Sunday, 23 August 2015

GCSE Success

Emrys ap Iwan is celebrating another set of fantastic GCSE results.

The percentage of learners achieving an A* to C pass grade has shot up by 10 per cent amongst a total group of 183 who sat the exams.

The school has also maintained the high percentage of learners achieving five grade A* to A passes.

This group includes Rowan Boardman, Georgia Hall, Feng Huang Ze, Samantha Latham, Chloe Mainon, Emily Roberts, Stephen Robertson and Simon Rogers.

Headteacher Lee Cummins said: “This is a fantastic set of results and a huge success for everyone. We are also celebrating the outstanding performance of a number of Year 10 learners who have taken their GCSE’s early and obtained the highest grades of A* to A.  I am delighted with the increasing success of our learners to achieve such good GCSE passes.  This is very good news for all the learners and everyone associated with the school.  Learners of all abilities have achieved the results they deserve through sheer hard work and commitment.”

He added: “I would like to thank the staff and parents for their hard work in ensuring that the learners are able to confidently move on to the next stage of their learning.  They have clearly risen to the challenge of `daring to achieve’ at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan.”

Amongst those with a sheaf of top grades was 16-year-old Georgia Hall who picked up eight A’s and two A*s.  Georgia, who is now heading for the school’s Sixth Form next year, is considering a career as a forensic psychology.

She said: “My results are much better than I expected and I’m absolutely overwhelmed.”

Her friend Katie Farrall notched up five A’s and two A*s is also bound for the Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan Sixth Form and, hopefully, a career in child psychology.

She said: “My results are far better than I thought I’d get and I’m very happy.”

Two Year 10 learners who passed their GCSE’s a year early were Sarah Peterson and her friend Georgia Lunt, who was picking up her results the day before her 15th birthday.

Sarah said: “I’ve managed to get two A’s and two B’s and I’m very pleased about it.  It was a lot of hard work but it was worth it in the end.”

Georgia said: “I’ve got one B and two C’s and I’ll be back next year to do some more GCSE’s. I’m very happy.”


Thursday, 13 August 2015

GCSE Results

Just  reminder that the GCSE results will be available from 9am on Thursday 20th August 2015 from the school restaurant.

I look forward to seeing you all then.

Summer School

Just a quick update on some of the activities that have been taking place in the school during the Summer Holidays. 

We had two summer schools, one focussing on literacy and numeracy and another where learners could get involved with sport for a week.  Learners had a fantastic time and gained a huge amount from their time in school. 

Below is a copy of the press release from the Summer School and some great pictures as well.

Youngsters got an early taste of life at high school when they headed to an Abergele campus.  Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan threw open its doors to welcome some of those who will become new Year Seven pupils there in September.

Activities on offer including designing a roller coaster, firing sky rockets, learning about stars and getting hands on with art.

Summer School Co-ordinator and maths teacher Georgie Owen says the scheme is designed to help children with their transition to secondary school.  She said: “They will all arrive in September and it can be a daunting experience if they don’t know the school, teachers or other children who are moving up from other schools.    

“We have 45 signed up for the scheme from our feeder schools. They come in from 9am until 3pm Monday to Friday for a fortnight.

“Every day we do work on numeracy and literacy and then move onto to other sessions around science, drama, art, Welsh, design technology and history.

“The children are split into groups and move around so it’s fun and engaging. Summer School is about being relaxed, having fun and meeting new friends.

“It can be a very difficult and stressful time moving up to a secondary school from a small primary school. This scheme means they have already broken the ice. It also gives us a chance, as teachers, to assess where the children are up to and how they are likely to cope. It means we can draw up lessons plans and ensure the children get off to the best possible start.”

She added: “The main thing is they also make new friends before they arrive on their first day of their secondary education. It really is a massive help.

“We have 15 members of the teaching staff, including classroom assistants, in school and helping run the scheme. We also have several older pupils who attended past Summer Schools who have volunteered their time to help too.”

Year 9 pupil Emma Copeland, 13, of Abergele, said: “I volunteered to come in and help the teachers as I remember how nervous I was when I first came to secondary school.

“I went to Summer School and it really helped me. I help teachers oversee the younger pupils and give them a hand if they need help. I enjoy helping them and seeing them make new friends.”

Emma, who is considering a career as a teacher, added: “Very often they will ask me things they wouldn’t ask a teacher, like what they can expect from older pupils and what are the teachers and lessons like. It gives them confidence. I also helped out at the induction evening the school held. I think it’s important to help younger pupils settle down so they get the most out of school.”

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan maths and Summer School teacher Dave Simons said: “It’s a great opportunity to address problems that youngsters may shy away from when they arrive in September.
“It also gives us as teachers an insight so we can address weaknesses and gain feedback early. And it isn’t all about learning; we enjoyed some ice breaking sessions first where the children tried several sports and learnt the importance of teamwork.”

Andy Goodwin, Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan head of transition, said: “We have a lot of fun through high impact activities - there’s a planetarium, we will be designing a roller coaster and building air pressure rockets which we will fire into the sky.

“It’s fun but teaches some important lessons while giving us as teachers the chance to get to know pupils before they arrive here in September.”

Summer School proved popular with pupils Leah Tulsie and Emily Williams, both 11, who are  both moving from Kimnel Bay’s Ysgol Maes Owen.
Leah said: “It is giving me a chance to get to know the school, some pupils I’ve never met before and teachers before I come here in September.

“It means I won’t get lost when I do start and I’ve already made new friends, which is brilliant.”

Emily added: “I’m pleased because I have got to see what the teachers are like and it means I won’t worry over the summer. It’s been great getting to meet pupils from other primary schools who are coming here too.”

Summer Steens, 11, of Ysgol St Elfod, Abergele and Georgina Brown, 11, of Christchurch School, Rhyl, agreed.

Summer said: “It’s a great chance to meet new people and I’ve already made three new friends. I wanted to learn my way around the school so I don’t get lost in September.”

Georgina added: “It stops us getting bored in the summer holiday and it’s a good idea to get to know a few of the teachers and other new pupils.

“I was worried because there are only three of us coming here from Christchurch and I don’t know anyone else. It meant I would be really nervous in September but now I won’t be. I also have an idea what lessons will be like to.”

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, which dates back to 1899, has more than 1,100 learners  with 140 teaching and support staff. 

Learners at Summer School


A Level Results

STAFF and learners at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan in Abergele are celebrating what the delighted head teacher says are an “exceptionally good” set of A Level results.

Lee Cummins says the results are a “significant improvement” on last year and have seen almost all the school’s sixth formers achieve two or more good A Level grades.

Mr Cummins, who has been head of the school since early last year, said: “We currently have 260 learners, which is the largest number in the sixth form we’ve ever had.

“It’s fantastic to see them progress from Year 7 to Year 13 in the school and to make such marvellous progress.

“I’m delighted that they have been able to take such a positive step in their learning journey.”

Mr Cummins added: “I would like to thank parents, learners and our staff at the school for their continued support which has ensured the fantastic progress which has been made.

“This is an exceptionally good set of results and everyone concerned can be justifiably proud.”

One of the school’s success stories is 18-year old Daniel Williams from Rhuddlan who defied the odds to achieve a good set of results.

A debilitating illness kept him away from school for a good part of the year but, despite this, he ploughed on with his studies and has notched up three A grades in biology, chemistry and maths.
The results will enable him to continue with his ambition of a career in dentistry.

Daniel said: “I’m very pleased with the results which I’ve managed to achieve despite having to take quite a lot of time off from school.

“I’d like to thank staff at the school for helping me so much over the year.”

With A grades in maths and Welsh Baccalaureate plus a B in physics under his belt, 18-year-old George Goodall from Kinmel Bay is one of the successful learners from Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan heading for university.

He said: “I’ll be going to Cardiff to study computer science but I’m not sure at this stage of what my career will be.

“My results are better than I expected and I’m very happy with them.”

Also bound for university thanks to her B grades in psychology, ICT (Information Communication Technology) and the Welsh Baccalaureate is 18-year-old Bethany Jones from Kinmel Bay.

“I’m going to Manchester University to study criminology and psychology with the aim of becoming a psychologist,” she said.

“I’m really happy with the results which are better than I expected.” 

Although he achieved three A Levels in chemistry, biology and physics last year they weren’t at the grades he expected, which meant he was unable to get a place at either of the two universities he had in mind, Kings College London and Cardiff.  Rohit, 19, decided to take time off from study and has spent the past year working as a volunteer in Vietnam and India.
Returning home in January, he re-sat his A Levels and was overjoyed to learn that he has achieved B grades in biology and chemistry which means he has now been accepted to study for a career as a pharmacist at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

A delighted Rohit said: “When I didn’t get the grades I needed last year it was a bit disappointing, so I decided to take time off to do some travelling.  While I was in Vietnam I did some voluntary work in a small village just south of the capital, Hanoi, where I helped to build an extra classroom for the local school.  Later, I moved on to India where I volunteered for a little while in an orphanage, just helping out with odd jobs.

“I came home and began studying again at the start of this year and it was all very worthwhile because I now have the right grades to get into a very good university.
“It was hard going but I managed it thanks to all the help I got from the school.”