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Letter from the Headteacher

Monday 11th January 2021


Dear Parent/Carer


Happy New Year to you all. I sincerely hope that you have had an enjoyable Christmas break and that you and your families remain as safe and well as possible. Sadly a number of our school community have contracted Covid-19 recently, some of which are quite poorly and I am sure you will join with the YBC Family to wish them all get well wishes.


It was a very busy week in schools last week, with lots of changes from Welsh Government impacting on the provision in schools. However as per the letter from Mr Lindsay Harvey dated 05/01/2021 the position in Bridgend remains that Schools will remain open for children of critical workers (as determined by the local authority) and vulnerable learners.


The level of infection in Bridgend remains very high and as you are aware we have seen a high number of cases of coronavirus in Ysgol Bryn Castell in the Autumn term. Due to the high levels of infection which continue to circulate in the school, Ysgol Bryn Castell will continue to offer a distance learning package for all pupils as below.


Distance learning package


ASD Distance Learning Package 

  • Live classroom lesson daily on TEAMS
  • 1-1 and small group sessions for KS2/KS3 for basic skills on TEAMS
  • 1-1 and small group sessions for KS4 to complete coursework on TEAMS
  • Curriculum activities set on individual class TEAMS 
  • Daily contact through TEAMS, Class dojo, text message or phone call
  • Weekly celebration assembly on Friday
  • Music Therapy
  • Wellbeing drop-in sessions


KS2 and KS3 Distance Learning Package 

  • Daily drop-in session on TEAMS – times will be shared by your child’s pastoral team
  • Curriculum activities set on Teams and sent home weekly as a physical work pack
  • Daily contact with pupils via phone call, text message or class dojo
  • Music sessions
  • Weekly celebration assembly on Friday morning


14-19 Distance Learning Package 

  • Scheduled sessions delivered on TEAMS – times will be shared by your child’s pastoral team
  • Curriculum and qualification-based activities to be sent home (unless already received)
  • Daily contact through phone or text message
  • Curriculum activities set on TEAMS where work can be submitted 




During this period the school will continue to offer the following support:


Support offered


Work packs

Work Packs are available on request through daily contacts.

Online learning through;

User log-ins and passwords have been sent and can be requested through daily contacts.


NB Usernames and passwords are case sensitive

Daily communication with school staff

[Monday to Friday in term time during school hours for pupils not receiving any provision]

Daily communication with families via Teachers2Parents, Class Dojo, phone calls and/or e-mail

Telephone counselling offered by Mrs Joy Wilkins - School Counsellor

Telephone counselling to be offered to Pupils and Parents/Carers


NB Please request during daily communication if you would like to access this

Telephone support for behaviour and families in crisis

[Monday to Friday in term time during school hours]

Please call YBC on 01656 815595 and leave a message and we will get back to you asap to offer support


We recognise that this period of uncertainty can be very challenging and would continue to encourage Parents and Carers to develop some kind of routine so that your son/daughter has some structure during these very strange times. We also continue to recognise that placing high demands on pupils currently, could lead to conflict and challenging behaviour.

The school has unfortunately received notification today that Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has taken the decision to postpone all non-essential work for six weeks to support the considerable pressure that the health board is under. Therefore all school based immunisations which were arranged for January and February are to be postponed and rearranged for later on in the year.

I sincerely hope that all members of our school community who are currently unwell make a full recovery and that you and your family remain as safe and well as presently possible.

Thank you for your continued support


Mrs Helen Ridout