Thank you for taking the time to read through our school brochure.
Choosing the right school for our children is a difficult decision for all of us as parents.
I hope this brochure gives you a clear idea of the kind of school Llandeilo Primary is and the sort of education we offer.
Our main aim is to give children the opportunity to develop academic ability and their own personalities within a caring and well disciplined environment. I trust that as parents you will share my view that a good, broad, balanced education where all children are encouragedto reach their full potential is something that we can strive for together.
Parents and visitors often comment on how friendly the school is and I take great pride in the family atmosphere that has been created here. Our staff will take the time to get to know and understand your child and as parents you will always be made welcome in the school.
In preparing this brochure we have anticipated some of the questions that you may want to ask.
We have then tried to answer them clearly and honestly. We hope you enjoy reading it and then take up our invitation to visit the school and find out more about us.
Miss. K. Johns
Diolch am gymeryd yr amser i ddarllen ein prospectws ysgol.
Mae dewis yr ysgol addas i'n plant yn benderfyniad anodd iawn. Gobeithiaf felly, y cewch ddarlun eang o Ysgol Llandeilo a'r addysg sydd ar gynnig ynddi drwy ddarllen y ddogfen hon.
Ein prif nod ydyw cyflwyno cyfle i'r disgyblion i ddatblygu'n academaidd yn ogystal a'u personoliaeth mewn awyrgylch lesol a rheolus. Credaf eich bod yn cytuno a minnau mewn addysg dda, eang a chytbwys ble'r annogir disgyblion i gyrraedd llawn twf a hynny mewn partneriaeth.
Clywir rhieni ac ymwelwyr yn aml ddatgan ar hyfrydwch naws a chyfeillgarwch yr ysgol a chymerwn bleser mawr o hyn. Mae'r athrawon yn cymeryd yr amser i adnabod a deall anghenion eich plentyn a cewch groeso ganddynt ar bob achlysur.
Wrth baratoi'r ddogfen hon credwn ein bod wedi rhagweld rhai o'r cwestiynau yr hoffech ofyn.
Mae'r ymatebion yn syml a gonest. Gobeithiwn y cewch bleser wrth ddarllen y ddogfen ac yna derbyn ein gwahoddiad i ymweld a'r ysgol a dysgu mwy amdanom.
Yr eiddoch yn gywir,
Miss K. Johns
What is your policy for the teaching of the Welsh language?
We believe in the education value of possessing two languages and positively support a bilingual policy in this school. All children are taught Welsh at a level suited to each individual's ability and linguistic background and Welsh is integrated into the life and work of the classroom.
The long term aim is to ensure that pupils are fully bilingual by the time they leave primary school to enable them to be full members of the bilingual society of which they are a part. We try to ensure that pupils can communicate confidently in both languages and are aware of the cultural heritage of Wales.
What is the layout of the School?
The building is of traditional design and built around 1850. It consists ot two main blocks with the Junior department in one and Nursery and Infant departments in the other. There is a large School Hall and a Dining Hall. All the classrooms are light, spacious and well equipped.
Three separate playground areas cater for the different age groups. The school has the use of extensive playing fields and other sports facilities at the nearby Comprehensive School.
At what age can my child start?
Children can start in the Nursery at the beginning of the school term following their third birthday.
For the first term children attend on a part-time basis.
From Reception age on pupils attend on a full time basis.
Pupils from outside the catchment area wishing to attend the school must gain permission from the Local Education Authority as the Admissions Body for all L.E.A schools. The decision to grant entry will depend on the number of pupils within any one year group.
Which type of school is Llandeilo Primary?
Llandeilo Primary is a Community School run by Carmarthenshire Local Education Authority for
children aged between 3 and 11.
Schools in Wales are classified as Category A or Category B to reflect the cultural and linguistic characteristics of their catchment area. Category A Schools teach mainly through the medium of Welsh until children are aged 7 and then bi-lingually from 7 - 11. Llandeilo Primary is a Category B school which means all age groups are taught mainly through the medium of English, with Welsh taught as a second language.
Where is the school located?
The school is on the northern side of Llandeilo, a small market town situated in the Vale of Towy,Carmarthenshire.There are two entrances to the school. The front entrance is on the A483, the main road through Llandeilo. The rear entrance is situated on a quiet minor road within the Heol-y-Garreglas housing estate.
How big is the school?
There are approximately 230 children. They are taught by a team of full-time teachers.
What are the main aims of the school?
We offer a broad, balanced and relevant educational experience for each child where the different subjects studied reinforce and compliment one another. The knowledge, skills and attitudes gained will help children develop understanding, competence and confidence.
We make a child's time in the school as interesting and enjoyable as possible by offering them a secure and welcoming atmosphere where they can reach their true potential.
We create a partnership between school and home so that parents and staff work together in the interest of the child.
We help children develop self-discipline and acceptable behaviour and also sensitivity to the needs of others.
How do the results of this school compare with others?
We are confident that you will find that we compare very well.
Equal Opportunities (EO) Policy
The school commits itself through its governance, management, organisation and curriculum content to ensuring that each individual within the school's community will be given every opportunity and support to maximise his or her potential for personal and educational development. In so doing, the community within the school will work together to ensure that no individual or group is discriminated against on the basis of sex, ethnicity, colour, religion or disability and consequently the ambience of the school will reflect an ethos of positive and active enhancement of opportunities for individual development.
The school has a detailed EO policy.
Although our site and buildings are not fully developed to facilitate their accommodation we would look positively toward the inclusion of pupils with disabilities and would strive, with the support of the LEA, to integrate them into the school life.
At Llandeilo Primary we aim to provide a broad, balanced, stimulating and differentiated curriculum.
We are committed to the development of the whole child.
We believe that the educational opportunity a child receives ought to be the best possible and we make expectations of the child. We expect them to work to the best of their ability and to realise their true potential. Across the curriculum there is an emphasis upon Literacy, Numeracy and Key Skills which are addressed wherever suitable opportunities are identified.
We organise our principal curriculum groupings as follows:
Early Years (Nursery and Reception), pupils follow the Early Years Curriculum
Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2), pupils follow the National curriculum (NC)
Key stage 2 (Years 3-6) pupils follow the National Curriculum
The children receive their education through the medium of English with Welsh taught as a second language.
The Early Years
Education in the Early Years at our school takes place in a safe, stimulating and happy environment.
Within this environment opportunities and experiences are provided to promote the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and cultural development of the whole child.
Our provision for the children under 5 is based on the 'Desirable Outcomes for Learning'.
We focus on the six areas of learning, experience and desirable outcomes namely:
Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
Personal and social Development
Knowledge and understanding of the World
Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2), Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) and the National Curriculum (NC)
The curriculum provided complies with the requirements of the 1988 Education Reform Act and Subsequent legislation. The NC consists of the following subjects:
Welsh (Second Language)
Information and Communications Technology (please note that this is not taught as a subject but rather a tool for learning across the whole Curriculum)
Design and Technology
In addition their is a statutory obligation to teach Religious Education
The school has no affiliation with any particular religious denomination and the Religious Education course is a general study following the LEA scheme of work. Parents have the right to remove their children from Religious Education. In such cases no other lessons can be provided.
Given the nature of our multicultural society we encourage awareness of and respect towards other faiths and beliefs.
Our pupils have been brought up by parents who represent a large number of beliefs both theistic and non-theistic. We see this as being the parents proper responsibility and we approach RE with this diversity in mind.
There is a daily act of worship either in the hall on a whole department basis or within the individual classroom. Parents may choose to have their children withdrawn from such worship. In such cases, no other instruction can be provided. Parents should inform the school in writing if they wish theirchild to be withdrawn from Acts of Worship.
There are Common Requirements (CRs) that apply across all the subjects in the NC.'They emphasise the importance of providing opportunities, where appropriate, in all NC subjects, for pupils to develop and apply CRs related to communication, mathematical, information technology, problem solving and creative skills and to Curriculum Cymreig and to personal and social education ' ACCAC.
In organising our curricular policies and schemes of work we are careful in ensuring a complete and adequate coverage of the NC. We include broader issues such as Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
The teachers collaborate on agreed schemes of work and planning strategies in order to ensure continuity and progression across the whole school. The curriculum is supplemented with additional experiences which enrich pupils education and enhance their knowledge, understanding and skills.
We place value on learning through "doing" and the school day contains a considerable component of learning through investigation and experience.
We aim to provide an environment which is challenging and which nurtures the child's independence and enterprise, especially when transferring knowledge and skills from one context to another.
Health Education and Personal Development (Includes Sex Education)
Our focus is upon raising awareness and developing the necessary skills and knowledge which promote health and well-being. Underlying principles concerned with the teaching of health education are part
of the ethos of the school and cannot be meaningful separated from either subject teaching or pastoral care. The curriculum develops gradually as the child progresses through school.
Sex Education (SE) is an integrated facet of our programme of Health Education which is treated with care and sensitivity, with consideration being given to such relevant factors as the child's maturity and the context of the information. A specific SE module is introduced in the summer term of Year 6. Children are encouraged to have "due regard to moral considerations and the value of family life", Education Act 2, 1986-Section 46.
Parents have the right to remove their children from Sex Education but both governors and teachers are keen that such education is provided.
We feel that parents have a key role to play with regard to this aspect of their child's life and hope that
they will be ready to answer questions which might arise from time to time.
Charging and Remissions Policy
Our school is committed to providing equal opportunities for all pupils.
We organise some activities, which enrich the children's education. for which we cannot demand payment. In order to organise these kinds of activities it is necessary to request voluntary contributions. If we do not receive adequate contributions then we may be obliged to defer or forget that visit.
If any family has difficulty in making such contributions they should not hesitate to contact the headteacher, Such cases will be dealt with in the strictest confidence on an individual basis.
We follow the LEA policy and guidelines. We endeavour to respond to complaints or suggestions as soon as possible and in the most effective way.
Complaints should, in the first instance, be directed to the headteacher in order to allow an opportunity to establish the facts and provide a discussion of the issue. If the issue cannot be resolved then the headteacher will supply the complainant with the name of the designated officer in the LEA.
The complaint should be set out in writing. It should be sent to the Assistant Director for schools and he/she will decide whether the issue is a matter for the Governing Body or the LEA.
Verbal representations can be made to supplement the written complaint.In any interview in connection with the complaint, the complainant may be accompanied by a friend, representative and/or interpreter.
Key-pad system installed to all main doors with the addition of door bells for late entry or visitor entry.
Visitors must sign in (and out) in a book at the main reception area.
Anyone not recognised will be intercepted and challenged by staff and the headteacher immediately informed.
Fire drills take place termly and fire equipment is checked and serviced regularly.
A full fire risk assessment has been carried out and a report produced by the local Fire Safety Officer.
There are normally five INSET days each year for the teaching staff.
You will receive written notification, via your child, of when the school is to be closed.
The School Day
On arrival at school visitors should report to the secretary's or Headteacher's office.
These offices are located to the left of the main entrance.
Morning 9.30 - 11.30
Afternoon 1.15 - 3.00
Key Stage 1 (Years1-2)
Morning 9.00 - 12.00
Afternoon 1.15 - 3.15
Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)
Morning 9.00 - 12.15
Afternoon 1.15 - 3.30
Afternoon sessions commence at 1.15pm for all pupils
Pupils should not arrive at school too early as no supervision is provided.
Pupils should be ready to enter the school building promptly at 8.50 a.m.
Parents are required to inform the school as soon as possible if their child is absent and giving the reason why.
Pupils should be collected promptly at the end of the school day. It is neither fair to the pupil nor to the school's arrangements if a pupil is late in being collected.
We are advised by the National Assembly for Wales to discourage holidays other than school holidays as this impacts children's progress.
If it is unavoidable for you to take your child on holiday during term time could you please contact the Headteacher prior to making arrangements.
These are the teaching hours per week (these exclude collective worship, registration, break times
and minor preparations):
Infant Department: 21 hours
Junior Department: 23.5 hours
Pupils are grouped according to age in the school's classes. They work on an appropriate level and are given work which responds to their particular needs.
Our school, like most others, is familiar with this strategy and the teachers collaborate when planning in order to ensure continuity and progression in the children's work. Our schemes of work are organised in such a way as to take account for this requirement.
A range of different teaching methods are employed according to the prevailing demands.
Whole class teaching
Destination of pupils leaving in July
The majority of our Year 6 pupils will transfer to Tregib Comprehensive School.
They will be offered the opportunity of attending the school for two bridging days in July.
A small number of pupils sit the entrance examination for Llandovery College.
How will I know how well my child is doing?
All parents have an open invitation to talk to the Class Teacher or Headteacher at any time about their child's progress. In fact, we take pride in our 'open door' policy which means parents will always be made welcome.
On a more formal note, parents are invited to attend the twice-yearly Consultation Evenings.
Here you will be able to make an appointment with the respective class teacher to discuss your child's progress. You will also receive a written progress report each year.
In the Junior Department the school provides homework books and work will be set by the class teacher up to three times a week.
If my child has or develops learning difficulties, what special help do you offer?
If a child experiences learning difficulties they will always receive special attention from the staff.
The school has developed extensive facilities and expertise for dealing with Special Needs Education and has it's own Special Education Support Class. In certain circumstances the school will contact an Educational Psychologist for expect advice. Parents will, of course, be consulted at all stages and their consent obtained before any action is taken.
We are strongly committed to ensuring that all children have full access to the whole curriculum at an appropriate level for their physical and social capabilities.
What if my child is exceptionally bright?
Once again the child will be given special attention by staff and every effort made to make sure the child can work at the pace he or she needs. If appropriate the school will obtain expert advice from an Educational Psychologist.
What role do computers have in the classroom?
Computers play an increasing role in the teaching of many subjects and we can offer allour children use of the latest and best technology. The school also has an extensive library of educational software designed to support the National Curriculum.
The children have access to the Internet, which allows them to conduct their own research on specific projects. Plus e-mail links with other schools ( including one in Llandilo,NSW, Australia ! ).
Children are always supervised when using these facilities and controls are in place to make sure they only access suitable information.
How will you assess how well my child is progressing?
The class teacher will be constantly monitoring the progress of your child to make sure that he or she gets exactly the right amount of guidance and support.
The teacher keeps a file on each of their pupils containing a profile of the child, examples of work and reading records.
What is the role of SATS?
You may already have heard or read about Statutory Assessment Testing (SATS).
In simple terms it means that your child is assessed by the teacher at the age of seven in the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science.
At eleven they are tested again in Mathematics, English and Science and in future years Welsh.
At the junior stage achievement is measured on a scale, which is divided into levels.
As a rough guide the average child will reach Level 2 of Key Stage 1 by the age of seven and Level 4 of Key Stage 2 by the age of eleven. They will continue to move up through the scale during their Secondary Education.
What about music?
Music plays an important part in school life. In addition to normal music lessons extra tuition is offered in violin and guitar plus a large range of brass and woodwind instruments.
There is very small charge for this extra tuition.
We have a school choir and pupils are encouraged to take part in concerts organized by the school and within the community.
What other extracurricular activities are on offer?
Children are invited and encouraged to join in the following activities:
If I have concerns about any aspect of school life who can I talk to?
In our experience the majority of concerns can be quickly resolved by an informal chat with either the Class Teacher or the Headteacher. The 'open door' policy of this school encourages parents to share any worries. There will always be someone available to talk to you.
If you feel it is more appropriate, you have the right to take any matter to do with school life to the School Governing Body or direct to The Local Education Authority (LEA).
Any action taken will be with full consent and knowledge of the parents.
Is there any homework?
Homework is not compulsory but it is certainly considered desirable and children will be encouraged by staff to complete it.
There is no formal homework in the Nursery. Parents can help by reading stories and rhymes to children and by encouraging them to look at picture books.
In the Infants department pupils are given words to take home and learn and some simple writing exercises. Children are introduced to the Home Reading Scheme when they are ready.
What about sporting activities?
In addition to the normal P.E. lessons there are lots of extra activities for children to choose from including rugby, football, cross-country, gymnastics, netball, tennis, cricket and rounders.
Some of these activities are only available during after school hours.
Children in the Junior Department have fortnightly swimming lessons.
In early June each year there is School Sports Day. All the children take part and parents are invited to come along and watch.
What is the school's policy on bullying?
Bullying, in any form, is never tolerated. All staff are vigilant for any signs of bullying and are fully trained to take immediate action to remedy it.
What happens if my child is taken ill - or has an accident while at school?
If a child complains of feeling unwell the school will always try to contact the parent so that the child can be collected and taken home. If the parents can not be contacted the school may take the child to the local doctor's surgery. In the case of all but very minor accidents the child will be treated immediately by a local doctor or taken to hospital as appropriate.
If the parents cannot be contacted the child will always be accompanied by a member of staff.
What happens if my child needs regular medication?
Medicines should not be sent to school. The class teacher can not take responsibility for administering medication in any form. If your child is completing a course of medication, you are welcome to come into school during break times to treat them yourself. A parent whose child needs regular medication (e.g. asthmatic, diabetic, etc.) should discuss the situation with the Class Teacher.
What sort of health checks are provided in school?
Carmarthenshire County Council provide periodic and routine dental and medical checks in the school.
Parents will always be informed and in some cases, invited to attend any examination or assessment.
Is there a school meals service?
Yes. Meals are served in the Dining Hall during the lunch break.
There is a choice of menus including a vegetarian option.
Some children may be eligible for free meals paid for by the Local Education Authority.
The relevant application forms can be obtained from the school.
If you prefer, you can provide your child with a packed lunch which they can eat in the Dining Hall.
We do ask that you do not provide hot drinks, or any form of glass container for safety reasons.
We encourage Nursery pupils to have the cooked lunch.
The meal is served in the Nursery Department where they can be carefully supervised in a familiar environment.
Some children like to bring a drink or snack to school for the mid-morning break. We try to promote healthy eating and therefore encourage children to bring fruit and plain drinks rather then sweets, chocolate and fizzy drinks.
Food or Snacks at School
Please place your child's name and class on all containers brought to school.
Do not send any glass containers or bottles with your child.
Children may bring food to eat at break times. We ask that you should send fruit or vegetables in accordance with our "Healthy Eating" Policy.
Is there a school uniform?
Yes, We do have a uniform. Although not compulsory it has proved popular with parents and children.
For example the distinctive blue sweatshirt printed with the school logo is comfortable, easy to wash and good value.
This is worn with a blue or gold polo shirt and either blue jogging pants or grey trousers/shorts/skirt.
Alternatively there is the option of white shirt or blouse with the school tie and blue jumper or cardigan. Additional options for warmer weather include a blue and white checked dress and a blue or gold T-shirt with the logo on.
You can buy items with the logo on through the school.
All clothing will need to be clearly labelled !
We do ask that jewellery and other valuables, including toys, are not brought to school as children can become understandably upset if their possessions are lost or broken.
For safety reasons we prefer children not to wear earrings.
Are there any specific areas of school life that I, as a parent, am responsible for?
Parental support is vital to make sure that we offer the best possible environment for your children
- the following areas are specifically the responsibility of parents
Are there any additional ways for me to get more involved in school life?
We are very fortunate to have an active Home School Association (HSA) who work continuously to help the school achieve the best for its pupils. All parents are encouraged to join in with the various HSA activities and you will receive regular copies of the HSA Newsletter. HSA news and activities can also be viewed on the HSA page of the School website. (Click here)
Before I make a decision on whether Llandeilo Primary is the right choice for my child, I would like to see the school for myself. How can I arrange this?
All you need to do is telephone us on 01558 822498 to make an appointment. You will be given a guided tour of the school and have plenty of opportunity to ask any further questions.