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Mr Patrick Roberts (Deputy Head) - Retirement



Dear Parents/Guardians,

Mr Patrick Roberts, our Deputy Headteacher, is retiring having worked at both Ysgol Y Gogarth and previously Ysgol Y Graig for more than 30 years. Mr Roberts’ experience and leadership during this time has been an important part of the development of both schools. Many of you will have benefitted from the warm welcome and the empathy he shows to parents and pupils when they have a need to discuss concerns or difficult issues. He has met and accompanied countless anxious parents around the school on that important first visit; his relaxed manner and sense of humour, balanced with a wealth of knowledge have helped reassure many parents in making a difficult decision a little easier.

His experience and guidance played an important part in the process of bringing two schools together during the amalgamation and the opening of “Ysgol Y Gogarth” following the closure of Y Graig and Canolfan Addysg Y Gogarth. Throughout these difficult transitions and changes in special education provision he has been a source of advice, guidance, stability and support for many staff, who naturally see him as the first port of call when they are experiencing personal and professional difficulties. A role we will find it difficult to fill.

I have had the pleasure of working alongside Patrick for the past 7 years and feel privileged to have had his support and advice in developing our school. He understands the needs of pupils and the process of change that all schools go through over time. He is a thoughtful school leader who has maintained his passion and commitment for working with children and young people with additional learning needs throughout his career. His contribution to the Governing body and his ability to advise and explain complex issues in a manageable and understandable way are a key feature of his leadership.

Whilst his leadership and management skills are without question, it is his sense of fun, his humour and warmth toward staff, pupils and parents that we will miss most. We wish Patrick all the very best in his retirement and on behalf of the hundreds of staff, parents, Governors and most importantly pupils who Patrick has taught, supported and led, we would like to thank him for the difference he has made to so many children and their families during his time in education. We know he has a wonderful family who will I’m sure, demand more of “Taid’s” time but I hope we will continue to benefit from his friendship and support in the years ahead.

Kindest Regards

Jonathan Morgan