At Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen we understand that the move to secondary school can be stressful for parents and learners alike.  We do all we can to reassure and support learners, whilst helping them to understand and respond to new challenges and opportunities. We work in close collaboration with our partner primary schools which includes the active involvement of our teachers alongside our Primary colleagues to ensure a smooth transition.

Please find below the Transition Team, from here you can view key members of the team, read information and email them directly.


We have had over 200 of our new learners interacting in a ‘virtual’ transition Google Classroom for the last 3 weeks. We have been amazed at some of the work being produced and now look forward to welcoming them all in September.
Tracey Wellington
Gareth Pope
Deputy Headteacher
Jennifer Williams
Assistant Headteacher
Nina Ellis
Assistant ALNCo
Clare Jarvis
Transition LSO
Gemma Pinches
Transition & Progression Co-Ordinator
Paula Struthers
Pupil Support Officer
Kelly James
Pupil Support Officer
Andrea Stockton
Year 7 Pastoral Leader

I am one of the Assistant Head teachers in school, and my main areas of responsibility are safeguarding and co-ordinating support for those learners who need it.  This means that I look out for the safety of all of the learners in the school and also manage Student Support.  My office is based in ground floor B Block (GB5) .

At some point during your school life you may need to access some extra help from Student support, such as extra reading, Maths ,revision skills,  counselling, ELSA  or even physiotherapy, and along with Mrs Ellis, we would organise this.  We have a large staff of caring and highly experienced staff in my department; who will all do their best to support you and encourage you all to take an active role in school life. 

I have lots of communication with parents and other professionals and we all work together to ensure that all learners in the school get the help they need to become independent and capable learners. 

You may also find me at the dinner queue where I am on duty every break and lunchtime- so if you have any issues with lunch, such as forgetting your dinner card, or not having any credit, there are always staff to help sort out the problem.

I teach English in school, and really enjoy reading novels with my classes. 

In my spare time, I spend a lot of time watching my own teenage sons playing sport, and I love rugby and get to watch games as much as possible. 

I am really looking forward to welcoming you all to CCYD and watching you all develop and learn.  We are really friendly and supportive and you are going to have a great time, making new friends, learning new skills and developing your independence.

As Assistant ALNCo my role is to ensure all learners with additional learning needs are supported to overcome barriers to learning and achieve their full potential. Working under the ALNCo and with a fantastic team of support staff we ensure that all pupils receive a broad and balanced education, suitable for their needs, developing their life skills and supporting their well being. The ALN department can be found in B block and this is also where my classroom can be found. A large part of my role is managing and teaching within the Moderate Learning Difficulties provision. From transition through to post sixteen options; along with pupils, parents, carers, teachers, support staff and all associated agencies we work as a team to ensure the needs of every individual is met. I am the specialist teacher for English and Maths, although I am pretty good at ICT as this was something I taught for many years. I enjoy reading, gardening and baking. I also enjoy watching films and love marvel and star wars; I particularly like Chewbacca. Two of my favourite places are Disney World and Tenby as I enjoy the warm weather and being at the sea-side.

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.

As your link between primary and secondary school it is my responsibility to empower you to be a collaborative, resilient and reflective member of our CCYD community. Our school ethos is ‘Taking Pride’, This is what we do and what we encourage our learners and staff to do within our school, believing that if we do that, then pride in all the other things will follow.  I am really looking forward to meeting you all as you embark on your new journey with us and following your journey throughout CCYD.

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.”

Brian Tracy

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.