CAERPHILLY COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL
Information for Parents
1. School Address: Abercarn Primary School (LEA controlled)
Chapel of Ease
Newport, NP11 5LH
2. Telephone: 01495 244566
3. Headmaster: K. P. McAnulty, B.Ed.,(HONS) A.C.P. Dip.
4. Deputy Headmaster: Mr. M. Cadman, B.A. (HONS)
5. Director of Education: Mr. D. Hopkins
Director of Education & Leisure
Hengoed, CF82 7EP
6. Chair of School Mrs E Trott
Governors: 7 Hill Street
Chapel of Ease
7. Times of opening: Juniors 9.00 a.m. - 12 noon
1.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.
Infants 9.00 a.m. -12 noon
1.15 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.
Nursery 9.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.
Children should not arrive in school before 8.50 a.m. (if buses are early this is
Except for inclement weather the children assemble in the playground. If weather is wet
the children may enter the school building on arrival.
Parents using cars to collect children are asked not to enter school gates because of
the danger to other children.
Free transport is available for children from Llanfach. Perry’s coaches 8.15 a.m.
Cycles are not permitted in school unless the owners are taking part in the Cycling
8. School Meals
Free school meals are available where family income falls within the scale. They are
granted on an annual basis.
Applications should be made to the Director of Education. Forms are available at
9. Dinner Money
The current price for school meals is £1.55. All money (even if it is for an ‘odd’ day later
in the week) must be sent on a Monday. The money (preferably in the form of a cheque
and made out to C.C.B.C.) should be in an envelope or paper packet, bearing the
child’s name, class and the days on which meals are required. School meals are
prepared on the school premises and are of good quality.
If your child has school meals please do not send any other food or drink. Children may
eat sandwiches in the dining hall. Lunch boxes must be clearly labelled with child’s
name. They are expected to eat the contents of their packed lunch during the lunch
break. It is not permissible to eat or drink after leaving the dining hall.
There is an abundance of toys in school. Please do not allow your child to bring toys to
school. Should a child wish to show a teacher a ‘special’ toy, e.g. birthdays, please send
on a Friday.
School uniform is: Girls - burgundy sweatshirt, blue blouse/polo shirt,
grey/black pinafore/skirt (not straight) /trousers.
Boys - burgundy sweatshirt, blue shirt/polo shirt,
All school uniform is available from Regis, Victoria
For P.E. ‘daps’ may be worn, but many prefer to work in bare feet. Children are
expected to change for P.E. and games. Boys are expected to wear shorts. Girls are
expected to wear shorts and a tee shirt or leotard. Boys wishing to play soccer should
provide themselves with the appropriate kit. A P.E. bag, clearly marked with your child’s
name, would be useful.
It may be thought advisable for pupils to wear an old shirt for art and craft. Footwear
such as clogs or high-heeled shoes can be dangerous and must not be worn to school.
Clothing is difficult to identify unless the owner’s address is clearly marked.
It is advised that watches, jewellery etc. be left at home.
Much time is often wasted by teachers having to look for mislaid articles. It is important
that studs only are worn in pierced ears, other earrings and sleepers can be dangerous
in many circumstances, especially during P.E. when caught in jumpers. Staff will not be
held responsible for injury caused by jewellery.
12. Absence and Illness
If a child has an accident or becomes ill in school, it is often desirable to contact the
parent with the request that the child is collected. This is done for the benefit of the child
and the other pupils in the school. Children who show symptoms of sickness, especially
if they have had a disturbed night, should be kept from school.
If children are being treated with medicines with side effects this should be made known
to the school.
All absences from school must be explained preferably on the first morning of absence
by telephone, failing this, a letter of explanation.
Administration of Medical Treatments to Pupils at School
a) All parental requests to schools for administering of medicines must be
made in writing, using the proforma obtainable from school.
b) The request must include:
i) Details of illness
ii) Timing, quantity/degree, method and duration of treatment.
c) Change of circumstances must be notified immediately.
d) Due to unforeseen circumstances the school will not be held liable for
any shortcomings in treatment. The school will, however, notify parents, without
delay, of any failure to comply with instructions.
Absence from P.E./Swimming
Children are expected to take part in P.E./Games/Swimming. If your child is fit for
school but not fit for P.E. a letter of explanation must be sent to the school.
The main points of the admissions arrangements are as follows:
1. A child is eligible to be admitted to the nursery at the beginning of the term after
he/she will attain his/her third birthday. i.e. birthdays 1st September to 31st
December would start in the Spring term, 1st January to 31st March would start
in the Summer term and 1st April to 31st August would start in the Autumn term.
2. All children who reach the age of five during the school year will be entitled to
start school in September.
3. School will accommodate all pupils within the “catchment area”,
4. In addition, school will admit pupils from outside the catchment area at least up
to its Standard Number.
5. Where it is necessary to refuse admission of some out-of-catchment
applications, because the Standard Number has been reached, the allocation of
places will be made according to the following criteria which are listed in priority
• Children recommended for placement with regard to medical, psychological or
special educational reasons, which have been confirmed by the L.E.A.’s
• Children with siblings attending the school.
• The distance from home to school measured by the shortest available walking
Points of Law
1. No application for admission may be refused if the school’s Standard Number
has not been exceeded.
2. It is not acceptable to refuse admission to pupils, or give them a lower priority in
admissions arrangements on the grounds that they may disrupt the education of
3. It is not acceptable to refuse to admit a pupil on the grounds that a school
cannot cater for his or her special educational needs.
4. The law does not provide for a pupil to be admitted for a “trial period”.
5. School places may not lawfully be offered subject to the agreement by parents
or pupils to specified conditions or undertakings.
6. Any applicant who is refused admission will be given the right of appeal to an
independent appeals committee whose decisions are binding on the L.E.A.,
schools and parents.
Applications from disabled pupils are encouraged. The school is
accessible by ramp although this is only possible through one double
and one single door. Disabled toilet facilities exist only in the junior
boys cloakroom. Parents of disabled pupils are welcome to visit the
school in order to inspect facilities. Parents of disabled pupils are
also advised to contact the L.E.A. regarding other essential
requirements. The school regularly produces an action plan regarding
disabled access and other related matters and these policies are
available from the school upon request.
All children take part, from time to time, in visits to places of interest
outside the school. These visits may be within easy walking distance
or further afield, when transport has to be arranged. Sometimes,
however, buses have to be hired. Voluntary contributions are required
to fund those trips, where these contributions do not meet the cost, it
may be necessary to cancel the visit.
Charging and Remission Policy
As part of our approach to teaching we try to link projects with educational visits. We
have to ask for voluntary contributions from parents to cover the cost of these visits. The
Governors always attempt to find ways of keeping these costs to a minimum. If
insufficient funds are available we may have to cancel a trip.
15. School Grounds
The school grounds are the property of Caerphilly C.B.C. There is no
public right of way or unauthorised use of or through the school grounds.
Dogs are not allowed on school premises.
A child may be allowed leave of absence from school for up to two
weeks in any twelve months in order to accompany a parent on his or
her annual holiday from employment, on completion of the appropriate
form (available from school).
Good home/school relations are vital to the success of pupils attending
• A home school contract is signed annually by the pupil/parent/ teacher/
• Letters are sent home for parents to sign giving consent to:
1. photographs/videos being taken of their child(ren)
2. local visits to be undertaken by their child(ren)
3. sporting fixtures & educational visits being undertaken by their child(ren)
Forms are also sent out for parents to list all emergency contact telephone
numbers and any medical conditions their child(ren) may have.
Parent/teacher consultations take place on a formal basis during November, June/July.
Parents wishing to consult the class teacher or headmaster outside these times should
telephone or contact the school to make an appointment.
The school has a P.A. to which all parents automatically belong. The
committee meets regularly, both on a formal and informal basis and
always welcomes new members or suggestions for activities.
The school considers itself fortunate to have a group of parents
who are committed to helping the school in a variety of ways. Parents
interested in joining this group should contact the school.
We believe in a well-disciplined school with children learning to respect
each other and all adults in school with whom they come into contact.
They are taught to be honest, reliable and punctual.
In serious cases of misbehaviour the parents will be sent for and the
matter discussed. The best form of discipline is self-discipline. This is
our aim for your child.
Where necessary reasonable force can be used to control or restrain pupils in order to
protect the pupil:
1. committing an offence
2. causing personal injury or damage to property.
3. engaging in behaviour prejudicial to good order and discipline at the
school or amongst the pupils.
(Ed. Act 1996 Section 550A subsection 2)
Should physical intervention be required the response should involve
• the minimum degree of force
• last the minimum period of time, and
• be characterised by a caring manner
20. Equal Opportunities
The school is committed to a policy of equal opportunities. There shall
be no discrimination on the grounds of colour/race/gender/age/creed or
disability. It is the policy of the school that the statement of equal
opportunities be monitored and reviewed at regular intervals. This
review shall be monitored by officers of the L.E.A., governors of the
school or persons delegated by the governors or L.E.A. to conduct
such a review.
21. Security and Health and Safety
Our policy is to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment
and systems of work for all pupils and staff. In addition to provide such information,
training and supervision as they need for this purpose. We also accept our responsibility
for the health and safety of other people who may be affected by our activities.
A policy of risk assessment is in operation in the school.
The school is fitted with internal locks which allow quick exit but prevent access from
outside. The main door operates on an intercom system.
Regular fire drills are carried out and recorded in the fire drill log book.
A full Health & Safety Policy is lodged within school and is available upon request.
22. Complaints Procedure About the School Curriculum and Related
The document relating to section 23 of the Education Reform Act, 1988 is available for
inspection at all schools maintained by the L.E.A., public libraries and education offices.
A copy will be given, if desired, to any person wishing to make a complaint under these
23. The Education (School Records) Regulations 1989
The Education Reform Act 1988 contains provision for the establishment of regulations
for the maintenance, disclosure and transfer of educational records on individual pupils.
Governors have the responsibility for ensuring that a record is maintained on every pupil
registered at their schools with effect from 1st September, 1989. As from 1st September
1990, the parent of every registered pupil under eighteen years of age and every pupil
over sixteen years of age was entitled to have access to his/her pupil record.
School Governors are only required to make available for inspection the actual record,
or supply a copy thereof, to an entitled person when in receipt of written request,
whereupon a response must be given within fifteen school days (i.e. days when the
school meets). Governors may charge, at cost price, for a copy of a record and supply
may be dealt with similarly.
However, there are categories of information which the regulations anticipate as either
prohibited from disclosures or which should be withheld if considered by the Governors
to be unsuitable for disclosure. The Regulations specify two categories of information
which are exempt from being disclosed and the provisions may be summarised as
a) Information Prohibited from Disclosure
(i) Information as to the results of an individual pupil’s assessment - except when
supplied to a pupil’s parents.
ii) School reports to juvenile courts (n.b. Magistrates have
discretion to disclose such reports to parents and pupils
(iii) Ethnic data – except to an ‘entitled person’ as defined in the
Regulations (N.B. information within categories a) (ii) and (iii)
cannot be required to be transferred.)
b) Information which Governors are Entitled to Withhold
(i) Information concerning another pupil (i.e. not the subject of the
record for which disclosure/transfer is sought).
(ii) Any information which, in the opinion of the Governors, could
cause serious harm to the physical or mental health or emotional condition
of the pupil concerned, or of any other
(iii) Any information on record relating to actual, alleged or
suspected child abuse. N.B. The Secretary of State expects
Governing Bodies to ensure that information as specified in
b) (ii) and (iii) is not disclosed.
(iv) Records made before 1st September, 1989.
In Abercarn School no information is contained on the school record that has not been
either conveyed to parents via the Annual Report or placed on the aforementioned card
without parental permission.
Request forms for access to school records are available only from Mr. McAnulty or Mr.
24. Curriculum Aims
The aims of the school, in broad terms, can be stated thus:
1. To help pupils to develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question
and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical
2. To help pupils to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and
employment in a fast changing world;
3. To help pupils to use language and numbers effectively;
4. To instil respect for religious moral values and tolerance of other races,
religions and ways of life;
5. To help pupils to understand the world in which they live and the
interdependence of individuals, groups and nations;
6. To help pupils to appreciate human achievements and aspirations.
25. National Curriculum
In line with other primary schools in England and Wales the school follows the
programmes of study laid down in the statutory orders by the D.E.S.
Core: Mathematics, English, Science
Foundation: History, Geography, I.T., C.D.T., Music, Art, R.E., P.E.,
The content of these subjects is delivered through both integrated and discrete
approaches. Every opportunity is taken to explore the relationships between different
subject areas and achieve a balance of delivery.
Courses of work are carefully planned with clear objectives in mind and are continually
evaluated. The courses of work, as far as possible, match the abilities, attainments,
interests and experiences of the pupils; in addition to factual knowledge concepts, skills
and attitudes are important elements in the work programmes.
Pupils learn in a variety of ways according to the task in hand. No single style of
teaching is suitable for all purposes and so staff employ whole class, group, paired and
individual strategies. Active learning and a sense of purpose and success enhance
pupil’s enjoyment, interest and confidence and sense of personal wealth; passive
learning and inappropriate teaching styles can lead to frustration and failure.
Our paramount concern is the development of the whole child; the intellectual, moral,
spiritual, physical, emotional and aesthetic. Any assistance in achieving this
development that can be given via the home is most appreciated. A homework policy is
available from the school. Methods of recording and assessment will reflect the child’s
progress through the National Curriculum and will adhere to Caerphilly County Borough
The school was in the first cohort for training teachers in the provision of Welsh in K.S.1.
It must be stressed that Welsh is taught incidentally throughout the day. This includes
greetings, introductions and conversations about the weather.
Exact time allocation is difficult to state, but is currently no more than 4% of the whole
27. Religious Education
Daily assemblies are held for undenominational Christian worship and moral and
religious instruction is given according to the Agreed Syllabus. Parents who wish their
children to be exempted from such activities are invited to write to the headmaster.
28. Sporting Aims and Provision
The school believes that participation in sport is to be valued as it promotes a healthy
life style, team spirit and co-operation.
Regular soccer and netball fixtures are held between Abercarn and neighbouring
schools. During the summer months the school takes part in district rounders, kwick
cricket and athletic competitions. The school has an all weather multi marked playing
29. Sex Education
Sex Education is an integral part of the school’s programme of Personal, Social and
Health Education. The programme covers the physiological aspects of sexual
development and addresses the issue gender in personal and social development. The
overall aim is to promote informed responsible choices in respect of sexual behaviour
with due regard to moral considerations and the value of family life.
Learning experiences appropriate to the needs of the pupils are provided in order to
assist them to come to terms with their own sexuality.
All work in this area of the curriculum is undertaken with the utmost tact and sensitivity.
A full statement of policy is available from the school which includes a statement
informing parents of their right to withdraw pupils should they so wish.
30. Special Educational Needs Definition
The Education Act 1981 defines a child as having Special Educational Needs (S.E.N.) if
he/she has a ‘learning difficulty’ which calls for a special provision to be made. Pupils
are either placed on the special needs register at School Action (SA) or on the register
School Action Plus (SA+). All pupils have an Individual Education Plan which is
communicated to parents for comment. All IEP’s can be viewed at any time by a parent.
Further details re issues connected with SEN can be obtained by contacting Mr M
Cadman, Deputy Head and SENCo. Section 1 states that a child has a learning difficulty
a) has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of
children of the same age; or
b) has a disability preventing or hindering the use of educational facilities
of a kind generally provided in school within the area of the L.E.A.
concerned, for the children of the same age;
c) has an undefined difficulty which could fall into either of these
categories if special provision was not made.
Special needs is an issue affecting all the staff within the school. All staff are directly
involved in the teaching of Special Needs pupils. A common philosophy exists towards
the teaching of special needs pupils which offers support, practical guidance and
resource backup. A simple and efficient system of identification provides a basis for
informed discussions and decision making. This is shared by all staff. It reflects agreed
criteria, forms of collation and presentation of information. It is designed to develop a
shared understanding of special needs.
It is the policy of Abercarn Primary School to follow the ‘Staged Model’ as
recommended in the Education Act 1993 S.E.N.
1. Lead: Class/subject teacher
2. Lead: SEN Co-ordinator
3. Lead: SEN Co-ordinator + Specialist Support
4. a) Consider need for statutory assessment
b) Multidisciplinary assessment
5. a) Consider need for statement
b) Make a statement
A child has ‘Special Educational Needs ’if he or she has a learning difficulty which calls
for special educational provision to be made for him or her.
Partnership with Parents
It is the responsibility of the school to enter into a partnership with the parents of a child
• Take account of wishes, feelings and knowledge of parents
• Contribute to parents own understanding
• Encourage home reinforcement
• Written information in main languages of community
• Information packs
The school has access to a number of other agencies including:
i) Speech Therapist
iii) Advisory teachers
iv) Risca Health Centre
v) Voluntary and Charitable Organisations.
31. Child Welfare
It is the policy of Abercarn Primary School to encourage discussion about all aspects
of welfare concerning children within our care. Informal exchange of information may
be done by contacting the class teacher or a more private arrangement can be made
with the head teacher or designated member of staff.
Staff are required to discuss any issues that are of concern and this will always be
done with the children’s welfare as a priority. It is therefore essential that parents
appreciate that in certain circumstances information will be passed to the
31. School Organisation
The school is divided into three departments viz: nursery, infants (Key Stage 1) and
juniors (Key Stage 2). The arrangements are dictated by number of children in each
age group and the numbers of teachers available. However, groups are formed
within each class, which are flexible in their composition and reflect the child’s
K. P. McAnulty Esq Headmaster – Responsible for P.E.
M Cadman Esq Deputy Head – Responsible for SEN & Geography
Mrs R. Horne Responsible for I.T./Science/Music
Mrs J. Woodland Responsible for Children’s Welfare/ Mathematics/ART
Mrs K. Robinson Head of Key Stage 1/English
Mrs L. Brown } Job Responsible for A.R.R./History
Mrs D. Pritchard } Share * T.B.A. following return to Abercarn from secondment.
Mrs K. Parry Head of Early Years
Ms S Davies Responsible for Welsh
Ms G Jones Responsible for R.E./P.H.S.E.
Ms S David Responsible for D.T./And Assistance with Welsh
Mrs. J. Farmer Admin Officer
Mrs. J. Davies Admin Support Officer
Mrs. J. Jenkins N.N.E.B.
Mrs. A. Parry N.N.E.B.
Miss J. Morgan P.P.A. Cover
Mr. S. Watson Caretaker
Mrs. J. Dury Senior Supervisory Assistant
Miss. R. Salter Supervisory Assistant
Mrs. J. Edwards Supervisory Assistant
Mrs. S. Watson Cook
Mrs. D. Williams Assistant Cook
Mrs D Meacham Canteen Assistant
Mrs C Richards Canteen Assistant
Mrs. E. Oliver Cleaner
Mrs. Bradley Peripatetic String Teacher
Mr. C. Rees Peripatetic Brass Teacher
Mr. P. Miles Educational Welfare Officer
Mr. J. Thomas County Road Safety Officer
33. Extra Curricular Activities
Infant Percussion/WelshClub/Football/Cricket/Netball/Hockey/Spanish/ Discovery Club
are all offered throughout the year.
34. Annual rates of Unauthorised and Authorised Absences for
TERM % % AUTHORISED % UNAUTHORISED
ATTENDANCE ABSENCE ABSENCE
Summer 91.2% 7.4% 1.4%
Autumn 93.7% 4.7% 1.6%
Spring 92.5% 5.8% 1.7%
Please note this, and other, information will be provided as an addendum to the
prospectus on a termly basis, or when applicable.