial support towards their school uniform. Our cashless canteen system in Y Pant guarantees anonymity for pupils on free school meals as the money is automatically added to each pupil’s account.
To apply for free school meals or to find out more please call 01443 681081 or log on to www.rctcbc.gov.uk/whyforkout.
Holidays taken during term time should be avoided at all costs. The negative impact upon a child’s learning is always substantial. A form requesting authorisation is available from the school office or Head of Progress. Authorisation is at the full discretion of myself as Headteacher and factors such as attendance rates and truancy are taken into consideration.
School Uniform will be available to buy from the “Uniform Shop” which is open every Thursday from 3.30pm – 6pm. Please note, uniform will not routinely be available outside of these hours.
Around this time of year there is always the possibility that the school might have to be closed at very short notice. This might be as the result of inclement weather or perhaps a failure in one of the major utilities. In the event of this happening it is important that all pupils, particularly younger pupils, understand the arrangements you have made for them.
The decision to close the school at short notice will not be taken lightly. However, there may be times when to remain open would put at risk the health and safety of both students and staff at the school. We will, of course, endeavour to ensure that no pupil is left in an unsafe situation. Please check the school website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for updated information.
The school rules allow girls to wear a stud earring in each lower lobe. However, on health and safety grounds these MUST BE removed for the duration of each P.E. lesson. Putting a plaster over a recently pierced ear is not acceptable.
Pupils, whether boys or girls, will not be allowed to attend school with a plaster covering a recent piercing. If you must allow your child to be pierced in any way then it is important that this takes place at the beginning of a long school holiday period. This will allow the necessary healing to take place prior to his/her return to school and thus allow your child to comply with the school rules regarding jewellery.
In the interest of pupil safety parents must not transport pupils onto school premises. In exceptional circumstances e.g. medical condition a pass will be issued by Mrs. Carter, the Headteacher’s P.A.
Please refer to this page for full information relating to our ‘Privacy Notice’.
Many congratulations to the A Level Class of 2013! Yesterday, we were privileged to be able to issue an excellent set of examination results to a fine cohort of students. In overall terms, our A Level results were amongst the best in the school’s history and were substantially above national averages. The key figures are:
A* – 8%
A-A* – 29%
A*-C – 78%
A* – E – 99%
An amazing 14 students attained 3 A grades or better! An outstanding achievement. These students were:
Natalie actually recorded 3 A* grades! Sophie and Martha have both secured places at Oxford to study English.
I would like, once again, to congratulate all the students for their successes and I wish them all the very best for the future.
Hope you’re all enjoying the summer holidays!
Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd September are INSET days.
Wednesday 4th September
Thursday 5th September – all pupils start at 8:30 am
Wednesday & Thursday 28th & 29th August 4.30 p.m.to 8.00 p.m.
The Uniform Shop will also be open in Room 28, on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th September between 3.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.