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  • Coronavirus Related Updates Page

    Published 14/03/20

    We have included a page for Coronavirus Related Updates for parents and carers on our school website.  This page can be found here.

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  • Young Enterprise Advert

    Published 08/05/21
    • ‘New Leaf’ Cup suitable for both hot and cold drinks

    • Biodegradable, sustainable products: bamboo cup; natural jute twine; recycled wood; & biodegradable compost & seed bags

    • No need for a garden! - grow your seed initially in your cup and start to redress the balance of nature 

    • Once the plant is grown, then the cup can be washed and used time and time again, adding to your sustainability journey!

    • Natural colours helping you be at one with nature!

    •  £6 per Cup or 2 for £10!!

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  • Online cashless payment system for school meals

    Published 19/03/21

    St Martin’s is introducing an on-line payment system for school meals to help reduce administration and cash handling and also to allow pupils to reduce the amount of cash they carry to school.

    For school meals, each child will have an account.  If they are to take a meal you will be required to top up this account with money.  Details of how to use the new system will be sent to all parents within the next few days. 

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  • Centre Determined Grades

    Published 16/03/21

    Please visit our Centre Determined Grades section to view a video presentation from Mr Evans.  Click here

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  • Centre Determined Grades section

    Published 15/03/21

    Please be advised we have set up a Centre Determined Grades section on our website and will update this section regularly with updates for exam classes.  Please find this section under the "Information and Documents" section.

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  • School counselling service

    Published 10/03/21

    The Caerphilly School Based Counselling Service have a team of seven counsellors offering a counselling service for pupils in year six of primary school and all secondary schools.   For more information, please click here.

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  • PDG Access Grant for pupils currently eligible for Free School Meals

    Published 08/03/21

    Welsh Government have recently extended the 2020/2021 PDG Access Grant for pupils currently eligible for Free School Meals to 30th June 2021, adding additional year groups (Year 1 & Year 5 in Primary, & Year 8, 9 & 11 in Secondary). This funding is for pupils currently eligible for free school meals, and doesn’t extend to those pupils who receive free school meals under the transitional protection arrangements.  The year groups now eligible until 30th June 2021 are:

    Reception, Year 1, Year 3, Year 5

    Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

    Families of eligible pupils can ONLY receive one PDG Access grant for that pupil in a School year.

    Therefore If you have already claimed this grant for pupils currently in reception, year 3, year 7 & year 10 since 27th July 2020 you are not eligible for further funding in this school year.

    The grant is for £125, with the exception of year 7 (£200) and can be used to purchase school uniform, sports kit and kit for activities outside of school for your child. The terms and conditions also now allow the purchase of laptops or tablets to assist with remote learning.

    Details of how to claim this grant will be published on the Caerphilly County Borough website week commencing 22nd March 2021

    PDG Access claims for September 2021 School Year

    Welsh Government have yet to confirm which year groups are able to claim this grant for September 2021.  Further details  will be published on the Caerphilly County Borough Council website by 15th July 2021.  No claims can be made prior to this date.

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  • Year 7 Parents' Consultation Evening

    Published 05/03/21

    Please see the following letter with information about Year 7 parents' evening.

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  • Year 10 Parents' Evening

    Published 24/02/21

    Please see the following letter for Year 10 parents' evening.  Please note we are launching a new online system for this event, we have included a video tutorial for you to watch.  Appointments will go live from 25th February at 8am and will close an hour before the event on the 4th March.

    Letters have been emailed to all Year 10 parents today.

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  • Year 8 Options Information

    Published 19/01/21

    Please find below Year 8 Options information for parents and learners.

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  • Newsletter - December 2020

    Published 20/12/20

    Our December newsletter is now available to view below.

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  • Arrangements for January 2021

    Published 17/12/20

    Dear Parent/ Guardian, 

    Following the Welsh Government’s announcement, in regard to the arrangements for the new term in January, 2021, I am writing to confirm the approach for St Martins School in line with all other schools in Caerphilly. 

    This decision has been based upon the increasing number of staff shortages due to positive cases and self-isolation across Wales together with the concern that these numbers are, of course, unpredictable for the first week of term. 

    As a result the first two days of the new term 4th and 5th of January will be used for reviewing our risk assessments and ensuring we have safe staffing levels and procedures in place to manage our school safely and care for the learners on their return to face to face teaching. 

    On these days teachers will provide live online lessons for all learners to ensure that there is continuity of learning.  Following these distance learning days, face to face provision will be available for eligible key worker childcare and vulnerable pupils, and we will contact other groups/classes of learners to begin their learning on site as soon as is safely possible and prioritising examination classes first.

    All pupils will be back in school for face to face learning by Monday, 18th January, 2021, at the latest, with the exception of classes closed due to self-isolation or staff shortages.

    Other points to note

    1. Pupils entitled to free school meals will continue to receive deliveries
    2. Pupils having provision on site will be required to bring a packed lunch.
    3. The Welsh Government list of key workers is extensive, so priority for applications will be given to those from frontline emergency services, social care and education staff in the first instance, in line with our current context in Caerphilly.

    The local authority is currently reviewing eligibility of previous childcare applications so that parents/carers can be informed of the outcome next week. Please contact the mailbox to apply if your circumstances have changed since March, 2020, e.g. school, occupation, etc., or it is a new application




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