Working Together, Achieving More
Cydweithio a Chyflawni
Pastoral care at Ysgol Maesydderwen is a strength of our school with pupil wellbeing at the heart of what we do. The caring ethos of our students is reflected in how they support each other both in and outside of school and can be clearly ‘felt’ throughout our community.
Our students are encouraged to make the most of their time at Ysgol Maesydderwen so every effort is made to remove obstacles to learning and to equip young people with confidence and skills to be successful members of our school and local community.
In addition to our Form Tutors, we have a specialist team of people who are responsible for the pastoral care of our students (see below) led by Miss Vanessa Jenkins, Assistant Headteacher who is responsible for inclusion, learner engagement, attendance, safeguarding and wellbeing within the school. Progress leaders promote and support engagement and wellbeing within their Year groups and are supported by Pastoral Support Assistants.
Our Pastoral team is made up of:
Progress Leader for Lower School (Years 7 and 8) -
Progress Leader for Middle School (Years 9 and 10) -
Progress Leader for Year 11 -
Progress Leader for Sixth Form and Assistant Headteacher -
Pastoral Support Assistants:
Mr Huw Thomas
Mrs Emma Piddington
Mr Sean Harvey
Mr J Muzil
Children are made aware they can come and talk to Mr Thomas, Mrs Piddington, Mr Harvey or any member of staff to discuss issues they may be experiencing. One strategy may be to complete One Page Profile with that student as a means of discussing how we can best support them. This will be shared with the class teachers and parents. All school staff will always listen, comfort and work together with the child and families to ensure a positive outcome.
The aims of pastoral support at Maesydderwen:
The role of the Pastoral Team:
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Headteacher: Mr P. Grimes
Tudor Street, Ystradgynlais, Swansea, SA9 1AP
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At Ysgol Maesydderwen we recognise and understand the direct link between attendance at school to good emotional health, good educational progress and attainment.
Being a community school with strong links with our primaries we are able to effectively monitor and track the attendance of all our students.
Attendance is a particular focus of our Progress Leaders who work closely with our attendance officer, Mr Huw Thomas to ensure that any barriers in coming to school are addressed early with both the student and their family in a supportive manner. We have an excellent record of attendance which demonstrates the effectiveness of our strategies.
Children who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work which can impact on confidence and self esteem.
The school attendance target that students should be aiming for is 95%.
From an academic perspective, government research shows that
It is important to let your child’s Progress Leader or Mr Huw Thomas of any attendance concerns.
Lateness = Lost Learning
(Figures below are calculated over a school year)
5 minutes late each day
10 minutes late each day
15 minutes late each day
20 minutes late each day
30 minutes late each day
3 days lost
6.5 days lost
10 days lost
13 days lost
19 days lost
Emotional Health & Wellbeing
Every member of staff is committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all our students and their families. As a school we are aware of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) on emotional health as well as the many life events which can be regarded as traumatic, all of which can be barriers to learning. At Ysgol Maesydderwen all staff use a trauma informed approach to their teaching with members of our Pastoral team being qualified Trauma Informed and Mental Health Practitioner’s. This means that they can provide specialist intervention for either small group’s or on an individual basis.
Where appropriate, they can also signpost for further specialist support eg CAMHs, counselling, etc.
How does the Trauma intervention work?
Behaviour for Learning
Behaviour for Learning is a structure that is used across the school to promote positive attitudes to learning. It is underpinned by the following principles:
ClassCharts is the IT system that we use to:
Both students and parents can access the ClassCharts app to check their own progress. Pupils can get their code from their Progress Leader or from Miss Jenkins.
Parents can contact the school if they require the code.
Pupils can receive a merit for:
Rewards assemblies are held each term which celebrate the progress a student has made through their merits, attendance and community help.
Inappropriate behaviour is also recorded on ClassCharts and can result in a negative comment. This can include:
Deliberate disregard of Covid safety protocols can result in an exclusion.
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*Correct prices on Price and Buckland website at time of print.
If you require access to the internet to order please ask at the school main office.
During inclement weather pupils should wear additional layers of suitable clothing underneath the compulsory items.
School Polo shirt, Sweatshirt, and PE Tops,
can be purchased from
Pethau Plant, 16 Station Road,
Ystradgynlais SA9 1NT
Telephone: 01639 849 111
Web address: www.pethauplant.com/product-
Above items are available from Pethau Plant
All of the school PE polo shirt and rugby jerseys can be purchased from Pethau Plant 16 Station Road, Ystradgynlais SA9 1NT -
Above items are available from Pethau Plant