Federation – Meeting 15th November 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you already know, we have been working closely with Rhydri Primary School for several years.

The staff and governing bodies of both schools are keen to formalise this arrangement as a federation.  This will mean that the two schools continue to work in partnership to ensure an excellent learning experience for our children.

For both schools, Mr Cook will remain the Headteacher and Mrs Richards the Deputy Head (whilst Miss Bodenham is on maternity leave).

In fact, the only changes will be that the school leadership can spend more time on further improving provision and outcomes at school; the other change is that instead of two separate governing bodies, there will be will be one governing body. This will mean less repetition.

Next week, your child will bring home the formal consultation document about the federation.  This will provide lots of technical details and give you a chance to feedback.

On 15th November at 2.30pm there will be an opportunity to ask any questions you have of representatives from the governing body and the Local Authority at Bedwas Junior School. If you are unable to attend this meeting, you can attend Rhydri Primary School on the same date at 3.45pm.

So, what do you need to do?

  1. Know that the federation formalises the existing successful arrangements
  2. Read the consultation document
  3. Put your response in the box in school
  4. Attend the meeting on 15th Novemberif you have any questions
  5. Keep calm and carry on!

Kind regards,

Ms S Graf – Chair of Governors





School Start Times

A few parents have asked about procedures at the start of the school day, and in particular about where pupils should go when it is raining. To clarify, these are the school session times:

  • Breakfast Club – Pupils are admitted to Breakfast Club between 8:00am and 8:30am. Breakfast Club staff will then supervise the children until 8:40am.
  • School starts at 8:40am. Pupils are able to enter the playground or classrooms (wet mornings) from 8:20am when staff will be present to supervise them.
  • Please note that pupils should not enter the playground or the school building before 8:20am unless they are attending Breakfast Club.

Harvest Celebrations

Pupils will be celebrating Harvest on Tuesday 23rd October with a service at Rudry Parish Hall. This is a joint celebration with Rhydri Primary School and is for pupils only.

This year we will continuing our support of the “Bridging the Gap” foodbank which is based in Caerphilly. We would be grateful if pupils could bring a small food donation for the foodbank on this day.

Health and Safety

For safety reasons, please ensure that children (including younger siblings) do not climb on any equipment in the school grounds at the start and end of the school day. We politely request that children and parents leave the premises as soon as children have been collected. Thank you for your cooperation.

Acting Deputy Headteacher

As Miss Bodenham has started her maternity leave, I have now officially taken over all of her duties until she returns next summer. I would like to thank all of the children and staff for welcoming me so warmly to Bedwas and I’m looking forward to meeting and working with the whole school community in the coming months.

Scholastic Book Fair

From Tuesday 25th September – Thursday 27th September, 3:10pm – 4:00pm, the Scholastic Book Fair will be in the school hall. If parents are planning to buy books for their children, we urge them to use the book fair as we receive commission based on the number of books we sell. This money will be used to re-stock our school library.


Maternity Leave

Miss Bodenham will be leaving us on Friday to begin her maternity leave. The school has been very fortunate in securing Mrs. Richards from Waunfawr Primary School as our temporary Deputy Head. Mrs Richards will cover all of Miss Bodenham’s duties during her absence. Miss Bodenham will return during the Summer term.

Signing up to the school website

If you have not yet signed up to the school website ‘bedwasjunior.com’ then we encourage all parents/carers to follow the picture below to guide you to signing up. Throughout the day, we quite often update the website with information regarding clubs and other useful information. We frequently also upload photographs of the pupils, which are password protected. As soon as you sign up, you will be alerted by email to any updates made to the website. If you have any difficulties in signing up for the alerts, please contact the school.

School Website Sign Up


I would like to welcome everyone back to school for the new term, especially our new starters in Year 3. We also welcome five new pupils who have joined us in Years 4 and 6, I hope that you all have a very happy and successful time with us!

We are very pleased to welcome Mr Dimeck to Bedwas Juniors, he will be teaching Purple Class. Miss Bodenham’s maternity leave is now almost here but we have been fortunate in securing Mrs Richards from Waunfawr Primary School as our temporary Deputy Head. She will cover all of Miss Bodenham’s duties during her absence.

Crossing Patrol

We were very pleased to welcome back our Crossing Patrol to Bedwas on Tuesday morning, her services were sorely missed on the busy main road outside our school. I would like to thank all the people who supported the school by contacting various departments in order to try and secure a replacement patrol during Mrs Wheeler’s absence.

Lost Property

As we begin the new school year please make sure that your child’s belongings are clearly labelled. This will make it much easier to return lost items to their rightful owner as quickly as possible.

Thank you

It has been another fantastic year for the children at Bedwas Junior School. Mr. Cook and I would like to thank the parents and the wider community for supporting the school over the past year and helping the pupils to continue to be well behaved, polite and hardworking; it has been greatly appreciated.  We wish the very best for the Year 6 pupils who are moving on to secondary school.  They have acted as role models for everyone in school and should feel very proud of all their achievements.  Thank you also to the teaching and support staff.  Their ongoing commitment to their respective roles ensures that they have played a major role in the success of the school.

Most of all, however, we would like to thank the children across the school for their continued positive attitude to their learning and their overall contribution to the school. It is an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be part of Bedwas Junior School.

Have a wonderful Summer break and stay safe. We look forward to welcoming all children back to school on Tuesday 4th September.