Dyffryn Conwy Catchment Area Primary Schools
Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy: Preparing for Curriculum for Wales 2022
Recently, a film crew from Welsh Government visited the school to gather the views of pupils, staff, governors and one of our Cluster Primary Heads on our journey towards Curriculum for Wales. You can learn more through the following link to the Curriculum for Wales BLOG - click here (only available in Welsh)
Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Cluster Schools:
The school provides education for a large geographical area in the rural Conwy Valley. In year 7 our pupils transition from 14 local primary schools. The primary schools in our partnership are:
- Ysgol Bro Gwydir
- Ysgol Llanddoged
- Ysgol Capel Garmon
- Ysgol Ysbyty Ifan
- Ysgol Betws-y-Coed
- Ysgol Dolwyddelan
- Ysgol Penmachno
- Ysgol Pentrefoelas
- Ysgol Cerrigydrudion
- Ysgol Bro Cernyw
- Ysgol Eglwysbach
- Ysgol Glan Conwy
- Ysgol Dyffryn yr Enfys
Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Catchment Area Transition Plan KS2-3 2019/2020 - click here (only available in Welsh..)
Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Catchment Area Transition Plan KS2-3 2018/2019 - click here
Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Catchment Area Transition Plan KS2-3 2017/2018 - click here
This year we are working in partnership with our primary cluster schools on projects relating to the new curriculum for Wales. Below is information about two of those projects:
Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy leading the way with: ‘Let’s Think in English’
As part of our work as a Pioneer School for Languages, Literacy and Communication for Curriculum for Wales we are working on an exciting project with King’s College London. The aim of the project is to develop pupils’ critical thinking skills through oracy and literature. The feedback from our pupils has been excellent. You may have heard some of them, and members of staff discussing the project on ‘Radio Cymru’.
We have now begun on the second part of the project working with our primary feeder schools to develop ‘Let’s Think’ with years 5 abd 6 too. We are delighted to be the first school and now cluster in Wales to develop the project. Our aim is to bridge the teaching and learning strategies used into Welsh and MFL lessons as well as within Literacy Learning across the curriculum.
Global Futures Languages Project:
Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy is working with our Cluster Primaries and GWE to develop a Languages prosiect in the Primary as part of the national Global Futures Strategy. This is what Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education had to say about the project:
“Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy is working collaboratively with a cluster of primary schools in their catchment area on a common project. The aim of the project is to develop a common language scheme (primary-secondary) in preparation for the Language, Literacy and Communication Area of Learning and Experience coming in the new curriculum. The objectives are to develop and plan effective learning experiences for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, which will support language learning (focus on identity, developing language to communicate, knowledge of grammar and cross-linguistic skills).”
For more information - click here
Education Minister’s Visit to Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy:
On Thursday the 7th of March, Kirsty Williams visited Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy to meet with cluster heads and our Business Managers team supported by the Small and Rural Schools Grant. During the visit, the Minister learnt about our school to school collaboration around the grant and Curriculum for Wales work. She met with Cluster Heads, Meinir Jones, Karen Lloyd Owen and Nia Jones-Artell; Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy’s Business Manager, Mrs Delyth Williams and the Cluster Business Managers, Tracey Owens, Einir Jones and Sian Owen.
We were delighted that the Minister could visit the school to learn about the impact of the grant in supporting Head Teachers and governing bodies with the business management of school, particularly at times where finance has been challenging. The scheme has seen many benefits including the benefits of joint procurement, scrutiny of School Level Agreements with the local authority and other agencies, and the benefits of releasing Head Teachers in small schools to focus on teaching and learning priorities. The additional benefit has been in closer school to school collaboration, an essential part of cluster working towards national priorities such as Curriculum for Wales and the ALN Transformation Agenda. We are delighted that funding will be available for the next two financial years to support this project.
During the visit Kirsty Williams also met our Head pupils, Jake and Efa, and Evan Burgess, Aberconwy representative for the National Youth Parliament. The pupils spoke about their subjects and future ambitions, Evan also questioned the Minister about topical issues such as school funding.
Dyffryn Conwy Cluster Business Managers:
As part of a pilot model funded through a 'Small and Rural Schools' grant from Welsh Government, the cluster schools for Dyffryn Conwy and partner small and rural schools have been fortunate to appoint 3 primary Business Managers for the cluster. The primary Business Managers are facilitated through a partnership with Dyffryn Conwy Secondary School's Business Manager and a network of Primary Heads. The cluster has already proven successful in releasing cluster heads from some of the administrative work to focus on teaching and learning. The team have expertise in finance, health and safety and aspects of personnel management. The project is evaluated on a termly basis and the current model is due to run until the end of April 2019.