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Autumn Term 2013 Parent Newsletter

We welcome to school the following new colleagues:

      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


Head of Progress and Assistant Head of Progress – Staff Members

Year 7

Mrs. Johns assisted by Mr Browne

Year 8

Miss Owen assisted by Dr Jones

Year 9

Mrs Arnold assisted by Mrs Davey

Year 10

Mrs Mortimer assisted by Mrs Lloyd

Year 11

Mrs Burnell assisted by Mr Pelaez Heras

6th Form

Mr Sykes assisted by Mr Muscat and Mrs Davies

School Term Holiday Dates for 2013/14

These can be found here.

Important Dates for your Diary

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

Outstanding External Examination Results

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!

 Open Evening – Thursday 26th September

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.

 Sponsored Walk – Years 07 to 10

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.

Free School Meals

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:

  • Child Tax Credit (where total annual income is less than £16,190
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Employment Support Allowance

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.

Holiday Requests

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

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.

Impromptu School Closure

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.

Entry onto School Premises

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.

Privacy Notice

Please refer to this page for full information relating to our ‘Privacy Notice’.

Headteacher’s Blog

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas break and that 2013 will be a great year for one and all.  I propose to stick to last year’s belated resolution not to make any sporting predictions; I think I’ve jinxed too many Welsh sports teams for too long!

As you will already know, Y Pant has been identified by the Welsh Government as being a Band 1 school.  This accolade is only accorded to 28 secondary schools out of the 219 in Wales so is an achievement of which we are extremely proud.  The banding is based on 2012’s Key Stage 4 results and measures school performance across 12 different indicators including GCSE points scores, performance in English & Maths and attendance.  It is worth noting that these indicators are highly volatile and can lead to significant fluctuations year on year (only 7 schools in Band 1 in 2011 were still there in 2012).  The challenge, therefore is to sustain this success into the future.  My colleagues and I will work tirelessly towards that goal.  Thank you and congratulations to everyone connected to the school, particularly the pupils and their teachers.   If you would like to see the figures for Y Pant and all Welsh schools in greater detail you will be able to find them online at this address: http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/schoolshome/raisingstandards/schoolbanding/secondary/?lang=en

At the end of last term we said farewell to two esteemed colleagues, Mr Mike Stephens and Mrs Bev Cheetham.  Mr Stephens is taking on the role of Assistant Headteacher at Cynffig Comprehensive School in Bridgend whilst Mrs Cheetham has been appointed Deputy Headteacher at Porth County Community School in the Rhondda.  These are both highly deserved promotions and we wish them all the very best for the future.  Congratulations also must go to Mr Ian Dyson who has been appointed as Assistant Headteacher in place of Mrs Cheetham, quite a feat given that 102 people applied for the job!  A familiar face – Mr Jeff Owen – will be making a Sinatra-like comeback to look after Mr Stephens’s classes for the next few months.   Also at the end of last term Mrs Sarah Burnell and Mrs Claire Arnold were appointed to the permanent positions of Head of Progress.  Mrs Burnell will continue to lead Year 10 whilst Mrs Arnold will take over from Mr Dyson in Year 8.  Dr Liane Jones will fill the vacant position of Assistant Head of Progress in Year 7.  Congratulations to each of these colleagues.

On Wednesday 9th January Year 11 will have a revision day preparing them for their English Language exam the following day.  Attendance for the revision session is crucial and will certainly have a beneficial impact upon pupils’ chances of success in this important examination.  Good luck to all pupils involved.

Once again, all the very best for the new term and new year.

Staff Changes

At the end of term we shall bid farewell to the following staff, and extend to them our best wishes-

Mr Gareth Howells

Acting Head of English, will be leaving his post after 6 years. He will be taking up his new post as Vice Principal at Evelyn Grace School, Brixton in London.

Mr Guy Swallow

Teacher of Geography, will be leaving his post after 2 years. He will be taking up his new post as Head of Geography at Purbeck School in Dorset.

Mrs Gill Lee

Teacher of Home Economics, will be leaving her post after being with us for 3 years. She will be taking up her new post as Head Welsh Baccalaureate in Hawthorn School, Pontypridd.

Miss Jane Norton

Teacher of English, will be seconded for 2 terms to Bishop Hedley School as Head of English.

Miss Carly Smith

Teacher of Biology, will be leaving her post after being with us for a year. She will be taking up her new post in  Bristol.

Mr Adam Speight

Teacher of ICT, will be leaving his post after being with us for almost a year to take up his new post in Brislington Enterprise College, Bristol.

Miss Emma Pursey

Literacy Development Officer is leaving us after a year do a Masters in English at Swansea University.

Both Miss Rebecca Clark, teacher of English, and Mrs Jo Gold, teacher of Art, will commence maternity leave during September 2012.

At the end of term we wish both a long and happy retirement-

Mr Jeff Owen

Assistant Headteacher and Head of Lower School, after being with us for more than 38 years

Mrs Gail Hoare

Head of MFL, after being with us for nearly 26 years.

Mr Stuart Tucker

“I will also be retiring at the end of this term. I have enjoyed my time at Y Pant School immensely and will miss daily life at the school.  I wish Mr. Powell and the staff good luck for the future – our young people couldn’t be in better hands”

New Staff in September

Miss Ceri Richmond – Assistant Headteacher

Miss Sian Mundy – Head of Media Studies

Mrs Valle Fernandez – Part-time teacher of Spanish

Mr Rhys Foley – Teacher of Geography

Miss Victoria Knight – Teacher of Home Economics

Mr Andrew Collins – temporary – Teacher of English (cover for Miss Norton)

Miss Sarah Madden – temporary – Teacher of English (cover for Miss Clark)]

Mrs Kelly Ann Munday – part-time Teacher of English

Miss Kelly Keohane – temporary part-time Teacher of Art

Internal Staff Changes

Headteacher – Mr Mark Powell

Deputy Headteacher – Mr Andy Hurley

Head of English – Mr Joseph Kuck

2nd in English – Mrs Jen Dyson

Head of Year Teams

Year 7

Mrs Johns and Mrs Arnold

Year 8

Mr Dyson and Mrs. Davey

Year 9

Mrs Mortimer and Miss Umbelja

Year 10

Mrs Burnell and Mr Pelaez-Heras

Year 11

Miss Owen and Mr Browne

Year 12/13

Mr Sykes, Mrs Rose and Miss Buckwell

Mr Powell’s Y Pant Blog

The end of term is nearly upon us.  For pupils in Years 11, 12 and 13 and their parents it is crucial that they check out our Easter revision programme.  There is a full programme of sessions in a variety of subject areas.  See the individual subject teachers for further details.  I would also just like to add that Mr Thomas is putting on Drama sessions but, due to an administrative error, they do not appear on the schedule.  Apologies, and see Mr Thomas for details.

The school made two important appointments this week: Mr Soroko was appointed to the permanent role of Head of Year due to start in September and Ms Charlene Williams was successful in her application for the job of Maths teacher.  Congratulations to both of them.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next Tuesday at our Annual Awards Evening.  This is the time that we celebrate the many successes enjoyed by our pupils and students in the previous academic year.  It is also a great opportunity to see former students who have left for Further or Higher Education or, indeed, the world of work.  It is a key event in the school calender and one that always lives long in the memory.

The weather seems set fair so have a lovely weekend everyone.

“School’s out for summer”

It’s the last day of the school year today and also the day when we say goodbye to 5 members of staff who are off to pastures new.

Mr Matthew Dunn, 2nd in English, has been at Y Pant for 4 years. He is leaving to become Head of English at Archbishop McGrath Catholic School in Bridgend.

Mr Mark Preece has also been at Y Pant for 4 years. Mr Preece will be taking up his new post as Head of ICT at Howells School in Llandaff in September.

Mr Michael Alderton has been teaching Physics at Y Pant for a year and is now relocating to London and taking up a new post as Teacher of Science.

Ms Tanya Owen stepped in to teach Physics from February 2008 and is leaving this July.

Mr James Powell – also a Physics teacher, left Y Pant in February 2008 after 4.5 years.

All five teachers will be missed by pupils and staff alike and we wish them well in their new positions. We look forward to welcoming their replacements in September.

Have a great summer everyone!

New Staff at Y Pant

This September sees several new staff members starting at Y Pant. We would like to welcome the following:
Dr Lianne Jones Teacher of Physics
Mr Craig Browne Teacher of Physics
Miss Katherine Miller Teacher of ICT
Miss Rebecca Clark Teacher of English
Miss Kellyann Keohane Teacher of Art (temporary cover for Mrs Gold who is on maternity leave)
Mr Gareth Trew Teacher of Welsh (temporary cover for Mrs Arnold who is on maternity leave)
There are a number of other staff changes:
Mr Gareth Howells 2nd in English
Mrs Sara Nowell-Hughes Acting Head of Art
Miss Annie Purcell Assistant Head of Year 12/13
Miss Jayne Gavaghan Assistant Head of Year 11

Y Pant says farewell to…

At the end of term we shall bid farewell to the following staff and extend to them our best wishes-

Ms. Helen Jones

will be leaving her post as Assistant Headteacher / Head of Middle School after being with us for nearly six years. She will be taking up her new post as Deputy Headteacher at Hawthorn High School in Pontypridd.

Miss Laura Carver

will be leaving her post as teacher of Home Economics after being with us for two years. She will be taking up her new post at Sandfields Comprehensive School.

Mr. Robert Hutt

will be retiring at the end of this term after being with us as a French teacher and Head of French for more than 27 years. We wish him a long and happy retirement.


Whilst we’re all looking forward to the summer holidays, it’s also sad to say goodbye to those we’re not going to see for a while. This summer we are saying goodbye to a number of members of staff who are leaving Y Pant. We wish them every success for the next stages in their lives and say thank you for all their hard work.

Mr Morgan and Mr EvansMr Robin Morgan (far left)

Mr Morgan has been at Y Pant for over 35 years, firstly as a PE teacher and more recently as Head of Year and Learning Support teacher.

Mr Roger Evans (left)

Mr Evans has been at Y Pant for 33 years as a Geology teacher, a Geography teacher, Head of PSE and a Learning Coach.

The photo on the left was taken during the Y Pant’s Got More Talent show when both Mr Morgan and Mr Evans performed a rendition of Frank Sinatra songs with a group of other teachers. We wish them both a long and happy retirement.

Mrs Kay Jones

Mrs Jones has been teaching Spanish at Y Pant for 4 years. She leaves us to become Head of Spanish at Pencoed Comprehensive. ¡Buena suerte!

Miss Danielle Crook

Miss Crook arrived at Y Pant four years ago and set up the successful A-level Psychology course for the Y Pant and Bryncelynog consortium. She starts teaching Psychology and Science at Cardiff High School in the Autumn.

Mrs Gail Biggs

Mrs Biggs has been working as a Learning Support teacher for the past year. We’d like to thank her for all her hard work.

Mrs Lindsay Lewis

Mrs Lewis has been teaching PE on a part-time basis for the last year and has made a huge contribution to the school during that time.

Mr Dayle PerkinsDayle Perkins

Lastly – Dayle has working as Music Technician, unpaid, for a whole year at Y Pant. During that time he has provided invaluable support for the music department – and indeed the whole school – for a wide variety of events; Christmas concerts, Y Pant’s Got More Talent, the Y Pant Festival and the recent Envirovision contest. He has also mentored many young musicians in the school. He will be sorely missed, both for his hard work and his practical approach to his work. He is taking up a course at Brighton University in the Autumn. Best of luck Dayle!