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Update on schools opening on 2nd November

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Schools in Pembrokeshire will re-open after half-term on Monday,
2 nd November.

Primary schools, Portfield Special School and the Pembrokeshire
Learning Centre will be open to pupils of all ages.

Secondary schools will be open for children in Years 7 and 8.
Pupils who are sitting examinations in the week beginning 2 nd of
November must attend for the examination only.

Other pupils (those in Years 9 to 13) will continue their learning from
home for that week, supported by teaching staff. From Monday, 9 th
November, these pupils will also return to school.

The measures are in line with the Welsh Government’s firebreak
lockdown guidance.

Cllr Guy Woodham, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet
Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, gave a reassurance
that schools would be as safe as possible when pupils return.

“Half-term has been an opportunity to deep-clean school premises
and we will continue to have effective control measures in place,” he
said.

“The high number of children returning to school in September was
excellent and going forward we are doing everything we can to
minimise any disruption to their education.”

School transport routes in Pembrokeshire will run as normal from
Monday 2 nd November for primary pupils and Year 7 and 8 pupils.
School canteens will also be open as normal.

Parents of pupils in Years 9 to 13 who receive free school meals
(who will not be in school from 2-6 November) will receive funding
directly into their bank accounts from Pembrokeshire County Council
during the week commencing 2 nd November.

 Parents and carers should refer to their school’s website if they have
any queries. The Welsh Government has also issued guidance at:
https://gov.wales/schools-coronavirus-firebreak-guidance
https://gov.wales/keeping-learners-safe-education

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Ysgol y Preseli in Crymych named Welsh secondary school of the decade

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NEWS that Ysgol y Preseli in Crymych is the Sunday Times Welsh State Secondary School of the Decade has been welcomed by the local authority.

The school is named in Parent Power, the Sunday Times Schools Guide, which identifies the 2,000 highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their most recently published examination results.

The news will be published in The Sunday Times and online this Sunday, November 29th.

Nick Rodrigues, the deputy editor of Parent Power, said: “This bilingual school has risen around 300 places in our rankings since 2012 and now stands 186th overall. Last summer’s results were the best we had captured. The school is consistently moving in the right direction.

“Head teacher Michael Davies and deputy head Iola Phillips are both retiring this year which makes it especially poignant that Ysgol Y Preseli wins the Welsh State Secondary School of the Decade award. It marks the end of a fantastic era of dedication by two exemplary educators and is a fitting testament to their hard work.

“Under their leadership teachers have fostered productive working relationships with their pupils ensuring they are highly motivated.

“Officials noted during its last Estyn monitoring that ‘Ysgol y Preseli is an extremely homely community with an inclusive and caring Welsh ethos’ and emphasised teachers’ conscientious aim to support every pupil, making clear why this school is the perfect recipient for our Welsh State Secondary School of the Decade award.”

Cllr Guy Woodham, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I am absolutely delighted to hear that Ysgol Preseli has been awarded Welsh State Secondary School of the Decade.

“This is a fantastic achievement and recognises the hard work and dedication of the whole Preseli education community. It is particularly poignant and timely that this comes as the Head and Deputy Head retire. My thanks and congratulations to all who have contributed to this award.”

Head teacher Michael Davies said it was fantastic news for everyone associated with Ysgol Y Preseli.

“To be ranked the top Welsh State Secondary School of the Decade is an incredible achievement,” she said.

“This is the culmination of ten years of hard work and I would like to dedicate the award to all the team at Ysgol Y Preseli, governors, senior management, staff, pupils, parents and the Pembrokeshire community.”

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Partial closures for two schools due to staff absence

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TWO Pembrokeshire schools are partially closed today (Monday) due to staff absence.

At Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School (Pembroke), years 7-9 and Sixth Form should attend as normal but Years 10 and 11 are asked to learn from home. 

Please visit the school website for further information www.yht.wales  At Spittal VC School Class 2 (Reception, year 1 and year 2) is closed to all pupils for Monday.

Learning tasks will be posted through the usual system.

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Help shape new Pembroke library

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COUNTY residents are being asked to help shape the design and services on offer for a new library for Pembroke.

The new Pembroke Library will be part of the planned major redevelopment of the South Quay site in the town.

As well as the library, the development is proposed to include the Henry Tudor Visitor Centre, café, community rooms and garden.

Libraries now offer much more than books, offering a place to access computers, attend events, study and get information.

Pembrokeshire County Council is launching a survey to discover what is important to the local community to help inform the design of the library and shaping services available.

The survey is online at https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/ Print copies will be available from Pembroke and Pembroke Dock Libraries.

The survey is open to all adults in Pembrokeshire and respondents do not need to be members of the library.

It is hoped that many people from Pembroke and the surrounding areas in particular will get involved.

The closing date for responses will be Sunday, December 20, 2020.

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