Friday, 16 February 2018

Reflection on the Term

It is always good to be able to reflect on the half term and share with you all some of the great things that have been going on in Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan.  It is easy to forget the range of activities that our learners are involved in and the projects that we are working on.

Continued Examination Success

The term started really well for our Year 11's who received some of their GCSE results.  We were so proud of their achievements.  They are now preparing hard for their examinations in the summer and I am certain that they will do very well.  Parents should have received information about any additional support and further information will be out at the start of the new term.

Outward Bound

A group of learners took part in an outwards bound project in the last week of term.  This was a real test of their team work and resilience and I am delighted to say that the learners really did 'Dare to Achieve'.  They spent a week at Ogwen Cottage with the  Outward Bound Trust.  I have shared below the feedback we received from the centre.

' Our instructors; Steve, Dylan & Alice, have all told me that they thoroughly enjoyed working with your students, the students are a real credit to the school. As the course director for the experience it was a real pleasure to work with a school whose high expectations mirror our own. I hope the young people will remember and continue to draw on these experiences well in to the future.'

The learners planted trees as part of their work and so have created a lasting memory from their visit as well as take part in some challenging outdoor activities.


We have had lots of visits to the school from our Feeder Primary Schools this half term and have been able to meet many of the great young people who will be part of our school community in the future.  Its lovely to see them in our school and they are so used to the surroundings they feel very at home.

There have been so many extra curricula activities going on this term I couldn't possibly mention them all.  One new area we have been focussing on is Rugby Development.  The learners have had the opportunity to work with
highly qualified and experienced coaches as part of their PE lessons and also after school.  This is something we are looking to develop further and I will keep you posted.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Acts of Kindness

This week we have been focussing on the community element of the school vision in assemblies.  It has been great to see all the learners during the course of the week and their positive attitude has shone.

We watched the video below which shows an 'ordinary' young lady carry out twenty Random Acts of Kindness for her twentieth birthday.

In each assembly learners were asked to think about how being on the receiving end of these acts of kindness could make someone feel.  There were some great words, my personal favourite was 'gobsmacked'. 

We then thought about how we could make other people in our communities feel good.  Again, the learners had some great ideas.

At the end of the assemblies this week the whole school has been challenged to think about good causes we could support as a school throughout 2018.  We will let you know what the learners decide!!

Other Events

A new session of the popular after school activity 'Build Your Own Ukulele Club' with learners from Ysgol Reoledig Llansansior - St George. Before they learn how to play the instrument, they need to make it first!

This week was the Year 10 parents' evening.  It was good to see so many parents at this important event.  As we always say, the success of learners is through the partnership between the learners, parents and home.  It was good to talk to many parents and hear their positivity about the school.  I was particularly pleased to hear about 'Show My Homework' and how that is helping to make sure homework is set across the school more effectively.    


Saturday, 13 January 2018

A Great Week

It has been great to be back in school and we have had a lovely first week back.  Already there has been too much to share on my blog.  Do remember that you can follow us on Twitter where there are more great stories from the week @emrysapiwansch

The week started with learners from our Primary Schools coming into school and taking part in a range to STEM activities.  It was great to see so many Year 5 and 6 learners in school and excited about the activities and their learning.

Results 2016/17

As many of you will know, from my recent letter home to parents, we have had confirmation that our GCSE and A Level results compared very well with other schools and nationally last year.  Some of the headlines are;
  • 5A*-G at GCSE was 100% - This was exceptionally good.
  • Learners performed well on the new Numeracy GCSE with the performance of the learners in the school being in the top 50% of similar schools.
  • English performance at GCSE was also good being in the top 50% of similar schools - This was a challenge with the new GCSE but a great result.
  • Learners achievement in the Skills Challenge was exceptionally high 25% above the national average.
  • The performance in Science was in the top 25% of similar schools and Year 10 also achieved a good set of results in the summer.
  • The Capped Point Score (The measure of the performance of learners across five core areas and four other subjects) placed the school in the top 25% of all schools.
  • Attendance- Last year the school achieved its highest ever attendance. Our attendance placed us in the top 25% of similar schools and was above the county and Wales averages for the first time.
Year 11 Results

This week we were delighted with the performance of Year 11 who received their Maths and English
results from the November examinations.  The individual performances were generally very good and many learners were delighted with their results.  As with all sets of results there was some disappointment however, we have a plan and in Assembly on Monday we will be sharing with Year 11 what will happen next to make sure that every individual learner leaves having met their potential.

I was able to share with the year group that they had already achieved higher grades than the previous year 11 and that they still have some time before their Summer examinations.  It was a great message to be able to share.


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.