Year 6 Residential Course

Dear parents,

Covid has impacted negatively on many aspects of school life and unfortunately, the annual transition residential course to Llangrannog has been cancelled. I’m sure that the children will be sad to hear this.

As you know, Ysgol Melin Gruffydd places great emphasis on rich and real experiences within our curriculum. We have therefore decided to take our YEAR 6 pupils to the Urdd Camp in Bala,  Glan-llyn, for three nights – November 29 – December 2nd. We will not be sharing the camp with other schools.

You can find information about the camp on the website – camps/glan-llyn/

I am sure you will agree that this will be a wonderful experience for the children and that you will also support us as a school as we try to offer these kinds of experiences during this difficult time.

We will be circulating further information shortly.

Yours faithfully,

Illtud James



Very happy to receive this certificate this morning

#IJ  #dyslexiaawareness


Free School Meals

Primary and secondary school pupils will get free school meals if their family receives:​
  • Income Support
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Based JobsSeeker’s Allowance
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit, or
  • Child Tax Credit with an income less than £16,190
  • Universal Credit if the net household earnings is less than £7400.

*Families who get Working Tax Credit do not qualify. ​

Once you submit an application, you will be notified in writing of the outcome.

If you are eligible for free school meals, your child’s school will be notified so that they can update their records.

Free school meals are awarded for each child separately and not for the household.​

You do not need to re-apply if your child moves to another school in the borough. When we are advised by your child’s new school that they are a pupil there then we will amend our records and inform them of your eligibility.

Apply for free school meals – click on the link



Changes to contact tracing and self-isolation from this September

Dear parents,

Changes to contact tracing and self-isolation from this September

I hope you and your child have enjoyed the summer break. 

As we return to school, there are some new arrangements in place when someone tests positive for COVID-19. These changes have been made possible by the vaccination programme and the significant reduction in numbers being hospitalised and suffering severe illness due to COVID-19 over recent months. 

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test, NHS Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) will contact you, using the details provided when the PCR test was ordered. They will ask questions designed to identify recent close contacts of your child, and for contact details – if you know them – of the individual or their parent/guardian. TTP will then get in touch with these close contacts to provide instructions or advice.

Those who are under 18 or fully vaccinated are no longer required to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts. But they will be contacted to let them know that they’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. They will also be offered two PCR tests and provided with information and advice on how to minimise the risks of onward spread. If your child is identified as a close contact, they can still attend school unless they develop symptoms or are advised otherwise by TTP. Please continue to let us know if your child tests positive.

If a child tests positive, only a minority of their classmates will be identified as close contacts. But if there is a pattern of cases TTP may ask us to update you on the situation and remind you of key steps, including advising you to keep an eye out for new symptoms your child may develop, and to stay away from vulnerable family and friends in the short-term.

We do expect that there will be cases of COVID-19 across our community over the coming weeks, but this does not mean that COVID-19 is spreading within the school. Please continue to be vigilant for symptoms. If you are in any doubt, order a PCR test for your child at or by calling 119.

Anyone with symptoms – a new continuous cough, fever or high temperature or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste – should remain in self-isolation until the test result is known. You can find the latest information on self-isolation arrangements at

We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families have had to make. Thank you for everything you have done to support your child and our school.

Yours faithfully,

Illtud James



Arrangements for September 6th

Dear parents,

Arrangements – Monday, September 6th.

  • Children should not be sent to school if they display Covid symptoms
  • The school doors will open tomorrow at 8.45am and staff will be at the doors to welcome the children.
  • The children will wash their hands before entering their classes
  • We will open up the windows to make sure there is plenty of fresh air circulating
  • Unfortunately, the gate at the back of the school will not open until the bridge has been repaired.
  • School Lunches – please book school lunches on The children will be eating their lunches/sandwiches in the hall/canteen
  • School Uniform – the children need to wear their school uniform. Remember to put your child’s name on every item of clothing, school bag, coat, pencil case etc
  • Face coverings – Parents must wear face coverings on school premises – staff will not wear face coverings in classes, only in crowded / busy situations. All visitors are expected to wear a face covering to school.
  • We ask parents to keep social distance when dropping off and collecting the children
  • One-way system – the one-way system on the pavement outside the school will continue.
  • Cameras – cars should not be driven along Heol y Nant after 8.30am and between 2.45 – 3.45pm
  • Children are welcome to come to school on their bikes / scooters
  • End of the school day – Infants should be collected at 3.25pm ​​and Juniors at 3.30pm

Thank you for your support!

Yours faithfully,

Illtud James



September 2021

Dear parents,
Welcome to the new school year – 2021/2022. I hope that you have all enjoyed the Summer. A special welcome to the new pupils and parents joining the Melin Gruffydd family.
* The children (excluding Nursery) will return to school on Monday, September 6th.
We continue to follow Covid-19 rules and guidelines and meetings have been arranged this week for schools to receive the latest guidance from the authority. We will communicate with you immediately after these meetings.
Our main method of communicating is via the MySchoolApp app. Remember to choose your child’s class so that you receive messages that are relevant to you.
We also use our pages on social media – Facebook and Twitter (@melingruffydd).
We also use our Instagram account (@ysgolgymraegmelinruffydd) to publish photos of children’s work and experiences.
The school calendar can be found on our website or by following this link:
Yours faithfully,
Mr. Illtud James



Dear parents,

What a year! Looking back over this school year, it’s hard to believe the situation and the challenges the school has faced. The feeling that I have as head teacher at the end of the year, is one of pure pride in the way in which the Melin Gruffydd family and community have responded and have overcome those challenges. It has been a pleasure to see everyone supporting each other, for the benefit and welfare of our pupils – and they have been fantastic. Every one of them!

I would like to pay tribute and congratulate all the staff for their resilience, dedication and flexibility in delivering such effective education and also ensuring the wellbeing of the children throughout the year. They have had to adapt greatly, on a number of occasions, offering online education / Blended Learning – and this was done extremely effectively. It was great to receive Estyn’s recognition for that good work.

Unfortunately, some staff members will not be returning to our school in September. We wish Mrs Eldridge well in her new post at Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr – she will be sorely missed! Her contribution to the success of the school over many years has been exceptional. We also wish Miss Margetson all the best in her new post at Ysgol Bro Morgannwg and to Mr George, Miss Lili Davies and Miss Morris in the next stage of their career. We thank them all for their work and care.

Best wishes to our year 6 pupils as they move on to Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf. They have been a credit to the school this year! Their attitude and behaviour have been very mature and their company and personality as a whole year group have been wonderful. We will miss them very much!

I would also like to thank you, the parents and the friends of the school for your special support this year. We have introduced many changes and new rules throughout the year but you have always responded quickly and effectively. Your support has contributed greatly to the smooth running and success of the school this year. As headteacher, I always appreciate your support – but especially this year! Diolch!

Thanks also to the school governing body for their input and support in handling and solving many of this year’s challenges.

We look forward to welcoming the children (excluding Nursery) back to school on Monday, September 6th.

I wish you all a relaxing and safe Summer.

Yours faithfully,

Illtud James



Supporting the Welsh Football Team and Velindre Hospital

The School Council / Year 6 has decided that the school is going to show its support for the Welsh football team tomorrow ahead of the big game against Denmark. The children can come to school tomorrow wearing RED – donations of £1 to Velindre Hospital.



School Values

Following extensive discussions this week between the pupils and staff, we have agreed on our main school values