• " 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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LIFE IN SCHOOL transition@emrys

Year 6 to 7 Transition

Activities Schedule

Life in School

Summer School

Uniform & Equipment

Emrys Fun Facts

Meet the Staff 

Summer Reading List

              THE SCHOOL DAY                


The school day starts at 8:55am and ends at 3:10pm.  There are 5 lessons every day. Every school day starts with a 20 minute 'Personal Development' session, we call this PDP. During this time you will be with your form tutor. They will give you important information as well as completing a number of different activities during this time.


Once a week there is an assembly in the Prys Jones Theatre, Year 7 assemblies are on Fridays. You will go to your form class to register and then your form tutor will escort you to the assembly.






At Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan we reward learners for displaying the learning behaviour that we see as the most important. We have a reward system where learners receive points for:


  • Attendance and punctuality to school every day
  • Good behaviour in lessons
  • Excellent effort at the four tracking points throughout the year
  • In years 7 and 8 points will also be awarded linked to Accelerated Reader (our reading programme)


                  WHAT TO EAT?                   



Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan is a Healthy School and learners are encouraged to make healthy choices.

School Meals are provided by Shire Catering who offer a wide range of high quality food for sale at breakfast, break and lunchtime.


Choices include a traditional counter (meat or vegetarian), a pasta bar, a salad bar, a deli bar, a selection of sandwiches.



During your first couple of weeks you will be escorted to the restaurant earlier than everyone else until you get used to it.  As of April 2021, school dinner prices are £2.80.



                     THE QUAD                      



The Quad is a Year 7 only area for use during break time and lunchtime. This is an area for you to hang out with your friends and to get to know others.


The Quad is staffed at all times so there is always a teacher around. There are a number of games and activities available for you to play with in the Quad (e.g, chess, badminton, softball).

              SATCHEL ONE              



Satchel One is a website and app that we use to set and record homework.


This is a really simple system to use. You can even send your teacher a message if you are unsure what to do.


You and your parents / guardians will be given a log-in to Satchel One during your first weeks at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan.

         LEARNERS AS LEADERS           



We want you to develop your skills so you can become and ethically informed citizen who plays an active role in society.  There are a number of opportunities for you to be involved in, such as:


  • School council
  • Eco committee
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Sport Ambassadors

             ACCESS OVERVIEW             


Access offers support to learners with Additional Learning Needs, through a range of interventions for:


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Dyslexia
  • Social and Communication difficulties.
  • Specific Learning Difficulties.


Interventions are delivered in small groups by a strong team of staff to meet the needs of learners. Access is a welcoming environment and we offer a flexible approach in the support we offer to learners.


We also work alongside a number of outside agencies, to enhance the provision available to our learners.  These include CAMHs, Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Educational Psychology.


In addition to interventions in Access, we have a dedicated team of Learning Support Assistants who work closely between the ALN department and their curriculum areas, to ensure the very best of support for learners in their lessons.


At the start of the day, we offer Nurture, where learners are welcomed with breakfast and given that extra bit of support to ensure a positive day ahead. At lunchtime we have dedicated LSAs in the restaurant to help learners, should they need it. In addition, at break and lunchtime learners are welcome to Access to socialise in a safe space. Learners routinely play games and engage in a range of activities.




We want learners to appreciate how valuable and rewarding reading can be and dedicated time is built into our curriculum for independent reading.

Accelerated Reader is a computerised programme that has not only been specifically designed to improve children’s reading ability and continue to raise their reading age, but also to encourage and nurture a love of reading that will continue into adulthood.

The Accelerated Reader Program works by identifying a selection of books that will match your ability, but will also challenge you to develop your vocabulary. You will be able to choose books from the school library that fall within this range and when you have finished the book, you will take a short, electronic quiz that assesses your understanding of what you have read.

This enables us to closely monitor your reading progress and ensure that you are selecting books that are challenging enough. Remember you will also get VIVO points for every quiz you pass.




We believe that learning should be an exciting and enriching experience for all learners, and that learning continues beyond the classroom. We aim to create as many opportunities as possible for learners to extend their learning. Our programme of extra-curricular activities is called engage@emrys.

Learners benefit from having access to a wide range of after school clubs and classes. These include activities like rugby, trampolining, sailing, dance, reading café, computer programming and robotics. The range of clubs changes regularly and the emphasis is on giving as many learners as possible the opportunity to participate.


Some of you may have already been participating in some of the afterschool clubs as a taster of what there is in store. The timetable of clubs is updated every term, this will be displayed in all classrooms and on the engage@emrys section of the school website.

Can’t find a club you like? Ask your friends if they would like to join you and let us know, we will do what we can to put it together for you.