Welcome To Maesteg School
Maesteg is an 11-19 co-educational school set in pleasant surroundings with specialist facilities for all subject areas. We have a skilled and dedicated staff enabling our pupils to be taught in a well disciplined and caring environment.
We have high expectations of our pupils and are here to help each child fully realise her/his potential and talents and to develop in each one self-worth, self-discipline, a sense of responsibility and respect for others.
Physical Activity Improving Reading
A focus group of boys in year 7 and their parents have enrolled on a programme to support their children to improve their reading. This ground breaking scheme will use sport and physical activity to engage boys more fully in their learning and improve their reading. The programme was launched with a trip to LC2 in Swansea where the boys took part in climbing and surfing on the surf simulator. The whole day revolved around improving reading and improving the ability to read and carry out instructions. The families will now be involved in a reading café where they will continue to support their children’s reading using sports magazines and sports books and will be rewarded with a game of football to finish. Perfect! The programme will involve further trips to the Cardiff Devils Ice hockey venue, Cardiff City and Afon Argoed for some mountain biking adventures. Reading will soon become a pleasure and not a chore!
Head of PE Faculty
The following support services are available to children and their families over the Christmas period.
The Wellbeing Bus will be at the Noddfa area on the morning of 23/12/14.
Hartshone House - 23/12/14 - 9.00am- 5.00pm & 24/12/14 - 9.00am-12.00 noon
Julie Armytage - 07581555413
Operational Manager,Health & Wellbeing
Zenda Caravaggi - 0781404359
Restorative Approaches Lead Officer
Mary Hughes - 07581555417
Lead Youth Worker,Youth Service
Attendance and Post Registration Policy
Parents are requested to read our revised Attendance and Post Registration Policy and note the fixed penalty notices in place from January.
Bereavement Support leaflets
Bridgend Council have leaflets available on the their website to support Children and Young People through Bereavement. For adults supporting a child the leaflet is here. For Children and Young people the leaflet is here.
A list of youth support contact numbers, national and local, can be found here.
Counsellors are also available in school for pupils, and staff, to talk to.
Statement From the Headteacher and Chair of Governors
***Would all parents and pupils please note that following recent events, the Christmas celebration planned for 11 December and Fundraising event for the India trip on the 17th December will not be going ahead.***
A joint statement from Maesteg Comprehensive School by Headteacher Anne Carhart and Chair of Governors, Councillor Keith Edwards
You may already be aware that one of our pupils died recently in a tragic accident at the school.
The loss of a pupil is always a sad affair, but especially so when it involves such sudden and tragic circumstances.
Ashley Talbot was a popular child with lots of friends. His fellow pupils in Year 11 have paid him the following tribute:
“The gap that Ashley leaves can never be filled. Every morning Ashley would make us smile, his bubbly personality was infectious. Ashley was so carefree and always made us laugh. He was such good company, and a good friend to everyone who knew him.
“He was passionate about his motorbike and fixing cars. Ashley would always look for the good in everyone. He will always be in our hearts, and we will never forget him.”
Maesteg Comprehensive School has always been a strong, close-knit community, and pupils, teachers, staff and governors are all supporting one another in the wake of yesterday’s tragic accident.
As ever, the welfare and wellbeing of our pupils remains our primary concern, and a range of support services have been put in place to ensure that their needs are being met.
A crisis team featuring school-based counsellors, educational psychologists, youth workers and other staff from Bridgend County Borough Council is currently at the school, and offers of support have been received from neighbouring councils, organisations and individuals, all of which have been greatly appreciated.
South Wales Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and the school is offering its full co-operation while continuing to prioritise the needs of pupils.
Under the circumstances, we feel that it would be inappropriate to go ahead with the Christmas celebration event that had been planned for 11 December, so this has been cancelled with immediate effect.
Our thoughts remain with the family, friends and everyone who knew Ashley or who may have been affected by this tragic accident.