INFORMATION FOR YEAR 7

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7 pupils on Friday 4th September and hope they are looking forward to starting at Bryntirion Comprehensive School. 

Friday 4th September

On Friday 4th September Year 7 pupils will start at 9am and finish at 3pm, they should make their way to the school sports hall where they will be put into their form classes. Unfortunately, due to current conditions, parents are unable to accompany their children onto the school premises.  You may drop your child off in the front car park or at the front gate.  Please be assured that there will be ample staff to meet, greet, direct and accompany pupils to the sports hall.

Pupils will then spend some time with their form teachers to explain the workings of the school and have a tour of the school before having a break at 11am.  There will be no catering facilities available at break-time Friday so please send your child with a healthy snack and drink for this time.  Pupils will then attend lessons for the rest of the day, with some time spent in an IT room to get them logged onto the school network. 

Lunch Arrangements for Friday

At lunchtime there will be catering services available in the Junior Canteen but it will take a little while for the cashless catering system to be fully operational.  We would encourage pupils to bring a packed lunch on Friday but if pupils would like to purchase lunch in school they will need to give their name and the money will be deducted from their account once it is fully functional.  If your child is eligible for free school meals then they may use the canteen as money will be loaded automatically each day onto their account. 

For the first day pupils only need to have a school bag, a pencil case with pens, pencils etc., snacks and a packed lunch (optional).

End of First Day

Pupils will return to their form class at 2.45pm for fifteen minutes to check in with their form teachers and evaluate the day.  We will endeavour to sort out any issues or concerns that might have arisen during the day at this time (if not before) and send the pupils home smiling! 

Start and Finish Times for Monday 7th – Thursday 10th September

From Monday 7th September until Thursday 10th September Year 7 pupils will continue to start school at 9am and finish at 3pm.  Pupils should make their way directly to their form room for registration.

Start and Finish Times for Friday 11th September Onwards

From Friday 11th September onwards, Year 7 pupils will start school at 8.35am and finish at 2.50pm each day.  Again pupils should make their way directly to their form room for registration every morning.

Cashless Catering System

We will email parents the code needed to access Bryntirion Comprehensive School cashless catering system this week and will also send a paper copy of the code home with pupils on Friday.  Please note that you can only load money onto the account online and this needs to be done 24 hours prior to use.  Due to COVID19 pupils will no longer be able to load cash onto their accounts in school, to avoid the handling of cash and machines by staff and pupils.

Any Concerns

In the case of any concerns please contact myself or Mrs Walker - Head of Year 7 (jane.sheppard@bridgend.gov.uk) in the first instance.  We know this is a challenging (and for some an anxious) time for your children but please accept our reassurance we will do everything we can to make your children welcome and ensure they have a positive experience on Friday.  There are many exciting opportunities ahead for your children and we look forward to starting their journey.