THE start of secondary school can be a nervous time for many children as all of a sudden they become small fish in a big pond, however a cohort of school pupils in Ruthin have jumped at the big day.

The head of year seven at Ysgol Brynhyfryd has celebrated how well the pupils have settled into their new surroundings on the opening day, making new friends and getting to know their teachers, as well sampling the delights of the school canteen and getting to grips with their new timetables.

Huw Griffiths, head of year seven, said: “We are once again thrilled to welcome all of our new pupils, they all seem to be settling in very quickly judging by the smiles on their faces!

“Pupils from Wrexham have made friends with pupils from outlying villages of Denbigh, some from Corwen have made friends with Bodfari pupils – this is so encouraging, and all on their first day.

“This is an important time for them and our ethos here at Ysgol Brynhyfryd is to be welcoming and supportive, to nurture each and every one.”

Ellie, age 11, from Denbigh, said: “I was so nervous and excited this morning but now I’m finding my way around and making new friends! It’s fab, I can’t wait for tomorrow.”

Sam, from Gellifor, said: “I’m having a wonderful first day, I really enjoy coming to the library and love books! I’m looking forward to making lots of new friends and starting my lessons in the science labs!”

Joe, from Coedpoeth, said, "I have made quite a few new friends today, it's brilliant here and I'm so glad I made the right choice to come here!"

Mr Griffiths added: “Pupils happiness and wellbeing is paramount here and we are certainly looking forward to our next steps together at the school.”