General Information

Welcome – A word from the Head Teacher

We are very proud of over 400 years of education history in Llanrwst, from the grammar school to our current bilingual secondary school. It was wonderful to see so many former and future pupils visiting us during the recent National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst. I hope that you had a taste of the experiences, history and successes of the school. We are a naturally bilingual school with around 650 pupils aged 11 – 18. This includes 130 pupils in our vibrant 6th form. We believe that the school’s bilingual nature is one that responds to the linguistic needs of our pupils and provides a Welsh ethos, developing pupils’ skills and experiences in both Welsh and English.

The school is situated on a picturesque site in the Conwy Valley, a site that enhances learning. The school provides secondary education for pupils from Llanrwst and the whole of the Conwy Valley. We are proud of our close partnership with our 13 primary feeder schools which helps to secure a happy and smooth transition to secondary school. We hope to provide each pupil, whatever their ability and background, a feeling of self-worth and confidence. Our aim is to be a close, welcoming and inclusive community school, working with each pupil to help them achieve their potential. We believe in success for all, aiming to give each pupils support to succeed within the curriculum and through a range of varied extracurricular activities.

We aim to provide the best possible education to develop confident bilingual learners who have the independence and skills to succeed in the future. In order to achieve this, we offer a broad, appropriate and challenging curriculum. We are extremely proud of the successes of our pupils, academically, in areas of sports and creative arts, and in the world of work and academic study. We are confident that we provide the learning and enrichment experiences that pupils can reflect proudly on.

We look forward to welcoming you as prospective pupils and parents/carers to the school. We hope that this prospectus, supported by our website, gives you the information you need to make your decision about attending Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy – as a year 6 transition pupil, as a pupil moving to the local area, or as a prospective 6th former. We encourage you to visit the school to experience our welcoming atmosphere. Open evenings for year 5 and 6 and for the 6th form are held in October and January respectively. Further information can be found below and within each section of our website. If you have any further questions or wish to visit the school, please don’t hesitate in contacting us directly.

Elan Wyn Davies,
Headteacher

 

Attendance Policy - click here
Fixed Penalty Notices - click here
What if my child is absent, arrives late or is taken ill during the school day? - click here
Letter to parents re taking holidays during term time – Conwy LA - click here
Information for taking holidays during tem time – Conwy LA - click here

Our school uniform is changing for 2018 onwards. You can read more about the new school uniform, including our updated School Uniform Policy, Guidance on the school uniform and information about local suppliers in the following documents.

New School Uniform Letter - click here

2019-20 School Uniform Guidance - click here

2019-20 School Uniform 6th Form Guidance - click here

2018 School Uniform Policy - click here

Following the annual Categorisation process, we are very pleased with the continued recognition of our capacity as a school to continue to improve and raise standards whilst also supporting other schools. We continue to receive support as a yellow category school from GWE, our Regional Consortia. You can read more about the Categorisation process and the school’s performance through the following link. http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/School/6624035?lang=en

Our latest inspection report – January 2019 has been updated on Estyn’s website. You can read the report and download it through the following link:

Estyn’s website - click here

The school has no religious affiliation and religious education is provided in accordance with the Conwy agreed syllabus. If a parent objects to their child receiving religious instruction or attending the morning assembly on conscientious grounds, other suitable arrangements can be made.

Health and sex education is taught modularly through a series of lessons. The programme covers sex education, the importance of healthy eating, keeping fit and personal cleanliness. Other suitable arrangements can be made, if you as parents object to your child taking part in sex education lessons.

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy School Site:

The school is situated on a picturesque site on the outskirts of Llanrwst town. For over 12 years the school has been on one site. The site is managed to a high standard by a PFI company in an agreement with Conwy Authority. The company also manage and maintain the school's catering services.

 

On the site is a purpose built Leisure Centre available exclusively for school use during school hours and until 4.15pm during term time. A sports field and other purposeful areas, including an astroturf are available to encourage the use and enjoyment of the outdoor spaces around the school site. This is supplemented by a wide range of extracurricular activities held both at lunch time and after the school day, often run through local partnerships and by our senior pupils running sessions for our younger pupils.

 

We are also fortunate in our purpose built accommodation for subjects such as Music, Art, Drama, Science and Technology.


Digital Resources:
• An interactive whiteboard is located in each classroom.
• We have 5 purpose built ICT rooms in addition to trolleys accessible for all areas of learning. Recent investment in I-pads and other electronic resources complements these base resources. In addition a combination of lap tops and computers are available in the 6th form Study Room.
• A virtual learning platform (Moodle/HWB) is available for pupils to access their work and learning resources from anywhere both during the school day and to support self study and study at home.


E-safety:

  • All pupils use computer facilities including Internet access as an essential part of learning, as required by the National Curriculum. Both pupils and their parents/carers are asked to sign to show that the e-safety Rules have been understood and agreed.
  • The school and ‘Conwy Net’ will take all reasonable precautions (filtering software) to ensure that pupils cannot access inappropriate materials but this is a difficult task as new websites and proxy sites may bypass these precautions .

Use of photography and digital images of children:

  • The Data Protection Act 1998 affects our use of photography. This is because an image of a child is personal data for the purpose of the Act and it is a requirement that consent is obtained from the parent of a child or young person under the age of 18 years for any photographs or video recordings for purposes beyond the school’s core educational function. (e.g. school web sites, school productions). It is also important to ascertain the views of the child.
  • It is likely that there will be a number of occasions during a child’s time in educational activity when the school may wish to photograph or video a pupil.

Consent is sought when the pupil starts at the school to last for the duration of their stay. Parents/carers retain the right to withdraw consent at any stage, but they need to do so in writing.

For further details of our e-safety and Photographic Image policy - click here

Statement of Intent
Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy has a policy to adopt procedures for the health, safety and welfare of all persons within the workplace. The school will meet this goal by working in partnership with Conwy’s Corporate Health and Safety Section, Conwy Education Services, Education Enterprise, Sodexo, Governors, Staff, Parents and Pupils to provide effective support, advice, guidance and appropriate enforcement relating to health, safety and welfare issues.

Welsh Government – Free School Meals in Wales: Information for schools - click here

Please find attached a letter showing the new charge for school meals - click here

Maybe you could be eligible for Free School Meals. If you are eligible we urge you to claim because the more pupils on FSM within the school the greater the school’s budget allocation from the authority.

Also attached are forms that enable you to claim Free School Meals (FSM) - click here

The canteen uses a biometric cashless scheme. This allows Automatic free meal allocation with the pupil remaining anonymous.

Biometrics Overview - click here

Consent Form - click here

If your child has a food allergy – click here

Sodexo School Meals-Allergy Procedure - click here

Sodexo Food Allergy Request Form - click here

The school use the ParentPay online payments system - click here for more information

Daily menu - click here

The school celebrates the talents of our pupils as you will see from our annual magazine, Y Bont. As a member of NACE Cymru*, supporting and developing our pupils’ talents and ability is important to us. The school will do everything possible to give our pupils the opportunity to develop their special talent - be it an academic talent or a talent in a different area such as the arts or sport. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact the school.

www.nace.co.uk

If you would like to get in touch with the school about your child’s talents, please fill in the form.

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, in accordance with the requirements of the Welsh National Assembly Circular 03/2004, has established a procedure to consider general complaints. In compliance with the requirements of this circular, every complaint is taken seriously and treated impartially. Every
complaint is dealt with promptly and within a specific time.

All complaints should be referred to the Head in the first instance.

Complaints Policy and Procedure - click here