Casllwchwr Primary School was founded in 1881 and is situated in the large village of Lower Llwchwr, mid-way between Swansea and Llanelli on the Llwchwr river estuary. It is an expanding village and this is reflected in the current building of small, new housing estates in the village. The school draws its pupils from these estates as well as the old village that comprises 19th century housing, a large council estate and a large private development built in the later 1970s and early 1980s.

There are at present 188 learners on roll from reception to Year 6 and 23 pupils in the morning nursery and 35 in the afternoon making a full time equivalent of 29.

Around forty three per cent (43%) of learners come from the thirty per cent (30%) most deprived areas of Wales. However, in saying that, the school’s intake overall is neither particularly advantaged nor disadvantaged. A high percentage of learners have traditionally been admitted from outside the official catchment area due to parental choice, encouraged by the school’s very good reputation locally.

Approximately 17% of learners are entitled to free school meals and the school has one learner who uses English as an additional language (nursery pupil). Nearly all learners come from English speaking homes and there are no learners who speak Welsh as a first language.  Approximately 35% of learners have additional learning needs; fifty-five pupils are on school action and eleven children are on school action plus. There are two pupils with a statement of special educational needs.

The Award submission video, and points to note:

  • Processes to inspire and engage boys in learning;
  • Sustainable vision for inspiration and enthusiasm and use of technology to achieve this;
  • Choice boards for pupils in the foundation stage encouraging independent learning;
  • Visual learning and multi-sensory activities;
  • Peer assessment with pupils helping each other to improve their learning;
  • Choice and independent learning strongly supported through the multimedia and library facilities, developing confident learners;
  • Awareness of learning and how their own learning differs from that of their parents, with processes to engage parents with these new approaches to learning;
  • Use of positive role models from the community.