Talgarth C.P. School

Name Talgarth C.P. School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 2
Address School Road, Talgarth, Powys, LD3 0BB
Type Nursery, Infants & Juniors
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 59 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.6
Local Authority Powys
Percentage Free School Meals 8.8%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Talgarth Primary School is situated adjacent to the previous school building and the church in the centre of the small town of Talgarth, which is about eight miles north-east of Brecon. It was built in 1976 and is set within spacious and attractive grounds, comprising a playground, an early years play area, a playing field and grassed open spaces. The accommodation is generally of open plan design and has three main teaching areas with a number of additional learning spaces. There is a hall as well as an information communications technology (ICT) suite, a library, offices, cloakrooms, a kitchen, a foyer and a staff room. There is also a large hut within the school grounds which is used by a parent toddler group, the local health board and educational psychologists. 2 The school currently caters for 56 full-time equivalent learners between the ages of four and eleven; there are no children of nursery age. There are three classes, each containing a mixed age range, comprising R/Y1/Y2, Y3/Y4 and Y5/Y6. There are three full-time teachers and one part-time teacher, including the headteacher, who has partial responsibility for the R/Y1/Y2 class. The number on roll has remained relatively stable over the last four years, but it decreased significantly in September 2009 and is now considerably lower than at the time of the last inspection. 3 The school serves the community of Talgarth and the surrounding area. According to the school the majority of families are neither prosperous nor economically disadvantaged. The local area is comprised mainly of privately owned homes, some of which are located in three former small council estates. A few pupils are transported by mini bus from outlying areas. Around 7% are registered as being entitled to receive free school meals, which is well below the national and local averages. 4 The intake covers the full range of ability. Around 23% of learners are identified as requiring special educational needs (SEN) support, which is above the national average; one is statemented. No learners use Welsh as first language or are looked after by the local authority (LA). Around 3% are from an ethnic minority background and one uses Polish at home and receives support in English as an additional language. 5 The school was last inspected in November 2003. Since then there has been a reduction in the number of teachers. 6 The school gained the All Wales award for Healthy Schools in 2006 and it is currently working towards its fifth £leaf £as part of the Powys Healthy Schools network. It was awarded its third Eco flag and its third Basic Skills award in 2008. The school’s priorities and targets 7 The school’s mission statement is £Journeying together, learning together£ and its vision is £to provide a school with a stimulating, secure and happy environment where we challenge, enthuse, motivate, inspire and foster a lifelong desire to learn£. These statements are underpinned by the following aims, which have been discussed and approved by the governing body (GB): £ to foster a love of learning in all pupils; £ to develop each individual child to his/her own potential in academic, social, emotional and physical development; £ to raise levels of attainment for all pupils enabling them to achieve their personal best; £ to make each child literate and numerate; £ to provide a variety of opportunities for success in both academic and non-academic subjects; and £ to ensure equal opportunities in relation to gender, race, class, special needs and religious belief. 8 The school’s current priorities, as outlined in its current school development plan (SDP), are to: £ raise standards in key stage 2 (KS2) and specifically in English, mathematics, ICT, music, religious education and personal and social education (PSE); £ improve learning across the school, particularly in relation to assessment for learning strategies and engaging pupils more in their own learning; £ monitor the use of the skills ladders and the thinking and learning logs; £ embed foundation phase policies and practice; £ continue to develop the themed approach at KS2; £ continue to develop key skills across the curriculum; £ maintain a pleasant, safe and secure working environment; £ maintain the school as a focal point for the community; and £ work with the authority to resolve budgetary issues.