• " The school achieved GCSE results in the top 25% of similar schools in 2017 and 2018."
  • "In lessons and around the school, many pupils are courteous and polite. They engage well in their learning and work suitably in groups and pairs. " - Estyn 2018
  • " High standards of teaching from staff and excellent learning from students, alongside the proactive encouragement of parents, have all contributed to the school's recent success. " - IQM Inspection 2018
  • " In 2018 the school was awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark Award - Centre of Excellence for the second time. This reflects the school's commitment to including all learners. "
  • " The school has a successful Sixth Form in which learners are achieving results in the top 25% of schools in Wales. "
  • " I just wanted to say a huge thanks to your wonderful staff for all the support they have provided for my son and myself over his first year at high school. " - Year Seven Parent - July 2018
  • " The extra curricular activities that are offered via the Engage@Emrys programme are the best in the area. " Year Seven Parent - July 2018







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Back to School - Information to help you decide leaflet


Response to FAQs on the Wider Reopening of School (from June 29th 2020)

Below are responses to the questions raised in the survey completed by parents.  If you do have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the school via info@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk

Please read the leaflet 'Information to help you decide' (link above) which gives further details of our plans.

The purpose of learners returning to school is to support their wellbeing by providing them with contact with other young people and their teachers.  We will also be supporting them in terms of ensuring that they can continue with their learning from home.  They will not be receiving individual lessons for every subject however, they will be receiving very valuable input on the work they have completed so far and support on how to continue to complete their work in their subjects moving forwards.  I can assure you we will be maximising the use of this valuable time with each young person.

L. Cummins


    How can my child enrol in the Sixth Form?

It is our plan that we set up appointments for every learner in Y11 to discuss their upcoming GCSE/Vocational results and their next steps beyond Y11. Learners may be invited into school in small groups on a set date to work with key members of staff who will support them.

Learners who want to apply for sixth form can do so by contacting the school on info@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk and can also apply on results day in August.  There is a lot of information on the website to support Year 11 at this time.

    Do Year 11 and Year 13 need to come back to school?

There is no need for learners in these year groups to return to school.  We will share with them the information required for results day as soon as possible.

    How will learners be grouped?

Learners will be in small groups of no more than 10.  This will initially be based on splitting each tutor group into two or three groups.  We are doing this as learners will be very familiar with the other young people in their tutor group and it will give them the opportunity to socialise with other young people they are familiar with.

    Will work continue to be set until the school holidays?

School will continue to set work up until the beginning of the summer holidays.

    How often will my child be in school ?

On our current planning it is for one day a week.  We will review this as time progresses.  They will be full days to support transport requirements and to make sure learners get a meaningful experience.  We are going to try and keep the same day for each Year group in each week.

Currently our plans are

                Year 12 – Monday

                Year 10 – Tuesday

                Year 9 – Wednesday

                Year 8 – Thursday

                Year 7 - Friday

    Will the school bus still be running?

The school buses will be running however, there will be very limited capacity.  School buses will only be available for children where there is no other way of them getting to school.  All learners should be brought to school by car or walk wherever possible.

Learners walking to school must be reminded to do so whilst socially distancing.

    Starting and finishing times

Learners will be able to access school between 8.45am and 9.15am and we will finish school between 2.50pm and 3.10pm. 

This will mean that all learners are not arriving and leaving the site at the same time.  We will be working with school transport on these times.  

    Do learners need to wear uniform?

No.  We do not expect learners to wear uniform.  It is optional.

    How many children will be in a classroom

The learners will be in groups of 10 or less.

All our classrooms have been set up to support social distancing for all learners.  Each classroom has a sign indicating the maximum number of children that can be in each room.

    Should my child attend if someone at home is shielding or clinically vulnerable?

The decision to send your child to schools is entirely a parents / carers decision.  In the instance above we would understand you making the decision not to send your child to school.

    What about lunchtime?

Learners will have their lunches in the classroom or outside, depending on the weather.  They will be able to bring their own lunches into school or order a packed lunch from school.  If your child is receiving free school meals you must provide them with a lunch or buy a lunch from school as you will be in receipt of a direct payment into your back account.

There will be no cash payments so WisePay must be used.  Food will be delivered to classrooms by the school staff to avoid learners moving around the school unnecessarily.  Learners will be able to select from a limited menu each morning.

    What about break times?

We will be having staggered break times.  As the schools will only have one year group in school on each day and each year group will be in three separate zones we can create staggered break times.  We feel it is important for learners to be able to socialise as this is what many of them have missed during the lock down.  This time will be supervised by staff and we will be supporting social distancing and hand washing on entry to the building. 

    What precautions are the schools taking to make sure learners are safe?

The school will follow all the guidelines from public Health Wales and the Minister for Education in respect of the health and safety of everyone in the school. This will include handwashing, use of hand sanitiser and social distancing.

Learners will have a daily briefing to remind them of the ways to keep themselves and others safe.

Any learners who want to wear a face mask will, of course, be able to do so but this is not currently a requirement in Wales.

    How will learners enter the school?

Learners will be allocated a specific entrance point to the school. They will be met by a senior member of staff or a member of the Pastoral Team, and will be asked questions so that we can establish that they and everyone in their family are well.

Learners will be reminded of the requirements to keep themselves and others safe as they enter the building.

    Will I be informed if someone shows symptoms of COVID-19?

If anyone who has been in school becomes ill, other learners will be contacted through the Test, Trace and Protect scheme by Public Health Wales.

    Will my child have PE lessons?

There will be no formal PE lessons delivered with any practical element at this time.  This will be continually reviewed based on current Health advice.

    How will my child’s attendance be recorded?

Attendance is not compulsory at this time.  Attendance at school will only be followed up if we were expecting the learner in school and the parent has not contacted us to say that they are unable to attend.

    Will emergency childcare for Key Worker children continue during the summer holidays?

Summer holiday childcare provision will be available through the Local Authority, rather than by the school.

We will add to this as additional questions are raised.  Please continue to work with us to ensure that we provide the very best for each young person in our school.