Monday, 13 May 2019


I just thought I would take the opportunity to share with you a few things that are going in in school at the moment.  It has been a great start to the term. 

For any of you that did not receive a copy of my letter at the end of the last term I have included a link below to this.

 Headteachers Easter Letter

Year 11 

The majority of Year 11 learners have made a really positive start to the GCSE Exams.  We know how challenging time it can be and we are doing everything we can to support the learners.  Please make sure you are looking on the school website to see the plan for each week.  All lessons are being used for revision and preparation.

Follow the link below to the Study for Success section of the website.

Study for Success

Using Time Wisely

Last week the whole school reflected on how we can use time wisely.  We identified that there are
86 000 seconds in each day.  We also talked about the fact that you can not 'bank' this time or save it for another day.  It is was money we would make sure it was spent.  As time we should use it wisely. 

A great way for learners to use their time is to get involved in the activities offered through the Engage @ Emrys programme.  Details of the current activities on offer can be found on the school website.

Inspiring Writing 

Last week learners from Year Seven took part in our 'Inspiring Writers Day'.  We had lots of great visitors who inspired our learners to undertake some amazing writing. 

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Learners as Leaders - Part 1

Giving the learners in Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan the opportunity to develop leadership skills is a really important  part of our work.

We try to ensure that all learners get the opportunity to lead teams inside and outside the classroom.  We know that the opportunity to practice and develop these skills is a really important part of the education we offer.
Some of the groups of learners who lead elements of the schools work are shown below.  We have also tried to highlight the areas of the school and the wider community that they influence.


Who:  For learners from Year 9 who volunteered, and who were willing to be elected, were chosen to act as representatives for the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland, to promote young people’s rights and the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child.

Purpose:  Inform other learners in the school about the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and her work.
Make sure other pupils know about young people’s rights under the UNCRC.

Achievements in 2018/19
Planned an assembly on their roles in the school (dates still to be finalised)
Planned and to deliver a session for Year 8 to be delivered on the Enrichment Day on the 28thMarch


Who:  A Young Ambassador is an outstanding and committed sports leader that takes on the additional responsibility of increasing participation, promoting PE and school sport and being a link between teachers and young people.

  • Be the young person's voice for PE and School Sport.
  • Promote the positive values of sport at Emrys ap Iwan and in the wider community.
  • Be a role model and PE champion at all times.
  • Increase participation opportunities and promote healthy lifestyles
  • Participate in Engage clubs on a regular basis.
  • Lead a warm up/cool down with lessons or during club.
  • Be involved with sporting events within school sport.
  • Manage and assist with the organising of sporting events in the PE calendar.
Achievements in 2018/19:
  1. Sports ambassadors’ day at Nant BH. Outdoor Education day to understand their roles and responsibilities, as well as how to develop sport in the school community with Conwy PE and sports officers.
  2. Successful meeting to highlight their peers views on curricular and extra-curricular provision, which feeds into the engage@emrys programme, self-evaluation and assist with curriculum mapping.



Purpose:  Identify opportunities to improve the school environment and enable the school to operate sustainably. Implement any actions required to improve the school environment.

Achievements in 2018/19
  • Produced a whole school audit and currently discussing actions required and the priorities for these actions.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Supporting Year 11

This time of year is really important for Year 11.  With only 10 weeks until the first GCSE Exam we need to ensure that every learner is focused on their future success.

I wanted to use my Blog this week to share with you everything that we have in place for the learners.  A newsletter will be coming out to all parents over the next few days with further information.

The STUDY FOR SUCCESS area of the website is really important.  All the information for our learners is here.

Year 11 Intervention Timetable (January - May 2019)

Computer Science
Science (Biology week A and Chemistry week B)
English Language  (+Lit focus Year 10)
Skills Challenge (Individual project)
Physics (Lunchtime)
Health and Social Care
Child Development
Welsh (5 groups- 1 session per group)
Skills Challenge (Individual project)
English Literature (Coursework)
Health and Social Care
Child Development
PE (option) plus Teamwork catch up
Skills Challenge (Individual project)
English Language (Oracy)
It is essential that all learners are participating in the after school timetable as required.  We know this makes a huge difference to the success of each learner who engages in this.

February Half Term

There will be a timetable for February Half Term revision classes.  As soon as this is available it will be posted home to you and also displayed on the website. 


The school has bought GCSE Pod for every learner in Key Stage Four.  It is an excellent tool for revision.  Please ensure that your son / daughter is starting their revision now and making use of this excellent resource.  Further information can be found below and by following the link above to the Study for Success Website. 



GCSEPod has over 3,500 audio-visual podcasts containing all the right facts, quotes, keywords, dates and annotated diagrams that learners need for GCSE success. Watch podcasts on mobile, tablet or computer and get help with learning, homework and revision.
All learners have already been registered with GCSEPod and simply need to activate their account and choose a username and password. To access GCSEPod for the first time, follow these steps:
  1. Go to and click LOGIN
  3. Enter your name, date of birth and the name of your school
  4. Create a username and password (to be used next time you login) and select the subjects you study

The GCSEPod is available on computer and a free to download app for Apple and Android devices.

Revision Event
We will be running an event for Parents and Learners after the half term holiday to focus on revision.  Further details of this even will be shared with you as soon as possible.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Sad News

As many of you will be aware this week has been a sad week for the school.  We have lost someone who was very important to our school community.

Below I have copied the letter that I sent home to parents and the press release that I shared following the tragedy.

Letter to Parents 

It is with great sadness that I write to you to inform you of the passing a of a valued member of the Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan team, Mrs Stephanie Brettle.

Mrs Brettle has been an English teacher at the school since 2001 and has always brought joy and enthusiasm to her subject.  She has taught thousands of learners over the last 17 years and made a difference to many young people’s lives. She always took her responsibility as a teacher seriously whilst ensuring that the learners had fun. The whole school community is saddened by her passing. 

I have met with each year group today to share the sad news with them.  We have extra support in school in the form of trained counselors to support learners and staff through this difficult period. We will also be sharing our memories of Mrs Brettle through a series of condolence books during the next couple of weeks. 

Our thoughts are with the family of Mrs Brettle at this sad time and we appreciate your support during this difficult time.

Press Release

The whole school community is saddened by the loss of Stephanie Brettle.

Stephanie has been a teacher at the school since 2001 and throughout her time at the school she has approached everything with absolute commitment.  She was a fantastic English teacher who cared passionately about the way every single young person in her class progressed.  She was always willing to go the extra mile and learners loved her for it.

The thoughts of our whole school community are with her family at this very sad time. 

Final Note

I would like to thank everyone who has been in touch with myself or the school to offer their support.  Your kindness has supported us all.

First Post of 2019

Welcome to my first post of the New Year.

I hope that all the learners, and their families, reading this have had a great festive season and are now ready to face the year ahead.

New Year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself. Happy New Year.
Last year we saw so many of our learners write their own amazing stories.  We look forward to seeing even more young people doing that this year and writing their own amazing stories.

School Opening.
School reopens to all learners on Tuesday 8th January 2019.  School will open at normal time. 

It is important that all learners return to school in the correct uniform.  I have copied a reminder of the uniform expectations below.

  • Grey knitted V neck jumper *

       (with green and purple stripe on the neck and school badge)

  • Plain grey school wear trousers

       (no jeans, skin-tight trousers or leggings)

  • Grey granite stitch-down knife-pleat skirt *

       (girls may wear the trousers if they opt to)

  • White collared school wear shirt/blouse which buttons to the neck
  • School tie worn correctly to the neck *
  • Plain black shoes which can be polished

       (no expensive branded shoes)

  • Plain black accessories such as belts and hair bands
  • Tights – black or grey
  • Socks – black, grey or white