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Letter from the Chair of Governors

Dear Rhyd y Grug Parents and our wider school community,

On behalf of Rhyd y Grug Governors I need to inform you that Mr Alun Williams is retiring from his post as Headteacher at the end of this term. Governor’s met last night and we are in the process of appointing a new Headteacher.

I would like to pay tribute to Mr Williams’ dedication, inspiration and leadership during his 11 years at Rhyd y Grug.

It is incredibly hard to put into words but I know you will echo this sentiment and agree that his passion for raising standards of teaching and learning and promoting improvements in pupil attainment of all abilities is to be recognised and celebrated. We are immensely proud of the schools achievements.

During his tenure we have achieved so much. We relocated to a new site, grown in capacity to 300+ pupils, became a school with a proven track record for openness and collaboration with other schools, often supporting and guiding them with their school improvement journey.

We were awarded, and held, the green school status for over 3 years, and had just been awarded Silver for Siarter Iaith before the pandemic.

We were graded a very good school by Estyn , became a recognised Eco and Fairtrade school, and these are to name just a few.

Governors are especially grateful that Mr Williams delayed his retirement to guide and support the school through the Covid-19 pandemic. It is unfortunate that COVID restrictions limit our chance to celebrate his wonderful career more fully.

Mr Williams will be missed by us all.

Governors, staff and pupils wish him health and happiness in his future retirement plans. 

I know these will include, watching Liverpool at Anfield and following Bruce Springsteen around the world but most importantly spending quality time with his beautiful granddaughter Casi Haf.

Michelle Symonds, Chair of Governors