School provision

This information is up to date as of 1pm 22/3/2020

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, at this time, school will only be open to the following pupils:

Vulnerable children 

·  Children on the child protection register;

·  Children in need of care and support from social care;

·  Children deemed to be red on vulnerability profiles, effectively with safeguarding and welfare needs;

·  Looked after children

·  Young carers; and

·  Children with disabilities.

Children who have one or more parents who's job falls into the following categories:

·  Health and social care

·  Education and childcare

·  Key public services

·  Local and national government

·  Food and other necessary goods

·  Public safety and national security

·  Transport

·  Utilities, communication and financial services

To confirm eligibility, please complete the following form in advance of sending your children into school:

For the week beginning 23rd March school will be open as normal for eligible pupils. From the week beginning 30th March, children will be taught in seven centres across RCT: -  

- Aberdare Community School

-  Heol-Y-Celyn Primary

-  Ferndale Community School

-  Tonyrefail Community School

-  Ysgol Nant-gwyn

-  Ysgol Llanhari

-  Ysgol Hen Felin (only for those pupils who require specialist provision).

Full details will be sent to those who are eligible and have completed the above form. 

If you have any queries about whether your child is eligible for school at this time, please contact Mrs Jones (Headteacher) on

Free school meals

Children who quality for free school meals will be able to collect breakfast and a lunch during the closure period. This will be a cold provision and will be available for collection between 11am and 12pm each day. Each day will contain a lunch for the collection day and a breakfast for the next day.

Please complete the following form and enter your details to register for collection  

Click on the link below to access the UK Government information on maintaining educational provision and more details on who is eligible for school provision

Home working

The school staff are working incredibly hard to maintain the education provision for all pupils. 

For pupils who are not eligible for in-school provision, a variety of activities have been planned for that cover basic literacy and numeracy tasks. We will also be planning wellbeing activities to support you in helping our children at this time. Activities may be set using Purple Mash or Hwb and video tutorials can be found below. Both Purple Mash and Hwb are fully compatible with Tablets, Laptops and Desktop PCs.

Information on tasks will be sent out via Schoop.

If you have any questions on accessing Purple Mash or Hwb or how to complete homework, you can contact Mr Timbrell on  at any time or 07773402504 between 8.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday

WEllbeing advice

EPS Support Line Flyer (docx)


Wellbeing Pack Two - Information for Parents, Carers and Professionals (docx)


Wellbeing Pack One - Information for Pupils on Covid 19 (docx)


Completing homework on Purple Mash

Some activities are being set on Purple Mash. To make this as easy as possible we utilise a tool called 2Do. This makes finding and saving the activity easy. Watch the video for a tutorial on how to save and access the work.

Completing homework on Office 365

All children have access to free Microsoft Office software online. Watch the video for a quick guide on how to access and use the software. 

Setting 2Dos (school staff only)

A tutorial for school staff on setting 2Dos

creating quizzes and setting as 2Dos

Create your own custom quizzes, with your own questions and images and set them as a 2Do on Purple Mash

Creating puzzles, such as jigsaws, and setting as 2Dos

Create your own custom puzzles,  with your own images and set them as a 2Do on Purple Mash