Please download here: Information Letter Oct 19 YBB
Remember, information about safe routes to school can be found on our Safe Routes to School page.
As we approach the summer holiday, there are a couple of points I would like to bring to your attention and ask for your co-operation:
The school has a Uniform Policy which can be viewed on the website. I would like to reiterate that:
- Pupils in Year 7-11 are not allowed to wear jeans, skinny trousers, leggings or tracksuit bottoms to school.
- Jewellery is not allowed in school however a watch and a single set of stud earrings are permitted. No facial piercings are allowed.
- We do not permit extremes of fashion in students’ hairstyles. Added hair colours must be natural and subtle. Hair braiding and patterns cut into hair or eyebrows are not acceptable.
If you are concerned about whether a particular item/style is suitable then you should contact the school for advice before buying or sending your child to school.
Attendance and Punctuality
Your assistance in ensuring that your children attend school regularly and are punctual are greatly appreciated. The Welsh Government target for attendance is 95%. School begins at 8.30 a.m. and the expectation is that pupils are at their classes by this time.
Once again, thank you for your continued support.
R E Rees (Mr)
Deputy HeadteacherLetter to parents – July 19
Like all schools we do not provide parking for parents and want to encourage healthier ways for our pupils to get to school. Our pupils benefit from an agreement with local bus companies that they can use this provision with a YBB ticket and we have got ample, and well used, cycle and scooter storage on site. From this week we are also trialling a walking bus for lower school pupils and hope that this encourages as many parents and pupils as possible to think about the school journey.
Once final decisions have been agreed on future transport plans we will ensure we communicate this to all parents and carers. During this period we will not be issuing any parking passes as this is a central focus for changes.
1) Limited use of phones. Phones are to be in bags if they are brought to school (they remain the responsibility of parents/ carers if they are brought). Pupils can use phones at lunch or break only in the dining rooms.
2) Good work ethic, high levels of cooperation, engage with work and always do your best.
3) Good punctuality: to school and to lessons.
4) Respect for staff and environment.
5) Full uniform/ correct equipment/ remove outer garments in class.
6) Leave social issues outside classroom.
We will continue to reinforce and refine these values with feedback from staff, pupils and parents throughout this half term.
|Years 7-11||Years R-6|
|Start of day/ registration||8:30-8:50 inc assembly||8:30-8:50 inc assembly|
|Lesson 1||8:50-9:50||8:50-10:20 Session 1|
|Lesson 2||9:50-10:50||10:20-10:40 Break|
|Break||10:50-11:10||10:40-12:10 Session 2|
|Lesson 3||11:10-12:10||12:10-1:00 Lunch|
|Lesson 4||12:10-1:10||1:00-3:00 Session 3 with break as appropriate|
With just 15 school days left before the start of the Year 11 GCSE exam period I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on important dates and expectations for the forthcoming period. The Easter holidays is an important time for our Year 11 pupils to focus on the last elements of preparation before their summer exams and when they return on Monday 16th April they only have three weeks before the main block of exams start on Tuesday May 8th following the bank holiday weekend.
Dear Parent/ Guardian
Over the academic year we have sought feedback from parents and pupils via questionnaires available during parents evenings and undertaken during registration. It is critical that we continue to receive this feedback as it allows us to look at what we are doing and how we can improve on our practice.
I have delivered a week of assemblies to all our pupils looking at what are our non-negotiables in school – those key elements that help develop the ethos of YBB and I have included these in the letter that will go home.
Don’t forget there is a school INSET day on Thursday 29th March before the Easter holidays.
Thank you for your continued support.
I am very proud of how the vast majority of my pupils look and thank all parents or carers for their ongoing support.
A reminder that the school uniform supplier is Sportec in Neath and items of clothing can be purchased direct from their shop or website: