Y Pant is an English-medium state comprehensive school in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales. The school takes boys and girls from year 7 to year 13. In the last three years, the intake at year 7 has been oversubscribed. Around 10% of the children in the school receive Free School Meals.
In 6th form, the school operates a consortium arrangement with another local comprehensive school, Bryn Celynnog which is about 3 miles away. The timetable is planned jointly between both schools and students are free to study a subject at either school. Currently, about 20% of Y Pant 6th form students take one or more subjects at Bryn Celynnog, the proportion being higher in year 12 than in year 13. A free bus is provided to transport students.
Most of the intake to Y Pant 6th form is directly from year 11 at Y Pant. Approximately half of year 11 students progress to 6th form with the rest going to local further education colleges.
The school offers a mainly traditional mix of subjects at A-level: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Computer Science, Geography, History, Music, Drama, Art, Media Studies, Design Technology, Welsh, and Physical Education.
Due to low option numbers, we were not able to offer the current year 13 cohort the ability to study a foreign language or Welsh. We also switched our Business course from A-level to a Level 3 course.
The current year 13 students are our second cohort to study the 2016 OCR Cambridge Technicals Level 3 in Business and IT.
Students are taught at Bryn Celynnog for Law, Photography, Applied ICT, Health and Social Care, Public Services and Criminology.
We also offer some vocational courses at Key Stage 5: the Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technicals in ICT Introductory Diploma and Business. Bryn Celynnog also offers Level 3 courses in Sport, Performing Arts and Applied Science.
At the end of year 12 we invite students to apply to become Head Prefect, or for other roles such as Heads of Cabinets on the School Parliament or Heads of House. We do not use the terms Head Boy and Head Girl and instead appoint two or three Head Prefects and a similar number of Deputy Head Prefects.
The DT department has had several changes in personnel for the 2022-23 academic year and in the last academic year, the PE, History and Welsh Baccalaureate departments had significant disruption to the teaching personnel.