Agenda and minutes

Venue: Afon Taf High School

No. Item


Tour of the House of Religions, Afon Taf High


Julie Symes gave members a tour of the House of Religions situated in the grounds of the Afon Taf High School.  She took members to the themed rooms within the House which represents some of the world’s major religions, showing artefacts found in the places of worship of each religion and also the garden area. 


Members congratulated Julie Symes on a very informative tour and wished her and the School well in their continued success.




Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence received from Lorraine Buck and Jonathan Martin.


Minutes of last Meeting - 9th October 2012 pdf icon PDF 40 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday, 9th October 2012 were submitted and approved.


Matters Arising


Carys Pritchard advised that the report on the Estyn Thematic Review is not available and will report back to the next meeting on progress.


The review of the Agreed Syllabus for Merthyr Tydfil pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Additional documents:


Carys Pritchard advised that it is a legal requirement for SACRE to review its agreed syllabus every 5 years. She referred to the pending review of assessment and the National Curriculum in Wales.  Detailed discussion ensued with regard to the implications for Merthyr Tydfil’s agreed syllabus, and it was:




An update would be agendered for the next meeting.


Religious Studies Examination Results 2012

To be tabled at the meeting.


Carys Pritchard distributed a brief analysis of the examination grades achieved to date for GCSE’s and A-Levels.


Questions were asked by the Committee and answered by Carys Pritchard.


Councillor Kate Moran arrived at the meeting at 4.55 pm as she had attended another meeting for the Local Authority.


Teacher Assessment Levels in Religious Education 2012

To be tabled at the meeting.


Carys Pritchard distributed to the Committee the Key Stage 3:  Year 9 Religious Education Levels for 2011 and 2012.


These were noted by the Committee and it was RESOLVED that:


An update be brought back to the next meeting in relation to the significant decrease within the figures outlined.




SACRE Monitoring:

  • Inspection findings in Religious Education:  Summer 2012 – Autumn 2012 (to be tabled at the meeting).


  • School Self Evaluation Template.


Inspection findings in Religious Education Summer 2012  -  Autumn 2012


Carys Pritchard distributed a copy of SACRE’s Synopsis with regard to the Merthyr Tydfil School Inspection Reports.  Detailed discussion ensued and it was RESOLVED that:


Carys Pritchard would contact the schools outlined to offer support and would report back to the next meeting.


School Self Evaluation Template


Carys Pritchard to contact Lorraine Buck separately on this issue and report back to the next meeting.  


SACRE Inspection findings in Religious Education: Summer 2012 - Autumn 2012

To be tabled at the meeting.


This item was discussed at item 8 of the agenda.


Inset Courses 2012 - 13: Oral Report


Carys Pritchard gave an updated on Inset Courses for 2012-13.


WASACRE pdf icon PDF 64 KB

  • Feedback from meeting in Merthyr Tydfil on 23rd November 2012.


  • Representation at next meeting.


  • Executive voting.


Councillor Ernie Galsworthy left the meeting at 5.00 pm and Julie Symes, Vice Chair, took the Chair.


Feedback from meeting in Merthyr Tydfil


Carys updated Members on the WASACRE meeting at Merthyr Tydfil on the 23rd November 2012.


Executive Voting


Following discussion it was RESOLVED that:


Councillor Ernie Galsworthy be nominated by Merthyr SACRE for membership of the Executive Committee of WASACRE.


SACRE Membership - Update.


Carys Pritchard advised that Karen Vokes had sent a letter to the British Humanist Association but, to date, has not received a reply.  Will update a future meeting if a response is received.


Dates of future meetings.


The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, 11th June 2013 at 3.30 pm in Committee Room 2 at the Civic Centre.




There was no correspondence.


Any other business as deemed urgent by the Chairman


No other business was discussed.


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