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03.04.2020  Free School Meals

The collection of packed lunch grab bags will stop this Friday , 3rd April. Welsh Government have asked Local Authorities to continue to support children eligible for Free School Meals over the Easter Break. Over the next few days, if you have a child eligible for a Free School Meal you will receive a letter detailing how you may redeem a voucher to the value of £40 as a contribution towards your food needs over the two week Easter period.

02.04.2020  Letter to parents/carers of pupils starting Year 7 in September 2020 attached below.

31.03.2020  Letter from Qualifications Wales regarding procedures around Year 10 examinations attached below.

30.03.2020  Letter for parents attached below.

27.03.2020  Changes to the children key workers provision 

Dear parent/carer

I hope this finds you all well.  From Monday, 30th March Cardiff Council is operating a a centralised provision to look after the children of key workers.   This will be located in two schools and Cathays High School will be the school which will take children from Eastern High.   

The provision will run from 8.00am - 5.00pm each day (not weekends) including the Eastern Holidays (except Easter Bank Holiday).  Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack will be available to pupils.

At present this provision is only open to children of parents who work in health, social and emergency services, however when the council have a better idea of numbers they may extend this provision to other key workers.  

I know this will cause some of you concern, especially those who have been using the service at Eastern High this week,  but the council are looking to use staff in different ways and want to operate the provision centrally.   

If you do have any questions or queries the council have set up a web page with more information for parents and also information regarding registration onto the provision.  You can find this at:

Best wishes and take care

Mr Di-Finizio

26.03.2020  From Monday 30th March the school reception will be closed.  If you wish to contact the school please use the email in the first instance.  You can call also to leave a voicemail message.  Please assume Free School Meals will still continue to be available between 12.30 and 1.30 at the school.  If this changes we will inform you.

23.03.2020  The school is now closed to all year groups / pupils until further notice.   Pupils are learning from home.  Reception will be open to receive post and phone calls.

20.03.2020  - School is open to Years 7 & 8.   Students in Years 9.10,11 are to continue lessons at home.

19.03.2020 - National news relating to cancellation of summer series exams:  The situation regarding the GCSE examination series is far from clear and we expect the first Minister to provide more information in the near future. Please be assured that we will keep you informed as soon as the situation changes and that all decisions made are based on advice at national level. If there are any concerns that you need to be addressed immediately please contact the school.

18th March 2020 - letter to parents.

Dear Parent/Carer

You may have heard this afternoon the announcement by the Education Minister for Wales that schools across Wales will be closed from this Friday (20th March).   At present, the closure will include the next two weeks and the Easter Holidays until Monday 20th April when we are due to return.   

To give parents time to organise childcare and to ensure we can maintain levels of staff supervision, we will stagger the closure over the next few days as follows:

  • Years 7, 8 & 9 will continue to attend lessons as normal tomorrow (Thursday) unless your child has an underlying health condition as stated by Public Health Wales 
  • Years 10 and 11 can work from home and access work from their Google Classroom spaces. 
  • From Friday Years 7 & 8 may continue to attend school and work will be available online for Years 9, 10 & 11

From Monday, all pupils will all be able to follow their normal timetables online, where work is set for them to complete during normal lesson times.   There will also be a facility to contact and speak with Year 11 teachers with regards to exam preparation questions.   Click here to see guidance given to pupils on the website.   

I am sorry for the inconvenience this will cause you, but as I mentioned in my letter earlier today, it is reaching the point where we have to balance adequate supervision and the health & wellbeing of our young learners, with their access to learning and the importance that carries with it.   It has not been an easy decision for Welsh Government or schools to reach.  

Over the next two days, we will be in touch with you again regarding the provision of free school meals (a decision is still to be made by the council regarding this) and the services we will still offer.     

Difficult times which I hope we can all pull through safely and swiftly together.   I wish you and your families’ very best wishes, hope you all remain safe and well.  

Yours faithfully

Armando Di-Finizio