The closure of school during the COVID 19 pandemic is unprecedented.
We are all confined to our homes and closest family members, which puts additional pressures on all members of the family. If you have any concerns or worries please contact school, ideally your son/daughter’s Head of Learning in the first instance, although they may pass the information on to other staff who may have more experience in certain areas. The Heads of Learning email addresses can be found below :
Yr 7 Mr Bowen Jones BowenJonesD5@hwbcymru.net
Yr 8 Mrs Rogers RogersK54@hwbcymru.net
Yr 9 Miss Zachara ZacharaH@hwbcymru.net
Yr 10 Dr Jones JonesR1342@hwbcymru.net
Yr 11 Mrs G Hughes HughesG210@hwbcymru.net
Sixth Form Mr Gavin GavinS@hwbcymru.net
No question is a silly question.
We are here to support you and your family if we can. If we can’t we have contact with lots of other agencies who can offer you all sorts of support.
Please let us help you and your children.
Ysgol Eirias fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection within the All Wales Child Protection Procedures.
Occasionally, a young person may disclose that something has happened to them which suggests they are at risk of harm. When this happens school is required BY LAW to inform the local Social Services Department who will, if necessary investigate the matter. Naturally, school (usually Mrs Crombie Deputy Head) will inform the parents of the concern UNLESS in doing so the pupil would be placed at increased risk of further harm
The School Nurse is Ms Juliet Grey. She holds a drop in facility offering confidential medical advice on Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes for pupils in the school’s medical room during lunchtime between 11.50am and 1.20pm. No appointment is necessary although pupils must be on their lunch break to access this service. Pupils may also receive an appointment to see the nurse at other times.
Ms Grey also delivers some input into the pastoral programme and oversees the immunisation programme in school
Ms Grey can be contacted through Colwyn Bay Hospital 01492 807743. Alternatively a message can be left at school requesting that she contacts you.
There are times when we all need a bit of extra emotional support. We offer a range of emotional support strategies for students. This may simply be someone to talk or to ask for and be given a piece of well-directed advice, or help in controlling an anger issue. It may be a more formalised counselling approach to guidance. The type of emotional support offered initially is decided according to the pupil’s needs.
Please note that while the issues raised by the pupil will not be discussed with staff, there may be an occasion where, if the pupil is felt to be at risk, Mrs Crombie (Deputy Head) will have to refer to outside agencies. Parents will be informed if this is the case – unless in doing so the pupil may be placed at further risk. Please see the Child Protection Policy statement.
Types of Emotional Support Available
1. As part of the pastoral care within the school the pupils’ form tutor, Academic Development Coordinator or Head of Learning may be able to offer those well-chosen words of advice and will monitor any situation that arises. Consent will not be requested for this level of support
Before any of the following services are offered to pupils parents will be asked to give their consent
2. In School Emotional Support. This level of support is offered by Mrs Winter a member of the school staff.
3. School Based Counselling is a service provided by the Local Authority. Trained counsellors come into school at a pre-arranged time to meet the young person.
School is also able to make referrals to other external agencies such as:
Occasionally, a pupil experiences some difficulty in school. This may be being the result of the impacts of:
School may decide to call a Pastoral Support Programme Meeting which will usually involve the pupil, their parent, the Head of Learning, Mrs Kerfoot-Robson (ANCO) if the Child has any learning need and any external agencies involved with the pupil (e.g. School Nurse or ESW). Occasionally a representative from the Local Education Authority (LEA) may be asked to attend. The aim of the meeting is to support the young person to fully access school throughout their period of difficulty.
Some young people may access EPIC because they have a broken limb which makes moving around the school difficult for a short period of time, Others may access the centre as part of a re integration programme after a prolonged period of illness, while others may go into EPIC as part of an agreed educational package. While every effort will be made to accommodate a pupil in EPIC when this extra support is required space is a limiting factor. Heads of Learning will consult with parents.
Within EPIC there is a dedicated area called HAFOD for pupils in KS3 who have an educational requirement to be disapplied for a small proportion of their curriculum.
Cynnal is a similar area for KS4 pupils who may have an adapted curriculum or similar supportive need
Mr J Evans
Mrs H DeakinMs V Jones
All students have their own educational needs. As a school we strive to individualise each young person’s learning experience to take account of these individual needs. However, some young people have learning needs above and beyond those of other young people. Some may need additional reading, literacy or numeracy support. Others may need support with their acquisition of speech and language, others may have a specific or moderate learning need such as dyslexia or be on the Autistic Spectrum disorder.
All staff have a responsibility to support pupils with Additional Needs. Some of our Teaching Assistants (TAs), will offer additional support in class and around school for those young people who have an identified need. If your son/daughter has a specific learning need please speak to Mrs Kerfoot-Robson ANCO who will be able to address any issues you may have. She can be reached on the main school number 01492 532025 or by email General@eirias.conwy.sch.uk with the email subject; ALN.
Louise Kerfoot-RobsonElizabeth GunbyPauline StaceyLesley Jones
The student manager at Ysgol Eirias is Mrs J Rowlands. Mrs Rowlands is works closely with teaching and support staff as well as parents to reinforce and maintain good standards of uniform and behaviour in the pupils. She is based in an area within the main office, and is available to students throughout the day. She maintains a supply of various items of uniform which may be borrowed for a day if that item is left at home or misplaced. Mrs Rowlands leads the team of supervisors during the lunch break, and is available to show prospective students’ and their parents around the school.
If you wish to contact Mrs Rowlands please use the main school telephone number 01492 532025 or by email RowlandsJ27@hwbcymru.net
Mrs J Rowlands
If you have a concern about your child’s progress in a specific subject you should contact the appropriate Head of Faculty. These are outlined below. They can be contacted by phone through the main reception or via the email address below.
Subject areas covered
Head of Faculty
English, Drama, Media, Psychology, Music
Mrs J Caton
Mr A Davies
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, Additional Science, Environmental Science)
Miss S Taylor
Design and Technology, Food, Textiles, Graphics, Art, Product Design, Resistant Materials, Child Care.
Mr M Sherry
Mrs B Gordon
Geography, History, RS, Sociology
Miss K Alexander
Economics, Business Studies, ICT, Health and Social Care
Mr D Jones
Mr N Wilkinson
Mr D Williams
Mrs T Parkes
Each Year group is led by a Head of Learning, who manages the team of form tutors and pupils in the year group. If you have any general concerns about your son/daughter the Head of Learning is the person best placed to help you. (If you have a subject specific concern please contact the relevant Head of Faculty.
Each Year team also has an Academic Development Coordinator. This member of staff will work closely with a group of young people in the year group helping them with specific issues. For some young people this may be about their organisation and time management, for others it may be about how they study.
The name of the appropriate Head of learning and ADC for you son/daughters year group is shown below, together with their e mail address.
Heads of Learning and ADCs 2020-2021
Year 7: BowenJonesD5@hwbcymru.net
Head of Learning: Mr D Bowen Jones
ADC: Miss J Ramsden
Year 10: JonesR1342@hwbcymru.net
Head of Learning: Dr R Jones
ADC: Mrs L Lambe
Year 11: HughesG210@hwbcymru.net
Head of Learning: Mrs G Hughes
ADC: Mr J Wells
Sixth Form Yr 12 and 13: GavinS@hwbcymru.net
Head of Learning: Mr S Gavin
ADCs: Dr M Greenslade & Mrs C Davies
Please note: Members of teaching staff are likely to be teaching when you ring school
Not all members of staff have a direct access to a telephone. Please ring the school reception on the number below and leave a message. The member of staff will get back to you when they are available
If you wish to speak to a Head of Leaning or Head of Faculty (who do have a direct phone line) you will be asked if you would like to leave a voicemail message if they are unavailable when you ring. Alternatively contact them by email. Please see section on Heads of Learning or Heads of Faculty
Phone: 01492 532025 Fax: 01495 531684 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Request a Policy Document : email@example.com EIG Password reset: Click here Admissions: ThomasK538@hwbcymru.net
The Ysgol Eirias Home Link is Mr R Popsys.
Mr Popsys helps to support parents and pupils with the Eirias Information Gateway (EIG) in order that they can access information such as pupil progress and annual reports. He also assists parents with making appointments for parent evenings and helps provide progress feedback to students and parents via telephone and in school, or occasionally at home.
Mr Popsys coordinates the Eirias Fast Forward Programme of sessions as part of the transition programme for Year 6 pupils before they join us in the September of Year 7. The programme helps pupils to overcome the uncertainties that can be generated as they move into High School.
If you wish to contact Mr Popsys please use the school telephone number 01492 532025 or by email to PopsysR@hwbcymru.net
Ysgol Eirias works very closely with North Wales Police. PC Vicki Roscoe is the school’s police liaison officer. She helps deliver some aspects of the pastoral curriculum, but may (along with other officers or PCSOs) come into school to discuss particular issues relating to pupils that have happened in the community, deliver a community resolution, issue a yellow card or offer restorative practices to help resolve pupils problems.
Police staff may also request contact details which we will provide. Occasionally Ysgol Eirias will invite PC Roscoe into school to talk to pupils about their behaviour and the law. Parents will be consulted before this happens.
If you wish to access further information about PC Roscoe’s role, and look for advice on matters that are dealt with in schools please go to www.schoolbeat.org
To speak to PC Roscoe you can:
Phone 01492 805032 or