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Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi
North Road, SA43 1AD, UK Cardigan
Tel. 01239 612670
Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi
- Orchestra
- Choir
- Japanese Club
- Homework Club/Coursework Club
- Breakfast Club, Gardening Club
- Chess Club, Art Club
- Welsh Club, Sports Clubs
- Drama Club

Mission Statement

Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi seeks to prepare a broad, balanced and relevant education for all its pupils. The school aims to enable pupils of all abilities and backgrounds to achieve their full potential within the bilingual nature of its locality.

Aims of the School
  • To encourage the student’s development as an individual and as a member of society in readiness for adulthood.
  • To develop satisfactory personal relationships with others and to develop everyday coping skills necessary for independent action.
  • To promote a flexibility of attitude and willingness to learn, sufficient to adapt to future changes in society.
  • To help the individual to develop a lively, enquiring mind, the ability to question and argue rationally, and to solve various kinds of problems methodically.
  • To acquire competence in the variety of skills likely to be demanded of the young person.
  • To enable individuals to participate fully and sensitively in a society where both Welsh and English are used as a means of communication.
  • To ensure the development of appropriate skills in both vocational and leisure activities and enable students to respond to a range of career opportunities.
  • To ensure a level of achievement in literacy, numeracy and graphicacy appropriate to ability and adequate to meet the basic demands of contemporary society.
  • To develop an appreciation of the physical and technological environment. To encourage the student to have spiritual and moral values and tolerance of other races; religions and ways of life.
  • To help the student appreciate human achievement and aspirations and to help him/her develop/ acquire an understanding and empathy with the Welsh heritage, culture and economy.
  • To provide the vocational education and training which meets the needs of the individual, of industry and commerce within a changing and developing economy.



  1. We offer all our pupils the opportunity to gain bilingual competence.  For those to whom Welsh is not their native language, second language courses are provided through years 7 - 11.  Welsh is taught to GCSE level in both first and second languages.
  2. At 'A' Level Welsh is taught at two levels:

          a) Welsh (Home Language) i.e. for those whose first language is Welsh.
          b) Welsh (Modern Language).
    3.   The Governors have resolved that, subject to the availability of qualified staff, the following
          subjects be made available through both Welsh and English - Religious Education, History,
          Geography, Art, Music, Technology, PE and PSE to end of KS4.  This policy was first
          implemented for all Year 7 pupils in September 1991.
    4.   If you wish to see a copy of the Schools Bilingual Policy please contact the school office.
    5.   The Education Authority's Language Policy was adopted in 2002.

The school participates in the County Scheme whereby peripatetic music instructors attend during the school day to give individual or group lessons in the playing of brass, string and woodwind instruments.  This tuition frequency leads to pupils becoming band or orchestra members in the County.

Legislation requires
(a)    each school day to include a corporate act of worship;
(b)   arrangements are made for each child in years 7 - 13 to follow a regular and progressive
       programme of Religious Studies based on the SACRE scheme of work.

Parents may request that their child be withdrawn from Religious Studies and/or corporate worship by submitting a request in writing to the Headteacher, following discussions.

Unless declared medically unfit all pupils are expected to take part in Physical Education.  They have an option to take showers.  A medical certificate, or a letter from the parents must be produced if a pupil is unfit.  Activities are arranged on the School Field, the All Weather Pitch, the School Gymnasium, the Swimming Pool and in the Leisure Centre (see also 'Extra Curricular' and 'Lunchtime Activities').
Exemption from Physical Education is granted where parents make a written request or provide a medical certificate.

The school partakes in the Ceredigion Network of Health Schools project, which is committed to improving and developing a health school environment, and the environment in general.  The project runs for three years, and the school has been awarded recognition for two of them already.  The improvements include promoting a happy and healthy school environment, raising pupil confidence and self esteem, and also includes promoting awareness of environmental needs e.e. re-cycling cans, paper, cards and mobile phones.

Equal Opportunities as an education issue has gained increasing prominence over the years.  Its essential goal is to gain equal access and treatment for all pupils.  This means both male and female.  The change in employment patterns and the decrease in the number of young people entering the employment market means that there are increasing opportunities for pupils to enter non-traditional professions.  If our pupils are to take advantage of present and future opportunities then we must help them to raise their expectations and to develop positive attitudes towards careers where employment opportunities exist.

Cardigan Secondary School recognises that every pupil has a contribution to make to the school community irrespective of Gender, Race, Language or Background.  Consequently every pupil will be recognised as an individual and will be given every opportunity to reach their full potential.  The School has a Racial Equality Policy as required by statute.

The school works closely with Careers' Wales and two of its advisors visit the school three days per week and are available by appointment, to offer advice and guidance to parents and pupils.

Careers' guidance begins during Year 7. In Year 8 pupils are involved in a programme of work related activities which guides them towards a wise choice of subjects to be pursued during Years 10 and 11.  The school has an excellent careers' library and much careers' work is done through individualised computer programmes, such as PATHFINDER and ODYSSEY.  This is supported by five days work experience, two industry days and a Careers Convention.

A great deal of individual guidance is given to pupils in Year 11, both prior to sitting their external examinations and following results day.  They are encouraged to work in the careers library and use the software available.  Each pupil is provided with an 'Individual Action Plan'  compiled by the Careers Advisor.  Information is provided on 16+ options;  and all pupils take part in a 'Mock Interview'.  Links with business and industry are encouraged with a variety of speakers (this is part of the Dynamo project) visiting school.  Workshops are provided prior to the Careers Convention.   During Years 12 and 13 pupils are encouraged to attend numerous Further/Higher  Education conferences  and visits, lectures on University and College Applications, Business Conferences, Workshop sessions on developing Core Skills (Numeracy, Literacy and Information Technology), another five days work experience and a further 'Mock Interview'.

Pupils are involved in the 'Individual Action Planning' programme where they have to set both personal and subject based targets on a termly basis.  This encourages them to become more responsible for their progress during their 16 - 18 education.   Progress files also aid pupils in their personal development.

The Careers' Company attends all parents evenings and is present at the schools' Open Evening if parents should wish to receive any pupil related careers advice.

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Key Skills
 Personal and Social Education
  • Welsh (1st and 2nd language)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • French
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Art and Design
  • History**
  • Geography**
  • Religious Studies**
  • Music
  • Craft, Design and Technology
  • Home Economics (nutrition and food technology)
  • Italian
  • Electronics
  • Applied Science
  • Physical Education **
  • Information Technology
  • Health and Social Care
  • Business Studies
  • Leisure and Recreation
  • Travel and Tourism
  • CISCO (ICT hardware course)

** These subjects are available through the medium of Welsh
Video conferencing facilities are available in the school to supplement the course work for the above subjects.


  1. Pupils are expected to study as broad a curriculum as possible in the first year of study.
  2. Every pupil will be entered for the examination most appropriate to his/her ability in the school’s opinion.
  3. If a pupil has not completed the necessary subject coursework to an acceptable standard the school claims the right not to enter the pupil for the examination.  A satisfactory performance in the Mock Examination is regarded as an essential part of coursework.
  4. Every pupil will be expected to complete the examination course and sit the examinations once he/she has been  entered for the examination.
  5. Every pupil who does not attend  an examination is expected to pay the examination fee.

Key Stage 4 Years 10 and 11  
In the 14 -16 age group (years 10 and 11) there is more flexibility.  All pupils have to study the core subjects.  In addition pupils can choose from the optional subjects or from the vocational subjects (GCSE).  The National Curriculum will be assessed via the GCSE examination, while the Certificate of Education examination remains an alternative for pupils unlikely to achieve National Curriculum level 4 / GCSE G grade.  The vocational subjects will be assessed through external tests and internal assessment.

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Orchestra - Monday 1.35-2.05 and Thursday 3.30-4.30
Junior Choir (Yrs 7,8,9) - Thursday 1.40-2.05
Senior Choir (Yrs 10 +) - Wednesday 1.40-2.05
Anyone who is capable of playing an instrument or can sing is welcome to come and join in.  During the year a variety of performances take place such as at the Open Evening, the Prize Evening and the Christmas Concert. Those who are particularly keen can join the Ceredigion schools orchestra or choir, and if successful following auditions they can join the 3 counties, or even the Welsh Youth orchestra or choir.  These go abroad to perform on alternate years and is a wonderful experience for all those involved.

Japanese Club - Thursday 1.40-2.05
This club not only teaches the pupils to speak the language, but they discuss the culture as well.  They can try their hand at origami or even taste the cuisine. There is also a pen-pal scheme in place between pupils of the  school and pupils in a school in Osaka.

Homework Club/ Coursework Club - Thursday 3.30-4.30
This club provides pupils with the opportunity to keep up with their work. Pupils have access to computers and the library. Transport home can be arranged if necessary. The coursework club is aimed at years 10 and 11 to help them keep up with their GCSE  coursework.

Breakfast Club - Daily from 8 o'clock onwards
Pupils are provided with breakfast at a very reasonable cost.  They can also watch DVD's or films or catch up with some homework on the laptops provided, or if they prefer they can surf the web.

Chess Club - Tuesday 1.30-2.05
This club provides tuition and a chance to practice their skills.  They arrange championship matches between the pupils with prizes for the winners.

Welsh Club - Tuesday 1.30-2.00
This club is mainly held to provide help and support for pupils in years 10 and 11 with their Welsh Literature coursework, or with any other aspect of the work that they might need help with.

Gardening Club - Wednesday 1.40-2.05
In the winter the gardening club makes full use of the D.T  rooms to make things such as bird boxes.  During the spring the pupils can be seen digging and preparing the beds ready to grow flowers and a wide variety of vegetables.

Art Club - Tuesday 1.40-2.05
The art club completes work for general art competitions such as the Urdd, where many of our students have been extremely successful. The club also helps with art homework, coursework, and general art activities.  They are currently designing a piece of stain glass which will be displayed in one of the school corridors.

Sports Clubs
The school offers a variety of clubs depending on the season.  During the winter months they offer rugby, hockey, netball, cross-country running and badminton.  Trampolining is also provided for the year 11 GCSE group . In the summer the school provides athletics, rounders and tennis.  There is a full calender of fixtures in most of the sports, with the chance of competing against other schools and in county tournaments.  Some of our more successful students have represented the county and even Welsh schools in various events.

Drama Club - Tuesday 3.30-4.30
After the success of last years show 'Les Miserables' pupils asked if they could carry on with drama club which is now proving to be extremely popular.  With this year's show only a few weeks away they are now meeting at lunchtimes and weekends as well.

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