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


Year 4 Residential Visit

Dear parents,

Unfortunately, due to Covid, we have had to cancel our extracurricular clubs and visits – an important part of our school life.

As a school, we firmly believe in the importance of residential visits to develop skills, enrich our curriculum and provide opportunities for our pupils to develop their independence.

We hope that the Covid situation will improve by the next academic year and if so, we have provisionally arranged for our Year 4 classes to stay 2 nights at the Summit Centre in Treharris. Information can be found on

The cost of the visit will be £160 but we will not be asking for any money until we have confirmation that the Covid situation has improved sufficiently.

Yours faithfully,

Illtud James


Additional Learning Needs changes

Dear parents,

Additional Learning Needs – A national program of transforming provision and support for pupils with Additional Learning Needs is underway, with a view to the new system being implemented from September 2021. Information on the proposed changes can be found by following this link:

We strongly recommend that parents of pupils on the Additional Learning Needs register under the current system complete this online training – MODULE 1 – so that you can understand what will be different under the new system –

Yours faithfully,

Illtud James



Praise by Estyn for the work done by the school during Covid-19

We are very pleased to be recognised by Estyn for the good work done by the school during the Covid-19 period. Read about us in Estyn’s ‘Supporting wellbeing and learning during COVID-19 – approaches from primary schools’ document

Please click on the link –

Illtud James