It is an absolute privilege to work and lead a forward thinking, dedicated and professional team with hard-working and receptive pupils. We are highly motivated, positive and enthusiastic. We aim to provide an environment that is warm and welcoming to all, but with clear and well understood boundaries. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing.” – Pele
As Pastoral Leader for Year 7, I strive to be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody. Through strong teacher–pupil relationships, I will endeavour to enhance the personal and social development of pupils and promote their well-being. The Year 7 Team are determined to ensure that our pupils are prepared to look forward to what lies ahead to ensure they become confident individuals ready to live fulfilling lives as valued members of society. There is a closeness between Pastoral and Teaching staff that works really well, and we keep the child at the centre of it all.
Children can require support for a variety of reasons: bereavement, parental separation, domestic abuse, poverty, caring responsibilities, a toxic home life – the school keeps abreast of pupils’ lives and any problems with meticulous records. No child in need goes unsupported. We cater for a whole range of emotional needs, and that wide range makes our school more special. During their time with us, our students are given every opportunity to learn the value of teamwork as part of a caring community and to have the highest of aspirations as they grow to become independent, confident, well-balanced young people.
Hello. My name is Katie Hewitt and I have been teaching at CCYD for 8 years with experience across all secondary age phases. My principle subject area is English and I am passionate about our young learners in terms of how I can support them to be the best that they can be personally, socially and academically. Even before I finally qualified as a secondary teacher I developed a strong desire to pursue a role in the pastoral care of young people; to support, nurture and help them to recognise their potential and to be successful. I draw on my own experiences as a young person navigating adolescence to offer advice and guidance to those under my care. I know that some young people can find daily life a bit of a struggle and it is in my role as Head of Year that I can extend guidance and support inside and outside the classroom to ensure that they will ultimately thrive. Support and guidance is always tailored to the needs of the individual and this can be about relieving the pressure some young people place upon themselves. As a pastoral leader I am committed to care for all learners under my wing and I will always strive to nurture their potential in a consistent and constant way. My aim is to make a positive difference to the lives of young people in my care. To nurture them to become resilient, independent and confident contributors in their adult lives. To meet any and all challenges life may present with self-assurance in their knowledge and abilities. I firmly believe that when a young person enjoys positive wellbeing they will flourish and be receptive to learning. Part of my role is to ensure that all young people are empowered to flourish.
Having qualified as a maths teacher in 2001, and becoming a progress leader only one year later, I love my job and pastoral care is very close to my heart. I am a mother of twins and have always taken on the mantra that all the pupils in my year group are also my children.
Within my role as progress leader I take time getting to know each individual child, which means they are always supported in a matter that is specific and their needs. My primary focus is the wellbeing of pupils and therefore I give 100% when supporting them. The approach I adopt in my role is to be fair but firm. I wholeheartedly support the pupils in their academic progress and work closely with departments to ensure that each pupil has what they need to succeed.
Resilience is a huge key to success. I always explain to pupils that throughout our lives we will encounter setbacks and what makes us better and stronger is coming back from them. Resilience is an essential skill that all pupils need to learn and success will follow. I am passionate about dancing and I have performed in many shows at Porthcawl Pavilion doing Street, Tap, Ballroom and Latin routines. I am always very interested in hearing what my pupils do in their spare time. One of my favourite songs is “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey because it is important to believe in yourself in order to succeed. All Staff at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen will always believe in you to help you reach your full potential.
“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
― Nelson Mandela
This is the year! You started school back in 2008 (ish) and 12 years later all that learning is put into a pot that produces your qualifications. I hope that you all realise that it is down to you.
All your teachers will help. We’ll give up our breaks and lunchtimes. We’ll be there after school in clubs. We’ll prepare your lessons – mark your work – give advice and guidance. But it is all down to you. Your work, your efforts, your personal drive for your personal success.
Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.
Lou Holtz – A tremendously successful College Football coach (Notre Dame)
I have been teaching a long time now – over 25 years – and I know that some of you will work your socks off … and achieve. I also know that some of you will do as little as you think you can get away with …. And not achieve.
I am here to help, to advise, to cajole, to encourage, to moan at you if needs be, to be here to listen, to dry your tears and share your joys. My door is always open and you all know where to find me (FA 24 and along the English corridor).
We will work together (YOU, your parents, your tutors, our SLT, your teachers) to prepare you for the stresses and strains of the year. We will prepare you for the next step which for many is out into the big wide world. Some of you will head off to college – Bridgend, Pencoed, YBC. Some of you will apply for apprenticeships or even go straight into the world of work. Hopefully most will stay on in school in our fantastic 6th form.
Whatever your pathway, this year, together, we can make sure that your qualifications are full and complete and that you perform at the highest level you can. I will do all I can to help you achieve what you deserve.
My son goes to Heronsbridge school. Their moto is ‘Together We Can’. Ours is ‘Taking Pride’. Join both these ideas and we can make sure that together, through hard work and enterprise, through taking pride in all that we do – You will succeed.
CCYD aspires to empower our community to be collaborative, resilient and reflective individuals who have the self-confidence to embrace challenge.
I take that to heart. As should you …
The Sixth Form is the start of a new educational pathway. It is through choice, hard work and a strong desire to succeed that learners have made it into CCYD’s Sixth Form. As the Head of Sixth I welcome Year 12’s on their new journey after completing their GCSE examinations and also leading Year 13’s into their final year of secondary education.
During Year 12’s A/S year all learners will be supported, advised, encouraged and motivated to embrace the enormous leap from GCSE to A/S level. It is always a challenging time and one that needs careful transition and support throughout the year. All learners will undoubtedly receive this from me.
Year 13’s starting in September are hopefully, sitting on the A/S results they need for the future and strongly heading into the A2 year. It is a time for making important decisions in terms of a possible UCAS application, apprenticeship or the world of work. Every learner will have one to one time to discuss options, courses and advice given if needed. It can be a daunting and stressful time but rest assured, I will be here supporting you all the way.
Also supporting the sixth form learners we have a dedicated team of 7 Form Tutors across year 12 and year 13, who will also endeavour to support and encourage you through your sixth form experiences.
“There should be no boundaries to human endeavour. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.”
This is the time to stride into adulthood, embrace fresh challenges and succeed! We will find joy in the journey. We are all in this together.
I have worked in CCYD for almost five years and love working as part of the Pastoral Team supporting and nurturing pupils in school. No two days are ever the same and the school is so full of energy there is never a dull moment.
During the Summer Term, as part of our Transition Programme, I have the opportunity to visit our cluster primary schools to get to know every child in year 6. I feel so privileged to be able to support our new pupils in their transition journey and provide a familiar face on their first day.
Hello, My name is Paula Struthers and I am a Pupil Support Officer, I have worked at Ynysawdre and CCYD for 15 years, I have 4 children all who attended the schools. I live in the catchment area of the school so some parents will already know me, I like to pride myself on confidentiality. I have previously worked in the attendance department so understand professionally and personally when children have difficulties in attending school, we can always work something out. This is still part of my role and I love to see happy pupils as this means happy parents and happy pupils will also thrive and work hard. I work as part of a team for KS3 pupils (Years 7-9), I work alongside Mrs Kelly James and Mrs Clare Jarvis and together we support the pastoral leaders, we try to go above and beyond to help, nothing is to much for us and we tell upset or frightened pupils that we will have heard their worries before and can help solve them. I am passionate about our learners and treat them all on an individual basis depending on their needs, queries or worries. We are also here for any parent questions or worries however small or trivial you may think it is, we would rather you speak to us than worry.
My name is Kelly James and I have been working at Coleg CymunedolY Dderwen since 2012, supporting our pupils both academically and emotionally. I am passionate about our pupils and strive to provide a safe learning environment for all children to be able to take pride in their education. As part of my role as a Pupil Support Officer I currently support our KS3 pupils (years 7-9) and try to transmit some of my principles to our pupils. Some of these principles include strong communication and interpersonal skills, a non-judging approach and self-motivation and initiative. Another one of my key principles is team work and I am also fortunate to work alongside Mrs Paula Struthers and Mrs Clare Jarvis, to form the KS3 Pupil Support Team and together we place the pupils at the heart of everything we do. We work meticulously with and support the Pastoral Leaders, teachers and other staff within the school. Our roles start by getting to know each child while they are in Year 6, so by the time they start at CCYD in Year 7 we know them as an individual to provide them with the support that is tailored to their specific needs. Nothing is too much of a challenge for us! We have seen and heard it all! The KS3 team are also here to provide support for parents/carers as well as pupils. Sending your child to secondary school can be just as agonising for parents as it is pupils, so please contact us if you have any questions or worries no matter how minor you think they are. By the time the pupils move into the KS4 part of their education we would have provided them with the necessary skills to undertake their GCSE’s and achieve their very best in those exams. Knowing that you are part of a child’s educational journey is one of great honour.
“Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.”
My name is Judith Davies and my title is ‘Pupil Support Officer’. I have worked in CCYD and previously Ynysawdre Comprehensive School for 16 years plus and I have previously covered roles such as Cover Officer, Exams Officer, Wellbeing and Behaviour. I currently work to support the pupils and school systems in year 10 and 11 in pastoral care. This is done in conjunction with my colleague Angharad Rowlands and the Heads of Year 10 and 11. We are based in the Pastoral Office within the school and would be first point of contact for pupils and parents to discuss any issues or concerns, or to ask any questions. There are many ways in which we can support and we are able to combine many options to offer a tailor made package for each individual pupil, depending on the requirements needed in each case. Also, I am involved in running the Tackle Education Project in conjunction with Chris Dicomidis (CCYD Rugby Hub Officer) and the Ospreys Community Officers Dorian Evans and Nick White, who visit the school on a weekly basis.