School Carol Service
This year Christmas Carol Service will be held in the school’s main hall on Tuesday 10th December, the service will start at 18:30 and should finish around 20:00, refreshments will be provided after the service. All are welcome.
Big Pit visit
A group of over 40 Year9 pupils visited the National Coal Museum at Big Pit, Blaenavon on 18th November 2013. The group went 90 metres underground and toured the workings and tunnels of the former mine that closed in 1980.
Following the underground tour Ceri Thompson, the museum curator, gave a talk to the pupils about the World-wide importance of the Coal Industry in South Wales and how the industry has shaped the lives of all of us who live in places like the Cynon Valley.
The group then visited the Pit Head Bath Galleries and the Mining Galleries where an audio-visual display showed how the miners blasted and cut coal whilst underground.
Many of the children were visibly struck by how difficult and dangerous life was for our forefathers who worked in such conditions. In class the following day Connor Hayman of Year 9 asked ‘Can we go again Sir? ‘
Outstanding Teacher Programme
Three members of staff, including Miss Davies (Geography), Miss Cook (English) and Mr Mason (Science) are participating in the Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP). The aim of the OTP is to further improve teaching and learning standards throughout the school through the sharing of good practice and the establishment of a coaching culture amongst teaching staff.
All three teachers have attended several courses at Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen, where they have had the opportunity to work with teachers from other schools to share good teaching ideas.
The school has introduced IRIS Connect technologies which will allow the OTP team to film themselves using innovative teaching techniques. This new technology will allow the OTP team to coach other members of staff in the use of these teaching techniques.
Jessicca Davies current Year 12, and Amy-Beth Evans who has now left the school to attend college were appointed as Gold Ambassadors for RCT last week.
Previously the girls were Silver Ambassadors for the school and Sports Leaders. Jess was actually Sports Captain last year.
This is a great achievement for not only the school but the Cynon Valley, the girls will be supporting Sport RCT, Sport Wales and their school and college to try and get more young people ‘ Hooked on Sport’ for life.
2013 GCSE exam results now in top 20% of welsh schools. Congratulations to our brilliant pupils and outstanding staff.
Record GCSE/Level 2 Results
There were smiles all round at Mountain Ash this morning as the school achieved it’s best ever results.
- 90% of students achieved the level 1 threshold
- 80% achieved the level 2 threshold
- 44% achieved the level 2 threshold including English and Maths
- 61% of students passed English
- 49% passed Maths
- 79% passed Science
- 70 students achieved the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification
- No pupil left school without a recognised qualification
Headteacher Huw Lloyd said
“ These are a landmark set of results for our school. The maths results are up by 17%, the English A*-C results are up by 5% and the Science A*-C results are up by 5%. The level 2 plus English and Maths is up by a full 12%. It is also worth noting that 70 students achieved the full Welsh Baccalaureate qualification which is a first for the school. Attendance rates are also up by over 5% over a 4 year period. I am confident that these results and the rate of improvement will propel us in to Band 1. It is fully deserved. Everybody has pulled together over the past few years: pupils, staff, parents, governors and indeed the whole community. What pleases me most is that this years results contain 25% more As and A* than ever before. It shows clearly that expectations have been raised and this can only bode well for the future. Results were so good that HTV decided to broadcast live from the school and 5 pupils opened their results live on air.
Some results are worth a mention
Shannon Barter 1A* 5A 1C and 3B and the welsh Baccalaureate
Gemma Bush 3A* 5A 1B and 1C and the Welsh Baccalaureate
Victoria Campbell 2A* 4A 2B and 2C and the Welsh Baccalaureate
Daniel Evans 2A* 3A 3B 2C and the Welsh Baccalaureate
Rebekah Hawkins 8A* 1A 1C and the Welsh Baccalaureate
Thomas Landeg 4A* 1A 2B 2C and the Welsh Baccalaureate
Justyna Majer 2A* 3A 3B
Corey Meade 4A 3B 1C and the Welsh Baccalaureate
Abigail ODriscoll 2A* 2A 1C and the Welsh Baccalaureate
Natasha Taylor 3A* 4A 1C and the Welsh Baccalaureate
Lewis Bowen 1A* 3A 2C and the Welsh Baccalaureate
My heartfelt congratulations go to all of our students and their parents and guardians. It really has been an outstanding summer of results at A level and GCSE, and I look forward to seeing as many pupils as possible back in the Sixth Form
Headteacher Huw Lloyd was delighted with the school’s A level and AS results. “These are the strongest results that the school has had and I’m delighted for our pupils, parents and staff. There was a 100% pass rate at A level with 80% of the grades being at C and above . A further 70% of the cohort gained at least one A grade which is testimony to the dedication of our pupils and to the skill and commitment of our superb teachers. I was particularly pleased that 20 students gained A grades in the Welsh Baccalaureate. This is a first for the school and we are all thrilled that this valuable qualification is now a successful part of the curriculum at Mountain Ash. There were some remarkable performances, and particular credit must go to the following pupils:
Keely Simmons – 3As. Keely has won a place at the University of Surrey to study a 4 years masters in Psychology
Sarah Taylor – 3As and 1B. Sarah has gained a place at Bath Spa University to study Creative Writing.
Beth Willis – Gained an incredible 500 UCAS points!!. Beth has won a place at UWIC to study Sports Science
Jamie Nash – 2As , 1B and 1C . Jamie has gained a place at Swansea University to Study Geography
Rebecca Jones – 1A, 2Bs. Rebecca has gained a place at Nottingham University to study Theology
Ian Hodges – 1A and 2 Bs – Ian has gained a place at the University of South Wales to study Areonotical Engineering
Molly Probert – Gained 3 distinctions in her sport studies and will go on to study sport at Durham University
Holly Burford – 2As and 1 B – Holly will go on to study Nursing at the University of South Wales
These results reflect that the school is going from strength to strength and a total of 60 pupils will leave Mountain Ash for University, training or employment. We wish them all and their families the very best of luck for the future.
Merlin Sports will be setting up a shop at the school from 10am until 12pm on Tuesday 23rd July, Tuesday 30th July and Tuesday 20th August 2013 for those people who are unable to get to their premises in Treforest.
Annual Governors report to parents
A copy of this report is available to download Annual Governors’ Report 2013: There are also printed versions available, just ask your child to pick up a printed copy from the school office.