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Letter to parents

Ysgol Bryn Castell

Bryncethin Campus

Abergarw Road



CF32 9NZ

Tel: 01656 815595

E-mail: head.ysgolbc@bridgend.gov.uk


Thursday 2nd April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to give you all an update at this challenging time. As some of you will be aware, Ysgol Bryn Castell has been offering a small hub provision for our most vulnerable pupils for the last 2 weeks and todate have supported 17 learners in total.

It should be recognised that none of that would be possible without the dedication and commitment of our truly amazing staff team; 26 staff have volunteered in our hub provision which has been supported by the Administrative, Premises and Senior Management Teams. Staff have also been working hard in the background to set up an online learning platform for pupils and have been keeping in regular contact with yourselves.

We recognise that this period of school closure can be very challenging and would encourage Parents and Carers to develop some kind of routine so that your son/daughter has some structure within this very strange time. However, we should also recognise that placing high demands on pupils at this time can lead to conflict and challenging behaviour. 

A simple routine might include;

Activity 1

Physical exercise e.g. PE with Joe Wicks


Activity 2

Mathletics and simple numeracy activities

Break time


Activity 3

Spellodrome and simple literacy activities 

Activity 4

Social time activities including watching television, playing on a tablet, reading a book or gaming



Activity 5

Purple mash online learning or work pack activities 


Over the Easter holidays, school staff will not be maintaining daily contact with Parents and Carers but access to online materials though Hwb, Purple mash, Spellodrome and Mathletics will be available alongside fun activities on our website. 

The school will continue to offer telephone support for behaviour and families in crisis from Monday to Friday (including bank holidays); please call 01656 815595 and leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

In a time of uncertainty it is important to look after one another and ourselves and as a school we encourage you to reach out and seek support if you are finding things difficult. 

Stay safe and best wishes,


Mrs Helen Ridout