|LIFE IN SCHOOL
THE SCHOOL DAY
The school day starts at 8:55am and ends at 3:10pm. There are 5 lessons every day. Every school day starts with a 20 minute 'Personal Development' session, we call this PDP. During this time you will be with your form tutor. They will give you important information as well as completing a number of different activities during this time.
Once a week there is an assembly in the Prys Jones Theatre, Year 7 assemblies are on Fridays. You will go to your form class to register and then your form tutor will escort you to the assembly.
At Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan we reward learners for displaying the learning behaviour that we see as the most important. We have a reward system where learners receive points for:
WHAT TO EAT?
Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan is a Healthy School and learners are encouraged to make healthy choices.
School Meals are provided by Shire Catering who offer a wide range of high quality food for sale at breakfast, break and lunchtime.
Choices include a traditional counter (meat or vegetarian), a pasta bar, a salad bar, a deli bar, a selection of sandwiches.
During your first couple of weeks you will be escorted to the restaurant earlier than everyone else until you get used to it. As of April 2021, school dinner prices are £2.80.
The Quad is a Year 7 only area for use during break time and lunchtime. This is an area for you to hang out with your friends and to get to know others.
The Quad is staffed at all times so there is always a teacher around. There are a number of games and activities available for you to play with in the Quad (e.g, chess, badminton, softball).
Satchel One is a website and app that we use to set and record homework.
This is a really simple system to use. You can even send your teacher a message if you are unsure what to do.
You and your parents / guardians will be given a log-in to Satchel One during your first weeks at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan.
LEARNERS AS LEADERS
We want you to develop your skills so you can become and ethically informed citizen who plays an active role in society. There are a number of opportunities for you to be involved in, such as:
Access offers support to learners with Additional Learning Needs, through a range of interventions for:
Interventions are delivered in small groups by a strong team of staff to meet the needs of learners. Access is a welcoming environment and we offer a flexible approach in the support we offer to learners.
We also work alongside a number of outside agencies, to enhance the provision available to our learners. These include CAMHs, Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Educational Psychology.
In addition to interventions in Access, we have a dedicated team of Learning Support Assistants who work closely between the ALN department and their curriculum areas, to ensure the very best of support for learners in their lessons.
At the start of the day, we offer Nurture, where learners are welcomed with breakfast and given that extra bit of support to ensure a positive day ahead. At lunchtime we have dedicated LSAs in the restaurant to help learners, should they need it. In addition, at break and lunchtime learners are welcome to Access to socialise in a safe space. Learners routinely play games and engage in a range of activities.
We want learners to appreciate how valuable and rewarding reading can be and dedicated time is built into our curriculum for independent reading.
We believe that learning should be an exciting and enriching experience for all learners, and that learning continues beyond the classroom. We aim to create as many opportunities as possible for learners to extend their learning. Our programme of extra-curricular activities is called engage@emrys.
Some of you may have already been participating in some of the afterschool clubs as a taster of what there is in store. The timetable of clubs is updated every term, this will be displayed in all classrooms and on the engage@emrys section of the school website.