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Headteacher: Mr P. Grimes

Tudor Street, Ystradgynlais, Swansea, SA9 1AP

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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) - Mrs Kirsten Johns
Progress Leader for Middle School (Years 9 and 10) - Mrs Caryl Jones
Progress Leader for Year 11 - Mr James Lewis
Progress Leader for Sixth Form and Assistant Headteacher - Mr J Taffurelli.

Pastoral Support Assistants:
Mr Huw Thomas
Mrs Emma Piddington
Mr Sean Harvey
Mr J Muzil


Daily check-ins are an important part of the pastoral care that we offer and are part of the Trauma Informed Schools approach that we follow. Each Form Tutor will check-in with all children during morning registration. Progress Leaders or Pastoral Support Assistants will follow up with any children who may need further support. Additionally, some children have targeted daily check-ins with a named member of staff to support them in school.

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. ​

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