YEAR 11 RETURNING TO THE SCHOOL SITE - MONDAY, 23 APRIL
You are now aware that the pupils will return to the school site on Monday. The first phase of programme of repairs to make the school site safe will be completed by this weekend and it will be safe for everyone to return. Thorough risk assessments have been completed to ensure this.
From Monday onwards the work of re-roofing most of the school will start. The aim is for the work to be completed by the end of the summer holidays. During this period, contractors will work closely with the school to ensure that the work does not impede with the school's activities.
The work will be completed by each block in turn making the upper floor rooms of that particular block unavailable temporarily. As a result, the lessons in those rooms will be relocated within the school or at times to the Old Library/Youth Club in Harlech. To this end, pupils will be transported in a shuttle bus. Pupils will only be re-located at the Old Library/Youth Club for part of the day and will always return to school for lunch. The provision of free meals will come to an end now that we are back at school.
During this first period, only Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils will be using the Old Library/Youth Club.
When National Tests for Years 7 to 9 and GCSE and Vocational examinations take place no repair work will take place that could disturb the pupils.
I am aware of everyone’s concern of the potential impact on the performance of Year 11 pupils in the external examinations. We have prioritized the provision for pupils during this period and extending the school day for two hours a day has certainly helped to make up for some of the time lost.
The response of Year 11 pupils to this has been very mature and as a result we have decided to continue with the practice and hold revision sessions at the end of the day. We will offer at least two sessions per subject before the exams. I am very grateful once again for the teachers to agree to do this work and trust pupils attendance will be 100% in these sessions. The exact timing of each subject session will depend on the date of the examination in each subject. All revision sessions will take place at the school.
Here is the timetable for the first two weeks.
|Monday, 23 April||The Welsh Baccalaureate (every pupil)|
|Tuesday, 24 April||Physical Education, Art, Music|
|Wednesday, 25 April||Construction, Product Design, Geography, French and History|
|Thursday, 26 April||Science|
|Monday, 30 April||French and Product Design|
|Tuesday, 1 May||Music|
|Wednesday, 2 May||Welsh Language and Welsh Literature|
|Thursday, 3 May||Mathematics|
In addition, a special practice session for Drama pupils will take place on Saturday, 28 April between 1030 and 1415 to prepare for the practical exam that takes place on 3 May.
The following Practical and Oral Examinations will take place over the next fortnight.
|Monday, 30 April||Physical Education and Art(changed from the original date to allow sufficient preparation time)|
|Tuesday, 1 May||Art|
|Wednesday, 2 May||French (those pupils also studying Art will have a different period for Art)|
|Thursday, 3 May||Drama|
I wish to thank the teachers who have succeeded in conducting lessons under difficult conditions and for the pupils for their co-operation and positive response. I also thank you as parents for your patience and understanding during this challenging period. Finally, many thanks to Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor for providing us with a temporary home and their willingness to provide specialized facilities.
Together, a situation that initially appeared to be catastrophic, was overcome.