Headteacher’s Welcome

Dear Parent/ Carer


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It is my pleasure to welcome you and your child to Parcyrhun School. 

It is my aim that we, as a school provide a caring environment for your child and that all children have access to a wide range of learning opportunities in order to enable them to grow into independent and responsible adults. Whilst your child is in our care we will do our best to ensure that he / she is happy, secure and receiving the highest possible standard of education.

This prospectus contains the information that you require about the school.  A copy can also be found on the school’s website.  We hope that the information provided in this prospectus provides the foundation for a strong partnership between home and school.

After reading this prospectus you might want further information.  If so, please contact myself or my deputy, Mrs Nia Hallam.

 Yours faithfully,

  Mrs Bethan Martin





Mrs. Bethan Martin

General Information



Villiers Rd,



SA18 3HB


Telephone no:

01269 593398






Chair of Governors

Mrs. I. Hopkins

Type of school

Category A/ B





‘ Gorau dysg, cyd-ddysgu’



Parcyrhun is a secure, caring community in which all children will have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and become valuable members of society.  We are delighted to have your children with us and we hope that they will be happy in our school.

“Our aim is to ensure that all of our pupils fulfil their potential in a happy and caring environment”

At Parcyrhun School we aim to: 

¨      care for all children

¨      encourage excellence and continuous improvement

¨      value individual contribution 

¨      develop confident, independent learners 

¨      place high emphasis on the development of skills particularly literacy, numeracy and ICT

¨      encourage aesthetic, spiritual, moral and social development 

¨      develop self-discipline and high standards of courtesy, dress and behaviour

¨      create an inclusive and caring school ethos

¨      teach the children to value and respect self and others 

¨      promote close contact with parents and the wider community

¨      make learning fun! 

Our hope is that: 

Children, parents, staff and governors work together to create a happy, productive and inspiring school 




Parcyrhun School is situated in the outskirts of the town of Ammanford in Carmarthenshire.

The school which opened in 1909 is a Category A/B school, a school which has both Welsh and English streams. There are approximately 195 pupils on roll in mixed ability classes.   A Resource Base for the Hearing Impaired was established at the school in 2004.

There are 9 classrooms accommodating the local Cylch Meithrin and 8 mainstream classes. An additional classroom on the school yard is used by the Resource Base for the Hearing Impaired. We have a school hall which lies at the heart of school life at Parcyrhun.  This is where we meet for assemblies, dinner, P.E. lessons, Breakfast and After School Clubs and extra– curricular activities!

Parcyrhun School has a friendly, hard- working staff team.  Each member of the teaching staff has responsibilities for areas of the curriculum.  The school is committed to continued professional development to enable all staff to carry out their roles effectively.  In addition to the teaching staff there are many classroom assistants who provide valuable support.

Approximately 36% of the children are on the ALN register and receive additional support as appropriate.

The school is also well served by a full time school clerk and four mid-day supervisors.

We take an active part in the area’s sports fixtures and our extra- curricular activities include a Dragon Sports Club, gardening club, cooking club, Urdd club, school choir, computer club, signing club and reading club.

Parent helpers are welcomed into school and help with reading, gardening ‘Kerbcraft’ etc. We have an active Parent-Teachers’ Association which meets regularly.  The PTA has provided many ‘extras’ for the benefit of the children.  School governors take an active interest in the children and school and visit regularly.




Mrs B. Martin

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs N. Hallam


Mrs G. Jones

Mrs M. Higgins

Mrs M. Richards / Miss C. Thomas

Mrs N. Davies

Miss C. Rees

 Miss J. Davies

Miss R. Wilcox

Mrs G. Brown

Mrs R. Davies

Mrs S. Protheroe / Mr P. Davies

Mr A. Hicks

School Secretary

Dinner Money Clerk

Mrs M. Jones

Mrs J. Lewis

Lunchtime Supervisors

Mrs J. Lewis

Mrs M. Duke

Mrs A. Marshall

Ms N. Kelly

Teaching Assistants

Mrs J. Jones

Miss L. Evans

Miss S. Williams

Mrs T. Ingham

Miss G. Thomas

Miss E. Thomas

Mrs S. Davies

Mrs A. Jones

Mrs J. Miles

Mrs K. Davies

Mrs A. Richards

Miss L. Evans

Mrs A. Morris


Kitchen Staff

Mrs K. Davies

Mrs B. Jenkins

Mrs S. Morgan




Mr P Mann

Mr Watkins/ Mrs W Watkins




Chair of Governors

Mrs I.Hopkins


Mrs B. Martin


Cllr P. Cooper

Mr P. Harry

Cllr A. Davies

Community Members

Cllr Carol Cadman

Mrs K. Treharne

Mrs J. Roberts

Ms P. Treharne

Parent representatives

Mr D. Jones

Mr N. Donovan

Mrs V. Thomas

Mr J. Davies

Teacher representative

Mrs N. Hallam

Mrs G. Jones

Staff( non– teaching)

Mrs J. Lewis



If you need to contact any member of the Governing Body or would like to view the agendas or minutes of Governing Body Meetings please contact the school who can arrange this for you.
















Year 5/6 (English)

Mrs M. Higgins


Year 5/6 (Welsh)

Mrs N. Hallam/ Mr A. Hicks


Year 3/4 (English)

Mrs M. Richards / Miss C. Thomas


Year 3/4 (Welsh)

Mrs G. Jones


Year1/2 (English)

Miss R. Wilcox


Year1/2 (Welsh)

Mrs N. Davies


Nursery/Reception (Welsh)

Miss J. Davies


Nursery/Reception (English)

Miss C. Rees


Resource Base for the Hearing Impaired

Mrs G. Brown











The school operates within the LEA’s admission policy which ensures equal opportunity and opportunities for children with disabilities.  Parents who wish to send their children to Parcyrhun School are asked to contact the school to register their interest as soon as possible.  An information pack / admission form is then sent to the parents.  Pupils can start school at the beginning of the term of their fourth birthday.  Children are invited to spend a day at the school at the end of the term prior to their entry to school.  Parents are also invited to visit the school  to discuss any questions that they may have. The school’s admissions number is 27 and as a result, mixed age classes are organised at times.


‘The Council through its Admissions manager must direct Governing bodies, and through them the head teachers, to make it clear to parents that when an out-of catchment child is admitted to any school that it may have an implication when the child is transfers to secondary education.  It does not follow that admission to a primary school automatically allows admission to the catchment secondary: it is the home address of the pupil which is the determining factor.  Parental feedback during the Admissions Appeals process suggests that there are cases where this information is not made clear at the outset’

                                                                  Carmarthenshire County Council 2010




Foundation Phase: 9:00am – 11.50am, 12:50pm – 3.00pm


Adran Iau: 8:50am-12:00pm, 12:50pm – 3:10pm


There is a short break during morning and afternoon sessions.


Please ensure that your child arrives promptly for the beginning of the school day.  Junior children should arrive between 8:40am and a 8:50 am when there is supervision.  Foundation Phase children should arrive at the school between 8:50 am and 9:00 am  Infant teachers will be on duty from 8:50 onwards. Children should be collected promptly at the end of the school day.







The school provides school dinners. Each dinner currently costs £2.40 a day, £12.00 a week and payment should be made by cash or cheque each week. Payments can be enclosed in an envelope clearly marked with the child’s name, class and the amount and posted in the dinner money box at the Foundation Phase entrance. Free School Meals are given to children whose parents receive Income Support.  Please contact the school or the County’s Free School Meals Department at 01267 246521 for an application form and further details. Facilities for eating a packed lunch are available as an alternative.  Please do not give your children any drinks in glass containers, fizzy or sugary drinks.  Packed lunches should be healthy.




We encourage the children to wear school uniform every day, as we believe this promotes respect and positive attitudes towards our school.  The school uniform is available from Eirllin  in Ammanford.


Girls                                                                 Boys                                     

Grey /Dark Skirt / Pinafore                              Dark trousers

Red/ white polo shirt                                         Red/white polo shirt        

Red sweatshirt / cardigan                                 Red sweat shirt



Money in payment for school meals, educational visits, fruit etc. should be sent into school in a sealed envelope clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.



Parents are asked to pay, on a voluntary basis, to cover the cost of:


¨      educational visits / school journeys

¨      buses for sporting activities

¨      theatre companies and other visitors / speakers

¨      some clubs (where an outside provider is used)


Without parental support some of these activities will not take place.  No child will be excluded if his / her parents are unable to pay.  In cases of genuine hardship please do not hesitate to contact the Head teacher.




Every possible care is taken to ensure children’s safety whilst they are at school.  If a child is taken ill, or involved in an accident, the parents are contacted and, if needed, the child will then be taken to the Casualty department at a local hospital.

 Medicine will be administered to children in special instances only and on receipt of written instructions from the parents.  If it is necessary for a child to receive medication during the school day parents should discuss the matter with the school and complete an Administration of Medicines Form.  No child is allowed to leave the school early without permission.  If there is a change to normal arrangements, the parents are requested to inform the Headteacher beforehand.

Every visitor must visit the main entrance before gaining access to the school.  Fire drills are held each term.  The school nurse visits the school regularly.  Vision, hearing and dental checks are carried out during the children’s time in school.  Risk Assessments are regularly carried out to ensure that the school building, the site and places of visits are safe for pupils, staff and visitors.


The school has a Health and Safety Policy which is available at school if required.




All children are supervised throughout the day.  During lesson time they are supervised by their class teacher.  Members of staff supervise the children during the morning and afternoon breaks.  During the dinner hour, lunchtime supervisors who are responsible to the Headteacher, supervise the children.




In the event of an accident the person on duty will attend to the child.  Adequate first aid equipment is available at the school.  The person on duty will assess if further action is required.  If so, an attempt will be made to contact parents/ carers.  If this is not possible arrangements will be made by the headteacher to take the child to his / her doctor or hospital if necessary. If it is an injury to the head, parents are always informed.






Emergency Contact Numbers are kept in the school office in case of accident or illness.  Please ensure that these are always kept up to date!  A Contact Form is sent out at the beginning of each school year for this purpose.




We promote the principles of fairness and justice for all through the education that we provide in our school. Parcyrhun School does not discriminate against anyone be they staff or pupil, on the grounds of their sex, race, disability, colour or religion. We ensure that all pupils have equal access to the full range of educational opportunities provided by the school.  We constantly strive to remove any forms of indirect discrimination that may form barriers to learning.




The school is sensitive towards the needs of pupils with disabilities and makes every effort to ensure that they are included in all aspects of the school’s life and work.  The school is equipped with ramps, disabled toilet facilities etc. to accommodate any pupils with mobility needs who require assistance and to ensure inclusion and access to all areas of the school environment and curriculum.  Pupils with disabilities are included both in mainstream classes and the Resource Base for the Hearing Impaired.  Admission arrangements for pupils with disabilities are in accordance with Local Authority procedures.




The Accessibility Plan has been developed using information from the Local Authority, pupils, parents, staff and governors of the school.  Other outside agencies and specialists have also been consulted.  The document is used to inform other school planning documents and policy and will be reported on annually in respect of progress and outcomes.  The Accessibility Plan is structured to complement and support the School’s equality objectives.  We understand that the Local Authority will monitor the school’s activity under the Equality Act 2010 and will advise upon compliance with that duty.




It is the right of all pupils to receive the best education the school can provide, with access to all educational activities organised by the school.  We endeavour to make our school welcoming to all.  We promote an understanding of different cultures through the topics studied by the children.  Ysgol Parcyrhun upholds the Racial Equality Policy and aims to ensure that the ethos of the school provides the right environment for children to grow up in a multi– cultural society with respect for others and to show true interest in their welfare.


Pupils are taught that it is important to respect other people’s beliefs, cultures and different ways of living. They are made aware that there are ways of living life in a normal, purposeful way which is common to all nationalities and cultures.  Pupils are encouraged to be kind and compassionate towards human beings regardless of their cultural background.  The Personal and Social education framework offers pupils various experiences in order to develop a sense of self- worth and an ability to relate effectively to others.  The school adopts a clear equal opportunities policy to avoid any form of discrimination.   The Racial Equality Policy also has its effect on our Discipline Policy, The Religious Education Policy, the PSE Policy and the Equal Opportunities Policy.




At Ysgol Parcyrhun, we wish to maintain a climate that promotes a positive approach to behaviour and discipline.  We aim to develop in pupils a sense of self– discipline, responsibility and mutual respect.  Stars, points, certificates, Amser Aur / Golden Time are awarded for good work or good behaviour  


Appropriate and considered sanctions such as loss of free time, withdrawal of privileges, written apologies and reporting to the Headteacher will be applied when these rules are broken. 

Major concerns regarding discipline are shared with parents at an early stage, and this partnership is essential.


A Home/School Agreement is given to the parent of every child and underpins the ethos and values of the school.  It should be signed and returned to school.




At Parcyrhun School we aim to develop confident, independent learners.  The National Curriculum helps us do this effectively. 


Currently the National Curriculum requires that all children between the ages of 7 and 13 years study four core subjects—Welsh, English, Maths and Science and in primary school the following Foundation Subjects—History, Geography, Design and Technology.  Information Technology, Art, Music, P.E. and also PSE.

R.E., though not a National Curriculum subject is also required to be taught in all schools.   We follow the Local Authority’s Agreed Syllabus.  This covers all areas of religious and moral studies.

For children in the Nursery and Reception classes, work is based around the 6 areas of  learning within the Foundation Phase ( 7 areas for the Category B class) – Language, Literacy and Communication Skills, Mathematical Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Creative Development, Physical Development and Personal and Social Development (plus Welsh Language Development for the Category B class)

At Parcyrhun School there is a strong emphasis on developing key skills—Literacy, Thinking Skills, Numeracy and ICT— across the whole of the curriculum.

We also emphasise the importance of the Arts and PE in developing children’s abilities and interests.  During the time that children are with us we hope that they will be involved in a range of cultural experiences through visits to art galleries, visiting theatre companies and work with artists, writers, storytellers or performance artists. In PE we aim to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles, develop positive attitudes—working as part of a team to encourage fair play and sportsmanship.  Football and Dragon Sports Clubs are held weekly. Pupils also have the opportunity to attend residential courses in Key Stage 2 at Pendine Outdoor Activity Centre, and the Urdd centres at Llangrannog/ Cardiff Bay




Pupil Progress and Reporting to Parents


The school adopts a continuous assessment policy and reports formally on attainment at the end of the Foundation Phase and Key Stage Two.   

At the end of the school year parents receive a written report on their child’s progress which includes the end of key stage results, together with the results of the National Reading and Numeracy Tests (Year 2-Year 6).

Parents’ evenings are held three times a year when all parents may take the opportunity to visit the school and discuss pupils’ development and targets with the class teacher.


Target Setting


Specific Targets are set annually for pupil progress.  A full description of assessment procedures and target setting can be found in the School’s Assessment Policy.




All children from Reception to Year 6  are encouraged to read widely at home.  Homework is set weekly for infant pupils and twice weekly for pupils in the Junior department.


We would appreciate parents’ support in ensuring that homework is completed and returned on time.




Parents/ carers are encouraged to contact the school if they have any issues to discuss regarding their child / children.   Appropriate arrangements will then be made to meet with the child’s class teacher / head teacher as necessary.

The school has a PTA, meetings are held regularly and events / functions organised.  Money raised is used to purchase additional school resources.




Daily worship/ assemblies take place.  These provide a special opportunity for the school community to meet together for collective worship and to consider the issues that affect the whole school, covering topics as diverse as bullying, festivals, relationships and famous people.  Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of our assemblies and the Religious Education lessons that take place in classrooms.


Please feel free to discuss this matter with the Headteacher.



Children from Parcyrhun School transfer to Amman Valley School at the end of Year 6.  However, it is the parents who choose which secondary school their children will attend.  Children in the Resource Base for the Hearing Impaired transfer to Queen Elizabeth High School Carmarthen.  During Year 6 the Local Authority sends parents detailed brochure giving all the relevant information regarding the procedure for secondary school applications and admissions.  Amman Valley School also provides Year 6 pupils with admissions forms and information and there is also one evening held each year giving an opportunity for parents of Year 6 to meet with the head and staff of Amman Valley School. In addition to this, a highly effective Transition Plan is arranged between Amman Valley School and local primary schools.  This includes the Blue Skies project, a transition project for More Able and Talented Year 6 and 7 pupils.


For pupils with Additional Learning Needs the transition path to secondary school starts with the Year 5 Annual Review, where secondary school staff are invited to attend the meeting.  Then in Year 6, the Transition meeting (Annual Review) is held early in the Autumn term at the designated secondary school, but is organised by the ALN co-ordinator of Parcyrhun School.  Transition days for Year 6 pupils are arranged with the secondary placements to ensure a smooth transition to Year 7, usually during the Summer Term.


Parcyrhun School is a Category A/B school.  Pupils in the Welsh stream at Key Stage 1 are taught solely through the medium of Welsh. Pupils in the Welsh stream at Key Stage 2 are taught Welsh as a 1st language and both the core and foundation subjects through the medium of Welsh.  Pupils in the English stream at both key stages  are taught Welsh as a second language. Emphasis is placed on developing the bilingual skills of all pupils within all areas of school life.


Recent legislation emphasises the importance of appropriate sex education in school and Parcyrhun School recognises its responsibility in ensuring that pupils are properly prepared for adulthood, through  moral consideration and promoting the value of family life (as part of the Personal and Social Education Framework)  A Sex Education Policy has been formulated in Consultation with the Governing Body.  Year 6 receive a talk from the School Nurse which is organised by the school and the Local Health Authority. A female member of staff will attend to any issues that may arise with Year 5 or 6 girls.  Parents will have to give their permission if they wish their children to have the above sex education lessons or can withdraw children from all or part of these lessons. Please see the headteacher if you have any questions or concerns over this aspect of our work in school.



We aim to provide each child with the opportunity to develop their full potential, bearing in mind the child’s individual needs and abilities.  For the majority of children these needs are met within the classroom through the National Curriculum and related school curriculum policies and teaching and learning strategies. 

However we recognise that, for a significant number of children at the school additional help is required.  It is our belief that early and appropriate intervention improves the prospects of children with Additional Learning Needs.   We aim to foster a school environment that creates an atmosphere of encouragement, acceptance, respect and sensitivity so that children with Additional Learning Needs can achieve success within their individual limitations. 

A teacher is employed by the school to provide support by withdrawing pupils from the classroom in small groups as required.  The school has several teaching assistants who support individual pupils within mainstream education and in the Resource Base for the Hearing Impaired. Parcyrhun School also recognises more able and talented pupils. Extension and enrichment activities are provided for these children.  A member of the Governing Body has specific responsibility for monitoring the provision for ALN.  Parents are welcome to discuss this policy with the headteacher / class teacher.


Pupils with ALN have an Individual Education Plan which sets out specific targets.  The IEP is reviewed regularly and updated as required.  Parents are invited to school to meet with the ALN co-ordinator / teacher to discuss the IEP and targets.  The Resource Base has an information leaflet available for parents who have pupils with a hearing impairment.

Pupils with ALN are planned for using the a Person Centred Approach and all pupils with ALN will have a One Page Profile, a Statement of Special Educational

Needs or an Individual Development Plan.  Parents are invited to meet and review these regularly




 All members of staff within this school are responsible for the safety and protection of the children who attend.  If there are any concerns regarding neglect or physical, emotional or sexual abuse then under the Welsh Assembly and Local Authority’s Child Protection Procedures, staff are duty bound to report the matter to the school’s Child Protection Co-ordinator.  Consequently the school’s co-ordinator may consult with professional colleagues as well as relevant agencies such as Health and Social Services.   The school’s Child Protection Policy can be viewed at school by request or on the school’s website – www.parcyrhun.amdro.org.uk


Following these discussions the school’s co-ordinator may be obliged to make an official referral to the Social Services Department in accordance with national /county guidelines and protocol.  It is the Social Services Department who decides upon the next course of action.  Due to the nature of allegations it may not always be appropriate to discuss matters with parents prior to making a referral.  The responsibility for investigating allegations lies with Social Services and the Police. 

The Headteacher, Mrs B. Martin is the school’s Child Protection Co-ordinator and the Deputy Headteacher, Mrs N. Hallam Mrs G. Jones undertakes this responsibility in her absence. Mr P. Harry is the designated governor with responsibility for child protection.



The school’s e-safety policy outlines the purpose, nature and management of the safe use of the internet at school and at home.  E- safety is a prominent feature of daily teaching and learning at the school and is promoted through Safer Internet Days for pupils and e-safety workshops / information for parents.




Doors cannot be opened from the outside therefore entry to the school must be made through the main entrance via the School Office.  All yards are enclosed.  Burglar and fire alarms are also fitted.




On rare occasions it may be necessary to close the school at short notice e.g. snow, burst water main etc.  Every effort will be made to inform parents as soon as possible either by text message, phone, the school or county’s website or Radio Carmarthenshire.  It is your responsibility as parents to inform the school of any change of contact numbers.








94.9 %




Individual attendance is monitored and sent home at the end of each term.

The target for 2016/17 is 95.5%




Parents must send an explanatory note or telephone the school when a child is absent or wishes to leave early.  The time and arrangement for collecting the child should be clearly stated. It is also essential that the school knows if someone other than the parent /carer is collecting the child at the end of the day.  It is important that when a child moves to another school that the Headteacher is informed so that relevant records can be forwarded.  Parents will be contacted if they do not inform the school of their child’s absence.





Term begins

Half– term


Half– term


Term ends

Autumn 2016





Spring 2017





Summer 2017






Term dates are distributed to parents but are also available from the School Office and on Carmarthenshire County Council’s website. www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk









The school takes a very active role in a number of projects:


CYNLLUN YSGOLION IACH – promoting a healthier way of life


YSGOLION ECO – Parcyrhun School aims to be a green school.  Our eco council promotes ideas on how we as a school can help the environment


KERBCRAFT – A road safety project for Foundation Phase children


GORWELION – Curriculum Enrichment Programme




Complaints Procedure

The school follows the model complaints procedure suggested by Welsh Government. It is a three-stage procedure:


Stage A - In the main, this includes an informal discussion with the teacher or designated person. In most cases, we would expect that the issue which is the cause for concern would be resolved informally at Stage A.


Stage B - If you feel that the matter which initially caused you concern has not been resolved, you should submit a complaint in writing to the Headteacher. The Headteacher will investigate your complaint and meet you.


Stage C - A formal complaint to the Chair of Governors. If the complaint is not resolved at Stage B, a committee established by the governing body to deal with complaints should consider the complaint.


A copy of the full Complaints Procedure is available on request from the Headteacher.  Also , a copy of the school’s complaints procedure can be found on the school’s website.







A Breakfast Club is held in the school every morning between 7:50 a.m. And 8:50 a.m. and is free of charge.


Clwb Rhun, the after school club is held between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm every day.  The cost is £5.00 per session.  During these sessions children participate in a variety of different activities e.g. Art and Craft, games, cooking and trips.  If you require more information please contact Miss L. Evans 079022 08059


These clubs are very popular and it is advisable to book early.










Mrs M. O’Toole



Mrs J. Rowberry



Miss D. Fuge






Documents required to be made available by regulation may be inspected at the school.  Parents are requested to make arrangements with the school as to when it is convenient to do so.


The information on this prospectus is correct at the time of printing but may change during the academic year.