Ysgol Y Ddraig – Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQ is being developed as an outcome of…

  • Our Joint School Council meeting
  • School Councillors have begun collecting questions
  • Staff meeting
  • Mr Golding visiting classes

How big will our playgrounds be?

During the building phase those at the LLanilltud Fawr Site will have temporary playground spaces made by the builders and those at the Eagleswell site will have full use of the extensive grounds. In our new school each Foundation phase class will have it’s own outdoor area, we will have several hard playground areas, an enclosed football/basketball court, timber trails, open green and planted areas. In addition to all this we will have access to the Llantwit Learning Community facilities that are available across the whole site.

Will we have more PE equipment?

Firstly, we need to find out what we already have. After this we need to work with the children to investigate what we would like and then we can start planning what equipment we need to get.

What colour will the classrooms be?

We don’t know yet but will make sure they are bright and stimulating learning environments. 

Can we have after school and breakfast clubs?

Yes. We will have both breakfast and after-school clubs during the build and wen we move into our new building. 

Will the school dinners be nice?

Yes. It is important that Mr Golding keeps working with the School Council so that they can discuss the things they would like to change, develop and improve. This doesn’t necessarily need to be about school dinners but is important for lots of aspects of our new school.  

Can we have a rugby team? Where will we play?

Definitely. We can train in our own playgrounds, use the LLC pitches when available and hopefully attend tournaments at other schools and sites too. 

Will there be a First Aid person?

Yes. There are a number of adults who are currently trained in First Aid and Mr Golding would also like to ensure that children have opportunities to be involved in appropriate First Aid training themselves too.

Will we still see our friends?

Yes. Even if you are not with all your friends in your new class you will have many opportunities to meet up with them during the day. This may includes breaks, lunch, group activities, joint class learning, clubs and trips. 

How many children in each class?

We will have a no more than 30 children in each class. This means we have space for 60 in each year group.

Will we have teachers we haven’t met before?

Yes and no. Yes you could have teachers that you may not have met yet but there will be chances to meet your new teacher and get to know them a little better during this Summer term, before you move classes for September. 

Will the way we are taught change?

Many of the ways you learn already will be the same and I am sure that there will also be some new and exciting activities and ways of learning ahead. 

Can we have new computers?

Yes. We don’t know what they will be yet but we will be looking to develop technology in our new school. We won’t have a computer suite but every class will have access to technology so that it can be integrated into all of your learning.

Will the year groups be mixed up?

Yes. We will be mixing the children from both schools into new classes. We will try our very best to ensure that you have a balance of old friends in your new class as well as those who will become your new friends.

Will we have more Art equipment?

Yes. It is important that we give all children the right resources and opportunities to be creative (not just in Art but in Music, Dance and other art forms too) and learn both thought creativity and learn about creativity. There is a new curriculum being developed for Wales and it looks very likely that it will have a large focus on learning with and through ‘The Arts’. 

Please keep following our FAQ as it will be added to when new questions arise. Diolch.

Our Joint School Council & their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Both school councils have recently met as a joint School Council to look at the changes ahead, share their ideas about transition into our new school and collect any questions about next year and beyond. the activities we divided into smaller mixed groups. The first activity involved us mind-mapping and discussing key words and phrases that sprang to mind when we thought about the new school and the changes we faced. There were lots of interesting conversations during the mind-mapping and some of those discussed include: – 

  • Changes
  • Nervous
  • Excited
  • Emotion
  • Independence
  • Uniting
  • Appearances
  • Joining
  • New Friends
  • Old Friends
  • Teachers
  • Rules

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FullSizeRender-7For the third and final task was an opportunity for the groups to come up with ideas that they thought would help us get to know each other and ensure that we work together both before and once we are in our new school. These ideas were: – 

  • Joint sports activities
  • Cake Sale
  • BBQ
  • Trips
  • Discos
  • Art Festival
  • Performing plays
  • Skyping
  • Meeting new teachers and children
  • Joint playtimes
  • Fun-days
  • Writing pen portraits for future classmates

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The next steps were to go back to school and collect questions from children and adults so that we can add them to our FAQ page.  

Ysgol Y DDraig – 2015/16

It is the decision of the Governing Body and the Headteacher that from September 2015 the school will organised as:

  •  Foundation Phase at the Eagleswell site
  •  Key Stage 2 at the Llanilltud Fawr site

As an outcome of feedback and discussions with parents we have decided that we will continue with the existing Nursery provision at both sites. In some cases existing parents may want to move their child to the alternative Nursery site in order to help with their family arrangements. In the first instance, moving location is an option for parents currently on roll and then on a priority and capacity basis for new admissions from September. As you will understand there is a vast amount of organising that needs to be put in place for September and there is a maximum capacity in each of the Nursery settings, as such we would very much appreciate it if you could contact Mr Golding (ysgolyddraig@gmail.com) with your requests to switch Nursery sites before Friday 8th May and we will make every effort to accommodate

There will be a staggered start times between the two sites and we are currently working out the exact timings to ensure that it is as convenient as possible for parents who will have children at both sites. We are also looking at the most suitable way to provide transport for children and between the sites. This will enable parents to drop off and collect children conveniently at one of our sites regardless of which Key Stage they are in.

All of the staff are extremely supportive and determined to ensure our new school has the very best start in September in order for us to provide an excellent education for all of the children in our care.

We would like to thank everyone for their comments, questions and ideas on the process so far and are all looking forward to the next steps in our journey.

We will share the specific timings of the school day, wrap around care and transport options very soon. We would like to thank all parents for their comments and for sharing their concerns throughout this process

Workshops – Monday 20th April – Bethel Baptist Church Hall

We are currently exploring a number of options for the organisation of Ysgol Y Ddraig from September. We believe it is important that we consider the very best ways in which we can provide the best learning experiences, integrate the children, the staff and begin to build the culture and vision of our new school from the outset.

We are all aware of the many logistical challenges that we face for September 2015 and we would like to work with parents to try to reach the best possible solution to these challenges. We will hold a Parent Forum on 20th April with two opportunities to attend – one at 4 p.m. and another at 6 p.m. – Bethel Baptist Church Hall. There will be workshop groups to discuss ways forward on the following topics:

  1. Start / Finish times
  2. Wrap around care
  3. Transport
  4. Communication
  5. Transition

All parents are invited and welcome to attend. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute and help us develop the best solutions and ways forward for everyone.