GE Aviation Wales Engineering Apprentice

Our Engineering Apprenticeship is a demanding scheme, which requires analytical skills, a logical mind, numeracy, communication skills, teamwork, good manual dexterity, problem solving skills and the ability to read and interpret diagrams and instructions.

Click on the link to find out more

A Careers/STEM event at Renishaw’s – 14 Dec 2021

Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare.

Come and explore the different routes that Renishaw offers. This event is designed to help guide all secondary school aged students and their parents/carers through some of the difficult career decisions that you will be facing over the next few years.

Coleg y Cymoedd Open Day 2nd December 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Hi All

I would like to confirm that our applications are now open Courses | Coleg y Cymoedd

Our next Open Day is on Thursday 2nd December 2021 between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm

The tickets will be available from next week on our website Aberdare, Rhondda and Ystrad Mynach Campuses will have one time slot available between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm and the Nantgarw Campus will have 2 time slots 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm and 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm.

In the meantime if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact

Dymuniadau gorau / Best wishes 

Janet Edwards

Rheolwr Recriwtio a Dilyniant / Recruitment & Progression Manager

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Election of Parent Governor for Porth Community School

I refer to recent correspondence inviting nominations for the election of a parent representative to the above-named school’s governing body. Details of those seeking election are on the below ballot.

The closing date for the ballot is Friday 15th October 2021 at midday. Any votes received after this date will not be considered.

The votes will be counted and the election will be decided on a “first past the post” system. You will be notified of the result in due course.

Should you have any queries on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the governor support department by telephoning 01443 281 162.

In line with Rhondda Cynon Taf’s legal duty to process your data, the information you give us will be used and shared for school governor appointments only. The information will be used and shared for the functions of governors of a general school as set out in our service privacy notice

The Council is committed to keeping your personal information safe and secure and keeping you informed about how we use your information. To learn about how your privacy is protected and how and why we use your personal information to provide you with services, please visit our service privacy notice here and the Councils data protection pages here

Please use the web link below to cast your vote for who you wish to represent you on Porth Community School’s Governing Body.

Diolch yn fawr

LFT Testing – Welsh Government Update 03.09.2021

Welsh Government have recently announced that:

·         Learners in secondary schools without symptoms should take two lateral flow tests (LFTs), three days apart during the week leading up to their first day back. If any test is positive they should self-isolate, and book a PCR test.

Lateral Flow Tests are widely available:

o   at community pick-up locations:

o   by ordering online:

o   by contacting the school

The timing of the pre-return to school tests:

The second test should be undertaken on the morning of the first day that an individual is due to return to school; and the first test should be undertaken three days prior to the second test.

Once learners have returned to school, learners in secondary schools not showing symptoms should continue to take regular rapid lateral flow tests twice a week and report the results online.  As per previous guidance, this should be on a Monday and a Thursday morning prior to attending school.
Schools are to provide LFTs during term time.

The use of LFTs will kept under review as schools transition to the Welsh Government Framework. (Table 2 of Welsh Government’s Framework sets out how use of lateral flow testing may be varied dependent on the level of risk identified –  Further guidance will be issued in due course by Welsh Government to explain more about how such changes will be realised.

Further information regarding lateral flow testing is available via:

and Welsh Government’s announcement is available via:

The attached document may also be of assistance, particularly to the new Year 7 intake.


All test results – positive; negative and invalid must be uploaded via:

If you upload your test results incorrectly you will be required to provide evidence of the correct result.  Please take a photograph of your LFD test clearly showing the result and test number. Please then email Track, Trace, Protect at or call 01443 425020.

Anyone who tests positive using a Lateral Flow Test should self-isolate and get a PCR test and only return to school if the PCR test is negative.

Updated Welsh Government Covid Guidance

The Welsh Government are making Covid-19 testing available to people with a wider range of symptoms such as fatigue, muscle ache or pain, a sore throat, a headache, a runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. This is because some variants and young children do not display the classic three Covid-19 symptoms initially.

The request therefore is for people (including children) to get a test if they are feeling unwell in any way. Further detail on how to apply for a test is provided at or simply call the free number 119 between the hours of 7am to 11pm.

Individuals and their households who take a test because of these other wider symptoms are not required to isolate while they await their test result. This includes learners, who can continue to attend their school or setting while they await a test result.

If individuals then receive a positive Covid-19 result, they and their household must then isolate. Households must also isolate if anyone develops any of the three classic Covid-19 symptoms while waiting for a test result taken on wider symptoms to come back.

Clearly, children and adults with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should not attend their school/setting until they are symptom-free for 48 hours, even if their Covid-19 test result is negative.

The FAQs on the Council’s website have been updated to reflect this latest advice –

Qualifications Wales – Applications for our NEW Learner Advisory Group are now open.

Want to volunteer as part of a feedback group for Qualifications Wales?

We’re setting up a new Learner Advisory Group so we can understand the views of learners. The group will consist of 10-14 learners, who will take part for two years. We’ll be recruiting from different education settings and from across Wales.

We want to make sure we give learners the information they need about qualifications. We’re looking for a range of skills from members, but will want to see evidence of good communication skills, examples of team work and initiative, as well as an awareness of the importance of qualifications in helping learners progress.

Applications are open to learners between 14 and 21 years old until 7 March 2021.

Information about the Learner Advisory Group and how to apply is on our website.

Kind regards
Qualifications Wales Communications and Engagement Team

Children’s mental health week

Depression, anxiety and mental health | NSPCC

If your child is anxious or worried about coronavirus (COVID-19), there are things you can do to help. And if they’re struggling with their mental health, we have advice to help you support them and keep them safe.

Please click on the attached link for details.

Please find below some other useful resources around mental health.





Dydd Miswig Cymru (Welsh Language Music Day) is on the 8th of February.

As part of your Welsh lessons, you have been asked to listen to the 4 Welsh songs and provide feedback about them in Welsh.

If you want to listen to more Welsh music, look up ‘Dydd Miwsig Cymru’ on Spotify or YouTube.

Mwynhewch gwrando ar gerddoriaeth Cymraeg!



Piota App alerts

We have been made aware that some parents are not receiving all alerts, when a message is uploaded on the Piota app. As such we have asked Piota to run a check on the system and we have been advised that all is working as it should. However, if you are still encountering problems, the advice from Piota is as follows;

Open the app and select the three lines in the top left corner, then swipe the school name left to remove it. Reselect Porth Community School again, then go into settings, notifications and make sure you have selected urgent as well as any other schools/years applicable to your child/ren. This should resolve any issues.