In recognition of their hard work Year 11 GCSE students at Tonypandy Community College were treated to a day offsite.  They attended an intensive Maths revision day at the exclusive setting of the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel.  The day was run by the Maths Department and was aimed at preparing the students for their GCSE exam at the beginning of November.  Each student participated in topic specific workshops and in the afternoon changed roles becoming examiners writing questions and mark schemes.

However, it was not all work and no play for our students.  From the balcony in the Castle suite pupils were able to watch both Cardiff City and Cardiff Blues prepare for their forthcoming games.  But the highlight of the day was our guest speaker – Mr Warren Gatland came to the Vale Hotel especially to meet our pupils.  He spoke to pupils explaining that preparation and training are essential to succeed.  He wanted our pupils to approach their exams with the same focus and dedication that the Welsh squad will have when they play the Autumn Internationals.  He saw hard work as the key to reaching our goals.  Warren Gatland stayed for autographs and photographs and chatted to pupils and the Maths team before leaving.

Bethan Thomas and Kiara Sullivan were two pupils who attended the Revision day.  When asked what  they had learnt during the day  Bethan said she now knew how to tackle the tricky maths questions and the end of the GCSE papers.  She would love to go again and wanted to thank all of the Maths  department.

Kiara said  “ I thought that the vale was an amazing opportunity for us and a great way to experience learning in new surroundings.  The best part was meeting Warren Gatland, hearing about his life and how hard he’s worked to get where he is was really interesting.  This taught me that if you work hard for something you will get it”


Mrs Luisa Martin-Thomas Assistant Head teacher and Mr Mike Baker Director of Learning for Mathematics were the team behind the day and were delighted with how pupils had embraced the opportunity.

Mr Baker said “ It’s been a fantastic day. Our students really applied themselves well and Warren Gatland’s pep talk was really inspiring. We’re looking forward to some excellent results from the November exams. “