Welcome to Pontypridd High Transition Page
To enrol your child/children at Pontypridd High School:
Contact the RCT School Admissions Team on (01443) 744232
For further information, please contact the school on (01443) 486133
This section of the website aims to explain the transition process that year 6 pupils can expect. If you have any queries regarding your child joining Year 7 then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our transition programme ensures new pupils feel happy, settled and secure from their very first day at Pontypridd High School.
It is very important to us that we get to know pupils throughout year 5 and year 6. We invest time in our transition programme so pupils can experience high school with plenty of time to prepare. We spend time getting to know pupils as well as collecting all the relevant information from their primary schools so that we can ensure the best support is in place for them.
A Message from the Headteacher
A Message from the Pupils
Meet the Team
Our Transition Programme
We would normally be writing to parent and carers at this time to confirm final transition events, but this is more difficult this year because arrangements for a full return to school remain unclear. However, we are positive that one way or another we will be able to work through our transition programme. Please find some information below about what to expect over the next few months:
January 2021 - Applications received
January - July 2021 - Our dedicated team of transition staff will make contact with all primary schools to discuss matters relating to each child. This includes information that relates to individual wellbeing, teaching and learning and the important details that will ensure your child receives the right support both in and out of the classroom.
March 2021 - Year 6 Parent and Carer Meetings online - we plan to hold an online 'question and answer' session for parents and carers from each primary school. Details of this will be finalised and made available to you. Staff will be present to answer any questions you may have.
June 2021 - Year 6 Transition days. These are planned for Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th June but will be confirmed closer to the time.
An Introduction to English, Maths and Science
Additional Learning Needs
Your Questions Answered
A Virtual Tour of PHS
School Uniform and equipment
We expect all of our pupils to be smartly dressed at all times and feel our school uniform is a good way to show that you belong to our community. It is important because it sets a standard and shows you are proud to be part of our school.
Our school uniform is very simple:
Shoes - Plain black, flat shoes. No trainers.
Socks - Plain black or white. Black or natural tights may be worn if preferred.
Trousers/Skirt - Plain black in a suitably smart style. No jeans or types of denim. The skirt MUST be knee-length and acceptable to the school.
Shirt/Sweater - A white, short-sleeved polo shirt with a school badge. A black sweatshirt with a school badge, a black v-necked jumper with a school badge or a black waist-length cardigan with a school badge.
Top Coat - Dark plain, black fleeces, fleece-lined and waterproof jackets with the school badge are available. Hoody tops are not allowed. All topcoats must be removed in classrooms. Hats, caps and beanies are not to be worn inside the school building.
- Rugby shirt
- Polo shirt
- Training top
- Hooded tracksuit top
- Navy shorts/skirt
- Black/navy jogging bottoms
- Black/navy socks
Hooded tracksuit tops must have surname on the back and have the Pontypridd High School logo. Hoodies are not acceptable for all activities and not to be worn in school for other/non-PE lessons. No grey joggers are permitted. No jewellery to be worn during PE lessons.
Pupils will be expected to bring in PE kit even if excused and play some role within the lesson. Pupils not bringing in the correct kit will be placed in detention in the first instance. Further infringements will result in contact home.
Pupils are expected to be smart and well-groomed. Excessive make-up and jewellery are not acceptable. Make-up, if worn, must be discreet. No nail varnish. Hairs colour must natural colour. The only permissible items of jewellery are:
- One single fine chain necklace
- One ring
- Earrings (if worn, must be a stud or small sleeper in style, no more than one per ear)
School Uniform Allowance
If you are eligible for free school allowance, your child will automatically qualify for financial support towards the cost of uniform as below:
- Year 7 School Uniform Voucher of £150.00
- Year 7 Welsh Assembly Government School Uniform Cheque Payment of £50.00
- Year 10 School Uniform Voucher of £100.00
- Year 10 Welsh Assembly Government School Uniform Cheque Payment of £25.00
To find out if you are eligible for free school allowance, please phone Mr Nathan Griffiths on 01443 494 915 email: email@example.com
Most of our pupils travel to and from school by bus. If you come on the bus you must have a bus pass. If you don’t have one you will not be allowed on the bus. Arrangements are being made to ensure that you have your bus pass, ready for your first day.
To catch the bus in the morning, you must go to the nearest bus stop. Remember to get there in plenty of time. The bus then picks you up, and others along the route, before dropping you off at school.
The bus will drop you off in the main car park and will pick you up from the same place at the end of the day. Don’t worry about finding the right bus—it’s easy! Each bus has its own number in the front window and your bus number will match the number on your bus pass. There will also be plenty of staff in the car park at the end of the day to help you.
Below are our buses, their numbers, the first stop on their route and the time they leave that stop. Can you find yours?
For further information on free home to school transport including full routes and pick-up times please see: www.rctcbc.gov.uk/en/transportstreets/schooltransport
Sometimes you will forget your bus pass. If this happens go to Pupil Services either break or lunchtime where you can get a temporary bus pass so that you can get home.
If you have any questions regarding the school bus, please contact Mr Nathan Griffiths – firstname.lastname@example.org
To check your eligibility for free school transport, please email: email@example.com and include the following details:
- Address (including postcode)
- Name of School
- Child's name
For more details follow this link:
What if my child is not entitled to free school transport?
Some pupils are not entitled to free transport. Therefore, our school has arranged transport for pupils who live in Penycoedcae, The Graig, The Common and Trallwn. You must buy a bus pass for these buses every term. They are available from Pupil Services.
The cost of our paid for buses are currently £127.95 for the academic year. Alternatively, you can pay termly at £42.65. Please note that the seats are sold on a first come, first served basis each year.
Our paid for bus pick-ups and times are below:
Highlands - 8am
Danycoedcae - 8.02am
Graig General Store (opposite) - 8.04am
Rose and Crown Pub 8.05am
Junction off Common Road & Hospital Road - 8.05am
The Square - Trallwn - 8.10am
Royal Oak, Merthyr Road - 8.12am
Biometric System & Payments
We know that there are times when pupils will need to bring money or cheques into school with them and this can be a worrying thought for pupils and parents. Therefore, this week we would like to share some information with you on how pupils at Ponty High make payments for lunches, trips, stationery and more!
Buying food and drinks:
Pupils at Pontypridd High School use our voluntary Biometric Recognition System as a means of paying for their food and drink at all times of the day. The IMPACT Software we use allows the system to recognise each individual pupil by their fingerprint. Each pupil has an individual balance which records what they spend and what is topped up, where money is spent and on what food at any specific date and time of day. Pupils simply place their finger on a scanner at a point of sale; a display will show the server the pupil’s name, class and current balance held within the system. The selected food items are entered into the system from an itemised keyboard while the amount spent and the new balance shows on the display.
Currently, the only way to top up is by using the online payment system via RCT website. We will send details of this once you start with us in September 2021.
There is a limit of £5.00 that can be spent each day.
The system works exactly the same for all pupils whether they pay or have a free school meal. The amount allocated for the free school meal will be entered into the system daily and will be accessible at break-time and lunchtime.
There are many benefits to the Cashless System, such as:
· Discourages the use of school dinner money spending in shops outside of school grounds
· Alleviates many of the associated problems with the use of cash in school E.g. Loss or theft
· Specific food allergy ingredients can be barred automatically
· Automatic free meal allocation with the pupil remaining anonymous
· Detailed reports are available to analyse all aspects of the use of the system
Payments for School Trips and Visits:
Throughout a pupil’s time at Ponty High they will have the opportunity to join many different trips and visits, with most of these requiring a payment. We know that carrying money to school and being responsible for making payments can be a little daunting. This is one of the reasons that we have a dedicated area of the school known as Pupil Services. Pupil Services opens at 9am each day and is the place in which all pupils make payments for trips and visits. Pupil Services also stock stationery which can be purchased using cash.
We hope that this information was useful and if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the PHS Transition Team!
Free School Meals
The system works exactly the same for all pupils whether they pay or have a free school meal.
Pupils entitled to Free School Meals will automatically be allocated £2.80 each day on their Cashless System account. The money allocated will be accessible at break time and lunchtime.
However, any underspend or missed dinner will be identified by the system and will not be added to the next day’s balance. The free school allowance meal must be taken on the day it is issued.
Pupils can add extra cash to their balance by using the top-up terminals located in the Main Hall and Bytezone to enable a greater daily spend on the school dinner than allocated by their free school meal allowance.
There is no queueing to be issued with a ‘free meal’ ticket or ‘free meal register’ at the till point.
To find out if you are eligible for free school meal allowance, please phone 01443 425 002 or follow this link: