As part of our Literacy provision, we run a number of competitions and projects to encourage the love of all things literacy. Below are some examples of these projects. The Literacy notice board, at the bottom of the tower block stairs, also displays current events and projects.

Congratulations to our brilliant learners!


Shakespeare Schools Festival:

In October a group of our pupils from years 8 to 11 created and performed their version of Romeo and Juliet in The Coliseum Theatre in Aberdare. This was a huge success and a tremendous achievement for the pupils involved. The performance was part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival which is a national festival that takes place annually all over the UK. We were very proud to see the pupils perform this beautiful and challenging language and communicate it so maturely.

Please click below to read the review of our performance from the professional actors who worked with the pupils. (Please click the link below to see the review)


Young Writers’ Competitions:

We are extremely proud of our pupils whose poems and short stories have been chosen to be published as part of the Young Writers’ national competitions.

The poems of 42 of our pupils and the short stories of 32 of our pupils will be published in a book showcasing the work of pupils throughout Wales. Llongyfarchiadau to you all!



Every year we host a Scholastic Book Fair during the month of September. This has two exciting outcomes: pupils have the opportunity to purchase some reduced priced books to read for pleasure and as a school we are able to buy new books for all pupils to enjoy in school. As a result of the last two book fairs we have been able to acquire four large boxes of books, from classics to current teen fiction, which are used by staff and pupils in lessons, intervention work and for pupils to enjoy in their free time.



Welcoming special visitors

We have enjoyed meeting many future pupils in our transition projects and encouraging them to develop their literacy skills. In June we provided taster sessions for our September intake who learned about creating comic book stories.

We have also enjoyed welcoming some MAT pupils from partner primary schools, who enjoyed a day of experiencing and creating a murder mystery party.