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National Reading and Numeracy Tests, 2018.

Dear Parent/ Carer,

I am writing to inform you that your son/daughter will be sitting National Reading and Numeracy tests later this month; this is a statutory requirement for all pupils in Wales. These assessments will take place in school under examination conditions. Currently, all pupils are preparing for these assessments with sample materials being used in lessons. Assessment dates are in the attached document.

Letter to parents re Reading Num tests 2018

Food and Nutrition Practical Exam

For all the pupils that took the option of Food and Nutrition, yesterday mark the day of their practical examination.

Each pupil had to research food intolerances and allergies and then select 3 dishes plus accompaniments that were suitable for their chosen food intolerance/allergy. The pupils made every element of each dish from scratch by themselves including bread (leavened and unleavened), pasta, noodles, etc.

I think you will agree from the photos taken of the pupils’ hard work, that they have really out done themselves and shown what a talented group of pupils we have.

Congratulations to everyone involved and a big thank you to Mrs. Philips and Mrs. Poulton-Rogers who support the children throughout the day.



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Scholars Programme 2017-18

We are very proud of our Year 8 and 9 pupils who have successfully completed the Scholars Programme this term.  We began with a launch day in Cardiff University last October and finished last week by celebrating their achievements in a Graduation event at Bristol University.  The 9 pupils completed a 2000 word assignment about whether medical companies should be allowed to fund medical campaigns.  This was an amazing experience for all involved and all deserve praise for their efforts and achievements.


Bursary Awards Celebration at NPTC Group of Colleges

12.01.18 - NPTC Group of Colleges Bursary Awards
12.01.18 – NPTC Group of Colleges Bursary Awards

Three Sets of Twins Shine at College Bursary and Scholarship Awards


It was a family affair for three sets of twins who were amongst students at NPTC Group of Colleges receiving bursaries and scholarships for their achievements.

For the last twelve years, the College has awarded bursaries of £1,500 to the new intake of students from partner comprehensive schools who achieved the best results in their GCSEs. Scholarships are also awarded to help students of exceptional sporting or creative ability to develop their talents to their fullest potential whilst maintaining their academic studies. This year’s recipients were joined by the new College Ambassadors who also received a bursary at a ceremony held at the Nidum Theatre, Neath College.

This year, there were three sets of twins who were amongst those celebrating. Twins Lowri and Ffion Beynon, 16, from Dŵr-y-Felin Comprehensive School, received bursaries for their exam successes, whilst twins, Kelsey and Seren Hughes, 16, also from Dŵr-y-Felin, were recognised for their sporting excellence. The third set of twins, Hollie and Maisie Noon, 16, who previously attended Dyffryn Comprehensive School also proved that sporting genes run in the family with their sister Emily Noon, 17, also receiving a Sport and Cultural bursary. Hollie was also recognised with a Sporting Excellence award for her achievements in Netball; she was recently selected in the British Colleges’ netball squad for the forthcoming internationals.

Hollie commented: “I suppose you could say we come from a competitive family. My dad played professional rugby for 10 years and internationally for Scotland. He tried to get us all to follow in his footsteps but when we found netball we knew this was the sport for us, we just love to play and love the game. Emily, our eldest sister, has been playing netball for the College for four years and is now captain. In our first year of College, my twin sister Maisie and I made it into the first team and have been lucky enough to win these bursaries.” The high performing students from NPTC Group were presented with a certificate and bursary funding to encourage them to develop their skills, and hopefully follow the likes of former students including Dan Baker, Ashley Beck, Duncan Jones, James Hook, Chelsea Lewis, Joe Allen, Hayley Tullett, and Steve Balsamo.

NPTC Group of Colleges’ Vice Principal of Academic Services, Judith Williams, was on hand to award the students with their bursaries and said that the money had helped previous students who had gone on to degree level and beyond.

Judith said: “The students receiving bursaries today are the best of the best. We are delighted to reward them for their outstanding achievements. Some of our past winners have gone on to study at some of the top universities in the country.

“This is the 12th successive year the College has achieved over 99 per cent pass rate at A Level. We are very proud of our exam and vocational qualification results and want to recognise our students’ capabilities and achievements.”

This year, around 50 youngsters from NPTC Group of Colleges received awards and congratulations go to the following:

Bursary Award Winners – For GCSE Success


Birchgrove: Kiera Seacombe

Cefn Hengoed: Mitchell Mainwaring

Pentrehafod: Kamila Jaworska

Cefn Saeson: Elma Parel; Kate Williams

Cwmtawe: Sophie Hawkins

Cymer Afan: Daria Day

Dŵr-y-Felin: Rachel Penney; Nia Adey Jones; Connor John Rees Doyle; Charlotte McNab; Lowri Beynon; Ffion Beynon

Dyffryn: Rosie Jones; Catrin Needs; Aaron Rogers; Jacob Tully

Llangatwg: Ffion Davies; Ffion Hart; Cameron Williams

Ysgol Bae Baglan: Si Wai; Freya Kinsey; Lauren Wilkins


Sporting Excellence Scholarships – For Regional or National Honours

Llanhari Comprehensive: Dewi Cross

Pencoed Comprehensive: Tom Sly

Dŵr-y-Felin: Rhys Thomas; Kelsey Hughes; Seren Hughes

Llangatwg: Bradley Roderick

Ystalyfera: Dillon Caulfield

Dyffryn: Hollie Noon



Vocational Excellence Scholarships

Gwernyfed High: Anthony Andrew

Birchgrove: Courtney Chenard

Newtown High: Sam Morris; Eleanor Cochrane

Llanidloes High: Kira Jade Newey

Dŵr-y-Felin: Emma Mellin


Sport and Cultural Scholarships – Supporting Talent with Potential  

Brecon High: Corey Evans

Dŵr-y-Felin: Olivia Evans; Ryan Thomas; Sophie Williams

Sandfields: Sean Hanbury

Cwmtawe: Isabel Hendry; Carys Mainwaring

Brecon High: Jack Jones

Dyffryn: Emily Noon; Maisie Noon; Meghan Thomas; Kayla Mary Millon

Cefn Saeson: Abigail Owen


Ambassadors: Jenna Howells; Mathew Davies; Katie Maria Manchipp; Samuel Parkman; Robyn Price; David Thomas Evans Vaughan; Lewis Carter; Shaunna Gerrard; Zoe Mardon

Tomas Wood; Aaron Jones