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MONTH: September
YEAR: 2014
Heads Up
In this issue:
 Coming up in October
 The new academic year
 Congratulations to our students
 Early News
 Term Dates
Coming up this month
Wednesday 24 September
Year 9
Parent Information Evening
6.00 p.m. Main Hall
Coming up in October
Wednesday 1 October
Main Hall ~ 7.00 p.m.
Come along to the
Wellbeing Marketplace
where you can access a wealth
of information from agencies
that provide advice and support
such as diet and nutrition,
exercise, safety as well as
mentoring, befriending and
much, much more – and it’s all
Refreshments available
(thanks to the PSFA)
For further information please
contact Mrs Powell on
02920 845120 or
[email protected]
Wednesday 15 October
Open Evening for Year 6
Sports Hall ~ 6.30 p.m.
Wednesday 15 October
Wednesday 22 October
Year 7
Parent Consultation Evening
Wales’ first team medal in the
Commonwealth games
(more on the back page…)
Welcome to the September edition of ‘Heads Up’
Attendance, Absence and Fines
All absences including illness, external exams,
During the summer holidays, there was much
reason to celebrate when students received their
There were many happy faces amongst students
collecting A level results on 14th August. 52% of
grades were A*A and 68% A*B, with the
overwhelming majority of students attaining grades
that gained them entry to their first choice university.
The GCSE results followed on 21st August with 80%
of students achieving at least five A*C grade passes
and 68% five A*C grades including English and
Maths. It was really encouraging to see that over
28% of all grades were at A*A. May I take this
opportunity to thank students and staff for their
dedication during 2013/14 academic year and to
parents and Governors for their support.
Car Park Safety
Several safety issues with the car and bus park
have been brought to our attention and we need
to pass these on, so that nobody using the school
site is at risk.
There are clearly marked areas for dropping
students off, pedestrian crossings, give-way,
parking spaces etc. Please use these
appropriately. At present pupils seem to be
dropped off anywhere which simply increases the
risk of an accident. It would help greatly if pupils
could walk onto the school site reducing the
number of moving vehicles and so hazards.
There have been several ‘near misses’ where
drivers having delivered their passenger(s)
proceed to drive away before checking it is clear
to do so.
Please do not drive into the staff car park or to the
entrance to the Admin block to drop off or wait for
your child. These areas are reserved for people
who have appointments at school and those with
other valid reasons.
If you are the parent of a ‘Sixth Form driver’ could
you please remind them they should drive at a
safe speed in the car park - racing in and sliding
sideways into a parking space impresses no-one
and will lead to a parking ban.
Thank you for your help and co-operation in this
matter ~ the safety of our pupils is paramount.
sporting activities, medical appointments or any
other reason for a pupil being late to school or
having to leave during the school day should be
notified to the Attendance clerk either by email to
[email protected] or telephone 02920 845121
leaving a message.
There is no minimum time off after being sick, a
pupil can return to school as soon as they feel well
enough. If however, they have the Norovirus, they
should remain at home for 48 hours after they
have stopped being sick.
If a pupil is late to school, or has to leave school at
any time during the day, they must sign in or out at
General Office (located next to Reception). We
must have received notification from a
parent/guardian before the pupil will be permitted
to leave. There are pages in pupil planners where
notes can be written and subsequently handed in.
I am sure you are aware of the recent press
coverage in relation to families being fined for
taking their children out of school during term time.
As a school we are very aware that pupils cannot
learn if they are not in school. We want to work
with families to ensure that pupil attendance
figures are high, along with their achievement. We
are aiming for an attendance figure of 96% for all
our pupils.
As from September if a pupil misses school for a
range of reasons a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)
will be issued. Reasons include unauthorised
holiday, truancy, lateness or unexplained absence.
Although we will always try to discuss issues with
families and work to resolve them, an automatic
FPN will be issued (by the Education Welfare
Service acting on behalf of the school) for holidays
taken in term time.
An FPN will mean a fine of £60.00 per pupil, per
parent. A family of four (two parents and two
children) could receive a maximum FPN of
£240.00. Families are given 28 days to pay or
court action will be taken. This could result in a
maximum £1000.00 fine, plus costs, and no
appeals process.
Please do not get into the situation where this
could happen to you. Ring and talk to the
Attendance Clerk, Mrs R Latchford or the
WellBeing Officer for your child’s Key Stage.
Our Wellbeing Officers … KS3 ~ Mrs C Powell … KS4 ~ Mr M Collins … KS5 ~ Mr P Palmer
Half-term holiday ~ Monday 27 to Friday 31 October
NATO Conference
Commonwealth Games Success
Congratulations to Raer Theaker and former
Radyr pupil Lizzie Beddoe, who secured Wales’
first team medal with a fabulous score of
160.095 to claim bronze in the Commonwealth
games in the summer. An amazing achievement
~ all the hard work has paid off for these girls.
As mentioned in the last edition, space did not
allow for reporting on our students’ sporting
successes but we are pleased to do so now.
Congratulations to...
A very proud moment for Alex Prance (13
Bevan) pictured here taking part in a once in a
lifetime opportunity as part of the Guard of
Honour for Nato in Cardiff Castle. An amazing
experience for Alex and all the Air Cadets who
took part.
Mock Council of the European Union
On Thursday 11 September our Head Boy
Ryan Bailey and Head Girl Emily Burnett
along with their deputies Zach Annette and
Molly Lancaster took part in the seventh
Mock Council of the European Union which
was hosted by the First Minister of Wales, the
Rt Hon Carwyn Jones.
Each of the schools and colleges that
participated represented one of the twentyeight Member States of the European Union
with one school representing the European
Our students had the
opportunity to debate with students from
these schools and vote on key issues
affecting the European Union. They were
also able to practice their debating and
diplomacy skills in the prestigious setting of
the National Assembly for Wales’ educational
debating chamber ‘Siambr Hywel’ in Cardiff
Bay and to conduct research on topical
All four students really enjoyed the event and
showed themselves to be excellent
ambassadors for Radyr Comprehensive with
a special mention at the end for their efforts.
The Wellbeing Team are working
alongside the Sixth Form to offer a
Learning Mentor Scheme for Year 7
pupils who may need extra support with
homework, organisation etc.
If your child is in Year 7 and you feel
they would benefit from having a mentor
to check in with on a weekly basis then
[email protected]
…the following girls who are County Champions
for U13 athletics in the following disciplines:
Issie Tustin 8N (110 & 200m), Nia Riley 8E
(1500m), Molly Greenman 8W (Shot Putt) and
Grace Morgan 8NE (Hurdle and Long Jump).
They were all outstanding in their performances
and we have high hope for them in their
sporting careers.
Grace Morgan is also a member of the Cardiff
Archers Competitive Athletics Squad, swims in
a performance squad for City of Cardiff
Swimming Club and is a competitive
cheerleader for Central Explosion, winning at
National level. At the end of last term Grace
held the School’s Year 7 long jump record and
the Cardiff & Vale County record for 70m
hurdles. Ranked number one in Wales for U13
70m hurdles and number 7 in the UK: her
current personal best is 0.01s off All time
ranking. Grace has UK rankings in 11 different
athletic disciplines and was gold, silver and
bronze medallist at the Welsh Regional
Championships in May … watch this space!
…Claire Taylor (13 Orwell) who represented
Wales U20 in the Home Countries International
Heptathlon in Manchester over the weekend of
30 August. A great achievement and we look
forward to hearing about her sporting success
throughout the year. Well done Claire.
…Annaliese Beynon 10NE who represented
Cardiff Swimming Club at the British National
Swimming Championships in Sheffield over the
summer. Annaliese also won the 50m freestyle
at the Welsh Championships with a time that
would have also won the U17 age group! A
great achievement ~ Well done Annaliese.
Dates for your diary
Early news
Thursday 11 December
Year 11
Options Evening
Looking further ahead
----German Trip
4 – 7 December 2014
For students taking German at GCSE
there is a trip to Cologne visiting the
Christmas Markets and Phantasialand
theme park.
----Wednesday 10 December
Christmas Celebration
----Friday 12 December
Christmas Jumper Day
in aid of Save the Children
INSET DAYS 2014/2015
Wednesday 15 October 2014
-----------------------------Friday 12 June 2015
-----------------------------Monday 15 June 2015
-----------------------------Monday 20 July 2015
Term Dates 2014 -2015
Autumn Term
Monday 27 to Friday 31 October
Last day of term
Friday 19 December
-----------------------------Spring Term
Monday 5 January 2015
…Jolie Ruckley (7S) who competed at the UK
School Games, representing Wales in
Gymnastics. Her team were placed second in
the team competition and Jolie came 4th in the
individual beam competition.
A fantastic
achievement ~ Well done Jolie!
Monday 16 to Friday 20 February
…Ryan James (12 Curie) who over the
summer whilst representing Welsh Schools’
Athletics Ryan won the British and Irish Schools
International in the 400m hurdles and a silver in
the 4x400m. He also won the Celtic Games
International and recently came second in the
national AAA Championships. Well done Ryan!
Summer Term
Monday 13 April 2015
Last day of term
Friday 27 March
Monday 25 to Friday 29 May
Last day of term ~ (INSET DAY)
Monday 20 July
The next edition of ‘Heads Up’ will be available to view on the website week beginning 20 October