Well done Sam!
Written by Michelle Taylor (5x60 Officer)   
Monday, 30 September 2013 10:19

Pen Y Fan walkTen pupils from year 7 and two from year 8 took part in a walk to the top of Pen-y-Fan (the highest mountain in South Wales- at 886m). The weather was fine and we climbed above the clouds. Well done to all those who took part. Lewis Jones, William Brooks, Jack Sinclair, Lucas Lidster, Rhys Howells, Cara and Abby Watkins, Kyle Moses, Liam Hooper and Samuel Nicholls. The two pupils from year 8 were Kyle Thomas and Travis Bedgood. 77 pupils have enjoyed at least one walk in the Brecon Beacons since the project started in May.
Sam needs a special mention. As we left the car park he looked at the climb ahead and a worried look spread across his face. Sam felt sure that he would not be able to make it to the top; it looked so far and steep. So, well done Sam, you made it!
Mr Axe  (Outdoor Pursuits) & Michelle Taylor (5x60 Officer)

Awards Ceremony 2013
Written by Debra Davies   
Friday, 27 September 2013 05:53
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Pontypridd High School held it's annual Awards Ceremony last night which was filled with proud moments for students, staff, parents and guests. It certainly reflected what has been another incredible year with outstanding results, all achieved through hard work and commitment.
Thank you to our guest speaker Mr Phil Raybould former Head Teacher and Mr Chris Bradshaw Director of Education for coming along and to everyone who helped to make the evening so special.
Welcome Head Boy and Head Girl
Written by Debra Davies   
Friday, 20 September 2013 10:12

DSC 0505DSC 0504Pontypridd High School would like to welcome Scott Jenkins and Emily Pardoe to their new roles as Head Boy and Head Girl.

This is a very privileged position to hold within the school as they will be role models to each student and will take charge of many important activities including leading the School Council.

Good luck for the year ahead.

GCSE Results 2013
Written by Huw Cripps   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 11:36
DSC 0232I am delighted that our Year 11 pupils have achieved such excellent results, the best ever. All pupils completing exams in School have gained qualifications and our 63% A* to C is the highest ever achieved as are the overall grades at A* to C in English, Maths and Science. The % of A* and A grades awarded this year also more than doubled which is all a fantastic reflection on the commitment of pupils and the excellent support each member of staff has provided.
We have high expectations for our pupils and it is to their credit that they have responded so positively. Our congratulations to everyone, in particular to Liam Richards, Chloe Davies, Daniella Isingrini, Euan Pearce and Emily Jackson who all gained over 10 A* and A grades each. Also to Lowri Jenkins, Elinor Thomas, Sean Moses, Sarah Newton, Sean Morgan-Brewer, Sophie Powell, Gabriella Kubicka and Callum Beasley who all achieved fantastic grades. 
Chair of Governors, Mr Peter James was very pleased with the continued improvement in GCSE results and would like to congratulate each pupil and member of staff for all their effort and hard work in making this such a successful year.
We look forward to welcoming back everyone to our Sixth Form in September. Thank you to those pupils who are leaving to take up a place in College or to start a new job. Our best wishes for a successful future beyond Pontypridd High.
Following similar success in our A Level results this is hugely encouraging for the new school year ahead. Well done everyone!
Introducing our new apprentices
Written by Mrs Samuel-Jones   
Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:36

bikeWe are delighted to introduce you to our 2 successful Bike repair and maintenance Apprentices here at Pontypridd High School. Jordan Gay Year 10 and Elliot Turner Year 11 are pictured here with Rob Edwards who will be mentoring the boys at the RHYS CYCLE Bike Centre as they work towards achieving their OCN qualification in Bike Maintenance and Repair. The boys went through a formal and practical interview and are thrilled to be given the opportunity to pursue their interest in this practical area of the curriculum. None of this would have been possible without the support of Nigel Wheeler, RCT’s Service Director of Streetcare. His kind support has helped to fund the scheme. Jordan and Elliot would both like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Wheeler for his support and are excited to be given this responsibility and face the challenges ahead. Well done boys! We know you’ll do us proud!

Year 8 Puzzle Thinking Day
Written by Mrs Finney   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 08:11

puzzle1On Thursday 18th July all of Year 8 pupils took part in a puzzle thinking day in school where they had the opportunity to work together to solve puzzles strategically. The aim of the day was to raise our pupils’ own expectations of what they can achieve.

The challenge day provided pupils with an alternate learning environment. Out went the traditional classroom equipment such as whiteboards, pens, pencils and paper and in come wobbly icebergs and penguins, marble roller coasters and clock building!

Pupils were required to work as a team and each team needed to work together to carefully develop strategies in order to find a solution. The challenge day taught the pupils how to persevere, put their own skills to better use as part of a team and overcome difficulties by approaching problems from different perspectives.

Skills that were developed on the day included: • independent learning skills, • effective team building skills, • communication skills, (pupils listening to other pupils and taking into account what other pupils have said and consider it), • strategic thinking, • problem solving, • pupil confidence.

A Level results 2013
Written by Huw Cripps   
Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:59
DSC 0218I would like to congratulate each of our students who have achieved success and contributed to many excellent ‘A’ level results. I am delighted that 31% of all grades achieved were awarded an A* or A grade and that over half of the students successfully completed 4 or more A Levels, including the Welsh Baccalaureate. The overall pass rate of 95% at A* to E reflects positively on the overall effort and commitment of those students who were successful in completing each course.
Our Welsh Baccalaureate results are also very pleasing with every student entered gaining the Core Certificate and over 90% achieving the full Advanced Diploma.
Particular credit to Joely Hickman, Ryan Finnegan, Leanne Rutter, Gemma Berrett, Trudi Lloyd-Jones and Nathan Williams. In addition, Onoush and Emil Azarian, Amy Cartlidge, Sarah Davies, Reece Fenwick, Bethan Hopkins, Ellis John, Jessica Rushby and Leticia Williams who all achieved at least 2 A* or A  grades amongst their 4 passes.
The success we have achieved as a School reflects the commitment from all students and staff and the support of each family. We thank those students who are leaving us for their contribution to our School and wish them well as they move on to new challenges beyond Pontypridd High.
Mr Peter James, Chair of Governors, expressed his delight at what has been achieved and congratulates all of the students on their results in addition to thanking staff for their continued hard work and the level of support that ensures Pontypridd High School continues to provide a very successful Sixth Form provision.
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