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Cilffriw Primary School
Penscynor, Neath,SA10 8LW Cilfrew
01639 630816

Cilffriw Primary School is located about 2 miles North East of the town of Neath. Click on this link to view a map. It is situated at the bottom of Graig Gwladys Country Park below a wooded hillside in the lower Neath Valley.


Set in beautiful rural surroundings, the school has a large campus consisting of landscaped areas, shrubberies and flower beds, three hard surface playgrounds, grassed areas, a nature trail, a conservation area with a pond and meadow, plus a large sports field with established hedgerows and trees.

The catchment area consists of the village of Cilfrew including Penscynor, the village of Aberdulais, and both sides of the main Neath Valley trunk road from Llangatwg to Ynysygerwn. Property consists of a variety of traditional private dwellings, three small modern private housing estates, a small council housing estate at Cilfrew and a small housing association estate at Aberdulais.

School Aims and Organisation


"This is a caring, supportive school in which a happy atmosphere prevails. Pupils feel secure and valued and respond positively to the high expectations of their teachers. Class teachers give a high priority to the academic, personal and social development of each pupil. Relationships between teachers and pupils are good and this contributes significantly to pupils’ self esteem and confidence."
--School Inspection (2004)

Cilffriw is a happy and welcoming school where staff are committed and caring. The school provides a focal point in the community where parents are always welcomed. There is a genuine respect for individuals. Children are given every opportunity to develop to the full into confident and able people, well prepared for future life.

Opened in September 1980, the building is well planned along a split-level design.

The school has ten classrooms, including a self-contained Early Years unit. Each pair of classrooms opens onto a practical area. There are rooms for quiet study, a shared library, a reference library, a computer suite and a large multi-purpose hall. The administrative level has a headteacher's study, secretary's office and staff room. There are also male and female changing rooms with showers and a room specifically designed for parents. The school is generally well resourced.   

The school aims to recognise the individuality and all-round needs of the pupils, to promote the development of lively enquiring minds and to ensure that every child experiences success. All pupils are challenged and encouraged to work hard. Essential knowledge, skills and understanding are developed inside and outside classrooms where teachers are required to be knowledgeable and skilled and able to utilise a range of strategies. We aim to present to our pupils a broad, balanced curriculum which includes all aspects of the National Curriculum. As a school we believe that a balanced approach is essential. Formal interactive teaching of English and Mathematics dominates the morning. Careful attention is paid to the important skills of literacy, numeracy and I.C.T. We believe that children must be actively engaged and motivated in order to make progress. First hand, experiential work is essential for meaningful learning. Recorded work follows a practical activity. Whenever appropriate, we take pupils to relevant places of interest to enrich their experiences, understanding and growing awareness. Throughout the school, the discipline is firm and applied in an atmosphere of warmth and security. Children are happy coming to school.

At present, pupils are organised in single age classes of mixed ability. Class sizes vary but as general policy the school tries to ensure that these are kept to a manageable size, under 30 if possible. However, where this is impossible, we do our utmost to provide support. Curricular planning is carried out collectively at the beginning of each term. In this way, teachers are able to capitalise upon each other's strengths and expertise and progression is clear.

Communication with parents and the community is given high priority. Parents are genuinely welcome at Cilffriw.

"The quality of partnership with parents and community, schools and other institutions is very good and is a major strength of the school."
--School Inspection (2004)


Please Remember:

Every child is different.
They look different.
Behave differently.
Develop at different times and at different rates.
Learn at different times and in different ways.

For their sake -
Please don't compare them with others.

Curriculum Arrangements for Special Needs


"Overall, the provision for pupils with SEN is good. It is well coordinated and documented and fully complies with the CoP. Pupils make good progress. Arrangements for pupils in the SLU are very good."
--School Inspection (2004)

Children who have a statement of Special Educational Needs receive regular teaching support.

Those who have been identified as having learning difficulties are placed on the special needs register in line with the S.E.N. Code of Practice. Children without a statement have a school action Individual Education Plan developed by the class teacher, support teacher and the Special Needs Co-ordinator. These pupils are given extra help on a regular basis. Mrs Sue Williams at present is our School SENCO.

We have two classes specially designed for children with speech and language difficulities.


Lower Class


Upper Class

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