Built in 1909, the school overlooks the small town of Briton Ferry,
which has a rich historical background. Many of the building’s
original features have been preserved and are now combined with
modern adaptations to provide facilities for learning in the 21 st

Accommodation includes a large central hall surrounded by
classrooms, computer room, library and a kitchen.        Large
playgrounds and garden areas provide opportunities for a wide
range of well resourced outdoor activities.

Our newly built nursery is furnished and equipped to the highest
standards and is shared with the Flying Start Playgroup.

   "The school provides outstanding care, support and guidance for
    all pupils. Pupils enter a caring, efficient and informed school.
     The headteacher and staff are highly successful in identifying
          pupils' needs and creating an environment in which
                     they can develop and flourish."
              Estyn Inspection Report, January 2010




                       Giant’s Grave Road
                          Briton Ferry
                             SA11 2ND

               Telephone:         01639 813280
               FAX:               01639 823833

           Age Range of Pupils: 3 to 11 years

        Headteacher                     Mrs Eunice Walters

        Deputy Headteacher               Mr. Robert David
        School Administrator              Miss Siân Harris
        Chair of Governing Body            Mr. David Jeffs

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Dear Parents, Carers and Friends

Welcome to Brynhyfryd Primary School. Choosing the right school for
your child is vitally important. Parents want their children to receive a
good education but they also want them to be happy and to feel safe and
secure in school. At Brynhyfryd we believe we can offer all these things.

We pride ourselves on the broad, balanced and full education we provide
in all stages from the youngest to the oldest child. The high standards of
learning and teaching are a credit to the hard work of both pupils and

We are also proud of the warm and welcoming family atmosphere which
is always evident in our school. Children are nurtured so that they
experience success in learning and in their personal growth. We value
all our pupils equally and we believe that their time in school should be
rewarding and fulfilling.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any matters not
included in this prospectus, please do not hesitate to contact me here in
school. I will be pleased to talk with you.

If you would like copies of any of our policies or documents, please ask
at the School Office.

I look forward to meeting you soon and getting to know you and your

Yours sincerely,

Eunice Walters

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                  Our Mission Statement

                  Living and Learning Together
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                         and Our World

                       Our School Aims

      To value every child and provide opportunities for all children
      to grow in every way so that they achieve their full potential.

      To provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment where
     children are cared for and are encouraged to respect diversity.

        To develop in all children the confidence and self-esteem
             which will enable them to become independent
                     and highly-motivated learners.

       To provide for each child a broad, balanced, differentiated
   and relevant curriculum which ensures continuity and progression.

         To encourage an awareness and active concern for the
              environment and the world in which we live.

                   To enjoy meaningful and mutually
       supportive relationships with parents and the community.

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The School Curriculum
Children in the Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & 2 follow the Foundation
Phase Curriculum while children in Years 3 to 6 follow the skills based
National Curriculum. At all stages, we offer a curriculum that is broad,
balanced and appropriate to the needs of the individual.

                                 THE FOUNDATION PHASE CURRICULUM
                                               Areas of Learning:
                                 Personal and Social Development, Well-Being
                                  and Cultural Diversity
                                 Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
                                 Mathematical Development
                                 Welsh Language Development
                                 Knowledge and Understanding of the World
                                 Physical Development
                                 Creative Development

                     Core Subjects
                 Foundation Subjects
     Information and Communications Technology
                Design and Technology
                  Geography, History
                      Art, Music
                  Physical Education
                                                 Additional Subjects
                                                  Skills Development
                                                 Religious Education
                                        Personal, Health and Social Education
                                    Sustainable Development & Global Citizenship

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Children are grouped into classes according to their age. Within every
class a range of teaching methods are used as appropriate. All children
are encouraged to achieve their full potential and experience enjoyment
and success in their learning.

Classes are organised as follows:

        PHASE                            CLASS                 CHILDREN’S AGES

    Foundation Phase               Nursery, Reception                   3 to 6 years
                                     Year 1, Year 2

       Key Stage 2                    Year 3, Year 4,                   7 to 11 years
                                  Year 5, Year 6

Teaching time during a normal school week
is as follows:

   Reception, Year 1 and Year 2           23.5 hours

           Key Stage 2                    23.5 hours

                              Teaching time does not include registration,
                              assemblies, lunch and other breaks.

                                                        Session Times
                                         Morning Nursery        8.45am to 11.30am
                                         All other classes      8.45am to 12.15pm
                                                                1.00pm to 3.00pm

Flying start Playgroup
The Flying Start playgroup is held in the
nursery every afternoon for 2 to 3 year olds.
Mr. Mark Sherwood is the Playgroup Manager
and can be contacted on 01639 773075 for
further information.

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Teaching Staff

             Headteacher              Mrs Eunice Walters
             Deputy Headteacher       Mr. Robert David
             Acting Deputy HT         Mrs Sue Davies

             Nursery/Reception        Mrs Sharon Griffiths

             Year 1/Year 2            Mrs Helen Gough

             Year 3/Year 4            Mr. Robert David
             Year 4/Year 5            Miss Clair Stephens
             Year 5/Year 6            Mr. John Webb

             SEN Support Teacher/     Mrs Sue Davies

Non Teaching Staff

   School Administrator               Miss Siân Harris

    Higher Level Teaching Assistant   Mrs Bronwen Morgan
    Teaching Assistants               Miss Hayley Diamond
                                      Mrs Wendy Salter
                                      Mrs Susan Hopkins
                                      Mrs Kay McKay

    School Caretaker                  Mr. Trevor Michael

    School Cook                       Mrs Jacqui Mugford
    Kitchen Assistants                Mrs Judith Matthews
                                      Mrs Emma Williams

    Lunchtime Supervisor              Mrs Beverly Margetson

    Breakfast Club Leader             Mr. John Webb
    Breakfast Club Assistants         Miss Emma Irvine
                                      Mrs Emma Williams

    School Cleaners                   Mrs Susan Smith
                                      Mrs Joanna Richards

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Members of the Governing Body

           LEA Representative &             Mr. David Jeffs
           LEA Representative &             Mr. Barry Cosker
           Vice Chairman

           L.E.A. Representative            Mr. Royston John

           Community Governors              Mrs Moira Davies
                                            Mrs Kim Cairns
                                            Mr. Steve Peers
                                            Mrs Janet Lockyer
           Parent Members                   Mrs Karen Sprott
                                            Ms Claire James
                                            Mr. Mark Williams
                                            Mr. Neil Williams
           Teacher Representative           Mr. John Webb
           Non Teaching Staff               Mrs Bronwen Morgan
           Headteacher                      Mrs Eunice Walters
           Clerk to Governors               Miss Siân Harris

Admission to School
Applications for a place at this school must be made to the Local
Children can usually start school the day after their 3rd birthday.
Ideally, they will have visited the school beforehand or attended the Flying
Start playgroup. Arrangements are flexible in order to ensure that
starting school is a good experience for the child.
During this period, nursery staff will discuss the child’s development and
needs with parents or carers.
Children transferring from another school are invited to visit beforehand to
meet the class teacher and children. Most information is electronically
transferred from the previous school, but the Headteacher will meet with
parents or carers to discuss any additional needs regarding the child.
Class buddies are asked to help new pupils settle in and find their way
around the school.
New pupils are given a Welcome to School pack.

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Pastoral Care
The school aims to create and maintain a friendly, caring and safe
atmosphere. Every member of staff promotes this, with the Headteacher
and Deputy Headteacher having the ultimate responsibility.

Children’s personal and medical details are kept on file in the school office.
Whenever necessary, the school liaises with other agencies, e.g. School
Health Visitor, Education Welfare Officer, School Psychological Service and
Social Services. Parents are always consulted before such liaison unless
there is a valid reason why this cannot be done.

When a child is unwell in school, parents are contacted to take the child
home. Minor accidents are dealt with in the school, but accidents of a
more severe nature are reported immediately to parents/guardians. Very
occasionally, an accident occurs when a child needs hospital attention.
Parents are contacted and members of staff will take the child to hospital
or call for an ambulance.
There are two qualified First Aiders and all staff are trained in Emergency
First Aid. All staff are aware of and trained in Child Protection procedures.

We aim to create a happy and secure environment
where children can play, work and live together.
We emphasise each child’s need to acquire
self-discipline and social responsibility.

Our Behaviour Policy emphasises positive behaviour and children whose
behaviour is consistently good are rewarded. Achievement assembly is
held every Friday when the whole school meets to celebrate achievements
in every class and to total points earned in the four School Houses:
Derwen, Onnen, Llwyfen and Bedwen.           Children are awarded house
points for behaviour, achievement and success in all areas of school life.
The house points system is an effective way of motivating children. At the
end of the school year the winning house is rewarded usually with a trip.

Each class teacher upholds the school rules and is responsible for
maintaining discipline in class: if rules are broken, children are punished
appropriately, usually through withdrawal of privileges. Class teachers
receive further support from the Deputy Headteacher who, if it is judged
to be necessary, refers matters to the Headteacher.

We believe that the home and family have the strongest influence on a
child’s behaviour.     Therefore, we always inform parents/carers of
incidents, inviting them to school to discuss the matter and put systems
such as a Home/School Book in place. We are grateful for the support we
receive in this.

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Anti Bullying
Every child has the right to feel safe, secure and happy at school.
Therefore the school has an Anti-bullying Policy which is in line with Welsh
Assembly Government guidelines. It is recognised that children will
experience differences with friends and classmates from time to time and
these are usually solved with no difficulty. However, it is unacceptable for
a child to feel threatened in any way or to be the subject of aggression or
All children are encouraged to tell an adult immediately, either in school or
at home, if such a situation exists involving themselves or others.
We believe children and treat them sympathetically, investigating such
incidents without delay.
Bullying will not be tolerated whether it be physical, verbal or emotional.
The Headteacher, in discussion with the Chairman of Governors, has the
right to exclude any child whose behaviour is persistently unacceptable.

Home-School Agreement
Parents and carers are asked to sign our Home-School Agreement which
outlines the responsibilities of pupils, parents and the school in the
context of the schools aims and expectations. Copies are available from
the School Office

Additional Learning Needs
Children sometimes have specific or general learning difficulties,
emotional or behaviour problems, or a physical disability.
Some children have a high level of ability in some area which requires
stimulating extension work. Occasionally it may be necessary for a child
to have a statement of provision.

Our aim is to provide help and support for all these children. We do this
by providing support teaching.        The Support Teacher and Support
Assistant work with individuals, pairs or small groups, either in the Loft or
in class. All work is carefully prepared and structured to ensure that each
child progresses at an appropriate rate. It is recognised that not all
children develop at the same rate: some will progress at a faster rate
than others.

We use careful observation and assessment information to identify
children’s needs and plan an appropriate programme of work. We try to
do this as early as possible.
Sometimes it is necessary to seek advice and help from the Local
Education Authority Additional Learning Needs Department, in which
case, advisory specialist support teachers work with the school. In all
cases, the school seeks to involve parents closely in all discussions.
Occasionally children are assessed by the Educational Psychologist who
visits school twice a term.

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Pupils with Disabilities
Inclusion is a high priority and pupils with identified disabilities are
admitted to the school in the same way as all other pupils. However, it
may be necessary to seek advice from the L.E.A. regarding support for
the child. Close liaison with previous schools, parents/carers and any
other person is maintained particularly in the case of pupils with
Additional Learning Needs without statements.
As part of the school’s Equal Opportunities Policy, children with disabilities
are treated the same as all other pupils and, as far as possible, are
offered full access to the curriculum.
To aid pupils or others with physical disabilities, the side entrance of the
school has no steps and there are three toilets for the disabled: one near
the main entrance, one in the Rec/Year 1 classroom and one in the new

Personal, Health and Social Education
The school has a policy and scheme of work which begins at nursery and
continues throughout the school. Topics are dealt with in a factual and
sensitive manner, often through Circle Time. Visitors from other agencies
frequently work with children on PSE topics. These include the police
schools liaison officer, school nurse, health visitor and road safety team.
Sex Education is taught in accordance with the Education Act. Year 6
pupils receive information from the school Health Visitor through a talk
and video presentation. All parents will be informed prior to this event
taking place.

Religious Education
Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Authority’s Agreed
Syllabus. The content of this curriculum is designed to help children
understand, in particular, the Christian religion. Reference is also made to
other world religions.

Collective Worship
Daily assemblies and classroom quiet times are held mainly based on the
Christian faith. Biblical and moral stories, poetry, songs and prayers are
all part of school worship times.
Parents may exercise their right to withdraw
their children from religious education or
religious worship if they wish.

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Welsh is taught as a second language with the emphasis mainly on oral
proficiency. The Welsh language is given a prominent role in some school
activities so that children see, hear and use it as a part of school life.
Children also learn about the culture, customs and heritage of Wales as
part of Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig. The school aims to create a bilingual

All children are expected to attend school regularly,
arriving on time in the morning and leaving promptly
at the end of the day. Children’s attendance and
punctuality is regularly monitored by the school and
by the Education Welfare Officer. Absences should be explained through
personal contact, a telephone call or a note on return to school. If there
is a problem, the Headteacher and/or the Education Welfare Officer will
contact parents/carers and will sometimes visit families offering support.
Average attendance for the year 2008-2010 was 92% with 0.05%
unauthorised absences.

School Uniform
                   All children are asked to wear school uniform or school
                   colours. These are light blue or white polo shirt, navy
                   sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan, navy or black trousers
                   or skirt. Footwear should be of an appropriate height.
                   Heels that are too high can cause accidents and also
                   hinder children from playing active outdoor games
                   during playtimes.     Jewellery should be kept to a
                   minimum. If earrings are to be worn, these should be
                   the stud type only.

For Physical Education, children are asked to bring a kit. For indoor
lessons this will be shorts, T-shirt and no shoes. For outdoor games
trainers are required with a sweatshirt and jogging bottoms in the winter

Complaints Procedure
If you have a complaint or are concerned about any aspect of your child’s
education, please make an appointment to discuss the matter with the
Headteacher. Most matters are resolved in this way, but the school has
written procedures outlining the stages in making a formal complaint
regarding the curriculum or any school matter, to the school or the
Governing Body.
Copies of the Complaints Procedures are available from the School Office.

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Basic Skills
The school has a strong commitment to the improvement of basic skills
for all members of the school community. Literacy and numeracy are
both central aspects of the whole curriculum and opportunities to
participate in training are extended to staff, parents and governors
throughout the school year. The Family Learning group is led by Mrs
Karen Workman of Neath College and has won both local and national

Lunchtime Arrangements
School lunches are cooked on the premises and the wide variety of meals
offered reflects a balanced, healthy diet and are good value for money.
Menus are displayed on the Notice Boards and are also available on
request from the School Office.
Lunch is served in the school hall alongside children who bring their own
packed lunches.
Three Lunchtime Supervisors supervise the children at lunchtime, in the
hall and in the school playground. The Deputy Headteacher is available if
The kitchen staff and supervisors meet regularly with the Headteacher to
discuss issues and to plan improvements.

Break Times
Children have a twenty minute break in the morning and a lunchtime
break of forty five minutes. There is no official break in the afternoon but
teachers may organise comfort breaks as appropriate.               During the
morning break, toast is sold at 10p a slice and water is 50p a bottle.
Children are free to bring fruit to eat as a snack or to buy fruit at the Fruit
Tuck Shop.       All classrooms have drinking water and children are
encouraged to drink water throughout the day. No other drink is allowed
at break times.

Charging and Remissions Policy
Wherever possible, to enrich the curriculum and children’s experiences,
we try to arrange visit relevant to the learning taking place in school. In
principle, all education should be freely available to all children. However,
parents will be asked to make voluntary contributions to cover costs of
coaches, entrance fees and insurance for educational visits.
Whenever possible, school funds will cover the cost of, or subsidise, visits
connected with school projects, sports matches, swimming galas and
athletics meetings. The school attempts to keep all charges to a minimum
and also seeks financial assistance from other appropriate bodies including
the PTA.

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The school has a strong and successful sporting tradition and is part of the
Dragon Sport scheme. Many sporting activities are offered as part of
extra-curricular provision. These include football, netball, hockey and
athletics according to the time of year.
Teams from the school take part in matches with local schools and
tournaments. Both boys and girls are encouraged to take part and do so.
The annual school Sports Day is a fun event with the emphasis on taking
part and contributing as a team member. Separate events are held for
nursery/infant children and for junior children. Parents, grandparents and
friends are invited. There is no charge for admission.
In all sporting activities, all children are encouraged to take part and
enjoy individual and team activities.

Extra Curricular Clubs
Held at lunchtimes and after school, these include sports and physical
activitiy, music, French, story, drama, discovery and gardening.
Clubs are open to children from Year 2.

Equal Opportunities
Every attempt is made to offer equal opportunities to all pupils regardless
of gender, race or ability. Individuality is recognized and accepted. Any
discrimination is not tolerated and incidents of such are recorded.

Transition and Liaison with Other Schools
Children from this school regularly join with children from other local
primary schools at sporting events and at Rehoboth Chapel for united
Pastoral and curriculum links with Cwrt Sart ensure a smooth transition
for Year 6 pupils. A number of primary/secondary events take place every
year as part of the Key Stage 2/3 Transition Plan. These include art &
craft projects, film-making and French. Cwrt Sart and its partner primary
schools follow an agreed common assembly themes programme.

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Security/Health and Safety
The school’s Health & Safety and Traffic Management Policies comply with
the Local Authority guidelines.
The security of pupils, staff and visitors is the school’s highest priority.
Procedures are closely followed to ensure that the building is secure at all
times. Outside doors are kept locked and only adults open them. Visitors
must report to the School Office and sign in. All staff and visitors are
made aware of the school’s security policy.
There are two qualified First Aiders on staff, Mr. Rob David, Deputy
Headteacher and Mr. John Webb. All members of staff hold a current
certificate of Emergency First Aid.
Fire drills are held once a term. Fire alarm and emergency lighting
systems are checked weekly. P.E. apparatus is checked by an outside
agency on a regular basis.

Home and School
We believe that a strong partnership between home and school is vital.
We believe that parents should be informed about their children’s learning
and we value the support that parents give.

Starting school can be a difficult time for parent and child: young children
are sometimes upset and parents naturally have concerns. We ask
parents to help us settle their child into their new, and sometimes
overwhelming, environment – it doesn’t take long!

Later, we ask parents to listen to their child reading and help with some
simple homework tasks. Of course, as a child progresses through the
school, homework becomes more formal and we ask parents to ensure
that their child gives it priority. A copy of the school’s Homework Policy is
sent home at the start of each school year and extra copies are always

All parents are asked to sign a Home-School Agreement.

The partnership PTA Fundraisers play an active role in the school
organising Fruit Tuck Shop, Credit Union Collection Point and a range of
fundraising activities throughout the year.

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Parent Meetings and Consultations
September   Meetings are held where parents visit their child’s new class
            and class teachers give parents specific information regarding
            the curriculum and organisation of the class.

November    Parents are invited to meet individually with class teachers to
            discuss their child’s progress. Parents are given copies of
            their child’s targets.

June/July   Parents of children moving from Nursery to the Reception
            Class meet with the Headteacher and Class Teachers.

            Every child takes home an Annual School Report. Parents
            are invited to discuss the report with class teachers.

Other meetings take place throughout the year as required for a range of

      At all times throughout the year, parents and guardians
       are encouraged to bring any information or concerns
      to the class teacher or headteacher. We stress that no
         issue is too small or unimportant – please tell us!

National Curriculum Teacher Assessment
Results 2011
The following tables summarise the school’s teacher assessment results at
the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6).

More information is available from the Headteacher.

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School Terms and Holiday Dates
2011/2012 Academic Year
2011/2012 Academic Year

  Term       Term Begins           Mid Term Holiday          Term Ends        Days

                                   Begins         Ends

 Autumn      Friday             Monday          Friday     Friday             75
 2011        2nd September      24th October    28th       23rd December      36+39

 Spring      Monday             Monday          Friday     Friday             55
 2012        9th January        13th February   17th       30th March         25+30

 Summer      Monday             Monday          Friday     Friday             64
 2012        16th April         4th June        8th June   20th July          34+30

                                                                     Total:   194

Schools will be closed to pupils for INSET/Staff Preparation for 5 days between
Friday, 2nd September 2011 and Friday, 20th July 2012.

The INSET/Staff Preparation days are to be determined by the schools.

Bank Holidays

Jubilee Bank Holiday 23rd December 2011 (in lieu of 5th June 2012)

New Year, 2nd January 2012

Good Friday, 6th April 2012

Easter Monday, 9th April 2012

May Day, 7th May 2012

Spring Bank Holiday, 4th June 2012

Summer Bank Holiday 27th August 2012

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