Llangyfelach Primary School is a community primary school for boys and girls aged three to eleven years. There are seven classes: a Nursery providing morning & afternoon sessions and single form entry class for each year group from Reception to Year 6. In total, there are 255 pupils or 228.5 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) pupils on roll. The average class size is 28.3. There are 8 (FTE) teachers, including the head teacher. There are 13 qualified Teaching Assistants (TAs).
The school is situated to the north of Swansea adjacent to the M4 motorway. Llangyfelach retains much of its village identity. The majority of housing is private with the smaller number of older original buildings being outnumbered by a large housing estate. There are a small number of rented properties. Llangyfelach is neither prosperous nor economically disadvantaged but includes a minority of relatively prosperous homes. There are 54 (35%) pupils attending the school come from outside the local area. There are 16 (10.3%) pupils who are entitled to free school meals; this is well below national and local averages. There are 5 (2%) pupils with English as an additional language. English is the predominant language spoken and the school teaches Welsh as a second language.
The Individual School Budget per pupil for Llangyfelach Primary School is £3,309 which compares with a maximum of £7,381 and a minimum of £2,567 for primary schools in Swansea. The school is ranked 48th out of the 79 primary schools in Swansea, regarding budget share allocation per pupil.
Baseline assessments indicate that children’s attainment on entry to reception is above local averages. Subsequent assessments indicate a significant number have high attainment. There are 11 (4.3%) pupils identified as requiring Additional Learning Needs. This is a lower proportion than is found in most schools in the Local Authority and across Wales. Currently, we have 4 (1.6%) pupils who carry a statement of Additional Learning Needs.
The school was inspected in January 2014 and was placed in an Estyn monitoring categorisation. As a result, the Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) constructed a rigorous Post Inspection Action Plan to focus on the main recommendations for whole school improvement. The school was revisited in March 2015 and was removed from Estyn Monitoring as a result of making strong progress in all recommendations. Following this, LPS has undertaken extensive self-evaluation and received external verification of procedures. All activities concur that LPS is a self-developing and highly reflective organisation with strong leadership and very good capacity to improve.
The school holds numerous awards and accreditation, meeting high organisational quality standards from external verifiers, providing further evidence that the school strives for high quality provision for all. The school has been successful in achieving the SwGL 360 Online Safety Award, Basic Skills Quality Mark, Healthy Schools Awards, Investors in People, Eco Schools Award, Siarter Iaith Bronze Award, Rights of the Child Awards and Thrive Approach Mark. The Thrive Approach provides a powerful way of working with pupils that supports optimal social and emotional development, enabling those who may have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning.
In order for the school to grow and develop further, we have incorporated a CIW registered Wraparound facility using the school’s Early Years area, Main Hall and Outdoor Learning spaces. The school provides a valuable full day-care, enabling parents to return to full time work sooner, while supporting the school’s drive to improve standards.