• " The school achieved GCSE results in the top 25% of similar schools in 2017 and 2018."
  • "In lessons and around the school, many pupils are courteous and polite. They engage well in their learning and work suitably in groups and pairs. " - Estyn 2018
  • " High standards of teaching from staff and excellent learning from students, alongside the proactive encouragement of parents, have all contributed to the school's recent success. " - IQM Inspection 2018
  • " In 2018 the school was awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark Award - Centre of Excellence for the second time. This reflects the school's commitment to including all learners. "
  • " The school has a successful Sixth Form in which learners are achieving results in the top 25% of schools in Wales. "
  • " I just wanted to say a huge thanks to your wonderful staff for all the support they have provided for my son and myself over his first year at high school. " - Year Seven Parent - July 2018
  • " The extra curricular activities that are offered via the Engage@Emrys programme are the best in the area. " Year Seven Parent - July 2018

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Updates

Latest information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):

 

30 March 2020

I hope that you and your family are keeping safe.  I just wanted to write to you in what will probably be the first of a weekly communication designed to keep you up to date with any developments and make sure that, as a school community, we are able to support each other through these challenging times as much as we can.

I firstly want to thank you all for your support to date.  It really has been appreciated.  Please keep in touch with us using the info@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk email address.  This is monitored each day.  We are also answering telephone calls when we are able to.  Please also make use of the school website which has lots us useful information on it which will support you and your child during this period of ‘closure’  The school’s website address is http://www.emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk/.

‘Childcare Provision’

The school has been open this week, as directed by the government, for the provision of childcare for vulnerable students and those with parents who are classified as ‘key workers’ (NHS, police, food delivery services, etc.)  We have had a very small number of learners in school, supervised by staff.  The ‘childcare’ provision will be open again this week and also over the Spring Break.  If you feel your child is eligible for this provision please make an application through the link https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Ext/Edu-Covid/Education-COVID-Key-Form.aspx.  I must continue to emphasise that this provision should only be used if there is no safe alternative.  I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for ensuring that, where there are alternative arrangements, they have been made. 

Free School Meals

Free schools meals can be collected from school, Kinmel Bay Church - St Asaph Avenue or from your local Primary School.  You will receive a text asking where you are likely to pick the food up from.  Anyone can collect the food on behalf of others and food can be collected for two days at a time.  I realise that this is not an ideal solution and I am working with the Local Authority and Welsh Government to come up with a better system as soon as possible. 

Free School Meals provision will continue throughout the Easter Break. 

Supporting Learners from Home

It has been fantastic to see how many learners have logged onto Show My Homework and had a go at the range of tasks that are there.  As a parent of a secondary-aged child I know this is not the easiest of tasks, but learners and parents are doing a great job.  At the moment we just want learners to continue to engage as well as they can.  Teaching staff will continue to set tasks until Friday 3rd April in the first instance and will provide as much support as they can through the Show My Homework messaging service. 

Support for Learners and Families

We are doing everything that we can to try and keep in touch with families and learners.  This will involve general emails and texts as well as individual telephone calls to check everything is ok.  Please feel free to contact us at any time through the school’s email and Pastoral Leaders can be contacted through the following email addresses.  If you have changed your email address recently please email info@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk giving your full name and your son or daughters name so we can amend our records and keep you up to date.

Year Group

Link Person

Email Address.

Year 7

Ms A Hickey

staff.ahi@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk

Year 8

Mr Doyle

staff.ddh@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk

Year 9

Mrs Garth

staff.dmg@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk

Year 10

Mr Jones

staff.moj@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk

Year 11

Mrs Seymour

staff.ncs@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk 

Year 12 and 13

Mr Seymour

staff.jps@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk 

 

Learner Wellbeing

This is not an easy time for anyone at present and children will be no less anxious or uncertain than adults.  Please do let us know if you would like any additional support from our support team at any stage over the next few weeks - we will also be posting further support material on our website over the next week or so.

Qualifications

You will have heard much speculation about how learners in Year 10, 11 12 and 13 will be awarded grades at the end of this academic year.  We are waiting for the final guidance from the Government before we communicate any information with our learners.  This will ensure that they receive one clear message.  As soon as I have this information I will be in touch.

Thank you again for all your support at present.  Do let us know if we can help in any way during this testing period.  Please do pass on our best wishes to our learners, keep safe and look after each other.

 

26 March 2020

We are aware that there is still some uncertainty regarding examinations, which have now been cancelled for the summer. As soon as we receive more information on this we will let you know.

Please see this link to the latest FAQ from Qualifications Wales:  https://gov.wales/how-schools-will-work-during-coronavirus-pandemic.  If you have any specific questions please don’t hesitate to email the school on info@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk. Take care.

 

25 March 2020

We hope that everyone is keeping safe.  Don’t forgot that you can still contact us on info@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk.  If there is anything we can do to help at this time we will try our best.  We are currently putting together a section of the website with useful links for parents and this will go live later today.  We will let you know as soon as it is.

 

23 March 2020

Free School Meal Provision

During the current situation the aim is to provide all eFSM learners, who are not self-isolating, with a Free School Meal. 

  • Provision for learners will start from Monday 23.03.2020
  • This Free School Meal will be provided by SHIRE catering as normal.
  • Learners will receive a package of lunch to take away and eat at home.
  • Parents of FSM learners will receive a text message on a Monday asking if they want a free school meal for the week to which they need to respond. They should also state where they are wanting the meal to be collected from by responding to the text message.   
  • The collection point at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan will be the Pod situated to the rear of the DT classrooms.

Collection Times

To avoid a large gathering and to maintain social distancing learners need to collect their lunch at the following times.  It is really important that these times are strictly adhered to.

Year Seven

12.00pm

Year Eight

12.15pm

Year Nine

12.30pm

Year Ten and Year Eleven

12.45pm

Sixth Form

1.00pm

Learners who live in the Local Community will collect their lunch from Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan.

A second collection point will be a Kimnel Bay Church.  There will be volunteers and staff from Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan to help provide the Free School Meal.

Learners should attend the collection point which ensures they are able to maintain social distancing.

If you have any questions regarding the above provision please do not hesitate to contact us at info@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk.  Please put FSM in the subject heading of your email to help us to deal with this quickly.

This provision will be reviewed each week.  We are starting with something which is simple and achievable.

We, as always, appreciate you support at this difficult time.

 

22 March 2020

Please find the latest guidance from Welsh Government on Key Workers. The provision for these young people will start on Tuesday in Conwy. Please use the info@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk when emailing us.
 

 

22 March 2020

Please follow the link below to register a need for provision to provide care for children of key workers. Please remember that this should only be used where there is no alternative available. This will ensure the wellbeing of all staff and pupils.

 

21 March 2020

I am aware that many of you have questions regarding what will happen over the next few days and weeks. I can assure you that we are working really hard to make sure that there is something in place for all our fantastic learners.

I will be sending out more information on how to access Free School Meals, Remote Learning and details about how qualifications will be awarded. Please take care and continue to use the website, Twitter and Facebook to get information from us.

We are also continuing to monitor the school email address info@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk. Apologies that it has taken a couple of days to catch up on messages but we will be monitoring this every day.

 

21 March 2020

Following on from the letter from 20 March regarding Key Workers, please follow the link below to register a need for this provision. Please remember that this should only be used where there is no alternative available. This will ensure the wellbeing of all staff and pupils. Take Care.

 

20 March 2020

We write jointly as Conwy’s Secondary Head Teachers to inform you of the next steps following further guidance from Welsh Government and Conwy Authority around school closures and opening in response to the coronavirus crisis.

As you are already aware schools will be closed from the end of the day 20/3/20 for a 4 week Easter break. 

Following a joint planning day on Monday 23/3/20 at school and cluster level, from Tuesday, schools will re-open for a new purpose.  This purpose is to provide care for the children of essential/key workers where there is no other available childcare provision. 

Essential/key workers have been defined as :

  • health workers – all those employed within the NHS
  • blue light / emergency service officers
  • social care workers
  • supermarket delivery drivers
  • prison officers and other prison staff
  • probation service staff
  • teaching staff and teaching assistants

We strongly recommend that if you are a keyworker and are able to provide alternative childcare provision for your children then you do this rather than send them to school.  School is operating as a ‘last resort’ childcare facility for parents that don’t have another option.  We will rely on your honesty and clarity in this regard and hope that you would not put school staff and any other children at unnecessary risk.

Schools will also be providing a school meal for students eligible for free school meals, and we will forward details of these arrangements to you early next week.

Transport will continue as usual to support this and both this and the provision needed will be continuously monitored over the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued support in this difficult and challenging time.  We wish all our pupils and families our best wishes over the next few weeks.

 

20 March 2020

We are now working through the final arrangements for supporting all our learners during the extended closure of the school. We are working on the plans for Key Workers with the LA and details will follow shortly. Thank you for all your support to date.

Please do follow Twitter, Facebook and the school web page for general information. Specific information will be text and / emailed.

 

19 March 2020

As you will all be aware yesterday was a very turbulent day in terms of the announcements from Welsh Government and Westminster. When details become clearer I will write to you all and update you on the forthcoming plans in terms of the school.

The Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, has announced that schools across Wales close from Friday 20th March 2020. The link to her statement is below:

The Minister has said that this is ‘bringing forward the Easter break for schools in Wales. Schools across Wales will close for statutory provision of education at the latest on 20 March 2020’

At Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan we are currently planning to stay open until 3.10pm on Friday afternoon. If that does need to change we will let you know via text and our social media channels.

The Minister has also published a statement about examinations for Year 11 and Year 13 this summer which can be accessed online. As I get more detail on this I will let you know.

 

18 March 2020

As you are aware the situation for schools is changing dramatically. We will update you in the morning once we have been able to look at all the information.

 

17 March 2020 

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

 

16 March 2020

Coronavirus Planning

Following the announcement made by the Prime Minister in relation to the Coronavirus on Thursday 12th March, I wanted to write to parents and carers to inform you of our current intentions over the next few weeks.

Our approach to whatever may happen in the coming weeks and months will be based on the advice and guidance given by Public Health Wales, the Welsh Government and the Local Health Professionals. We havebeen following all advice throughout this situation and will continue to do so.

 Staff are currently working on preparing for all eventualities including the possibility of a partial or full closure. A partial closure would mean closing the school to some year groups and a full closure would obviously affect all learners. Again, we would only take the decision to close the school if we were asked to do so by one of the agencies. A partial closure may be necessary if we have a high number of staff who are required to self-isolate.

The school website will be used to support parents / carers and learners should it be necessary to close the school and / or update this information. All resources / support materials will be available from the website.

We are aware that this situation will cause particular anxiety for learners in Year 11, 12 and 13 in terms of their examinations. We will do everything we possibly can to support the learners during this difficult time

Current Medical Advice

If you have symptoms, the current advice from the Government is stay at home for 14 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature and / or
  • a new continuous cough

We would want everyone in our community to follow this advice. Please continue to report absence of learners to the school in the normal manner to ensure that we can monitor the situation across the school.

Contact Details

If you have a new email address or phone number please inform the school as a matter of urgency, as it is important that we can communicate directly with all parents and carers.

I am determined that we support learners and their families as effectively as we can. I appreciate your support and understanding whilst we look after all the young people in our school.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any queries.