End of the school year

Dear parents, 

Well, here we are at the end of another school year. I am writing to thank you all so much for the support you have given the school this year.

As we come to the end of another extraordinary academic year, I reflect back with immense pride on yet another incredibly challenging year. We can be really proud of our school community for the way in which we have supported one another through the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, working together to ensure that we focus on doing everything possible to maintain the highest standards of education possible, both academically and for the children’s personal development too.

The children have been a credit to the school and I am so proud of them all!

Unfortunately, we say goodbye and thank you to Mrs Mara Llewellyn and Mrs Kate Haines for their hard work and dedication during their time with us at Ysgol Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd. On your behalf, I wish them all every success in their chosen futures and hope that they will always feel a sense of belonging to the ‘YGMG family’.

We also say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils who have contributed greatly to the school’s successes this year. It’s both a sad and exciting time for them and I wish them all the very best in Ysgol Glantaf. 

At the end of a very demanding year for all of us (adults and children), I must take the opportunity to tell you how privileged I feel to be leading such a talented and dedicated team of staff here at Melin Gruffydd – our children are incredibly lucky to have them as their teachers and supportive staff!

A note of thanks to them all – thank you for being such a fantastic, hardworking team, working together and supporting each other. Thank you for ensuring that our pupils continue to have enriching experiences and continue to be supported, despite the challenges of covid and staff absences this year. Diolch yn fawr i bob un ohonoch!

I wish you all a relaxing and restful summer holiday. There will be a staff INSET Day on September 5th so we look forward to welcoming Reception-Year 6 children back to school on Tuesday, September 6th.

Keep safe!

Yours faithfully,

Illtud James


Annual Reports and Personal Assessments

Dear parents,

We will email the children’s annual reports to you before the end of the term. We will also be sharing information with you about the Personal Assessments that children in years 2-6 have completed this year.

Personal Assessments

We will be sharing information on the following

  1. Feedback on Numeracy – Procedural – understanding-feedback-following-a-numeracy-procedural-personalised-assessment-guidance-for-parents-and-carers-191128
  2. Learner Progress on Numeracy – Procedural – understanding-the-learner-progress-report-following-a-numeracy-procedural-personalised-assessment-guidance-for-parents-and-carers
  3. Learner Progress on Numeracy – Reasoning – personalised-assessment-progress-report-numeracy-reasoning-information-for-parents-and-carers
  4. Feedback on Reading – 220131-feedback-on-reading-personalised-assessment-information-for-parents-eng
  5. Learner Progress on Reading – personalised-assessment-progress-report-reading


Cylch Meithrin relocating to Ysgol Melin Gruffydd

Dear parents,

I am very pleased to confirm that Welsh government has approved a bid for funding to install a demountable classroom on the school field for the Whitchurch Cylch Meithrin.

This is an important and exciting decision in the development of Welsh-medium education in our catchment area and will strengthen the relationship between the Cylch and Ysgol Melin Gruffydd.

Yn gywir,

Illtud James


Chairing ceremony

A fabulous morning today in our chairing ceremony. Many congratulations to the winning bard.



Dear parents,
Please use the link below if you would like to add the school calendar to your calendar

Yn gywir,
Illtud James


One Planet Cardiff

Show your support for a One Planet Cardiff this Earth Hour

Show your support for a One Planet Cardiff by switching off your lights from 8.30-9.30pm on Saturday 26th March and joining millions of people across the world for Earth Hour.

Taking part in Earth Hour is one way people can show they care about the future of our planet and this year Cardiff Castle, the New Theatre and City Hall will all be taking part.

We all have a role to play in reducing carbon emissions – our One Planet Cardiff strategy for a carbon-neutral Cardiff by 2030 sets out the actions we’re taking, and many of you will already be working on projects that contribute to this aim – but we also need people to take action at home, whether that’s by switching to a renewable energy supplier, leaving the car at home when possible, or eating more locally sourced fresh food.

Taking the first step to reduce your carbon emissions could be as simple as flicking a switch on Saturday night.

Find out how you can get involved with Earth Hour here:

And if Earth Hour inspires you to take the next step and start reducing your carbon emissions further, you’ll find suggestions for action you can take on our One Planet Cardiff website:


Respecting Others day

Dear parents,

Thank you all for supporting our Respecting Others Day. The incredible sum of £2,061.60 was raised! This money will go to the DEC’s Ukrainian Hunamitarian appeal.

Yours faithfully,

Illtud James


Respecting Others Day

Dear parents,
We will be holding a ‘Diwrnod Parchu Eraill / Respecting Others Day’ this Friday. We kindly ask that the children come to school wearing blue and yellow clothes – the colours of Ukraine. We are also asking for contributions to the DEC appeal – Donations can be made using your Parentpay accounts.
On the day, we will focus on the children’s understanding of their human rights as well as promoting the importance of respecting the needs and rights of others, as members of a diverse society.
If your child is upset by the news, advice can be found here:
Yn gywir,
Illtud James



School Uniform Grant

Eligible children in ALL school years can now apply for the PDG Access school uniform grant

Learners currently eligible for free school meals can apply for the grant of £125 per learner, and £200 for those learners entering year 7, recognising the increased costs associated with starting secondary school.

All school years are now eligible.

All looked after children qualify for the grant, whether they receive free school meals or not.

Families are only entitled to claim once per child, per school year.

Funding for the 2021 to 2022 scheme will close on 31 March 2022

So children in years 2,4 or 6 can now apply for this year’s scheme.

How to apply

Contact your local authority.  You can find your local authority information via