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Numeracy Exam 5th November 2020


For All Y11 pupils sitting GCSE Numeracy on Thursday 5th November

  • Please ensure you arrive by 08:50, with your equipment and calculators ready.  We encourage pupils not to bring bags – your pencil case and calculator are all that you need.
  • All candidates should enter the school via Entrance 1 (Junior Block) and wait until you are directed to the exam rooms.  Seating plans will be available when you arrive and you must check your seat number and candidate number before going to the exam room.
  • Masks must be worn until you are seated at your exam desk.
  • Mrs Humphries and Mrs Morris will be available if you have any questions before the exam starts at 09:00.

Good Luck!

November Exams 2020

Y11 pupils entered for the GCSE Numeracy exam must not attend school on Tuesday 3rd November due to the self-isolation restrictions. Messages will be sent today via the SIMS app to all entered candidates.

All candidates will be able to attend the exam as planned on Thursday 5th November. The exam starts at 9am and all pupils will return home following the exam.
If you have any queries please contact the exams officer at the school and we would like to wish all pupils the very best of luck.



Parents of Year 8

We have today sent the attached letter via the Parent App and Parent Pay.  All of Year 8 must self-isolate as from today until the 6th November.  They can return to their normal daily routines as from 7th November.

Return to school for Year 8 will be Monday 9th November

Thank you


28th October 2020

Dear Parent or Carer,

Re:  Contact of confirmed case of COVID-19 in Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School  – Year 8

 NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect trace everyone who have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Your child has been identified as a contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and will now need to self-isolate from today until 6th November 2020. By identifying contacts and asking them to self-isolate for 14 days, we will reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 from those contacts to their family, friends and the wider community.

 Self-isolation advice requires your child to stay at home, not to go outdoors to exercise, to visit shops, family or friends, or to other public spaces. Please do not invite people to your house. Further information on self-isolation can be found in the link at the bottom of this letter.

If your child remains well then the other members of the household do not need to isolate and can continue with their normal activities. If your child is still well at the end of the 14-day period of self-isolation, they can return to Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School and their other usual activities as from 7th November 2020.  Year 8 pupils can return to school as from Monday 9th November 2020.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading, there are things that everyone in your family can do to help. These include:

  • washing hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • washing hands as soon as they get home
  • covering their mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze
  • putting used tissues in the bin immediately and washing hands afterwards

Please be alert for symptoms of COVID-19 in your child, which are:

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

If your child develops any of these symptoms, even if they are mild:

  • Inform Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School that they are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms and that you have requested a test
  • Your child should remain in self-isolation
  • All other household members should isolate for 14 days from when your child developed symptoms
  • Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but if you require medical advice please contact NHS 111 or telephone your GP; if there is a medical emergency phone 999
  • If you require medical advice for COVID-19 symptoms or another reason, please inform the healthcare worker that your child is a contact of a case of COVID-19 and in self-isolation
  • Please follow the advice provided when your child receives their test result

Further formation on Test, Trace, Protect can be found here

Further information on symptoms and self-isolation can be found here

For general information on COVID-19

The COVID-19 online symptom checker can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do

With best wishes,

Mr D L R Cole



Dear Parents/Carers

We have been notified of a positive case of Covid-19 involving a pupil in Year 8. We have taken the decision that all pupils in Year 8 are to remain at home whilst we identify potential contacts. You will be notified in the next 24 hours, or as soon as possible thereafter, whether or not your child is a confirmed contact of the positive case. Until then your child should remain at home and self-isolate until further notice from the school. If you have any concerns please email


Dear Parents/Carers

We have to inform you that there has been a positive case in School yesterday.  Year 11 and pupils on the S52/252 bus must Self Isolate until 4th November 2020.  They can return to normal as from the 5th November 2020.

Year 11 pupils have been sent an exam letter today via their emails.  All correspondence has been sent via the Parent App and Parent Pay.  We have also uploaded all the letters onto the Cefn Saeson Website.  If you have any concerns please email


FAO Year 11 pupils and parents.

We now have further information regarding the upcoming Numeracy and Mathematics GCSE examinations.

Track and trace have confirmed to the school that pupils that are currently isolated due to the positive case of Covid-19 in year 11, are able to come back into school on Thursday 5th November.

This is the date of the second numeracy examination, and we have now been able to confirm with the WJEC that pupils sitting this second exam will be eligible for special consideration.  The numeracy grade will therefore be awarded on the result of the second exam only.

The Mathematics GCSE examination is unaffected as the date of sitting is in the following week.

The school would therefore encourage pupils to prepare for both the Numeracy and Mathematics examinations as before.

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact myself or the school via email.

Kind regards

Mrs S Humphries

Head of Upper School.


Dear Parent or Carer,

I am sorry to inform you that a positive test of Covid-19 was reported to the school involving a learner in Year 11. This learner regrettably tested positive for the virus on 25th October 2020. As soon as the school was informed about the positive test result, prompt action was taken to safeguard the wellbeing of learners and staff.

Learners of Year 11 and pupils who went home on the 252 bus on Wednesday and Thursday will need to self-isolate until further notice.  We are awaiting information from Track and Trace and will be in touch as soon as possible, hopefully within 24 hours.

Further information regarding the Year 11 exams will follow as soon as possible.


From 2nd November until the 6th November only Year 7 & 8 will be allowed into school during this period.  Years 9, 10 and 11 will have distance learning via the website.

Year 11 exams will take place as planned for the dates above.

As planned by the Welsh Government everything will return as normal from the 9th November.

During the period of the dates above, please do not visit the school unless you have been asked to do so.  If you have any queries please ring 01639 791300

Thank you


UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair is taking place this Wednesday 21 October from 12 – 6pm. Please ask interested students, teachers and parents to register here:

Please see the email below with further details which you can pass to your students. Or view here.

A number of schools/colleges have asked us to help them ensure students login and get the most out of the event. With this in mind we have produced the attached worksheet which you can hand to students. It will help them to engage with exhibitors, find answers to questions they have and provide you with confirmation they have taken part.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that Virgin Media, the University of Exeter and the University of Bath are recent additions to our 100+ exhibitors.

If you have any queries drop me an email. We look forward to welcoming you and your students to this unmissable event.