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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’.

Important Dates for August / September 2013

Hope you’re all enjoying the summer holidays!

Term Start Dates

Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd September are INSET days.

Wednesday 4th September

  • year 7 pupils start at 8:30 am
  • year 12 pupils start at 9:30 am

Thursday 5th September – all pupils start at 8:30 am

School Uniform Shop

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.


End of Term Newsletter

Dear Parent,

School Uniform – September 2013

Please be aware of the following amendments to our school uniform policy which will come into force from September 2013:

  • No drainpipe or drainpipe style trousers
  • No leggings or legging style trousers
  • No trousers which are tight around the ankles
  • No trousers which we deem to be too tight
  • No low waistlines
  • No denim

Thank you for your continued support in maintaining high standards of appearance in our pupils.


According to a recent report produced by the Local Authority:

A child in RCT that has an attendance rate of 94% or above is

  • 43% more likely to achieve 5 GCSEs including English and Maths than a child who has an attendance of 90%
  • 321% more likely to achieve 5 GCSEs including English and Maths than a child who has an attendance of 80%
  • 1124% more likely to achieve 5 GCSEs including English and Maths than a child who has an attendance of 70%

 These are stark figures which make abundantly clear the critical importance of regular attendance at school.  To attain 94% attendance a pupil must have fewer than 12 days’ absence in an academic year.  Any more than that and educational progress is seriously compromised. Please take this into consideration especially in instances of planned absence such as family holidays.

On-Site Traffic Safety

The school regularly assesses the safety issues and risks associated with on-site traffic movement around the school.

Although there has not been a serious incident in this respect, the following measures remain very important:

  • Parents must not bring cars on site to drop/pick up pupils without my express permission.
  • Sixth form students are not allowed to bring motor vehicles on site beyond the car park adjacent to the bus bay.
  • Pupils should stay off the highway on the main drive at all times and follow the approved footpath routes around the school site. Despite the best efforts of colleagues to enforce these measures pupils regularly break this rule – a rule which is specifically designed to ensure the safety of all.

I ask for your help in reinforcing this important message to your children.

Pupil Safety on School Transport

There have been several instances in recent weeks of poor pupil behaviour on some of our school buses.  Please impress upon your children the importance of impeccable behaviour on school transport and the potentially catastrophic consequences of misbehaviour.


Please see this information from the Health Board regarding an outbreak of measles in South Wales.

Have a very happy Easter.


Mr. M. Powell


School Rules

Classroom Rules

  1. Come equipped.
  2. Complete all work to the best of your ability.
  3. Complete all homework and hand it in on time.
  4. Do not be disruptive in lessons.
  5. Presentation of Work:
  • Each piece of work must state whether it is ‘Gwaith Dosbarth’ or ‘Gwaith Cartref’ except in lessons for Modern Foreign Languages.
  • The date should be recorded in Welsh or in the target language for MFL.
  • All headings should be underlined with a ruler.
  • Pupils should write in blue or black ink.
  • Drawings and diagrams should be done in penc
  • Books or folders should not show or contain any “graffiti”.
  • Rule off completed work.
  • A mistake should be corrected by drawing a single line through it – correction fluid is NOT allowed.

School Rules

  1. Arrive on time for all lessons.
  2. Treat staff, fellow pupils and visitors with respect.
  3. Respect all property.
  4. Wear full school uniform.
  5. No smoking (including e-cigarettes).
  6. Alcohol and drugs are not permitted on the school premises.
  7. No chewing gum.
  8. No eating outside of the designated areas.
  9. Place all litter in bins.
  10. Do not leave the school site, or go into out of bounds areas.
  11. Keep to the left in corridors and on stairs.
  12. Mobiles, MP3 players and other electronic devices must not be visible OR turned on inside school buildings unless otherwise instructed by a member of staff.
  13. Correction fluid, aerosols, marker pens and dangerous items are not allowed.
  14. Foul or offensive language is not to be used in or around the school.
  15. School buildings MUST be vacated during break and lunch times.
  16. Abide by the School Internet and Computer Access Policy.

Should a point of clarification be needed, the Deputy Headteacher will make the final decision upon what is and is not acceptable.

All pupils have been issued with a Home School Contract.