Headteacher's Column

Estyn Inspection

posted 18 Oct 2016, 00:12 by Cenwyn Brain

Estyn will be inspecting the school on 21/11/16.

 A questionnaire seeking parents’ views can be completed at https://vir.estyn.gov.uk – deadline 31/10/16. You will receive the access code for the questionnaire via a letter from your child.

 You are also invited to meet with inspectors at the school at 5pm on 21/11/16. Further information about the inspection can be found in an Estyn leaflet which you will soon receive if you have not already done so.

A message from our new Headteacher

posted 10 Apr 2016, 13:23 by Elen George

Dear Parents, Pupils and Governors

It is a pleasure to start my job today as Head of Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun.

The school has a good reputation and high standards. My main priorities will be to ensure that these are maintained as the school develops to face the challenges of the future.

I look forward to working with you all.

Mark Jones

Happy New Year!

posted 4 Jan 2016, 01:17 by Elen George   [ updated 6 Mar 2016, 12:12 ]

Happy New Year!

Dear parents, guardians and pupils,

It is a privilege to undertake this role for a time before Mr. Mark Jones joins us as Headteacher of the school in April.

My priority is to ensure the best for our pupils, staff and school and that we continue to improve in all aspects. We will continue to ensure the highest standards of care and support for our pupils and lead and encourage them to be ambitious, to make progress and to take advantage of every opportunity to realise their potential.
With our dedicated and enthusiastic staff and unique pupils, we will go from strength to strength and ensure continued success for all stakeholders of the school.

Lisa Williams
Acting Headteacher

Letter from the Headteacher

posted 10 Dec 2015, 13:36 by Elen George

Dear parents, guardians and pupils of Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun,

I wish to draw your attention to whole school events in the near future.

1. The annual celebration of Christmas will be held at St Elfan’s Church on Wednesday December 16th, 2015 commencing at 6.30pm.  For tickets please contact Mrs Spearey on 01685 813500.
2. The final day of term will be Friday, December 18th 2015.  This will be a normal full day with pupils leaving the site as normal at 3 o’clock.
3. Spring term 2016.  The school will be open to all staff and pupils on Monday, January 4th 2016.

As you are aware, I will be leaving my post as headteacher from December 31st 2015.  From January 1st 2016 Miss Lisa Williams will be the acting headteacher and Miss Sioned Jones will be the acting deputy headteacher.  Interviews were conducted this week for the post and it is my pleasure to announce that Mr Mark Jones, Headteacher of Ysgol Gyfun Llangynwyd has been appointed as the next headteacher of Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun from April 11th 2016. 

The school has improved significantly in the past three years and I am very confident this pattern of success will continue.  I wish to thank the pupils, parents, teachers and governors of the school for your company, advice and support and wish you all the very best for the future.

Hywel Price

Christmas Concert 2015

posted 25 Nov 2015, 15:23 by Elen George   [ updated 25 Nov 2015, 15:24 ]

Announcement from the Headteacher

posted 1 Oct 2015, 14:45 by Elen George

Dear parents, guardians and pupils,

I write to you to announce that I have accepted the post of Headteacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg from January 2016.

RCT County Borough Council and the full Governing Body of the school will now commence upon the process of appointing a successor.  The school is in a very strong position with a committed staff, three years of improving examination results which has placed us amongst the best schools of RCT, and recognised by the Director of Education for 2015 as “..the highest performing school in the Cynon Valley and Merthyr.”  The pupils of the school are very special and this is further reflected by the lowest fixed term suspensions and second highest attendance rate of RCT.

Although I have mixed feelings, I am confident that the school structures will allow the school to flourish in the next stage of her history.  I wish my successor and all associated with the school all the very best.

Hywel Price   02/10/2015

Key Stage 4 External Examination Results 2015

posted 20 Aug 2015, 08:11 by Elen George   [ updated 1 Oct 2015, 14:39 ]

It is with great pleasure I announce that Year 11 have gained the best ever results in the history of the school.  Congratulations to all pupils and staff on the August 2015 results - 99% of all pupils gained at least 5 Level 2 qualifications (95% in 2014), whilst the Level 2+ threshold (5 qualifications including Mathematics and a language) increased from 59.8% in 2014 to 64.4% in 2015 – an increase of 4.6 percentage points.

The Core Subjects improved significantly this year with the Mathematics Department gaining 68%, the Welsh and English Departments respectively gaining 73% and the Science Department ensuring 100% success. 

I wish to draw your attention to the following pupils who gained highly impressive grades – Seren Jones-Reddy (7A* and 4A), Charlotte Morris (5A*, 4A and 2B), Jessica Humphreys (4A*, 6A and 1B), Iori Kent (4A*, 4A and 3B), Shauna Evans (4A*, 4A and 2B), Jamie Evans (3A*, 5A a 3B), Molly Sedgemore (2A*, 6A and 3B) and Evan Goggin-Jones (1A*, 6A, 3B and 1C).  We look forward to welcoming them back to commence upon their AS studies on September 2nd 2015.

Hywel Price
20 August 2015

A Level Results 2015

posted 13 Aug 2015, 14:41 by Elen George

Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun equalled its best ever results with 93.9% ensuring the Level 3 threshold, 67.6% of all grades between A*-C and 97% of all students gaining A*-C grades in the Welsh Baccalaureate.  All pupils have been offered a place at university with the vast majority gaining a place in their chosen universities.

Seren Morris, Mari Kelly, Lowri Morgan and Rhys Humphreys gained 2 A grades and 2 B grades each whilst Lloyd Griffiths gained 1 A grade and 3 B grades.  Congratulations to all pupils and staff on this impressive achievement this year.

Hywel Price
August 2015

A successful year

posted 14 Jul 2015, 04:06 by Elen George   [ updated 18 Jul 2015, 13:25 ]

Best wishes to the staff leaving us this year.

Dear parents, guardians and pupils,

As the end of the academic year approaches I wish to thank you all for your continuous support for the school. This academic year has witnessed the best ever attendance rate (94.7%), best ever Key Stage 3 results and when this is added to the record breaking school results last summer and the expectation for further success in 2015, this is an exciting time in the history of the school.

With reference to the end of term, the school will close at 1.00 on 17/07/2015 and reports will be provided to all pupils. The school will re-open to staff on Tuesday, September 1st and to all pupils on Wednesday, September 2nd 2015.

There are significant staffing changes from September 2015 and the following staff will be leaving us. 
Mr Daniel Williams (Teaching Assistant) – Chemical Engineering degree course at Swansea University
Mrs April Young (Attendance Officer)
Mr Gareth Lewis (Science post, Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Swansea)
Miss Carys Comley (English post, Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe, Swansea)
Mrs Clare West
Mr Gareth Payne (Geography teacher, retirement)
Mr Trystan Edwards (Headteacher, Ysgol Gyfun Gartholwg)

Three new teachers will commence employment from September 2015.  Mr Cenwyn Brain has been appointed as Assistant Headteacher and Miss Lisa Williams as the Deputy Headteacher from September 1st 2015.I wish to thank everyone listed above for their short and long term contribution to the development of the school and wish them the very best for the future.

Hywel Price (Headteacher) 09/07/2015.


posted 13 Oct 2014, 12:43 by Elen George   [ updated 8 Nov 2014, 12:24 ]

Congratulations to all involved in the performances of 'Oliver' at the Coliseum theatre this week. What a fabulous production!

Oliver 2014

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