Cymer Afan Primary School


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Margam Street
Port Talbot
SA13 3EE
3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
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Cymer Afan Primary is a community school for pupils aged three to eleven years. It is situated in the rural village of Cymmer in the Afan valley, about seven miles north of Port Talbot, in Neath Port Talbot Local Authority. There is a variety of rented and owner-occupied houses in the village, with many properties being typical of a former mining community. It is organised into three mixed-age classes. Nursery and reception age children are taught alongside Year 1 pupils in class 1. Class 2 comprises pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 and class 3 caters for pupils in Years 5 and 6. There are 63 full-time pupils on roll, which include five children of nursery age who attend part-time. The average class size is 21. As a result of the closure of a neighbouring school the intake this year has risen by fourteen pupils. There are four full-time teachers, one part-time teacher (0.4) and three full-time learning support assistants (LSAs), including a qualified nursery nurse, in school. An additional LSA delivers the rapid reading programme. Over the last two years there have been significant staff changes as a result of retirements and budgetary cuts. The deputy headteacher is currently the acting headteacher due to the retirement of the school’s headteacher in the summer of 2011. She will be acting headteacher for the next school year until the school becomes part of the federation of schools in the Upper Afan Valley. The headteacher of the federation of schools, who is currently headteacher of Cymer Afan Comprehensive and Pen Afan Primary school, will then become headteacher of this school. Close links with Cymer Afan Comprehensive School are being fostered to prepare for this venture. The school receives pupils from the full range of abilities and from a wide range of backgrounds, with a number coming from relatively disadvantaged homes. Twentynine per cent of pupils are entitled to free school meals, a figure which doubled over the last five years, and this is above national and local averages. Around 17% of pupils have special educational needs, and this figure is slightly below average. One pupil has a statement of special educational needs. There is a small number of pupils from ethnic minority groups. No pupils come from homes where Welsh is the first language and English is the predominant language of pupils’ homes. The school holds the Basic Skills Quality Mark. It was previously inspected in October 2005. The individual school budget in 2010-2011 per pupil for Cymer Afan Primary School is £5,066, which compares with a maximum of £7,911 and a minimum of £2,483 for primary schools in Neath Port Talbot. The school has the 9th highest budget per pupil of the 71 primary schools in Neath Port Talbot.

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01639 763580, 01639 763730

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