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All General Information Regarding Our Re-Opening

Letters and information regarding: Free School Meals; Key worker Cardiff Hub; GCSEs; Y6 Transition; and any other news that may arise regarding our closure.

17.07.2020 Parent letter17072020 attached at the end of this page or from our Letters Home page

15.07.2020 Parentpay Accounts in credit for Year 11 pupils leaving the school - Parentpay is refunding parents centrally through ParentPay over the next few weeks. The refund will go back to the payer’s account when the payer may then re-assign the credit to a sibling account within the school or withdraw the funds. We are unable to refund PayPoint payments. 

13.07.2020  Communications

Letter to parents regarding September opening - attached at the end of the page or our Letters Home Page

Year 11 emailed with schedule requesting  emptying of lockers this week.

Letter to parents requesting chromebooks returned to school - see our Letters Home page

09.07.2020  Virtual event for Year 11 students

Dear Parent/Carer
Please see below details of an event and opportunity to pose questions in advance.

Dear Colleagues,

The Cardiff Commitment team are working on a Virtual Q&A Cardiff, 14th – 16th July, where we will bring together content from relevant Cardiff partners based on questions post 16 young people send us, which will help inform their next destination. There will be no live Q&A’s – all will be pre-recorded based on questions we receive and available online. Details to follow.

Please can you share the below link with all your year 11 and year 13 pupils? If you do not have a Sixth Form provision then please just share with year 11 pupils  directly:

And via social media.

Social Media posts *edit as you wish*

 Are you in yr11/13 & thinking about plans for September 2020? Do you have questions you want answered first? Fill in the below form & @cdfcommitment will work with partners to give you the answers between 14th–16th July #VirtualQandACardiff

Thank you all.

Kind Regards,
Hannah Jenkins

Swydog Cyswllt Ysgolion /Schools Liaison Officer

06.07.2020 Parent Letter, attached at the end of this page for reference

26.06.2020  Parent letter regarding re-opening on 29th June.   Attached at the end of this page for reference.

24.06.2020  25th June 2.30-5pm  - Online advice session on returning to school - resources are here 

All parents and carers welcome. Please join us for a free online advice session on how to look after yourself and help your children as they return to school.  Dr Amanda Kirby and Julia Houlston Clark are leads in wellbeing and health and will be running this session.  Questions and concerns are welcome, and staff from Eastern HIgh will be there too.  Just click the link on your smartphone or laptop to join , or phone in to listen.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 831 4787 1161
Password: 059193

If you don’t have full IT you can still listen in :-

One tap mobile  - +442034815240

Any questions please let us know by emailing

19.06.2020  Reopening plan

Following my letter earlier this week.  Here is a link to our full Reopening plan.   For full transparency, all staff and Governors are also using the same document.  The first section is for everyone.  Section 2 is primarily for staff but you are welcome to view it so that you can see everything we are doing to make the school safe and meaningful for your child.   

Best wishes

Armando Di-Finizio


17.06.2020  Letter sent to parents - attached at end of this page.

15.06.2020  Applications for key worker childcare from 29 June is now open and will remain open until midday on Thursday 18 June.  The provision will be run at Eastern High.

08.06.2020  Letter sent to parents around the return to school arrangement with questionnaire for feedback.  Attached at end of this page.

06.05.2020 GCSE Consultation

Please find a link to Qualifications Wales where you can find the consultation for learners. If pupils want to complete and submit with their opinions on the awarding of grades this summer, then they can do so.  

30.04.2020   Free School Meals update from Cardiff Council

27.04.2020  Free School Meals update from Cardiff Council

From Monday 4th May families with children eligible for Free School Meals will now be able to buy food using funds deposited directly into their bank account, whilst schools are closed due to COVID-19. This will provide parents with more flexibility on where they can shop and the voucher scheme which is currently being delivered will continue to run alongside this new arrangement.

Cardiff Council has developed this new arrangement to deliver BACS payments, using Parent Pay, which is used by 91 of Cardiff’s schools. The Council are assisting the remaining 34 schools in signing up to the system to ensure everyone can access the regular payment scheme.

Parents or carers with children who are eligible for Free School Meals should receive a letter during this week which will provide information on how to receive their fortnightly payment. For those who are not yet using Parent Pay, there will be a step by step guide on how to register and contact details should they require further assistance.

Parents and carers are encouraged to register to receive payments as soon as they receive their letters so that they can receive their first payment into their Parent Pay account from Monday 27th, April. Those that do not register will continue to receive a fortnightly supermarket voucher.

Over the coming weeks updates will continue to be run on the system to enable families to register and receive a BACS payment instead of a supermarket voucher.

If you have not had contact you can email

22.04.2020     Parent Wellbeing letter from Ms Cowan, Deputy Headteacher attached at the bottom of this page containing information and useful resources for you and your family.

22.04.2020    Information from Careerswales for Year 11 Parents

Parents! @CareersWales are running a live Q&A session across their Facebook and Twitter channels on Thursday 23 April 2pm – 3pm to answer any concerns you may have around your child’s future opportunities.

Keep checking their social media channels for further information.

 Rieni! Mae @GyrfaCymru yn cynnal sesiwn Holi ac Ateb byw ar ei sianeli Facebook a Twitter ddydd Iau 23 Ebrill 2pm-3pm i ateb unrhyw gwestiynau all fod gennych am gyfleoedd eich plentyn yn y dyfodol.

Cadwch lygad ar eu cyfryngau cymdeithasol am ragor o wybodaeth.

If you’re worried about your child’s future opportunities or have questions you’d like answered, why not take part in @CareersWales live Q&A session on Thursday 23 April 2pm – 3pm. Keep an eye out on Careers Wales Facebook and Twitter channels for further updates.

 Os ydych chi’n poeni am gyfleoedd eich plentyn yn y dyfodol neu os oes gennych gwestiynau rydych am gael atebion iddyn nhw, beth am gymryd rhan yn sesiwn Holi ac Ateb byw @GyrfaCymru ddydd Iau 23 Ebrill 2pm-3pm? Cadwch lygad ar sianeli Facebook a Twitter Gyrfa Cymru am y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf.

21.04.2020    Letter for parents from Mr A Di-Finizio, Headteacher


Please see letter to Year 11 learners from Qualification Wales on how examination grades will be awarded this year.  Year 10 information provided on 31 March is also attached at the bottom of the page.

If there are any questions please email your subject teachers. Predictions will be not be shared or discussed at an individual level due to process having to go through statistical checking by the WJEC. 

There are two documents which give a short description of how grades are going to be calculated for each subject that the school runs. I hope this helps.  Year 11 Grade CalculationsYear 10 Grade Calculations.

Mr J Davies

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