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Headteacher’s Update – 23rd September 2022

This week has obviously been a shorter week due to the Bank Holiday for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Cerdd Music Event

This week we had the opportunity to once again welcome the fantastic staff orchestra and band of the Cerdd NPT Music Service. In the morning, pupils from years 7 and 8 were entertained whilst the afternoon session welcomed year 6 pupils from our feeder schools.  We were lucky enough to hear music from Disney, The Avengers, The Incredibles and Titanic to name a few.  Several lucky pupils also had the chance to try out some of the instruments on show.  What a great way to start the term!

Satchel 1

In secondary phase we regularly use the Satchel 1 app to communicate with parents about what is going well with pupils and areas of concern.  You may have noticed a small change this year with our points system which now indicates zero points for both negative and positive points.  We feel it is important to continue to communicate positives and negatives to home and children, but that the points system was not necessarily the best way to build self-esteem and positive change.  We hope all pupils will benefit from this change.


We are excited to launch our new water hydration stations in school on Monday 26th September. We have already installed two of three wall mounted refilling stations, which are connected to mains water supply dispensing fresh, filtered drinking water. These are located in main reception, technology corridor and expressive arts corridor (waiting to be fitted). We have also had installed a Hydra-Chill 2-in-1 chilled water and bottle unit. This is located in the small canteen and is also connected to mains water supply dispensing fresh, chilled and filtered drinking water. From this machine you can also purchase a YBB branded drinks bottle using a token from the canteen. Tokens can be purchased from all canteen area till points for £2 which must be in the pupil’s ParentPay lunch balance. These refillable bottles can be used time and time again, saving money and also contributing to reducing plastic waste within school.

Rugby Festival

Mr Gorvett and Mr Bramwell accompanied a group of pupils this week to the annual Disability Six Nations which was held in Ystrad Mynych. The pupils had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed all the activities on offer.

Social Media

As well as the main school website, many departments/classes have designated Twitter accounts which are useful to follow for example to find out about upcoming events/fixtures as well as pictures.

Richard Rees