Staffing Update

At the start of the summer term we will be saying goodbye to our school caretaker Mr Mike Barnaby who is due to retire.  We would like to thank Mr Barnaby for his contribution to the school and wish him well for the future.  The school has recruited Mr Russell Price as the new caretaker as his replacement.  Mr Price is already known to the children as a learning support assistant in gold class.

As parents/carers will know, this is my last week as Headteacher of Rhydri Primary School.  I consider myself to be extremely lucky to have worked within this fantastic community for the last two years and I feel very proud of how previous difficulties have been overcome to become an effective, successful school.

I am very grateful to the hard work of the children who have risen to the many challenges and have displayed huge enjoyment and enthusiasm for their learning.

Thank you also to parents and carers who have bought into the school ethos and supported the school. Occasionally, schools and parent communities can find themselves at odds with each other which can impact on the day-to-day learning of the children.  However, the developing partnership between Rhydri Primary School and parents/carers is leading to effective outcomes for the pupils in school.

Finally, I would like to personally thank Miss Bodenham and all the teaching and support staff who work tirelessly and enthusiastically for the Rhydri community.  As a school, we are very fortunate to have such a wealth of experience and talent on the team that makes a huge contribution to the wellbeing and progress of pupils.

I am very much looking forward to my new role as Strategic Lead for School Improvement in the local authority.  This role will include monitoring the performance of all primary and secondary schools across the Caerphilly LA, including Rhydri Primary itself!  Therefore, I will continue to have a strategic involvement in the lives of the pupils from primary school through to secondary.

Later this week, the Governing Body will send a letter to all parents confirming the arrangements for the summer term and next year.  In light of the above, I am very confident that the school is well placed to build on its current success and am looking forward to seeing the school move in an exciting, bold new direction.