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Headteacher’s Update – 21st July 2023

We have had another busy term which started with the annual school production of “Little Shop of Horrors”. Everybody involved in the production was superb and it was great to see the community come together to pack out the Michael Sheen Theatre over three nights with standing ovations the order of the day. The Summer Term is dominated by GCSE Exam season and both Year 10 and Year 11 conducted themselves very well during the exams. We await the results in August and hope that Year 11 have a relaxing summer and get the results that allow them to access whatever route they have planned from September. On that note, GCSE Results Day is on Thursday 24th August. Arrangements for collection have been issued by Mr Williams and can be found on the school website. It was also nice to see so many Year 11 pupils join us for the Leavers Assembly recently and Celebration Evening in The Manor Park.

Pupils across all phases have enjoyed a variety of school trips in recent weeks as well as wellbeing events. Unfortunately, rain stopped the primary phase sports day taking place although Year 7 & 8 had a little more luck with theirs!! Another highlight this term has been the awarding of our second Green Flag. The time and effort that goes into securing the award shouldn’t be underestimated and involves pupils of all ages. Our sports teams have also preformed really well this term with a number of students earning county and international recognition. Our Year 9 netball team were crowned County Netball Champions. Well done all.

I would like to highlight a few things in readiness for September:

Return to School

Autumn Term begins on Friday 1st September. This will be an INSET Day as usual.

All pupils will return to school on Monday 4th September (except for Nursery pupils)

School Timings

Foundation Phase

7:50 -8:30 a.m.Breakfast Club (No entry after 8:10 a.m.)
8:30-8:50 a.m.Registration
8:50-10:20 a.m.Session 1
10:20-10:40 a.m.Break
10:40-12:00 p.m.Session 2
12:00-12:50 p.m.Lunch
12:50-3:00 p.m.Session 3
3:00-4:00 p.m.Enrichment

Key Stage 2

7:50 -8:30 a.m.Breakfast Club (No entry after 8:10 a.m.)
8:30-8:50 a.m.Registration
8:50-10:40 a.m.Session 1
10:40-11:00 a.m.Break
11:00-12:30 p.m.Session 2
12:30-1:20 p.m.Lunch
1:20-3:00 p.m.Session 3
3:00-4:00 p.m.Enrichment

Secondary Phase (Year 7-11)

8:00 -8:30 a.m.Breakfast Club
8:30-8:55 a.m.Registration
8:55-9:55 a.m.Lesson 1
9:555-10:55 a.m.Lesson 2
10:55-11:10 a.m.Break
11:10-12:10 p.m.Lesson 3
12:10-1:10 p.m.Lesson 4
1:10-1:55 p.m.Lunchtime
1:55-2:55 p.m.Lesson 5
2:55-3:55 p.m.Enrichment

Attendance & Punctuality

It is really important that pupils attend school as much as possible. If for any reason, they are unable to attend school please contact school to report absence. As highlighted above, the school day in secondary phase starts at 8:30 with registration. This is an important part of the day and I would urge pupils to be on time.


I have communicated several times throughout the year the importance of school uniform. Pupils will be expected to wear uniform in line with the school’s Uniform Policy in September. PE kit should not be worn unless instructed by the Headteacher.

School Dinners

Due to a significant rise in the price of food costs, we have had to increase the price of food in our canteen. As a result, from 1st September, the cost of our set meal in secondary phase will be £2.90.

Staff Leaving

It is that time of the year when we say farewell to some members of staff. After long and distinguished careers, the following staff members are retiring:

  • Mr Hayward (Maths Department)
  • Dr Willis (Science Department)
  • Miss Prescott (ALNCO)

I am sure you will join me in wishing them all the best in their retirement. In addition, Mr Larkman (Art Department) is leaving to take up the post of Head of Art in Coedcae School in Carmarthenshire. Again, we wish him all the best in his new venture.

I would like to thank parents and carers again for their continued support of the school and to wish you all a relaxing summer holiday. We look forward to welcoming all our pupils back in September.

Diolch yn fawr iawn

Mr Rees