CYNGOR SIR CAERFYRDDIN Carmarthenshire County Council
Ysgol Iau Felinfoel
Felinfoel Junior School
Ynyswen, Felinfoel, Llanelli Carmarthenshire SA14 8BE Rhif Ffon - Telephone (01554) 750328
Aelodau’r Staff Members of Staff
Headteacher Mr P. H. Roberts Deputy Mrs H. Wynne Teachers Mrs K. Thomas Miss N Evans Mrs E.A. Davies
Miss J. Thomas
Mrs G. Morris Miss E. M.E.Jones Mrs D. Morgans
Mrs E. Davies
Cvnorthwv Clerigol Prydau Bwyd / School Meals Clerical Assistant
Mrs Yolande Jones
Mrs S.N. Thomas
Mrs Yolande Jones
Governing Body / Y Corff Llvwodraethol
Chairman/Cadeirydd Mr,.R. W. Soady Vice-Chairman/Is-Gadeirydd Mr M. Foden Governors
Mr. L.Milner Mrs H.Wynne Mrs A.D.Jones Mrs S.N.Thomas Mrs. E. T. Davies Mrs A.E. Coslett-Hughes Councillor R. Evans Councillor D.W.Hugh Richards Reverend D.Payne Mr.P.Poli
Headteacher Governor/ Cynrychiolwr y Prifathrawon Mr P.H. Roberts
Dear Parents, Thank you for your interest in Felinfoel Junior School. This prospectus is intended to tell you about the life and work of the school. Our school has earned a reputation for providing a secure and stimulating environment in which pupils can grow and learn. We value this reputation and continue to work to provide a wide range of balanced opportunities for all pupils. Opportunities that not only fulfil their educational needs but also help them develop into independent and responsible people. They will be encouraged to achieve their full potential by working in an atmosphere of co-operation and tolerance. Our primary aim is to promote the highest achievement of each child in a caring and stimulating environment. We look forward to meeting you. Yours sincerely
P H Roberts (Headteacher)
The Governors and Staff of Felinfoel Junior School consider the following aims to be very important: To provide a welcoming, caring and secure environment for the child. To make the school an integral part of the community where pupils care for one another and for the environment around them. To provide an environment totally concerned with the development of the 'whole child' not just academically, but emotionally, socially, physically and morally which encourages self confidence, self discipline, self reliance and self-respect. High standards of achievement where each child reaches his full potential. To foster good home-school community links. The general ethos of the school should reflect the good relationships between teachers, pupils and parents.
Felinfoel Junior School transferred to its present modern building in 1975, when the school was moved from Long Row. The school is controlled by the Local Education Authority. The official name of the school is Felinfoel County Primary School. It is administered by
Carmarthenshire Education Authority whose Director is Mr Vernon Morgan.
Felinfoel Junior School is situated in Ynyswen, Felinfoel and is ideally located close to Ysgol y Babanod and Bryngwyn Comprehensive School. The School is surrounded by grassed areas which includes a hard surfaced playing yard. A small section of the grassed area has been transformed into a conservation area complete with pond with another part turned into a school flower garden. The school building itself is a compact modern building consisting of four large teaching areas. Three of these areas are divided by smaller quiet rooms which are used as resource areas for Science/Technology, Mathematics and Language. A large hall is provided, which acts as a dining hall, assembly and physical education area. The school has its own kitchen and meals are cooked on the premises daily and conform to the County Healthy Eating Programme. Access to the school is along a lengthy tree-lined drive. In the interest of safety, parents are requested not to drive their cars on the property, but to leave their children at the main gates.
Organisation The school is a Junior School and therefore caters for
children from the age of 7-11 years. (Years 3-6 National Curriculum). The Authority has categorised the school as a B/A school. This means that the school can offer English medium or Welsh medium education. The children in the English classes are taught Welsh as a second language while the children in the Welsh classes are taught Welsh as the main medium of communication. The school has 3 English classes, and group sessions cater for those children who need extra educational help. Classes are numbered in the National Curriculum Year (Years 3-6). Each class contains two different age groups of children. The children attending the two Welsh Classes are vertically grouped with an age range of 7-9 and 10-11 years. Children leave the school in the July following their 11th birthday, to attend a local Comprehensive School - usually Bryngwyn or Ysgol Gyfun y Strade, or other schools of their parents choice.
School Times All Classes Morning Session 8:50 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Afternoon Session 13:00 p.m. - 15:l0p.m.
Children should arrive in school in good time for the start of the morning session 8.50a.m. Punctuality is important, showing good manners and responsibility. Children should not arrive at school before 8.40 a.m. as no responsibility can be accepted for them before this time. We have Road Crossing Patrols at the front of the school on Ynyswen Road and also in the village on Panteg Road. No child is allowed to leave school early unless a written request is received or a parent collects the child in person. If children are being collected by someone unknown to the school, teaching staff need to be informed of this arrangement.
Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum is taught to pupils between the ages of 7-11 years. The National Curriculum applies to all state schools. It is comprised of 3 core subjects, Mathematics, Science and English/Welsh. The other foundation subjects taught are Welsh as a second language, Information Technology, Technology, History, Geography, Physical Education, Music and Art. We also follow a programme of Religious Education. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education lessons and also from school and class morning assemblies. Being a B/A category school, Welsh is taught as both a first and second language. It is hoped that all pupils
will be bilingual by the age of 11. The school attempts to make Welsh an active language, a purposeful language of communication for all pupils at the school. The growing first language Welsh classes are used to help with the development of Welsh throughout the school, through assemblies, concerts, and the schools participation in the Urdd Gobaith Cymru Eisteddfodau.
The School's Curriculum is well planned to ensure that the National Curriculum targets in both core and foundation subjects are encompassed. The children are taught a balance of practical and intellectual skills. The children work on three themes in a school year based on a two year cycle.
Changes Ourselves Movement
Light and sound Buildings Life and living creatures
The school has adopted a whole school cross-curricular thematic approach. Themes are discussed and prepared
carefully to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is taught. Educational visits linked to themes are undertaken, e.g. Castell Henllys (Celtic Fort) Llancaiach Fawr (Tudor House) Techniquest (Science). Parents are informed by letter and a signed consent form is required for the child to be able to attend. Parents are asked for a contribution towards the cost of a visit. Other visits include theatre visits, sporting activities, inter school quiz competitions, Llangrannog, etc. Year 6 pupils are invited to a week's stay at the Lady Stepney Pendine Camp as part of their outdoor and adventurous activities. Speakers are invited into school from various Industries and Charity Organisations. Other visitors include Theatre in Education, Musical Groups, Local church Organisation and Wildlife organisations. These activities help broaden the children's experiences. Full use is made of technological equipment such as television, video, radio, tape recorders, video camera and computers. The school has, 2 A3000, 1 A4000 and 5 PC’s all of which contain a widening range of relevant software and are linked to the Internet and are situated within the classes. Also the school has a computer suite containing 10 PC’s which is an excellent opportunity for your child to develop his/her computing skills. Parents can receive further information about the school curriculum by contacting the Headteacher.
Extra Curricular Activities
A wide range of extra curricular activities are offered to the children during after school clubs. These are all held between 3.10 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. five nights a week. These activities include the Urdd Club which involves disco, folk and creative dancing, singing (solo and choir) reciting, drama, art and craft, science, maths and technology. Children are encouraged to participate in the Urdd Eisteddfod held at Stradey Comprehensive School. There is a Running club as well as Rugby and Netball. Other activities include computer club, Clwb Hwyl, and chess.
The pupils are encouraged to actively participate in inter school team games. Emphasis is entirely on the importance of participation in competitions. The school has a growing number of pupils learning woodwind, brass and string instruments. Parents wishing their children to learn to play a musical instrument should contact the headteacher. Special Educational Needs Some children will require extra help with some areas of the curriculum. In the first instance, the class teacher will
discuss the problem at an early stage with parents. This extra help may be provided when the Education Authority considers it to be appropriate. This sometimes happens afier a child is assessed by a support teacher or the Educational Psychologist. Parents are informed when this assessment is taking place, and are asked for their opinions. Children are sometime given extra help by part-time teachers who assess their difficulties and liaise with the classteacher to develop a programme of work to help the child develop to their fullest potential. Children with Special Educational Statements have their
difficulties, need and provision reviewed on an annual basis. Parents are invited to the review meetings.
Sex Education is taught as part of an integrated Health Education programme which includes emotions, physical change, keeping safe, behaviour, attitudes, respect, responsibility, relationships and self confidence. The information given to the children will take into account the age, sensitivity, character and social and family background of the children involved. The School health visitor is invited to talk to the Year 6 pupils during their final term at the school. Parents may request that their children be withdrawn from these lessons and the Governors will then consider their request. Sex Education policy is the responsibility of the governors of the School and was discussed and approved by them.
Links with Parents
Parents are kept in touch with their child's progress by informal talks, Parent Evenings and by Annual Reports. During their final year in Key Stage 2 (Year 6) children are assessed by their teachers and by carrying out National Standard Assessment Tests and Tasks as set by the government. These results are reported to the parents and form an important part of the end of year parents evening. They also form part of each child's Record of Achievement, which is a collection of material which shows what each child has done whilst at the school. These are made available to the receiving Comprehensive School. The Headteacher and Staff are always available to discuss any aspect of your child's development. If possible, please send a note or telephone in advance. It is important that the home and school work together by sharing information and making any concerns known. Children also take newsletters home at regular intervals informing parents of general news, future events and dates of holidays. The annual school magazine distribution also keeps parents up to date with school activities.
Many parents support the school be sending their child in school uniform. The wearing of a school uniform helps the children to understand that certain standards things are expected in all whilst at school. The wearing of the school uniform gives them a sense of identity. The basic school colours are red and grey.
WINTER Boys Grey Trouser White or Grey Shirt Red Jumper Red Tie Girls Grey Skirt/Tunic White blouse Red Jumper/Cardigan Red Tie SUMMER Boys Grey Tracksuit bottoms White shirt/polo shirt Girls Summer Dress (red/white gingham) Grey Skirt School polo shirt
School joggers, polo shirts and jumpers can be purchased from the school. Thy bear the name and logo of the school and are of good quality and value. All clothing should be clearly marked with the child's full name. A change of clothing to undertake Physical Education lessons is desirable - shorts, T-shirts and gym-shoes/trainers.
Whilst at school we expect all children to follow the school rules. These are designed to ensure that everybody in school is as happy and safe as possible. If a child breaks the rules they will be punished. This could mean a loss of a playtime or other punishment. If a child persists in behaving in an unacceptable way the class teacher will arrange a meeting with parents. The home and school will then work together to resolve the problem. Children being bullied by other children should inform their teacher. All complaints, whatever their nature, are investigated by the staff. Bullying is not tolerated at the school. Children are expected to show respect towards other children, all members of staff and visitors to the school. They are taught to show concern for others and their belongings, to be tolerant and well mannered and to exercise self control. The home and school together should provide a caring environment where children can learn to behave in an acceptable manner.
It is the policy of the school that homework is set. Homework provides a means of involving parents in their child's education - to give assistance and encouragement when needed. Homework consolidates school work and helps develop good habits - setting time for regular study. Homework will be set 3 times a week and the classroom teacher decides the format. Reading at home is vitally important - be that for pleasure, for information or shared reading with parents and others.
Children are allowed to take reading books home, these can be changed on a weekly basis.
There will be times when children are asked to find out about a particular topic, to leam spelling or multiplication tables. These will be much more useful if parents show an
interest in the task, by asking questions and helping with the learning. Children progress much better when they have individual quality attention from interested parents.
The school is supported by School Medical, Dental and Psychological Services. Parents are informed when these visitors attend school and can be present at the Medical and Dental examinations of their children if they wish to do so. If a child becomes ill at school, parents are informed immediately. If children are unwell they should not be in school. It is therefore unnecessary for children to be kept in at playtimes. Staff will take care of inhalers for asthma sufferers for use as required. The staff may not administer medicines and children must not be in possession of medicines whilst at school. Only in very special cases will this be allowed and it must be by prior arrangement with the headteacher (or deputy). All absences should be notified to the School by a letter or phone call. Any not covered in this way will be counted as unauthorised, and will appear on the child's records.
School Meals - Lunchtime Arrangements
Children may have school meals cooked in the school kitchen, bring a packed lunch (no glass bottles), or go home for dinner. Payment for school meals must be made at the beginning of each week. Parents of children entitled to free school meals must obtain authorisation from the Education Headquarters, Pibwrlwyd, Carmarthen. In the playground, children are supervised at playtimes by teachers on duty and at lunchtime by midday Supervisors. It is important that pupils do as they are asked by the adults in the school, as they are there to ensure safety. Children who consistently behave badly during lunchtime will be sent home for lunch.
Healthy Eating Tuck-shop During each break-time apples, bananas etc can be purchased from the school tuck-shop.
Any complaints about aspects of a child's schooling should be discussed with the headteacher and staff. Hopefully, any concerns will be resolved during discussion with the headteacher. If parents wish to make a formal complaint, the headteacher will inform parents of the set procedure.
The School's Parents and Friends Association organises many events to raise funds for the purchase of additional resources for the School. All parents are welcome to attend and are notified of such meetings.
Sources of funds are Termly School Productions, Sale of School Photographs, Discos, Raffle, etc. All these funds are used for the benefit of the children.
The dates of the school holidays are notified in advance in termly newsletters which each child receives.
The headteacher and staff of Felinfoel Junior School will be only too willing to answer any questions parents or prospective parents may have about the school which are not fully explained in the prospectus.
The School Governors make decisions about how the school is run. They have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They can only act together not individually and they meet at least once a term. School Governors are Parents, Teachers, Local Council representatives and Community representatives. Parent governors are elected by the parents of the School. All Governors serve for a period of four years. Any parent interested in becoming a school Governor can receive further information from the Headteacher.
TEACHER ASSESSMENT4+ % 80
CORE SUBJECT INDICATOR Teacher assessment % 73.3
Autumn Average No. on register for term Average number on register Total No. of Authorised absences Total No. of Unauthorised absences % of Unauthorised absences based on number of sessions % of Unauthorised absences based on number of pupils % Attendance based on number of pupils 98 92.5 739(5.1%) Spring 98 91.4 729 (5.9%) Summer 97.25 89.8 691 (6.7%) -