YSGOL GYNRADD CARREG HIRFAEN

 

ADRODDIAD BLYNYDDOL I'R RHIENI

15.11.17 

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Organisation of Staff:

Foundation Phase Rec: 

Mrs E Jones (Arweinydd y Cyfnod Sylfaen)

Foundation Phase Yr 1: 

Mrs N Evans/Miss F Evans

Foundation Phase Yr 2: 

Mrs N Williams

Year 3:  

Miss F Davies

Year 4:  

Miss H Griffiths 

Year 5 a 6:  

Mrs CM Wilkins; Miss F Evans

Headteacher:   

Mr A Jones Evans

Learning Support Assistants:

Mrs J Davies; Mrs J James; Mrs D Jones; Mrs H Davies;

Mrs H Roberts, Miss F Evans

 

 

 

Non-Teaching Staff:

Cook:

Mrs J Moss

Assistant

Mrs G Davies;

Caretaker:      

Mr E Thomas 

Cleaners: 

Mrs G Jones, Mrs M McMullan; Mrs T Williams; Mrs K Bundock;

Mid Day Supervisors:

Mrs T Williams; Learning Support Assistants (on rota)

Dinner Clerk:

Mrs T Williams 

Administrative Officers:

Mrs M Morgan; Mrs H Roberts; 

 

 

Resolutions:

No resolutions were passed in the previous meeting.

 

 

Special Needs Provision:

Mrs N Williams is responsible for curriculum monitoring and co-ordinating the special needs provision. The arrangement is most beneficial to the curricular needs of the children. 

 

  

Peripatetic Staff:

The following peripatetic music teacher attends the school. 

Woodwind / String: 

Mrs G  Davies                

(2 hours) 

 

  

Athrawes Fro:

Members of this department support Welsh first language and second language education at the school. This term the Athrawes Fro is working with Key Stage 2 pupils on their Reading Skills.

 

 

Students/Work Experience Placements:

The school has welcomed several student teachers from Trinity College Carmarthen for their Teaching Practive, students from Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion on teaching observation as well as pupils from our local comprehensive schools - Bro Pedr and Syr Henri Richard on work experience.  

 

 

Attendance of Pupils:                              % attendance 

Autumn Term 2016:         

96.01 %

 

Spring Term 2017:  

94.70 %

 

Summer Term 2017:  

95.29%

 

Average for the Year:

95.36%

 

 Percentage of Unauthorised absences for the above terms: 

 0.75%

  • Percentage of Authorised absences for the above terms: 

3.89%

       

 

School Premises:

The school is very grateful to Mrs G Jones, Mrs K Bundock, Mrs T Williams and Mrs M McMullan for their services in maintaining a high standard of cleanliness within the building. We also appreciate the work accomplished by Mr E Thomas in maintaining the school grounds to such high standards.

 

School Prospectus:

The school prospectus is available at the School.

 

 

 

Curricular Development:

The school aims at offering and providing a balanced curriculum, in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum, in order to stimulate the academic, emotional and social development of every child as an individual. The practices and procedures of the Foundation Phase are fully operational. 

 

Differentiated procedures are utilised to fully develop every individual’s potential. This is achieved in an active, homely, interesting and creative environment.

 

Policy documents on every aspect of the school are available in the school, and schemes of work covering all subject areas are also in operation; in accordance with national Curriculum guidelines. However, due to the changing face of Education, these policies and schemes of work are continually being monitored and have recently been updated to reflect the demands of the Donaldson Curriculum for Life pedagogy.

 

 

 

School Action Plans:

An appropriate action plan has been formulated and is operational. It is linked to the School Development Plan and School Self-evaluation documents that are revised annually. 

 

 

 

Progress in setting and meeting targets: 

Targets are set for the school, classes, groups and individuals. The targets set by the school are held within the School Development Plan. Targets are set on a yearly basis on a short, medium and long-term basis.

  

Cynllun Datblygu Ysgol – Targedau 2016-17

To improve standards in Key Stage 2 Science with particular emphasis on increasing Level 5 attainment at the end of Key Stage 2

To raise the standards of Reading in both Welsh and English throughout the school with particular emphasis on developing Higher Order Reading Skills.

To raise the level of pupils’ Outcome 6 attainment at the school in Personal and Social Development.

To raise the level of pupils’ Outcome 6+ attainment at the school in Welsh Language, Literacy and Communication.

Further develop the role of the governing body in strategic planning processes and the governors’ role as critical friends

To improve school communication procedures with parents.

 

 

 

The school is currently on track to meeting the targets set.

The school sets targets for all children commensurate to their ability and level of achievement. Children also set their own targets as independent learners. 

  

Progress on meeting Sporting aims and Sporting achievements:

The school has a broad and balanced PE & Games curriculum, which deals specifically with the development of skills. Our school’s sports teams have had an extremely successful year with regards to athletics, swimming, football, rugby and netball, and both teams and individuals have achieved representative status for the Area and the County and succeeded at National Level. 

 

Further details:

Educational evenings for the parents will continue to make the parents aware of the National Curriculum requirements, and the teaching methods utilised to convey the programmes of study.  

 

The teaching staff have also attended numerous courses for curricular development; and in-service training days have been utilised for further professional development. These INSET courses are purchased from the LEA, ERW, Atlantes and other outside agencies.

 

The Junior Department uses a thematic based teaching strategy and normally operates on a 2-year cycle, with work that addresses the needs of the National Curriculum programmes of Study, and is commensurate to the child’s ability. The Infant Department again meets the above criteria on a thematic based structure. Focus groups operate in the core subjects.

 

A Performance Management Module for the School is currently operating successfully, which includes lesson observations. Performance Management is an on-going strategy, carried out by the Headteacher and Senior Management Team, although lesson observations are a whole school strategy of sharing good practice. 

 

The School is currently involved in the Eco Schools Programme, Healthy Eating Initiative, the School Council and Fair Trade.

  

Special Needs Register:

 A Special Needs register is kept and is reviewed frequently. This enables the school to monitor the needs of pupils requiring additional support, and is aligned to the requirements of the SEN Code of Practice.

 

The current position of the Special Needs Register is as follows:  

Stage SA:  

16 pupils 

Stage SA+:  

22 pupils 

Statement: 

1 pupil

  

Disabled Pupils: Arrangements for the admission and access: 

The school admits disabled pupils through close liaison with the L.E.A. and other agencies. Full access to the building can be met through the use of ramps and lifts. The school ensures that any form of discrimination does not occur. Relevant policies are all operational. 

  

Security arrangements for Pupils, Staff and School premises:

Security alarms are fitted throughout the school. Security doors, which cannot be opened from the outside without authorization, are fitted and security gates are used around the campus to prevent intruder access. The staff ensure that the children’s security is always at the forefront of their responsibilities.  

 

School Activities including home and community links:

The school is very grateful for the continued support of the parents and friends of the school, who assist with a variety of activities which benefit the learning and ethos of continued development purported by the school. The school aims at providing equal opportunities, including opportunities for disabled pupils. The school is proud of it’s strong community links and will strive to continue strengthening this area.  

 

Breakfast Club: 

The Club operates between 7.50am and 8.30am. 

 

After-School Care Club

Currently Clwb Gofal Carreg Hirfaen offers after school care to children between  3.20pm a 5.15pm. The Club is run by Meithrinfa Seren who will be extending the opening hours to 6pm in the new year. The club will also offer out of school care at the campus during school holidays.

 

Eco Schools:

Following a successful assessment the School has been awarded Platinum Green Flag status. Many thanks to the Eco-School Committee for their hard work.

 

Equal Opportunities and Race Relations Policy:

The School has the appropriate policy in operation. 

 

Toilet facilities at Carreg Hirfaen School

There are specific toilets available for pupils in different departments of the school. There are disabled facilities available on both ground and first floors. The toilets are cleaned daily to a high standard of cleanliness. 

Categorisation of Welsh schools

Carreg Hirfaen is categorized as Yellow

 

Yellow - The definition of a yellow school by the Welsh Government is as follows:

“The school has secured good lines of outcomes in key indicators; theschool knows and can act on areas in need of improvement; many aspects of the school’s performance is self-improving.”

 

National Curriculum Statutory Assessment Results:

Teacher Assessments were administered at both Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 during this academic year. Shown are the percentages of pupils achieving the Core Subject Indicator in the school. To achieve the Core Subject Indicator, pupils must attain at least outcome 5 in Mathematics, Science, and Welsh (as a first language) in combination at Foundation Phase and level 4 in Welsh or Englsh, Mathematics and Science at Key Stage 2. 

22 Pupils in Foundation Phase Class 

18 Pupils in Key Stage 2 Class

  SUMMER 2017 TEACHER ASSESSMENT SHOWING THE PRECENTAGE OF PUPILS ACHIEVING THE EXPECTED OUTCOMES/ LEVELS FOR EACH KEY STAGE

FOUNDATION PHASE

(Outcome 5 or higher)

School

Carreg Hirfaen

All Wales Data

2016-17

WELSH

91%

91%

MATHEMATICS

100%

90%

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL SKILLS

100%

95%

FOUNDATION PHASE OUTCOME

91%

87%

KEY STAGE 2 (LEVEL 4 OR HIGHER)

School

Carreg Hirfaen

All Wales Data

2016-17

Welsh

100%

92%

English

100%

91%

Mathematics

100%

92%

Science

100%

92%

Core Subject Indicator

100%

90%

  

SUMMER 2017 TEACHER ASSESSMENT SHOWING THE PRECENTAGE OF PUPILS ACHIEVING HIGHER THAN THE EXPECTED OUTCOMES/ LEVELS FOR EACH KEY STAGE

FOUNDATION PHASE (Outcome 6 or higher)

School

Carreg Hirfaen

All Wales Data

2016-17

WELSH

50%

36%

MATHEMATICS

55%

36%

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL SKILLS

77%

59%

KEY STAGE 2 (LEVEL 5 OR HIGHER)

School

Carreg Hirfaen

All Wales Data

2016-17

Welsh

33%

37%

English

39%

41%

Mathematics

56%

41%

Science

44%

42%

 

Higher outcomes/ levels – Summer 2017

 

We’re extremely proud of the number of pupils that achieved the higher outcomes at the end of year 2 and the higher levels at the end of year 6 this summer.

50% of the year 2 pupils achieved outcome 6 in Welsh and 55% in Mathematics whilst nearly 77% of the class achieved the higher outcome in the personal and social skills area.

A good percentage of year 6 pupils achieved level 5+ in both Welsh, English and Science with over half the class achieving level 5+ in Mathematics. 11% of the class achieved level 6 in Welsh Language and Mathematics and 5.6% in English.

Year 2 and 6 learner profiles were moderated successfully within the Emlyn school cluster. May I thank the teachers for their hard work with this rigorous process.

  

Curricular and Extra Curricular Activities:

The School has attended and taken part in a variety of competitions, sporting championships, musical events, Eisteddfodau, local concerts and performances throughout the year. Parents are given a calendar of events that outline these activities and the calendar can also be accessed on the School’s website. 

 

Destination of School-leavers:

Ysgol Bro Pedr was the preferred choice of all but one of last year’s end of Key Stage 2 leavers. 

 

P.T.A.: 

The school has a very strong PTA and they regularly arrange events during the year including a Summer Fayre, Saint David’s Day celebration and Sinema evenings. We would like to thank the PTA Committee for their hard work.

 

Financial Matters: 

Gwariant Net 2016/17:                                           £502,597    Net Expenditure 2016/17

 Dyraniad Ariannu yn ol Fformiwla 2016/17:               £473,604    Formula Funding Allocation 2016/17

 Arian wrth gefn yn cario drosodd o 2016/17:            -£30,778     Surplus Carried Forward from 2015/16

 Arian wrth gefn yn cario drosodd i 2017/18:             -£1,785       Surplus Carried Forward to 2017/18

 

Charity:

The school has contributed this year to many charities including Children in Need, Red Nose Day, the local Care Home, Food Bank and several other charities. 

  

Donations

The school values all the donations it has received during the year.

  

The Governing Body

 

 

ENW/NAME

 

 

STATWS/STATUS

 

 

DIWEDD TYMOR

TERM ENDING

Mr E Williams

Cynrychiolydd Cyfethol

Community Representative

 

19.03.2021

Mr G Hope

Cynrychiolydd Cyfethol

Community Representative

 

19.03.2021

Mrs R Jones

Cynrychiolydd Cyfethol

Community Representative

 

21.02.2020

Cyngh J E Williams

Cynrychiolydd A.A.Ll

LEA Representative

 

02.11.2019

Mrs G Cornock-Evans

Cynrychiolydd Rhieni

Parental Representative

 

21.09.2018

Mr D Evans

Cynrychiolydd Rhieni

Parental Representative

 

03.11.2018

Mrs S Davies

Cynrychiolydd Rhieni

Parental Representative

 

15.12.2020

Mr D Williams

Cynrychiolydd Rhieni

Parental Representative

 

04.05.2019

Mrs L Jones

Cynrychiolydd Rhieni

Parental Representative

 

06.11.2021

Mrs J Lloyd Davies

Cynrychiolydd Staff

Staff Representative

 

19.09.2021

Mrs F Jones

Cynrychiolydd Athrawon

Teachers Representative

 

28.09.2018

Mrs A Jones Evans

Pennaeth

Headteacher

 

 

 

Conclusions: 

On behalf of Ysgol Carreg Hirfaen, I would like thank you as parents for your continuing support to the school at all times. I am fortunate to be the Head Teacher of such a happy school with polite pupils, an extremely committed team of staff, supportive parents and a professional Governing Body. This invaluable partnership contributes immensely to the high standard of education that your children receive.

Together, we look forward to yet another year of hard work, which will include a variety of wonderful learning experiences and skills to ensure that all our pupils at Ysgol Carreg Hirfaen are well prepared to face future challenges with confidence.

Thank you for your support, help and co-operation. 

 

Aled Jones Evans

(Headteacher)

15.11.17

  

 

Chairman’s Report

  

The year has in many ways been a full and busy one for many reasons and for all groups within the school community; governors, teachers, support staff, pupils and parents.  As always when you find yourself busy and fully occupied the time flies by and the end of the year seems to have arrived very soon after it began.

  

Reference to the pressures and demands of change have become part of standard conversation and report writing over recent years but this year was certainly no exception, one in which change became the byword. Personally, I prefer to disguise change by giving it names like opportunity, growth, development, improvement, satisfaction achievement and success. Yet we were not far into the first term before  I began to realise that we were doing rather a lot of it in a sustained manner, this can, if not managed with care, empathy and skill become daunting and counter-productive to some but I need not have worried. All of Carreg Hirfaen rose to the challenges of change with such a positive and professional manner, by all the groups I have listed above, whose unity marks this school out from many and I am sure when I list some, not all of the year’s events many will say ‘did we do all that in the year?’ The answer to which is ‘yes and so much more’.

 

I cannot believe it is two years since the school moved to our new facilities with spacious class-rooms, direct access to outdoor areas and large indoor areas. But new facilities are pointless without dedicated competent staff and Carreg Hirfaen is lucky to have them in abundance. The staffing within the school has been very stable for the last two years which is good for both staff and pupils. As a governing body (I’m lucky to have experienced Governors) about two years ago we decided to throw caution into the wind and employ a 6th teacher (Miss Haley Griffiths) funding it at the time using all of the school’s reserve This was done with the goal of maintaining manageable average class sizes but it needed to be funded by an increase in pupil numbers. At the time pupil numbers were around 121 but now we have grown to 158 as of July 2017. We since have also managed to add another teacher as I must congratulate Miss Ffion Evans on becoming a qualified teacher during this period. Ffion is used by the school to provide excellent consistent cover so that teaching staff can have time for their own development as well as time to assist with their teaching demands. Teachers are continually being asked to use new tools and techniques which is extremely important to develop provided they add value to the teachings of pupils. Too many times teachers are asked by local or central government to follow specific techniques or demanded to follow bureaucratic process with no or very limited improvement to the quality of provision to the pupil. Therefore this year we have prioritised in the SDP to implement effective means of reducing staff workload through identifying pointless tasks. The governing body is here to support all our staff and I personally think this is an extremely important objective for this year and future years.

 

Governor meetings have for many years been structured with one meeting every term. We decided to change this to two meetings a term due to the increasing size of business that needed to be discussed. We felt that we did not spend enough time discussing school standards so now one meeting a term is devoted only to standards and finance. We also try to keep meetings to a maximum of two hours as less is certainly more.

 

As a governing body we feel that standards at the school are good but can always be improved. During the year we have seen great improvements including higher numbers achieving level 5 in key stage 2 science, improved higher reading skills in both Welsh and English and improved outcome 6 attainment in PSD to name a few. The school development plan for the forthcoming year has been drafted and this will include keeping emphasis on Science attainment and English and Welsh reading skils as well as higher concentration on Welsh Oracy, introducing cursive writing over the next three years and implementing and promoting “Y Siarter Iaith” initiative.

 

At the end of the academic year Mr Aled Evans sent a questionnaire out to all parents to get their views on the school. The key three points recurring in the returned questionnaires were:

 

  • Improve communication between the school and parents
  • Some school trips are not educational enough
  • Make the play yards safer during break times

 

We have included all these points in the school development plan for 2017-2018 academic year. We hope the launch of the school website in November will assist with improving communications with the school. Technology is a wonderful thing but it must be used correctly and an out of date website is no use at all.

 

I must thank the PTA led by Hayley Evans and her team for the invaluable work and financial support they continually provide the school. During the year they have undertaken fantastic events such as the very successful cinema nights and the well-attended summer fate. We thank them all!

  

As well as the above points the Governing Body will continue to focus on helping deliver the school improvement plan, keep safeguarding at the forefront of our minds and further develop ways to ensure our financial situation remains healthy.

 

Regards

 

Dyfed