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Education & Children Scrutiny Committee

 

Site Visit Activity Report 2014/15

 

 


1.         Background to the visits

 

During 2008/09, the Education & Children’s Services Scrutiny Committee (as it was formerly known) established a Task & Finish Group to review Access, Inclusion and Support Services to Schools.

 

As part of the Task & Finish Group review, members undertook a series of site visits to schools within the county in order to speak to head teachers and staff. The Group found these visits invaluable but timescales prevented the members from visiting more schools. Therefore, in its final report the Group recommended that a programme of structured school visits be developed for all members of the Education & Children’s Services Scrutiny Committee. The Committee considered the Group’s recommendation at its meeting on the 8th May 2010 and unanimously resolved that local members, those who were school governors and the Executive Board Member be invited to attend a structured programme of visits to all schools and special units during the 2009/10 municipal year.

 

The programme of visits has continued since this time and in all, the Committee has now visited 131 schools (and other facilities such as children’s centres and special units). Please refer to the appendices (Section 7) for details of the schools and other facilities visited during this time. The only school the Committee has yet to visit is Cwrt Henri CP. Unfortunately, an ESTYN inspection clashed with the proposed visit to the school in May 2015. This school will be visited during 2015/16.

 

 

2.         Visits programme in 2014/15

 

A programme was developed for the 2014/15 academic year with the visits continuing to focus on clusters of schools in particular areas in order to minimise travel costs.   

 

Visits were arranged by the Education & Children Department’s School Modernisation Team in conjunction with the Scrutiny & Consultancy Team. All local members, in addition to those members who are school governors at the relevant schools, were invited to join the Committee on its visits. Occasionally, other governors were also in attendance.

 

The following 15 schools/children’s centres were visited between October 2014 and May 2015:

 

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

 

 

·         Mynydd-y-Garreg CP School

·         Maes-y-Gwendraeth Secondary School (Drefach and Cefneithin Campuses)

 

Monday 10th November 2014

 

·         Llansadwrn CP School

·         Rhys Prichard CP School, Llandovery

·         Bro Dinefwr Secondary School (Pantycelyn Campus)

 

Wednesday 4th February 2015    

 

·         Ysgol Y Felin, Llanelli

·         Ysgol Ffwrnes, Llanelli

·         Ysgol Brynsierfel, Llanelli

Thursday 19th March 2015

·         Lakefield CP, Llanelli

·         Copperworks Infant CP, Llanelli

·         Ysgol Dewi Sant, Llanelli

 

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

·         Ysgol Gymraeg Gwenllian, Kidwelly

·         Ysgol Gymraeg Parc-y-Tywyn, Burry Port

 

Tuesday 19th May 2015

·         Ysgol Gymraeg Teilo Sant, Llandeilo

·         Llandeilo CP School

 

 

During 2014/15, members were accompanied on their visits by the following officers:  

 

·         Simon Davies (School Modernisation Manager, E&C Dept.)

·         Martin Jones (School Development Project Officer, E&C Dept.)

·         Aneirin Thomas (Challenge Adviser – Team Leader, School Improvement Team, E&C Dept.)

·         David Harries (Area Senior Inspector, Property Services, Technical Services Department)

·         Jason McGarrigle (Area Senior Inspector, Property Services, Technical Services Department)

·         Wayne Jones (Building Inspector, Property Services, Technical Services Department)

·         Officers from the Scrutiny & Consultancy Team (Chief Executive’s Department)

 

Feedback sessions were also held on the 14th November 2014 and 17th April 2015 in order for members and officers to discuss and review the visits undertaken. The Chair and Vice-Chair also met with the Director and Executive Board Member for Education & Children in November 2014, April 2015 and July 2015 to feed back on the Committee’s comments and any issues raised during the visits.

 

For attendance details, please see Sections 5 and 6.


3.         Summary of visits

 

3.1       Mynydd-y-Garreg CP School

 

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Head Teacher:

Mrs. Sharon Owen

Capacity:

57

Category:

Welsh-Medium

Pupils:

42

 

Mynydd-y-Garreg School is located on Heol-yr-Ysgol next to the village hall, off the main Meinciau to Kidwelly road. The school is of traditional build and was opened in 1885 as the Mountain Board School. The school’s name was changed in 1974.

 

The school building consists of two main classrooms which house the Foundation Phase and Years 3-6 respectively.  A third classroom is used as a resource room. There are two hard surfaced yards around the school building whilst the village netball/tennis court and playing field, located next to the village, are used on a regular basis.

 

The school uses the village hall (located next door) during school hours and for hosting large events such as school plays. The hall provides a useful additional space away from the main school building for physical exercise, musical lessons, as well as other activities such as staff-related meetings or interviews.

 

The Committee noted that the head teacher had responsibility for both Mynydd-y-Garreg and Trimsaran schools and had introduced the same systems at both schools in order to minimise workload, including following the same themes each term. Sharing resources and joint activities between the two schools has benefited Mynydd-y-Garreg and offered pupils more experiences (e.g. team sports and trips). However, the schools’ identities, governing bodies and funding had been kept separate.

 

 

3.2       Ysgol Gyfun Maes-y-Gwendraeth (Secondary)

 

Head Teacher:

Mr. Iwan Rees 

Capacity:

1,464 

Category:

2A

Pupils:

884

 

Ysgol Gyfun Maes-y-Gwendraeth was established in 2013 following the closure of the former Maes-yr-Yrfa and Gwendraeth Comprehensive schools. Both schools closed as separate entities in the summer of 2013 with the new school officially opening in September 2013. The new school continues to operate out of both campuses although the majority of the pupils are now based at the Cefneithin site where the school will ultimately be located. Existing Gwendraeth pupils who had begun their GCSEs continued to be educated at the Drefach site which was expected to close in the summer of 2015. 

 

The Committee commenced its visit at the Drefach site before travelling to Cefneithin to view the on-going work at the former Maes-yr-Yrfa site.

 

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The former Maes-yr-Yrfa school was based at the Cefneithin site (pictured above) between 1983 and 2013, being the main Welsh medium secondary school in the area. The site on Heol-y-Parc has seen extensive development over the past ten years with a new building replacing numerous portable classrooms and the former design and technology block being re-developed. Members were given a tour of the new art and science building as well as the new gymnasium which was scheduled to be opened in January 2015. Following completion of Phase 1 of the project, the existing school buildings (mainly the older blocks) would be renovated and re-configured (e.g. the old gymnasium will become the main assembly hall). Members noted that building work was well underway and on schedule and the practical difficulties faced by contractors and the school staff in operating a busy construction site alongside a school.

 

The former Gwendraeth School was opened in 1925 as the Gwendraeth Valley Grammar School and occupies a large and spacious site between Heol Cwmmawr and Mary Street (pictured below). The site incorporates a mixture of buildings including the original school buildings, two newer blocks dating from the 1980s, a modern assembly hall built in 2008 and the Gwendraeth Valley Leisure Centre, also built in the 1980s. There are large playing fields on either side of the school buildings. 

 

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The Garreglwyd Unit is also housed on site and occupies two buildings, separated from the rest of the school. There is also a specialist play area for the pupils who attend the unit. The Unit itself is run in partnership with the Local Authority and to meet the needs of autistic pupils who would typically be educated within a specialist provision outside of a mainstream school. Pupils receive specialist support according to their individual needs whilst being able to access the benefits of a mainstream school setting. Garreglwyd also has a specialist autism residential unit attached to the provision. The day provision will transfer to Ysgol Bro Dinefwr when the new building is completed in 2015/16 although at the time of the visit, the future of the residential aspect of the service had yet to be decided. 

 

The Committee expressed concern at the future of the Gwendraeth site noting that it retained excellent facilities which should be utilised. It was suggested that the Committee needed to consider the future options for Pantycelyn, Tregib and Gwendraeth sites as a matter of urgency. The Committee’s visit to Maes-y-Gwendraeth was referred to at its meeting in November 2014 and it was asked if there was a vision for vacated sites such as the former Gwendraeth and Pantycelyn schools. The Committee was advised at the meeting that exit strategies were being looked at corporately and that developing future primary provision would be considered if appropriate.

 

 

3.3       Llansadwrn CP School

 

Head Teacher:

Mrs. Elin Watkins

Capacity:

49

Category:

Welsh-Medium

Pupils:

17

 

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Llansadwrn School is located in the centre of the village. The school was established in 1858 and is of traditional build with outdoor toilet facilities and a covered area that runs the length of the yard.

 

The Committee noted that whilst numbers were low, there was opportunity for all pupils and the majority took part in activities such as eisteddfods and school plays. Members noted that the inclusive ethos of the school was commended by ESTYN after its last inspection in 2011 when performance and prospects for improvement, were both rated as ‘Good’. The Committee was informed that the school undertakes joint activities with Cwrt Henri and Talley and that attendance figures were good (96.73% in 2013/14). The head teacher also commended the supportive parents association and noted that the community council had kindly funded the school’s swimming activities for the year.


 

3.4       Rhys Prichard CP School, Llandovery

 

Head Teacher:

Mr. Noel Jones 

Capacity:

270

Category:

Transitional

Pupils:

179

 

Ysgol Rhys Prichard is located on New Road (A483) in Llandovery, opposite the fire and ambulance stations. The school opened in 1910 and retains the original building. An extension was added to the rear in 2004, replacing 5 portable classrooms previously used on the site. The school has seven classrooms in the original building with a further four in the new block. A separate canteen block is located next to the main building. The school has a hard surfaced area on three sides of the building along with a playing field. 

 

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The Committee noted that the school had been inspected by ESTYN in March 2014 and had been assessed as having ‘Good’ current performance and prospects for improvement. Members were informed that to address standards in Key Stage 2, the school had invested in the ‘Cornerstones Scheme’ (Cornerstones are a primary curriculum provider) and noted that the Free School Meals deprivation grant was used to fund a SENCO for one day a week, for creating personal programmes for those pupils receiving assistance and for the ‘Chat’ speech and language programme.  

 

The school is currently categorised as ‘transitional’ and is in the process of becoming a Welsh-Medium school by September 2017. 

 

 

3.5       Ysgol Bro Dinefwr (Secondary) – Pantycelyn Campus, Llandovery

 

Head Teacher:

Mrs. Julie Griffiths

Capacity:

1,502

Category:

2B

Pupils:

1,249

 

Ysgol Bro Dinefwr was established in 2013 following the amalgamation of the former Tre-Gib and Pantycelyn Comprehensive schools. The school continues to operate out of both campuses with approximately 200 pupils based in Llandovery (from all year groups) and 1,000 in Llandeilo. It is envisaged that the new school building will be occupied from September 2016.

 

The Pantycelyn campus is located on Cil-y-Cwm Road and consists of a traditional style building (over 100 years old) alongside an extension dating from the late 1980s / early 1990s.


 

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A separate two-storey block dating from the 1960/70s is located behind this which houses the design technology and art rooms. A playing field and netball/tennis courts are located at the rear of the site whilst the swimming pool is housed in a separate building. 

 

The Committee noted that similarly to Maes-y-Gwendraeth, the creation of the new Bro Dinefwr school had been challenging and difficult at times for both pupils and staff. The head teacher had spent time talking to parents regarding the changes being undertaken at the school. The Committee was informed of the challenges of working across two campuses and especially transport costs. However, joint-timetabling arrangements are working well. Members voiced concern at the future of Pantycelyn site as this remained uncertain, especially the future of the main assembly hall which was also used by the community.

 

The Committee noted that the swimming pool on the campus was operated by the Regeneration & Leisure Department and used on a daily basis, by local primary schools and the college, as well as the public in the evenings.   

 

 

3.6       Ysgol Gymraeg Ffwrnes (CP), Llanelli

 

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Head Teacher:

Mrs. Catherine Lloyd Jenkins

Capacity:

480

Category:

Welsh-Medium

Pupils:

312

 

The Committee visited the new Ffwrnes School following its move to a new £14.6m building off Denham Avenue in December 2014. The original building was located behind Chapman Street with access from New Road.

 

The new building was built by WRW Ltd and was funded by a £10.22m Welsh Government grant and £4.38m from the Local Authority’s capital programme. The building features many environmentally-friendly features which include rainwater harvesting, external planting areas, solar panels and renewable energy sources.

 

The school has a two form entry for 420 children, plus a nursery, and will help manage the increasing demand for Welsh medium education in the Llanelli area.

 

The school was last visited by an Education & Children Scrutiny Task and Finish Group back in 2008.

 

 

3.7       Ysgol Y Felin (CP), Llanelli

 

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Head Teacher:

Mrs. Helen Wynne

Capacity:

240

Category:

Dual-Stream

Pupils:

253

 

Ysgol Y Felin is located on Ynys-Wen in Felinfoel, next to Bryngwyn Comprehensive School. The school was established following the successful merger of the former Ysgol Y Babanod Felinfoel and Felinfoel Juniors School in 2008.

 

In 2009, the former infants’ school site underwent a major re-development worth £6.3m which was completed in 2011. The work included the building of a new extension for the infant classes, an Integrated Family Centre and the re-development of the former infants building to accommodate the junior classes. The Assessment Unit block was also improved as part of the improvement work and comprehensive re-landscaping of the existing grounds and play areas was also carried out.

 

The school has 9 spacious classrooms in addition to a number of multi-purpose rooms that can be used for ‘break-out groups’ and so on.

 

This was the Committee’s second visit to the school with the previous visit held in November 2011.

 

 

3.8       Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel (CP), Llanelli

Head Teacher:

Mrs. Susan Bowen

Capacity:

240

Category:

Welsh-Medium

Pupils:

212

 

Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel is located in the Cwmcarnhywel area of Llanelli. The school was established in 1953 and in September 2011, moved into a new building on the site of the original school. During construction work, the school operated out of the now decommissioned Ysgol yr Ynys site in Cefncaeau.

 

The new school building is located on land between Brynsierfel, Dwyfor and Heol Elfed. The long building is split onto two levels and has different entrances for the various age groups.

 

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There are 8 classrooms with additional meeting rooms internally whilst externally, there are hard-surfaced playing areas on the south side of the building with car parking and a small playing field on the north side of the complex.

 

This was the Committee’s second visit to the school with the previous visit held in November 2011.

 

 

3.9       Copperworks Infant & Nursery School, Llanelli

 

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Head Teacher:

Mrs. Kim Sherlock

Capacity:

131

Category:

English-Medium (with significant use of Welsh)

Pupils:

131

 

Copperworks School is located on Nevill Street on the junction with Railway Terrace and Glanmor Road in the Tŷ-Isha ward.

 

Copperworks is the oldest remaining school in the Llanelli area having been established in 1847 by Richard J. Nevill, whose family had established a copper works in the town in the early 1800s. Copperworks School was initially established as a works charity school, a free school for the children of parents who were employed at the copper works and the Caemaen and Box Collieries. The school was originally located in the yard of the copper works but moved to the current location when the building was built.

 

All classes are located inside the main school building apart from Year 1 pupils, who are taught in a portable cabin at the rear of the school. This cabin was renovated in 2011. A small hard surfaced area is located behind the main building along with a long strip of grassed land which has outdoor play equipment and can be used in all weathers. Part of the original school building is used by CYCA (Carmarthenshire Youth & Children’s Association).

 

It is proposed that the school will merge with Lakefield CP School (located nearby) and a new purpose-built facility built on the former Draka site on Copperworks Road. 

 

The Committee noted that building maintenance issues and that there was a reluctance to spend too much on the old building with the development of a new school underway. Members voiced concern about the timescales for the school re-organisation decision-making process and requested that a report on the matter be included in its work programme.

 

 

3.10    Lakefield CP, Llanelli

 

Head Teacher:

Mr. Glyn Broderick

Capacity:

343

Category:

English-Medium

Pupils:

274

 

Lakefield School is located between Ralph Terrace and Lakefield Road in the Tŷ-Isha ward. The building which dates from 1888, is of traditional design and was originally built as a secondary modern. The junior classes are housed in the two-storey block whilst the infants are housed in the single storey block. There are two hard-surfaced play areas for the different age groups. The main hall also serves as a canteen for serving school dinners.

 

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The Committee noted that there were no outdoor green spaces but that the school was working on this to create a ‘green area’ within the grounds. The local Lakefield Community Centre and Seaside playing fields are utilised for, school plays, physical activity and team sports.

 

The school works closely with Copperworks and joint inset days are held occasionally and the new intake of pupils attend for taster sessions, prior to attending the school on a permanent basis. 

 

Following the visit to Lakefield, the Committee also viewed the site of the proposed new Seaside School, which is to be located on the former Draka site on Copperworks Road. 

 

 

3.11    Ysgol Dewi Sant (CP), Llanelli

 

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Head Teacher:

Mr. Gethin Thomas

Capacity:

392

Category:

Welsh-Medium

Pupils:

449

 

Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant is located on Bryndulais Avenue (off Heol Goffa) in Llanelli. The school shares the same site as Penygaer CP School, an English-medium primary school.

 

The school was established on St. David’s Day in 1947 as the first designated Welsh-medium School to be supported entirely by a Local Education Authority. There were 34 pupils in the school in 1947, compared to 449 today. After initially moving between different locations, the school was eventually located at its current site, a building which was opened in 1976, mirroring the Penygaer side of building next door. A ‘portable’ building was added to the Dewi Sant side in 1994 which gave the school much needed space and a separate portable cabin was installed on the bank above the school, after this time. The school has a large hard surfaced area and a small green area at the rear of the building. The local playing fields next to the school are used for team sports.

 

 

3.12    Ysgol Gymraeg Gwenllian (CP), Kidwelly

 

Head Teacher:

Mr. Gareth James

Capacity:

99

Category:

Welsh-Medium

Pupils:

121

 

Ysgol Gwenllian is located on Station Road in Kidwelly. The building is of traditional design and is believed to be over 100 years old. 

 

The original school building has two classrooms along with a multi-purpose hall and a small kitchen. The remainder of the pupils are taught in three portable cabins housed behind the main building.

 

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Beyond the cabins there is a large hard surfaced play area. For team sports, the school uses the town playing fields nearby as well as the Gwenllian Centre and local chapels for shows and concerts.

 

The Committee received a comprehensive presentation from the head teacher which was followed by discussion and a short tour of the school’s facilities.

 

The Committee noted that that a new Welsh-medium school was proposed to replace both Gwenllian and Mynydd-y-Garreg although as a Band B project, a specific completion date could not be confirmed.   

 

 

3.13    Ysgol Gymraeg Parc-y-Tywyn, Burry Port

 

Head Teacher:

Miss Donna Jenkins

Capacity:

294

Category:

Welsh-Medium

Pupils:

241

 

Ysgol Parc-y-Tywyn is located off Elkington Road in Burry Port, next to Glan-y-Môr Comprehensive School. The school was established in 1965 as a Welsh-Medium school for the area and was initially housed in the town’s Memorial Hall before moving to its current location in 1972.   

 

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The school’s buildings consist of one main brick building which houses the reception area, infants’ classrooms, a ICT suite and a multi-purpose hall. The remainder of the pupils are housed in five portable cabins located around the hard surfaced play area. The school also has a hard surfaced playing area on the site of the former town park and access to a large grassed playing field located within the boundaries of Glan-y-Môr School.

 

Parc-y-Tywyn is part of the Band B proposals but a new school building is dependent on a series of other planning applications being accepted in the area. 

 

The Committee met with the Head Teacher, her Deputy and the Chair of Governors before viewing the school’s facilities.

 

 

3.14    Ysgol Gymraeg Teilo Sant, Llandeilo

 

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Head Teacher:

Mr. Roy James

Capacity:

211

Category:

Welsh-Medium

Pupils:

218

 

Ysgol Teilo Sant is located in the centre of Llandeilo on Rhosmaen Street. The school was established in the late 1950s as a Welsh-medium primary school for the town. 

 

The school’s eight classes (one for each year group) are housed in a variety of buildings including the main building of traditional design, two large portable cabins and a single-storey building located at the rear of the school grounds above the hard-surfaced play area. The school shares kitchen and eating facilities with Llandeilo CP school, based on the latter’s grounds. The school utilises Cae William playing fields for team sports.

 

The Committee received a comprehensive presentation from the head teacher which was followed by discussion and a short tour of the school’s facilities.

 

The Committee was also given a demonstration of the new ‘Incerts’ Assessment / Training Software system which enables the use of ‘evidence’ to back up assessments and pupil marking (e.g. uploading of video or audio clips of a child reading). It can also be used to show parents the type of work that children are undertaking via an online facility. Other key issues discussed included school transport issue and attendance.


 

3.15    Llandeilo CP School

 

Head Teacher:

Mrs. Karen Towns

Capacity:

252

Category:

English-Medium

Pupils:

232

 

Llandeilo CP School is located next to Ysgol Teilo Sant on Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo. The school dates from around 1894 and occupies the majority of the former Llandeilo Grammar School building.

 

The school has a large and sloping hard-surfaced area at the rear of the building as well as grassed garden area which houses the school allotment and outdoor learning area. 

 

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The Committee viewed the school’s facilities before receiving a presentation from the head teacher and her deputy. Key issues discussed included the school’s recent ESTYN inspection and various initiatives to engage with parents (open-mornings) and improve pupil well-being (system whereby children can text to say how ‘they’re feeling today’ thus alerting staff to potential problems and enabling intervention to make the school day as positive as possible).

 

The Committee also discussed issues such as special educational needs provision, support for looked after children and accommodating ‘flexible Learners’ (i.e. children who are taught at home for some days in a week and attend regular school for the rest of the time).


 

4.         Conclusion

 

As in previous years, the visits undertaken by the Committee during 2014/15 gave members an opportunity to view a wide variety of schools within the county. The visits also provided members with further opportunities to:

 

·         Speak with staff, pupils and governors

·         Discuss issues of concern with staff and governors

·         Hear about the challenges faced by teaching staff in their day to day work

·         Understand the different challenges facing schools in different parts of the county

·         View the condition of existing school buildings and facilities

·         View and experience the new school facilities being built in the county

 

Whilst the visits to date have been invaluable in informing members’ discussions at committee meetings, members are eager to develop the visits further by focusing on school performance and standards. It is envisaged that future visits will be linked with ESTYN inspections and that members will be provided with more detailed information on schools’ performance, prior to each visit.

 

Quarterly meetings have also been arranged for the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee to meet with the Executive Board Member for Education & Children, as well as the Director of Education & Children and the Head of Education Services. The purpose of these meetings will be to discuss the strategic issues and concerns arising from future visits. 

 

It should also be noted that the visits would not have been possible were it not for the co-operation of the schools and staff of the children’s centres. Members and local authority staff are thankful to the head teachers, governors and staff for their time and willingness to welcome and accommodate the visits. 

 

 


5. Visit Attendance 2014/15

 

Date

Schools Visited

Committee / EB Member Present

Local Member(s)

Governor(s)

Officer(s)

 

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

 

 

 

Mynydd-y-Garreg

 

Maes-y-Gwendraeth (Drefach and Cefneithin Campuses)

 

 

Cllr. Eirwyn Williams 

Cllr. Ryan Bartlett

Cllr. Mansel Charles

Cllr. Ieuan Davies

Cllr. Terry Davies

Cllr. Gwyn Hopkins

Cllr. John James

Cllr. Gareth Jones

Cllr. Hugh Richards

Mrs. Vera Kenny (RC Church Representative)

Cllr. Keith Davies (Executive Board Member)

 

Apologies were received from Councillors Sue Allen, Pat Jones and Cefin Campbell

 

 

Cllr. Terry Davies (Gorslas Ward)

 

Cllr. Keith Davies (Kidwelly Ward)

 

Cllr. Terry Davies (Ysgol Maes-y-Gwendraeth)

 

Roger Bowen (E&C Department)

 

Jason McGarrigle (Technical Services Dept.)

 

David Poole (Technical Services Dept.)

 

Aneirin Thomas (E&C Department)

 

Matthew Hughes (S&C Team)

 

Monday 10th November 2014

 

 

Llansadwrn

 

Rhys Prichard, Llandovery

 

Bro Dinefwr (Pantycelyn Campus)

 

 

Cllr. Eirwyn Williams 

Cllr. Ryan Bartlett

Cllr. Sue Allen

Cllr. Mansel Charles

Cllr. Ieuan Davies

Cllr. Terry Davies

Cllr. Gwyn Hopkins

Cllr. John James

Cllr. Hugh Richards

Cllr. Tom Theophilus

Mrs. Vera Kenny (RC Church Representative)

Cllr. Keith Davies (Executive Board Member)

 

Apologies were received from Councillors Gareth Jones, Pat Jones and Cefin Campbell

 

 

Cllr. Tom Theophilus (Cil-y-Cwm)

 

Cllr. Ivor Jackson (Llandovery Town)

 

 

David Dyer (Ysgol Bro Dinefwr – Chair)

 

Cllr. Ivor Jackson (Ysgol Bro Dinefwr)

 

Simon Davies (E&C Department)

 

David Harries (Technical Services Dept.)

 

Matthew Hughes (S&C Team)

 

Wednesday 4th February 2015

 

Y Felin, Llanelli

 

Ffwrnes, Llanelli

 

Brynsierfel, Llanelli

 

 

Cllr. Eirwyn Williams

Cllr. Ryan Bartlett

Cllr. Sue Allen

Cllr. Mansel Charles

Cllr. Terry Davies

Cllr. John James

Cllr. Gareth Jones

Cllr. Pat Jones

Cllr. Hugh Richards

Mrs. Vera Kenny (RC Church Representative)

Cllr. Keith Davies (Executive Board Member)

 

Apologies were received from Cllr. Gwyn Hopkins

 

 

Cllr. Sharen Davies (Llwynhendy Ward)

 

Cllr. Hugh Richards (Felinfoel Ward)

 

 

Cllr. Hugh Richards (Felinfoel)

 

Eunydd Thomas (Brynsierfel – Chair)

 

Ken Rees (Brynsierfel)

 

 

Emyr Wynne Davies (E&C Dept.)

 

Martin Jones (E&C Dept.)

 

Wayne Jones (Technical Services Dept.)

 

Anna Patterson (S&C Team)

 

Thursday 19th March 2015

 

Lakefield, Llanelli

 

Copperworks Infants, Llanelli

 

Dewi Sant, Llanelli

 

 

Cllr. Eirwyn Williams

Cllr. Ryan Bartlett

Cllr. Sue Allen

Cllr. Mansel Charles

Cllr. Ieuan Wyn Davies

Cllr. Terry Davies

Cllr. John James

Cllr. Pat Jones

Cllr. Hugh Richards

Cllr. Tom Theophilus

Mrs. Vera Kenny (RC Church Representative)

Cllr. Keith Davies (Executive Board Member)

 

Apologies were received from Councillors Gareth Jones and Jan Williams (Lliedi Ward member) and Garry Nicholas, Chair of Governors at Ysgol Dewi Sant. 

 

 

Cllr. Jeff Owen (Tŷ-Isha Ward)

 

Cllr. Bill Thomas (Lliedi Ward)

 

 

 

Michael Bassett (Ysgol Dewi Sant)

 

Ken Rees (Ysgol Dewi Sant)

 

Simon Davies (E&C Department)

 

Bob Jeffery (Technical Services Dept.)

 

Matthew Hughes (S&C Team)

 

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

 

Gwenllian, Kidwelly

 

Parc-y-Tywyn, Burry Port

 

 

Cllr. Eirwyn Williams

Cllr. Ryan Bartlett

Cllr. Cefin Campbell

Cllr. Mansel Charles

Cllr. Ieuan Wyn Davies

Cllr. Terry Davies

Cllr. Peter Hughes-Griffiths

Cllr. John James

Cllr. Gareth Jones

Mrs. Vera Kenny (RC Church Representative)

Cllr. Keith Davies (Executive Board Member)

 

Apologies were received from Councillors Hugh Richards, Gwyn Hopkins and Tom Theophilus, as well as Hugh Shepardson and Shirley Matthews (Pembrey Ward).

 

 

Cllr. Keith Davies (Kidwelly Ward)

 

 

Christine Evans (Gwenllian – Chair)

 

Owen Davies (Parc-y-Tywyn – Chair)

 

 

Simon Davies (E&C Department)

 

Bob Jeffery (Technical Services Dept.)

 

Matthew Hughes (S&C Team)

 

Tuesday 19th May 2015

 

Teilo Sant, Llandeilo

 

Llandeilo

 

 

Cllr. Eirwyn Williams

Cllr. Ryan Bartlett

Cllr. Cefin Campbell

Cllr. Mansel Charles

Cllr. Terry Davies

Cllr. Peter Hughes-Griffiths

Cllr. Gwyn Hopkins

Cllr. John James

Cllr. Gareth Jones

Cllr. Pat Jones

Cllr. Tom Theophilus

Cllr. Keith Davies (Executive Board Member)

 

Apologies were received from Cllr. Ieuan Wyn Davies and from Mrs. Vera Kenny (RC Church Rep.)

 

 

Cllr. Edward Thomas (Llandeilo Ward)

 

 

Cllr. Cefin Campbell (Teilo Sant – Chair)

 

Cllr. Edward Thomas (Llandeilo – Chair)

 

Simon Davies (E&C Department)

 

Aneirin Thomas (E&C Department)

 

David Harries (Technical Services Dept.)

 

Matthew Hughes (S&C Team)


6. Attendance at Feedback / Discussion Meetings

 

Date

 

Committee Members Present

Officer(s)

 

14th November 2014

 

 

 

Councillors Eirwyn Williams (Chair), Ryan Bartlett, Tom Theophilus, Terry Davies, John James, Sue Allen, Mansel Charles and Gwyn Hopkins, as well as Mrs. Vera Kenny (RC Church Representative).

 

 

Simon Davies (E&C Department)

Matthew Hughes (S&C Team)

 

17th April 2015

 

 

 

 

Councillors Eirwyn Williams (Chair), Ryan Bartlett, Terry Davies, Mansel Charles, Tom Theophilus, Cefin Campbell, John James, Pat Jones, Gareth Jones, Gwyn Hopkins, Ieuan Wyn Davies, Peter Hughes-Griffiths and Hugh Richards, as well as Cllr. Keith Davies (Executive Board Member) and Mrs. Vera Kenny (RC Church Representative).

 

 

Simon Davies (E&C Department)

Bernadette Dolan (S&C Team)

Matthew Hughes (S&C Team)

 

 

 


7.         Appendices

 

7.1       Appendix 1 – Details of all schools visited during 2009/10

 

7.2       Appendix 2 – Details of all schools visited during 2010/11

 

7.3       Appendix 3 – Details of all schools visited during 2011/12

 

7.4       Appendix 4 – Details of all schools visited during 2012/13

 

7.5       Appendix 5 – Details of all schools / children’s centres visited during 2013/14

 

7.6       Appendix 6 – Details of all schools / children’s centres visited during 2014/15

 

7.7       Appendix 7 – Map of schools / children’s centres visited during 2014/15

 

 

 


7.1       Appendix 1 – Details of all schools visited during 2009/10

 

 

Date

 

 

School

 

Electoral Ward

 

Category

Friday 13th November 2009

Peniel CP

Abergwili

WM

 

Ysgol Cae’r Felin CP, Pencader  

Llanfihangel-ar-Arth

WM

 

Llanllwni VCP

Llanfihangel-ar-Arth

WM

 

Ysgol Carreg Hirfaen CP, Cwmann

Llanybydder

WM

 

 

 

 

Thursday 10th December 2009

Dyffryn Taf Comprehensive School, Whitland

Whitland

EM (Secondary)

 

Whitland CP

Whitland

DS

 

Ysgol Beca CP, Efailwen  

Llanboidy

WM

 

Ysgol Bro Brynach CP, Llanboidy           

Llanboidy

WM

 

 

 

 

Thursday 11th March 2010

Brynsaron CP, Saron (Llandysul)

Llangeler

WM

 

Penboyr VAP, Drefach-Felindre

Llangeler

WM

 

Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, Newcastle Emlyn

Cenarth

EM (Secondary)

 

Ysgol y Ddwylan CP, Newcastle Emlyn

Cenarth

WM

 

 

 

 

Monday 29th March 2010

Llanedi CP

Hendy

EM

 

Pen-y-Groes CP

Pen-y-Groes

WM

 

Saron CP

Saron

TR

 

Tycroes CP

Tycroes

EM

 

 

 

 

Friday 23rd April 2010

Tremoilet VCP, Pendine

Laugharne Township

EM

 

Llanmiloe CP           

Laugharne Township

EM

 

Laugharne VCP

Laugharne Township

EM

 

Ysgol Griffith Jones CP, St. Clears

St. Clears

DS

 

 

 

 

Monday 24th May 2010

Abergwili VCP

Abergwili

WM

 

Richmond Park CP, Carmarthen

Carmarthen Town South

EM

 

Llangynnwr CP School

Llangynnwr

DS

 

 

 

 

Friday 18th June 2010

Ysgol y Castell, Kidwelly

Kidwelly

EM

 

Burry Port Infants School

Pembrey

EM

 

Burry Port Juniors School

Burry Port

EM

 

Glan-y-Môr Comprehensive, Burry Port

Pembrey 

EM (Secondary)

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 7th July 2010

Pontyberem CP School

Pontyberem

WM

 

Bancffosfelen CP School

Pontyberem

WM

 


 

7.2       Appendix 2 – Details of all schools visited during 2010/11

 

 

Date

 

 

School

 

Electoral Ward

 

Category

Tuesday 16th November 2010

Amman Valley Comprehensive, Ammanford

Ammanford

CB (Secondary)

 

Ysgol Y Bedol CP, Garnant

Garnant

TR

 

Brynaman CP

Cwarter Bach

WM

 

 

 

 

Monday 29th November 2010

Ffairfach CP School (near Llandeilo)

Llandeilo

WM

 

Tre-Gib Comprehensive School, Ffairfach

Llandeilo

CB (Secondary)

 

 

 

 

Monday 14th February 2011

Johnstown CP School, Carmarthen

Carmarthen Town South

EM

 

Queen Elizabeth High School, Carmarthen

Carmarthen Town South

EW (Secondary)

 

 

 

 

Friday 18th March 2011

Cross Hands CP School

Llannon

WM

 

Llechyfedach CP School

Llannon

WM

 

Llannon CP School

Llannon

WM

 

Tumble CP School

Llannon

WM

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 18th May 2011

Hafodwenog CP School, Trelech

Trelech

WM

 

Meidrim CP School

Trelech

WM

 

Abernant CP School

Trelech

WM

 

Bancyfelin CP School

St. Clears

WM

 

 

 

 

Friday 17th June 2011

Llanybydder CP School

Llanybydder

WM

 

Rhydcymerau CP School

Llanybydder

WM

 

Llansawel CP School

Cynwyl Gaeo

WM

 

Talley CP School

Manordeilo a Salem

WM

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 22nd June 2011

Bigyn CP School, Llanelli

Bigyn

EM

 

Maes-y-Morfa CP School, Llanelli

Glan-y-Môr

EW


 

7.3       Appendix 3 – Details of all schools visited during 2011/12

 

 

Date

 

 

School

 

Electoral Ward

 

Category

Monday 3rd October 2011

Hendy CP School

Hendy

DS

 

Llangennech Infants School

Llangennech

DS

 

Llangennech Junior School

Llangennech

DS

 

Bryn CP School

Llangennech

EM

 

Brynsierfel CP School, Llanelli

Llwynhendy

WM

 

 

 

 

Thursday 17th November 2011

Pwll CP School

Hengoed

EM

 

Five Roads CP School

Glyn

WM

 

Trimsaran CP School

Trimsaran

DS

 

Pembrey CP School

Pembrey

EM

 

 

 

 

Friday 25th November 2011

Heol Goffa Special School, Llanelli

Elli

Special

 

Ysgol Y Felin CP, Llanelli

Felinfoel

DS

 

 

 

 

Friday 3rd February 2012

Myrddin CP School, Carmarthen

Carmarthen Town North

EM

 

Ysgol-y-Dderwen CP, Carmarthen

Carmarthen Town North

WM

 

Ysgol Gyfun Bro Myrddin, Carmarthen

St. Ishmael

AB (Secondary)

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 28th February 2012

Carwe CP School

Llangyndeyrn

WM

 

Gwynfryn CP School, Pont-iets

Llangyndeyrn

WM

 

Pont-iets CP School

Glyn

WM

 

Pont-Henri CP School

Glyn

WM

 

 

 

 

Friday 16th March 2012

Nantgaredig CP School

Llanegwad

WM

 

Brechfa CP School

Llanegwad

WM

 


 

7.4       Appendix 4 – Details of all schools visited during 2012/13

 

 

Date

 

 

School

 

Electoral Ward

 

Category

Tuesday 16th October 2012

Bynea CP

Bynea

EM

 

Bryn Teg CP, Llanelli

Llwynhendy

EM

 

Halfway CP, Llanelli

Dafen

EM

 

Dafen CP, Llanelli

Dafen

EM

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 14th November 2012

Betws CP

Betws

TR

 

Ammanford Nursery

Ammanford

DS

 

Parcyrhun CP, Ammanford

Ammanford

DS

 

Llandybie CP

Llandybie

TR

 

 

 

 

Monday 25th February 2013

Ysgol Gyfun y Strade, Llanelli

Hengoed

AB (Secondary)

 

Old Road CP, Llanelli

Lliedi

EM

 

Swiss Valley CP, Llanelli

Swiss Valley

EW

 

Stebonheath CP, Llanelli

Bigyn

EW

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 20th March 2013

Cynwyl Elfed CP

Cynwyl Elfed

WM

 

Llanpumsaint CP

Cynwyl Elfed

WM

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 30th April 2013

Ysgol Gymraeg Rhydaman

Ammanford

WM

 

Bro Banw CP, Ammanford

Ammanford

DS

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Llanddarog VCP

Llanddarog

WM

 

Maes-y-Bont CP

Llanfihangel Aberbythych

WM

 

Blaenau CP

Pen-y-Groes

WM

 


 

 

 

Date

 

 

School

 

Electoral Ward

 

Category

Wednesday 19th June 2013

Llanwrda CP

Cil-y-Cwm

WM

 

Llangadog CP

Llangadog

WM

 

 

 

 

Monday 8th July 2013

Llangain CP

Llansteffan

WM

 

Llansteffan CP

Llansteffan

WM

 


 

7.5       Appendix 5 – Details of all schools / children’s centres visited during 2013/14

 

 

Date

 

 

School

 

Electoral Ward

 

Category

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

Y Fro CP (Llangyndeyrn Unit)

Llangyndeyrn

WM

 

Y Fro CP (Idole Unit)

St. Ishmaels

WM

 

Ferryside VCP

St. Ishmaels

WM

 

 

 

 

Monday 11th November 2013

Model VAP, Carmarthen

Carmarthen Town West

EM

 

Rhyd-y-Gors Special School, Carmarthen

Carmarthen Town South

Special

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 5th February 2014

Felinfoel Children’s Centre, Llanelli

Felinfoel

N/A

 

Penygaer CP, Llanelli

Lliedi

EM

 

Bryngwyn Comprehensive, Llanelli

Dafen

EM

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 19th March 2014

Gorslas CP

Gorslas

WM

 

Cefneithin CP

Gorslas

WM

 

Drefach CP

Gorslas

WM

 

 

 

 

Friday 4th April 2014

Richmond Park, Carmarthen

Carmarthen Town South

EM

 

St. Mary’s RCP, Carmarthen

Carmarthen Town West

EM

 

 

 

 

Monday 19th May 2014

Morfa Family Centre, Llanelli

Glan-y-Môr

N/A

 

Maes-y-Morfa CP School, Llanelli

Glan-y-Môr

EM

 

Pentip VAP, Llanelli

Elli

EM

 

Coedcae Comprehensive, Llanelli

Bigyn

EM

 

 

 

 

Friday 20th June 2014

Llwynhendy Family Centre, Llanelli

Llwynhendy

N/A

 

St. Mary’s RCP, Llanelli

Dafen

EM

 

St. John Lloyd RC Comprehensive, Llanelli

Dafen

EM

 


 

7.6       Appendix 6 – Details of all schools / children’s centres visited during 2014/15

 

 

Date

 

 

School

 

Electoral Ward

 

Category

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Mynydd-y-Garreg CP School

Kidwelly

WM

 

Maes-y-Gwendraeth Secondary School (Drefach and Cefneithin Campuses)

Drefach

2A (Secondary)

 

 

 

 

Monday 10th November 2014

Llansadwrn CP School

Cil-y-Cwm

WM

 

Rhys Prichard CP School, Llandovery

Llandovery

TR

 

Bro Dinefwr Secondary School (Pantycelyn Campus)

Llandovery

2B (Secondary)

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 4th February 2015

Ysgol Y Felin, Llanelli

Felinfoel

DS

 

Ysgol Ffwrnes, Llanelli

Hengoed

WM

 

Ysgol Brynsierfel, Llanelli

Llwynhendy

WM

 

 

 

 

Thursday 19th March 2015

Copperworks Infant CP, Llanelli

Tŷ-Isha

EM

 

Lakefield CP, Llanelli

Tŷ-Isha

EM

 

Ysgol Dewi Sant, Llanelli

Lliedi

WM

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Ysgol Gymraeg Gwenllian, Kidwelly

Kidwelly

WM

 

Ysgol Gymraeg Parc-y-Tywyn, Burry Port

Pembrey

WM

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 19th May 2015

Ysgol Gymraeg Teilo Sant, Llandeilo

Llandeilo

WM

 

Llandeilo CP School

Llandeilo

EM

 

 

 


 

7.7       Appendix 7 – Map of schools / children’s centres visited during 2014/15

 


8.         Glossary of Terms

 

2A (Secondary) – At least 80% of subjects apart from English and Welsh are taught only through the medium of Welsh to all pupils. One or two subjects are taught to some pupils in English or in both languages.

 

2B (Secondary) – At least 80% of subjects (excluding Welsh and English) are taught through the medium of Welsh but are also taught through the medium of English.

 

AB (Secondary) – At least 80% of subjects apart from English and Welsh are taught only through the medium of Welsh to all pupils. One or two subjects are taught to some pupils in English or in both languages.

 

CB (Secondary) – A bilingual secondary school where 50-79% of subjects (ex. English & Welsh) are taught through the medium of Welsh but are also taught through the medium of English. 

 

CP School – Community Primary School

 

CYCA – Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association

 

DS (Dual-Stream Primary School) – Two types of provision exist side-by-side in these schools. Parents/pupils opt either for the mainly Welsh-medium or mainly English-medium provision which is usually delivered as in categories and 5 respectively. Both Welsh and English are used in the day to day business of the school. The language of communication with the pupils is determined by the nature of the curricular provision, but in some schools high priority is given to creating a Welsh-language ethos throughout the school. The school communicates with parents in both languages. 

 

EM (Primary) – Predominantly English medium primary school.

 

EM (Secondary) – Predominantly English medium school where 1 or 2 subjects may be taught through the medium of Welsh as an option. 

 

ESTYN – Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales

 

EW (Primary) – Predominantly English medium primary school but with significant use of Welsh.

 

EW (Secondary) – Predominantly English medium secondary school with significant use of Welsh. 20-49 % of subjects are taught through the medium of Welsh but are also taught in English.

 

GCSE – General Certificate of Secondary Education

 

RC – Roman Catholic

 

RCP – Roman Catholic Primary


 

SENCO – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

 

Transitional Primary School (TR) – Welsh medium with significant use of English where pupils in the Foundation Phase experience the areas of learning mainly through the medium of Welsh. Both languages are used in teaching at Key Stage 2 but with greater emphasis on Welsh, so that Welsh is used as the medium of instruction for over half and up to 70% of the curriculum. Welsh is the language of the day to day business of the school. A high priority is given to creating a Welsh ethos. The school communicates with parents in both languages. Schools would usually only be in this category on a temporary basis.

 

VAP School – Voluntary Aided Primary School  

 

VCP School – Voluntary Controlled Primary School


WAG – Welsh Assembly Government

 

WM (Primary) – All pupils in the Foundation Phase experience the areas of learning through the medium of Welsh. Welsh is the main teaching medium at Key Stage 2 with at least 70% of the teaching through the medium of Welsh. English is introduced formally as a subject at Key Stage 2 and is taught through the medium of English, and English may occasionally be used for some aspects of some subjects. Welsh is the language of the day to day business of the school. Welsh is used as the language of communication with the pupils and for the school’s administration. The school communicates with parents in both languages.

 

Ysgol Gyfun – Comprehensive School

 

 

 

*Members are asked to note that the school capacities, pupil numbers and other details (e.g. head teachers) were correct at the time of the visits but that these can vary or change during the course of an academic year.

 

**Language category definitions sourced from the Welsh Assembly Government’s ‘Defining schools according to Welsh medium provision’ information booklet, published in October 2007.