Sunday, 26 November 2017

Sixth Form @ Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan

The Sixth Form @ Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan

This week we are hosting the Open Evening for the Sixth Form.  I just want to be able to tell you a little bit about our Sixth Form and our plans for the future.


Level 3 - The number of learners who achieve two good A level passes. 
The school achieved higher than the average in Wales and the LA with 100% of learners achieving this measure for the second year running.

The percentage of learners achieving 3A*-A or equivalent
This is considered the gold standard of performance at Advanced Level.  In 2017 the school achieved it highest percentage of learners achieving this standard of pass and was higher than the LA average and the Wales average. 

The Evening

The evening will commence at 6.00pm and will allow learners and parents / guardians the opportunity to gather more information about specific courses. Each subject area will have a staff representative present who will be able to give details and answer any questions you may have regarding their subject. General advice and guidance relating to sixth form life will also be available.  The evening will also include a brief presentation at 6.30pm in the Prys Jones Theatre about sixth form life and option choices. Current sixth form students will also be on hand to speak about their experiences.

Come and see what's on offer

We are looking at new courses for September 2018 including Law, Computer Science and Textiles.

I look forward to welcoming you to Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan and seeing what we have to offer.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

All Different All Equal

This week has been anti-bullying week and we have worked as a school to make sure that everyone
in our school feels safe and happy.  Every Friday morning I meet with groups of learners to talk about the school and what is going well and what we need to focus on next.  It was great to hear from Year Nine this week telling me how happy they are in school.  This is so important.  The learners were keen for me to look at how older learners could support younger learners, maybe as peer mentors or peer listeners.  This was a great idea and something we will look at this term.  What was also great was that learners were really clear on who they would talk to if they had a problem. 

If there are ever any problems with school we always appreciate parents / carers phoning the school directly so we can work together to solve any issues.

Sixth Form Welsh

For the first time in the schools history we have been able to deliver A Level Welsh.  We are very proud of this as a school.  It shows how much the area has developed in the school and how committed learners are to the development of their Welsh Language Skills. 

This week learners have been on an immersion course and had a great time and learned a great deal.

A number of learners have been involved in raising money for Children in Need 2017.  We will let you know how much the school has raised as soon as we have counted it all.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Awards Evening

What a fantastic evening we had a school on Tuesday of this week.  It was the Annual Awards Evening at the Rhyl Pavilion.  It was marvelous to see so many parents and learners represented and so many learners achieving prizes.

Our guest of honour was Cllr Sam Rowlands.  He talked to the learners about LIFE (Love, Integrity, Faith and Excellence.) Sam then awarded the learners their prizes alongside myself. 

There were great performances by four of our talented learners.  They were an absolute credit to the school.

I am already looking forward to celebrating the achievement of learners from this year. 

 The three main awards from the evening went to the following learners

The Val Cleaton Award was presented to Oliver Staveley

The Rotary Club Community Award was presented to Leon Best

The Headteachers Award was presented to Sadie Wagstaff.

"Congratulations to all the winners.  It was great to see so many of you following the school motto and 'Daring to Achieve"

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan learners have taken part in ‘Restart a Heart Day’ for a second year running with the Welsh Ambulance Service. The day sees training taking place across Europe in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and aims to create a generation of future lifesavers by raising awareness of what to do if someone has suffered a cardiac arrest.
Learners from Year 7 and 8 learnt about the importance of CPR, how to recognise a cardiac arrest and what to do until an ambulance arrives. They learnt how to check for signs of life, practised their mouth-to-mouth skill on inflatable mannequins and how to perform chest compressions. The learners also had opportunities to ask questions and for help from the volunteers from the Welsh Ambulance Service.
Barry Dunn, Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan Governor, said: “The learners have gained something important which they may be able to use in the future to save a life. The Year 8 learners who took part last year have clearly remembered what is involved in CPR. This is a brilliant life skill.”
Kara Rich, Primary Care Development Lead Nurse BCU said: “The learners were very well behaved and have picked up the skills very quickly. They can teach these skills to their brothers and sisters.”
TPS1850 (Temporary Police Sargent) Jason Ball added: “It’s been a brilliant day. The learners were fantastic. This is a great partnership which is working towards creating more first aiders for the community.”
Charlie Williams, a Year 7 learner, said: “It was a fun day and we learnt a lot”
Joseph Hunter, another Year7 learner, said: “I’ve learnt something that may one day save someone’s life.”
Oliver Scott, also from Year 7 added: “I now know what to do if I found someone having a cardiac arrest.”
Jacob Riddle, one of the Year 8 learners who took part in ‘Restart a Heart Day’ last year said: “This was a great opportunity to refresh the skills I had learnt last year.”
Danielle Whittingham, who organised the day, said: “All of the learners had a ‘dare to achieve’ attitude.” Each learner received a certificate to acknowledge their participation in the day.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

The Open Evening

This week we had our open evening and what a fantastic evening it was.  We were able to share with more parents than ever the hard work and fun we have in our school.  Below are some of the great pictures and feedback from the event.

Sixth Form Learner demonstrating the
computer programming he had been doing.
Learners and their parents / carers were able to walk around all areas of the school and meet the staff, learners and the two reading dogs we have in the school!

It was great for the school to be so full and to have so many excited young people visiting us and excited young people wanting to share what is good about their school.  It really was one of the most positive evenings I have had while being Headteacher at the school.

We received some fantastic feedback from parents and I share this with you.

Mr R Williams creating fire!
'Great open evening, huge effort made by all, was great to see all the departments and the way they set out the activities! My daughter was so impressed by both Maths, English, Computers and Science, her face was a picture watching the science experiments! She is now so excited to be joining the Emrys family next September! Thank you for a great evening' 
'My son is so excited to be joining Emrys next year, he wouldn't let people sleep last night and kept going on and on about everything super excited boy'
'Absolutely amazing evening. Every department pulled out all the stops but the award must go to your English department. Fantastic effort!'
'It was a really great open evening, very interactive and fun! I now have one very excited daughter who can't wait to join Emrys ap Iwan!'

Admissions Timeline

Admissions to Year 7 open:  1st September 2017
Closing date for applications considered to be on time:  17th November 2017 (provisional)
Offers confirmed:  1st March 2018
Deadline for accepting / declining offers:  2 weeks after date.
As Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan is a Foundation School you need to complete both the schools application form and the LA application form for either Conwy or Denbighshire, depending which county you live in. 
The links for the school application is below
Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan Application Form

Conwy Application Form

Denbighshire Application Form

If we were not able to join us on the information evening please do not hesitate to contact the school and make an appointment to come and look around.  Myself or a member of my leadership team would be delighted to give you a tour of the school.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Carpe Diem - Sieze the Day

'Carpe Diem' - 'Seize the Day' seems like a great summary of the feeling in the school this week.  We have had another great week with an extraordinary range of activities taking place.  I'm not sure how we have fitted it all in, but we have!

As I often say to parents that I meet one of the special things about our school is the range of activities that learners can get involved in.  This week really has been a great example of this.  So many learners have started to learn a new skill or participated in something they have never done before.

Internal Visit - For a Greener Europe.

This week we had three learners who took part in the 'For a Greener Europe' visit to Sweden.  We are the lead school for this project and we have links with ten other European school.  Our learners have had some amazing experiences visiting other countries and spending time with teenagers from across Europe.  Some of the photographs from the visit are below. 

We also celebrated International Languages Day on Monday.  Learners participated in a range of activities to support their language development.

You can find out more about the visits to date by following the link below.

Sixth Form - Health and Social Care
The Sixth Form Health and Social Care learners are currently delivering health related lessons in many of our feeder Primary schools. 

This is a great opportunity for them to think about some of the ways to deliver complex health ideas to primary learners.

This week learners have been to watch Manchester City play football.  They were joined by learners from the feeder Primary schools.  Some learners have made the Ukulele and are now learning to play them.  Other learners have been horse riding and there had also been a meeting with parents and carers regarding the Skiing Trip taking place next Easter. 

Open Evening - Thursday 5th October from 6pm - 8pm.

Next week we are holding our very popular Open Evening.  Please make sure you come and see what the school can offer your child.  We provide a solid education and a whole range of other experiences in a safe and nurturing environment.  Please don't take my word for it come and see what the school is about.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Invitation to Open Evening - 5th October 2017

Dear Parent/Guardian

Annwyl Riant/Warchodwr

It is my pleasure to invite you to our Open Evening on Thursday 5th October  2017.  The school will be open to welcome you between 6pm and 8pm.  We do hope you will come and join us to see what the school can offer your child as they move to the next stage of their education.

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan has much to offer including;

·         Outstanding care and support for all learners

·         Great teaching and excellent facilities.

·         A curriculum designed to ensure that all learners have the knowledge and skills to be successful in the 21st Century.

·         Results demonstrating that learners make excellent progress and achieve their potential and beyond.

·         A fantastic range of activities before, during and after school including archery, water polo, sports clubs, computer programming and many, many more.

During the Open Evening there will be a presentation from myself and the Head Boy and Head Girl of the school which will give more information about the successes of the school and the vision for your child’s education.  There will also be the opportunity to talk to staff and learners about the school so you can make the right choice for your son / daughters next step in education.

If you are not able to attend this evening, or would like to see the school during a normal school day, please contact the school to make an appointment with myself or a member of my leadership team to visit the school.  You can also get more information from the schools website at  The Headteachers’ Blog will give you a great deal of information about the work that has been going on in the school.

I look forward to meeting with you and sharing with you how we turn the schools vision of every learner ‘Daring to Achieve’ into a reality.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Welcome Back

Headteachers Welcome Back.

Just a quick note to welcome everyone back to school.  We really have had a great first few weeks with learners working hard and really understanding what is expected of them.  Its been great to see the new year seven learners in the school - They have been a credit to themselves and their parents / carers.  I really do look forward to seeing them all develop throughout the year.

It has also been great to welcome 26 other new learners to the school.  Again, we have been very impressed with the way in which they have integrated into the school and how positive they have been. 

The school has already been involved in some exciting activities and I will share some more information regarding these as we move into the next week.

For anyone considering joining the school in September 2018 the details of our Open Evening are shown below.

I will post my second blog of the term at the end of this week.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Daring to Achieve

Never has there been a week with more going on or a more obvious demonstration across the school of our motto to 'Dare to Achieve'.  As many of you know this motto is simply about making sure that every one of us pushes ourselves harder to do better and not accept anything less.

In this weeks blog I am going to try and summarise what has been happening.

Year 10

This week Year 10 have been focussing on their Skills Challenge work and have completed their Global Citizenship Challenge.  It has been great to see them focus on one area of the curriculum and really go for it in terms of completing their work to the best of their ability. 

We look forward to seeing the results of their hard work.

Year Seven

This week a number of Year Seven learners headed off on our annual trip to Glan Llyn.  Gwersyll Glan-llyn is an outdoor education centre located on the shores of Llyn Tegid near Y Bala. They organise courses for groups and organisations, educational courses for schools and colleges and adventure holidays for Urdd members.

The group had an amazing time and there are some great videos and pictures on our Twitter site.  Please take the time to have a look.

 Year 13

This week Year 13 celebrated the end of their education at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan.  It was a lovely evening filled with laughter, and a few tears.  The year group have been a credit to themselves and the school and it was great to be part of such a positive end to their time in the school.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

ROA - A Perfect Day

Yesterday was the Year 11 Record of Achievement.  It is our annual opportunity to celebrate the achievements of learners and staff.  It is the most obvious sign of the fact our school is a special place because of the relationship between the learners and the staff who support them. 

The event started with a speech from myself and then every learner in  Year 11 came onto the stage.  Each tutor group had prepared a speech thanking their tutor and each tutor in turn shared their memories of watching the learners grow into the mature adults they are today.  It was powerful stuff!!

Following this learners, staff and parents mingled together sharing happy memories from school.  There were handshakes and hugs.  It was fantastic to see.

For many of our learners this is not the end of the journey, just a pause.  Most will come back and join us in the Sixth Form.  I cant wait for them to come back and embark on the next stage.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Another great week...

We have had another interesting an productive week in school.

At the beginning of the week we hosted a visit from the OECD.  They were visiting the school to look at how some schools have created Effective Learning Organisations for the learners and the staff in a school.  They were impressed with what they saw in our school and could see our commitment to making sure that everyone was committed to constant improvement through learning.

They liked the fact that we had adopted TEEP and could see how that had improved learning and teaching in the school.

A perfect demonstration of the commitment to learning of all in the school our ALN Admin Coordinator Amie Hibbert won the Apprentice of the Year Award at Colleg Cambria.  She beat off  stiff competition to achieve this award and it is so very well deserved.  Amie was presented with her award on Thursday evening by the Principal of the college Mr David Jones and TV presenter Jason Mohammad.


During the week we welcomed a number of our learners from our non traditional feeder Primary Schools.  As always is was a pleasure to see them.  They are all really looking forward to joining us in September and we look forward to working with them.

Next week brings an end to the GCSE examinations in the school.  The learners have been fantastic and the staff have worked hard to ensure that all our learners have been well prepared for each and every examination.  I really hope that in these times of uncertainty with the qualification systems in England and Wales that our learners all achieve the grades they individually deserve based on their hard work and commitment.  As Headteacher I could ask for no more. 

It feels like it could be a long wait to August!