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Ysgol Harri Tudur / Henry Tudor School is a mixed 11-18 comprehensive school situated in South Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Opened in September 2018, our new build is a £38 million pound Twenty First Century Schools development which aims to provide all pupils and students with a comprehensive and stimulating educational experience.

We operate a two-week timetable. This week (29 November–5 December 2020) is Week B.

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Wednesday December 2nd 2020: Confirmed Case of Coronavirus

A positive case of COVID19 has been confirmed in the Sixth Form at Henry Tudor School.

Students in the Sixth Form are asked to stay home and self-isolate as outlined below. Parents of the students in those classes have been informed.

Contacts of the student concerned have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days. Parents and carers do not need to contact the school to find out if their child has been affected.

Pembrokeshire County Council, Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board are working with the school to ensure that all possible precautionary measures are being taken to minimise risk of transmission of the virus.

Parents/guardians have been given the following advice by Hywel Dda University Health Board:

If a child/parent/household member develops symptoms of COVID-19, the entire household should immediately self-isolate, and book a test for the individual with the symptoms. It is unnecessary to test the entire household if they are not symptomatic.

The COVID-19 symptoms are:

a new continuous cough

a high temperature

loss of or change to sense of smell or taste

Booking a COVID-19 test:

Hywel Dda University Health Board recommends testing only for those with a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss of or change in the sense of taste or smell.

If a child does not have symptoms of COVID-19 but has other cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, they do not need to be tested and they and you do not need to self-isolate. Your child can go to school if fit to do so.

If a COVID-19 test is required, this should be arranged via the UK Booking Portal, https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-test or by ringing 119. Testing is available within Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire or via a home testing kit delivered to and collected from your home. The COVID-19 test is undertaken via a throat swab or combined throat and nose swab.

Self-isolation:

It is essential that people who have COVID-19 symptoms, or who share a household with someone who has symptoms, must self-isolate, even if your symptoms are mild. To protect others, you must not attend school, nursery, other childcare settings, work, or go to or to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started. They can return to school or work after 10 days if they are well enough to do so. A pupil must remain fever free for at least 48 hrs.

Anyone in the household who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person in the home started having symptoms.

If a parent thinks their child has symptoms BUT chooses not to put them through a test all household members must remain in self-isolation for 14 days from the onset of symptoms.

If you receive a positive test result, you will be contacted by the Test, Trace, Protect Team who will advise you further.

Non-household members/contacts:

If a person has been in contact with an individual experiencing symptoms, they should carry on as normal until that individual receives their test result. If this is positive, the Test, Trace, Protect Team will contact those people identified as contacts and advise accordingly.

Ysgol Harri Tudur Press Release 25 November 2020

COVID-19 CASE CONFIRMED

Wednesday November 25th 2020

A further case of COVID19 has been confirmed in Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School.

Pupils in Year 11 are asked to stay home and self-isolate as outlined below. Parents of the pupils in those classes have been informed.

Contacts of the pupil concerned have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days. Parents and carers do not need to contact the school to find out if their child has been affected.

Pembrokeshire County Council, Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board are working with the school to ensure that all possible precautionary measures are being taken to minimise risk of transmission of the virus.

Parents/guardians have been given the following advice by Hywel Dda University Health Board:

If a child/parent/household member develops symptoms of COVID-19, the entire household should immediately self-isolate, and book a test for the individual with the symptoms. It is unnecessary to test the entire household if they are not symptomatic.

The COVID-19 symptoms are:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • loss of or change to sense of smell or taste

Booking a COVID-19 test:

Hywel Dda University Health Board recommends testing only for those with a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss of or change in the sense of taste or smell.

If a child does not have symptoms of COVID-19 but has other cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, they do not need to be tested and they and you do not need to self-isolate. Your child can go to school if fit to do so.

If a COVID-19 test is required, this should be arranged via the UK Booking Portal, https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-test or by ringing 119. Testing is available within Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire or via a home testing kit delivered to and collected from your home. The COVID-19 test is undertaken via a throat swab or combined throat and nose swab.

Self-isolation:

It is essential that people who have COVID-19 symptoms, or who share a household with someone who has symptoms, must self-isolate, even if your symptoms are mild. To protect others, you must not attend school, nursery, other childcare settings, work, or go to or to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started. They can return to school or work after 10 days if they are well enough to do so. A pupil must remain fever free for at least 48 hrs.

Anyone in the household who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person in the home started having symptoms.

If a parent thinks their child has symptoms BUT chooses not to put them through a test all household members must remain in self-isolation for 14 days from the onset of symptoms.

If you receive a positive test result, you will be contacted by the Test, Trace, Protect Team who will advise you further.

Non-household members/contacts:

If a person has been in contact with an individual experiencing symptoms, they should carry on as normal until that individual receives their test result. If this is positive, the Test, Trace, Protect Team will contact those people identified as contacts and advise accordingly.

Year 11 Parent Letter - Public Health Wales
Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 & 13 Parent Letter - Public Health Wales
Tuesday 10th November 2020 : GCSE and A Level Examinations 2021

2020-11-10 Letter to Schools and Colleges page 12020-11-10 Letter to Schools and Colleges page 22020-11-10 Letter to Schools and Colleges Cym page 12020-11-10 Letter to Schools and Colleges Cym page 2

Parents and pupils will be provided with further information about Centre Based Outcomes as soon as possible 

Friday 6th November : Updated Welsh Government Advice Regarding Coronavirus

Welsh Government have updated their coronavirus guidance for Wales post firebreak from 9th November. 

The full document is available via this link 

Barnardo's Cymru 
Barnardo’s launches counselling and wellbeing services for families struggling with the
effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wales

Welsh Government 'Live Fear Free' - Firebreak Lockdown Information
Accessing Google Classroom Through PS4 or XBox
Don't Send Your Child to School if They Have Any COVID-19 Symptoms

Don't Send Your Child to School if They Have Any COVID-19 Symptoms

Keep Wales Learning - Test, Trace, Protect Information for Parents and Carers

Keep Wales Learning- Test, Trace, Protect Information for Parents

A Guide for Parents/Carers - What to do if Your Child Needs to Self-Isolate

A Guide for Parents & Carers - What to do if Your Child Needs to Self-Isolate

September 22nd 2020

Here is a very helpful video about the symptoms of coronavirus. 

22 September 2020

"Every one of us has a responsibility to make the right choices and to follow the measures, which will keep us and our loved ones safe from this infectious and harmful virus:

  • We all need to keep our distance from each other when we’re out and about
  • We need to wash our hands often
  • We need to wear a face covering in indoor public places
  • We need to stay at home if we’ve got symptoms and while we’re waiting for a test result
  • And we need to follow any restrictions that are in place locally
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Tuesday 15 September | Updated Symptomatic Pupil Action List for Parents

Please see below links to the Symptomatic Pupil Action List for Parents. 

Gweler isod y dolenni i'r Rhestr Gweithredu Disgyblion Symptomatig i Rieni

Monday 14 September 2020 

Please ensure your pupil/student has a filled water bottle with them for individual use each day.  Covid restrictions have limited how water can be provided at school.

Friday 11 September 2020 | Attendance Statistics Autumn 2020

Welsh Government is very clear about the coding for school and pupils reintegrating back to school this term.

As a school, we have reviewed our coding in line with Welsh Government guidance, which is that anyone who was not due to be in school on a particular day will be authorised absence (Code c). 

We realise for all pupils this has an impact on their attendance and be assured this will be taken into account with any school reports or discussions with parents. Please do not be discouraged as we know the vast majority of our school community work very hard to ensure when they can be in school they are in school and ready to learn.

We have asked the Local Authority to raise this with Welsh Government as a matter of urgency which they have assured us they have already done and are continuing to do so.

School Risk Assessment and School Covid Operating Instructions 

The Ysgol Harri Tudor/Henry Tudor School Risk Assessment and School Covid Operating Instructions are subject to ongoing review. Please note in particular that;

Any staff member or pupil who has possible symptoms of COVID-19 must not attend school but must remain home and self-isolate, arrange a COVID-19 test and notify the school of this. The key symptoms are;

  • onset of a new continuous cough,
  • high temperature (fever),
  • loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell.

Additionally, any family/household member or any member of staff or pupil who displays possible symptoms of COVID-19 then the staff member or pupil must not attend school but must remain at home and commence a period of household isolation. Again the school should be notified of this.

Drop Off and Pick Up

Parents/Guardians are requested to use the designated Drop Off and Pick Up points on the school site and not to drop off their child/ren immediately outside school Reception.  This will greatly assist traffic management and, more importantly, pupil safety.

 Friday 28 August 2020 | Update from Pembrokeshire County Council
Regarding Face Coverings
Use Of Face Coverings In Pembs. Secondary Schools

Pembrokeshire County Council will require all staff and learners in secondary schools to carry face coverings with them.

They will be expected to use them in communal areas and corridors in line with the school’s own risk assessment.

In primary school settings staff will be expected to use face coverings in communal areas and corridors, again in line with the school’s risk assessment.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Guy Woodham, said: “Following Welsh Government advice provided on Wednesday (26th August), we would now be grateful if everyone would support these changes aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19 and protecting everyone in the Pembrokeshire education community.

“If parents are able to provide their child with a reusable face covering that would be a great help although these will be made available for everyone at all schools and on school transport where needed.

“Together with the measures already in place in schools, these new measures will enhance the protection against the risk of Covid-19.

“We hope everyone will support this decision and help reinforce the message on the use of face coverings - especially with learners - along with the importance of social distancing and regular handwashing.”

The County Council announced earlier this week that it would be mandatory for all secondary school pupils and college students to wear face coverings while travelling on education transport.

Friday 28 August 2020 | Face Coverings

Welsh Government issued a statement regarding the use of face coverings on August 26th. The following has been agreed with the Local Authority and will apply across schools in Pembrokeshire.

•        All secondary age pupils will be expected to wear a face covering when in communal areas and corridors.

•        All secondary age pupils will be expected to wear a face covering on school transport.

•        A part of the return to school programme will include advice on how to put on and take off masks in a safe way.

•        Medical exemptions will apply.

At Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School  we have additionally agreed that any pupil or staff member who chooses or wants to wear a face covering in a classroom will be allowed to do so.

Please can all parents and carers discuss this issue with their children before they return to school and explain that this measure is for their protection as much as for the protection of others. We feel the focus on return to school needs to be on catching up on teaching and learning and not on having to tackle those who fail to comply with this requirement. The design of any face covering used should be appropriate for school, ideally plain or with a simple pattern. 

If you believe that your son or daughter qualifies for a medical exemption, please get in touch with the relevant Key Stage Coordinator, with details to support this exemption. It is likely that medical evidence will be required for an exemption to be agreed.

Friday 28 August 2020 | Return To School Information

Dear Parents,Guardians and Carers,

In accordance with Welsh Government and Local Authority advice Ysgol Harri Tudur / Henry Tudor School has conducted a comprehensive Covid-19 Risk Assessment and put in place a range of measures to mitigate Covid-19, these include;

  • a school wide one way system
  • hand washing facilities before entering school
  • hand sanitiser points in every classroom and office
  • an amended cleaning programme to include cleaning every time a pupil uses the toilet
  • adjusted classroom layouts to assist teaching staff and limit risk to pupils and teaching staff
  • a designated Isolation Room and Isolation Toilet if anyone within school shows covid symptoms
  • a revised school day programme to keep year groups apart and limit contact and movement
  • PPE is available for those staff whose job requires closer engagement with pupils
  • reducing numbers of pupils on break times at any given time
  • a pre order facility for food ( more information to follow)
  • Retention of the 2m social distancing requirement for staff and staff to pupils.

It remains the case that any pupil or member of staff who wishes to can wear their own face covering at all times within school; However, from September 1st 2020, all secondary aged pupils, students and staff will be required to wear face coverings in communal areas and corridors. Please can you ensure that your child/ren have a face covering for their return.

We will continue to provide you with regular updates as and when required.

With kind regards,

Mrs Kite, Headteacher

CHILDREN AND COVID-19 : WHAT WE KNOW - Information for Teachers and Parents

CHILDREN AND COVID-19  WHAT WE KNOW Information for teachers and parents

School Colours Tie Award

The Friends of Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School have generously funded the development and purchase of a school colours tie. These will be awarded to pupils and students who have shown excellence in Sport, Music or Drama or who have overcome personal difficulty to be the best that they can be. These will be awarded on a termly basis, starting in September 2020 following nomination from a member of staff and decided upon by a committee of pupils. staff , governors and Friends of Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School. 

image School colours Tie

We will also shortly be making an announcement regarding awards for recognising both academic achievement and progress .....

Watch this space ......

Pembrokeshire Pupil Development Grant Plus

Pembrokeshire PDG Plus is a Pembrokeshire County Council scheme to help parents in difficult circumstances with school uniforms.

From April 2019, Pembrokeshire CC will offer a grant to families facing ‘exceptional circumstances’ to support school uniform and school equipment costs.

PDG plus is available for any school-age child - your child does not have to be entitled to free school meals.

Wednesday 24th June : Face Masks and Coverings

Please see a very useful and helpful Welsh Government guidance page regarding the use of face masks and coverings.

Mindfulness Teaching for Pupils

This approach is proving to be a successful and highly useful coping strategy for young people and adults alike. More details about mindfulness are available as PDF's below. to get in touch email mindfulness@yht.wales 

Ms R Dean has been doing some work with Jerome Flynn over the past few months, he's a patron of MiSP (Mindfulness in Schools Project) and a huge advocate of Mindfulness. Here's the link to a wellbeing webinar with Jerome that some parents might be interested in having a look at

Wednesday 24th June 2020 : Pupil FAQ's

The Pembrokeshire Youth Forum has been meeting virtually during lockdown and compiled a list of questions that they would like to ask their schools as preparations are being made for the return to the next phase, Check In, Catch up and Prepare.  Our Pupil Governor, Lewys Kettle and another of our pupils Naomi Evans, also Chair of Pembrokeshire Youth Assembly have answered these questions from their perspective. Please find these questions and our pupils' responses in the attachment below.

Health & Safety at Ysgol Harri Tudur

Covid-19 #1

Returning to School Safely

Coronavirus is still with us and we are learning to live with it. At Ysgol Harri Tudur we are putting the safety of our Pupils, Students, Staff, Parents, Governors, Visitors and the wider school community at the forefront of everything that we do, as we move into the next phase.

To help with understanding the changes that have been made to the school and how we will be operating, we will be uploading a walk though video to show the Pupils, Students and Parents what to expect when they come to school.

What changes have been put in place?

  • reduced numbers of pupils, students and staff in school at any given time
  • staggered arrival and departure times
  • social distancing requirement- currently 2m
  • 8 pupils / students in a classroom with a member of staff
  • increased signage in school reminding everyone to observe social distancing and hand washing.
  • pupil and staff individual toilets will be cleaned after every use - cleaning rotas have increased to enable this to take place.
  • external hand washing facilities
  • safe, socially distanced marked routes into school
  • designated isolation room for pupils for staff who have Coronavirus symptoms whilst at school
  • drinking water fountains will be disabled, although drinking water will be available
  • hand driers in toilet facilities have been replaced with disposable paper towels
  • cleaning throughout the school day
  • thorough cleaning at the end of each day
  • hand sanitiser stations in all classrooms
  • a one-way system in the school building

Thank you for understanding why these measures are in place.

If you want to ask about any of the measures that that have been put in place, please contact the school via: contact@yht.wales

Thank you.

Children & Young People's Wales Diabetes Network

Preventing delayed diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in children and young people. The onset of Type 1 Diabetes is a medical emergency and is fatal if untreated. 

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Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes

School Counselling Service – Pembrokeshire

The School Counselling Service – Pembrokeshire is now able to offer online and telephone counselling sessions for young people aged 10 to 19. To book a session or find out more email: amanda.griffiths@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or phone 07879694943 during working hours.

Top Ten Tips to Support Parents During COVID-19 Restrictions

Please find attached latest resources to support parents with child development during Covid-19

Tanyard Youth Project

TYP

Information from the Additional Needs Department 

We appreciate that during this difficult time pupils with additional needs and their parents may feel isolated and worried. The ALN team will continue to offer advice and support. If you wish to contact us please use the emails listed below.

Ann Andrews, ALNCO/Assistant Headteacher:

aandrews@yht.wales

Sue Beasley Assistant, ALNCO: 

sbeasley@yht.wales

Neil Truman, Head of the LRC: 

ntruman@yht.wales

Please see attached helpful booklet which was put together by colleagues in Community Family Psychology, Neurodevelopmental Team and Children’s Occupational Therapy (20th March 2020)

Operation Encompass

Supporting Children Through Key Adults. 

All schools in Pembrokeshire currently take part in a project called Operation Encompass that runs jointly between schools and Dyfed-Powys Police as a county wide initiative.

Domestic Abuse Advice and Support

Dyfed Powys Police are still offering support to people living with domestic abuse even in the midst of COVID19.

Please see the attached Help and Support document for those who are experiencing (or know someone experiencing) abuse and sexual violence during the coronavirus emergency.

Support for Parents of Pupils with ALN, Learning at Home

The attached documents are written to support parents of children with, social communication needs and learners with SpLD, to navigate the home education process and support structure and routine in the home:

School Based Youth Worker

Please find contact details of our School based youth worker on the attached PDF

Resources and Information for Parents, Carers, Schools
and Supporting Professionals During the Coronavirus

Please note: This document has been compiled by Educational and Child Psychologist’s throughout the UK. 

Young Minds Helpline

Advice Helpline for Parents

YoungMinds Parents Helpline

YoungMinds Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25.

You may have questions about a child’s behaviour, emotional wellbeing, or mental health condition. You may have a child who’s already been admitted to CAMHS and have questions about their treatment or want to know what to say to your GP when you visit them.

YoungMinds trained advisers are available to give parents help and advice, whatever the question.

Call the Parents Helpline its free Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm – available in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Phone: 0808 802 5544

Calls may be recorded for monitoring or training purposes.

Outside of the Parents Helpline hours

Out of operating hours, you can contact the Parents Helpline via YoungMinds online contact form: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/

DRAMA ACTIVITIES TO DO AT HOME 
Drama

Accessing School Counselling & National Counselling Support During This Difficult Period

Things to do - Recommended reads and activities

We are all understandably feeling a bit unsettled by events at the moment; one way to distract ourselves, and a proven boost to our wellbeing and mental health, as well as a great way of keeping our minds active, is to lose ourselves in a good book!

Ysgol Harri Tudur pupils and staff don't need to worry if they have books on loan from the school library – all the dates have been automatically extended until we’re back in school. Just take the time to relax and enjoy your reading!

Our Librarian, Mrs Smith, has put together some recommendations for reading-related activities, videos, author and illustrator websites, suggested good reads, etc.

Although our Library may be physically closed, Mrs Smith is happy to help with any questions regarding reading for pleasure, book recommendations, research and study skills, and print and online information sources. Just get in touch.

Tuesday March 24th : TIPS FOR FAMILIES

Please see a useful document offering tips and advice to families during this pandemic. 

PCC Inclusion Service ALN resources and Links for Parents and Schools

Useful Learning Websites

The attached is a list of reading-related websites, which have activities, videos, reviews etc.

From the Headteacher

Welcome to our school and to the new school website of Ysgol Harri Tudur / Henry Tudor School.

Ysgol Harri Tudur is a 1250 on roll, nine form entry 11-18 school situated between Pembroke and Pembroke Dock. It has new and enviable facilities, in a school building which opened in September 2018. We are determined to follow through our vision of excellence, achievement and success. We will be relentless in ensuring that there are no gaps in our attainment and that no student is left behind.

The Estyn inspection of November 2018 judged the school to be in need of significant improvement. We believe that on their return visit the significant changes that have been underway since the inspection after ten weeks in our new school, to ensure that our students achieve the best possible outcomes, will be evident. The systems and structures in the school have been reviewed and the way in which we do things has been changed and are always under review and monitoring. There is significant support for the school from both Pembrokeshire Local Authority and ERW (Education through Regional Working).

Our website is where we will keep you abreast of everything we think you need to know. We also use text and email to contact parents. We are moving away from any paid or pupil posted letters, and from September 2019 will post all letters, forms, etc on our website.

— Mrs Kite, Headteacher

Some highlights of our school

Teaching and Learning Facilities

Brand new top-of-the-range teaching and learning facilities

Exciting and stimulating up-to-date science labs and equipment

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Library 005

Our vibrant Library is a central learning space for all, promoting reading for pleasure, enquiry-based learning and information literacy.

Dedicated sports facilities and a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities

Ben Watson

Talented pupils and students with a broad variety of interests (see our Roll of Honour)

Partner Organisations

Pembrokeshire Youth ServicesWelsh Local Government AssociationValeroMilitary Preparation SchoolRotary Club of PembrokeScarlets Community Logo

Pembroke Cluster of Schools

Ysgol Gelli Aur / Golden Grove SchoolLamphey SchoolYsgol Gymunedol Doc Penfro / Pembroke Dock Community SchoolPenhyn Church in Wales VC School