2017 Advanced Level Results

August 18, 2017

Aberdare Community School is delighted to announce their third set of A Level results and would like to congratulate all of the pupils and staff for their hard work and commitment.  A fantastic 96% of Year 13 pupils secured level 3 qualifications. The percentage of pupils achieving A*-C was 65%, with the vast majority of pupils achieving what they need for their first choice universities.  This is a fantastic achievement. 

Top performances came from the following individuals:

  • Jasmine Ashley (1A*, 2A, 2B and B in Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate): Law at Aberystwyth University
  • Ellie Thomas (3A & 1B): Biomedical Sciences at Bristol University
  • Owen Williams (3A*): Seeking employment
  • Rosa Brown (A, B, B and C in Welsh Baccalaureate): Art Foundation Course at Coleg Y Cymoedd
  • Rhys Carter (A, B, B): Pharmacy at Portsmouth University
  • Caitlin Evans (A, B, B): Philosophy at Birmingham University
  • Jordan Evans (3 x A*): Strength & Conditioning at University of South Wales
  • Ayesha Hameed (2A* & 1A): Business Management at Cardiff University
  • Jaryd Jones (3 x A*): Football Coaching at University of Buckinghamshire
  • Connor Mackey (1A*, 1B, 1C and a C in Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate): Business Management at Swansea University
  • Lucy Phillips (1 x A, B, C): French & Italian at Bristol University

We are also proud of the following nine pupils who have attained unconditional offers for the following courses at University:

  • Jasmine Ashley (1A*, 2A, 2B and B in Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate): Law at Aberystwyth University.
  • Lucy Bishop: Physical Geography at Aberystwyth University. Has also been awarded a scholarship by the university.
  • Joshua Blakemore (1A, 2B): Football Coaching and Performance at University of South Wales
  • Ceri Brooks: Acting at University of Wales Trinity St David, Carmarthen
  • Joseff Cox (3B and passed the legacy Welsh Baccalaureate): Animation at Cardiff Metropolitan
  • Ffion Davies (1A and 2 C): Politics and International Relations at Liverpool Hope University
  • Natasha Harris (3B & 1C and a C in Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate): Natural Sciences at University of East Anglia
  • Lewis Howell (2B & 1C): Geography at Aberystwyth University. Has also been awarded a scholarship by the university.
  • Owain Walters (1 x B, C, D and passed the legacy Welsh Baccalaureate): Space Science and Robotics Aberystwyth University


Additionally, at A/S level in Year 12 the following pupils have highly achieved in their first year of ‘A’ level study and we will anticipate further success with these pupils in the year ahead:

  • Rebecca Adams: 3As
  • Megan Cox: 1 x A, B, C
  • Luke Evans: 1A, 2Bs
  • Dylan Lucas: 2As, 1B
  • Weili Pan: 5As
  • Sam Rossi: 3Bs
  • Sian Russell: 4As
  • Joshua Swift: 2As & 1C
  • Kyle Thomson: 2As, 1B, 1C
  • Owen Waghorn: 1A, 2Bs, 1C
  • Megan Williams: 1 x A, B, C

Headteacher, Mr Mark Powell, said, ‘This is a proud day for everybody associated with Aberdare Community School.  These students have worked hard at their subjects and have produced grades which will set them in good stead for their adult lives, whether that be in Higher Education or the workplace.  They have proven to be a credit to themselves, their school and their families and I wish them all the very best for the future.  I am confident that our AS students will build on these successes also and produce outstanding A Level results next summer.’

A-Level Results Day

August 17, 2017

The very best of luck to everyone collecting their exam results today. We are open from 9am to hand out results and to give any advice you may need regarding your future. We are proud of each and every one of you for all that you have accomplished. #HardWorkPaysOff

National Reading and Numeracy Tests Results 2017

July 21, 2017

Dear Parent/Carer,
National Reading and Numeracy Tests were undertaken in May. These tests are administered annually by the Welsh Government. The national tests give every school in Wales the same information on reading and numeracy skills for all their learners. The tests are not a replacement for other types of assessment used in school across the whole curriculum. The results from the tests add to the information that schools and teachers already have about achievement in reading and numeracy from their work with learners every day in the classroom.

The National Reading Test consists of a number of passages followed by short, closed response and multiple choice type questions. The National Numeracy Test is split into two sections. One section assesses knowledge of numerical procedures such as the four number operations, equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages and work on area and volume. The other, the reasoning test, assesses learners’ ability to apply this knowledge to everyday problems.

As part of the national reading and numeracy testing programme, the test outcomes for individual learners are provided to parents/carers in the form of a Pupil Results Sheet. The Pupil Results Sheet includes notes that will explain the presentation of results. You may also find it useful to refer to the Welsh Government’s Reading and numeracy tests in Wales. Information for parents is available online at: http://learning.gov.wales/…/reading-and-numeracy-tests-in…/…

There is also a link on the school website to a useful video which explains the Pupil Results in more detail. 
The link is: http://learning.gov.wales/r…/browse-all/animated-explainer/…

Yours Sincerely
Mr A Davies
Assistant Headteacher

Operation Orange Bellatrix

July 21, 2017

Dear Parent, 
I am writing to you to request your support for ‘Operation Orange Bellatrix’ which will be running during the summer holidays in the Cynon Valley area.
Traditionally, during the summer period we see an increase in anti-social behaviour such as disorderly conduct driven by youths’ misuse of alcohol and drugs and this is of great concern for our local communities.

To address this, we will be working with partners in the British Transport Police, Rhondda Cynon Taff council and the Cwm Taf Youth Offending Service to target such behaviour in the Aberdare town centre and outlying areas.  

It is the priority of officers to ensure that everybody that comes to the town centre has a safe and enjoyable time.  Officers will take positive action when dealing with those that cause anti- social behaviour, those involved in drug and alcohol abuse or those deemed vulnerable. 

British Transport police will support us by having a presence on the local rail network to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour and provide hi visibility reassurance patrols. 

The purpose of Operation Orange Bellatrix is to prevent young person’s coming to harm through alcohol & drug misuse and involvement in Anti-Social Behaviour.  

I would be grateful if I could rely upon your support during the summer period, working with us to ensure young persons’ safety.  If you have any concerns regarding alcohol abuse, drug misuse or information which may assist my officers feel free to give me a call on 01685 724212. 

Sgt 3418 Mike Rudall.
Deputy Local Policing Inspector

Message from Headteacher Mr Powell

July 18, 2017

Hello again
The school year draws to a close and plans are already far advanced in preparation for the academic year 2017-18. Teachers have had their timetables, form tutor teams have been finalised and pupil setting arrangements are close to completion. Upon returning in September our pupils and students will see a few changes to our lesson structures, banding arrangements, the way we track progress and how we manage behaviour. There will also be, of course, a slight amendment to the school day. We are confident that these changes will help evolve the school into becoming what we know it can be: one of the best value-added schools in Wales.
Last week we held our school Eisteddfod with Years 7&8. The pupils fully embraced the opportunity to celebrate our Welsh culture through music, dance and literature and many were awarded certificates in recognition of their efforts and talents. They all deserve to feel really proud of their participation but I would like to particularly note the achievements of the following pupils:
Year 7
Katie Edmunds – Winner of Chairing of the Bard, Individual Vocal Performance and Blue Riband Musician of the Eisteddfod.
Grace Rees-Whippey – Winner of Instrumental Performance
Year 8
Joel Awad – Blue Riband Musician of the Eisteddfod
Katie Morgan – Instrumental Performance
Sophia Harvey – Vocal Performance
Katie Morgan – Chairing of the Bard
I would like to thank my colleagues in the Welsh, Performing Arts, Music, English, Art and D&T departments for their work in preparation, performance and display. It was also lovely to meet with the parents and grandparents who joined us for the evening performance. Please look out in the future for this annual event.
We have been delighted to welcome our local primary school Year 5 pupils into the school recently. They have enjoyed a full days’ worth of activities based around the theme of Welshness which has included Welsh language work, art, drama and music. We have all been incredibly impressed with the way that these pupils have conducted themselves around the school; they have been a credit to their families, their primary schools and, of course, to themselves.
Linked to that last paragraph, I have continued to enjoy my visits to our local primary schools. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to meet the pupils and their teachers and to see the broad spectrum of our valley community. I will have visited them all by the end of term and look forward to continuing to develop our excellent relationships with our partner primary schools.
We have been awarded the Eco Schools Green Flag recently as well as the latest Healthy Schools Award. This is a reflection of our commitment as a school community to good citizenship in terms of the pride and care we take in our environment, on a personal, local and global level. Many thanks must go to Mr Keeble and the School Council for the exceptionally hard work they have put into the successful bids for these well-deserved accolades. Congratulations must also go to Mr Keeble for his recognition as Pearson Silver Award Young Teacher of the Year, a fantastic achievement indeed.
You will all be receiving a newsletter this week from me to mark the end of the school year. It will contain information about – amongst other things – staffing changes which are due to take place, a reminder of school uniform rules, examination results days and forthcoming INSET days.
Finally, I would like to thank everybody, once again, for their support and warm welcome. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term here in Aberdare Community School and am truly optimistic for the future. I wish you all a restful and enjoyable summer.

Le Touquet 2017

July 10, 2017

Parent and Student Information
Le Touquet – Parent Meeting

Year 10 Geographers

July 10, 2017

Tweet – @ACSGeography
“Lovely day at Cold Knap with our year 10 geographers. The weather gods were smiling on us for a change. Well done everyone.”

Year 12 Prom

July 7, 2017

Tweet – @ACSEnglishDept
“Such a lovely evening! @StDavidsHotel #year13ball #celebrate #aberdare”

Year 7 Sponsored Run

July 7, 2017

Congratulations to 7 Perseus & 7 Orion who have completed a 2 mile sponsored run to raise money for the RSPCA!

Year 6 Transition D&T

July 6, 2017

Tweet – @DT_ACS
“Some excellent ideas from Y6 last week in transition #designersofthefuture #creativity”