As one of the few schools in the whole of Wales to have obtained the Platinum Eco Award we are continuing to work hard to look after our school environment.
Please click here to watch a video about how we first achieved this award over 5 years ago.
We strive to continue with the principles of Eco-Schools. We start each the year by electing Eco reps from each year group to create a new committee. Throughout the year we continue with our eco promises such as ensuring that everyone recycles and saves water and then think of new ideas to help improve our school and community.
Success stories and on-going projects
- Our Green Day was a great success, with visitors from many organisations including Welsh Water, Brecon Beacons National Park, Forest Schools and Brecon Wildlife Trust.
- We regularly attend the All Wales National Committee meetings in Builth Wells. We really enjoy meeting other schools and sharing ideas.
- We were extremely fortunate to have the support of The Old Railway Nursery in creating our own garden areas. We now have lots of produce to sell and eat!
Miss Siân Jones and Mrs Linda Jones are both Forest School Leaders having achieved the Level 3 Forest Schools Practitioner Award.
What is Forest School?
Forest School is the name for an approach to educating children in the outdoors environment on a regular basis.
Forest Schoolis an opportunity for your child to experience nature and the outdoor environment in a safe, secure and hands on way.
Why Forest School?
Children learn best from first hand experiences. Exploring, playing and learning using a range of activities is what Forest School is all about. Building a sense of independence, high self esteem and team work are important parts of Forest School.
There is much evidence to show how regular experience of Forest School can have dramatic and profound influences on child development. Statistics show that children of all abilities make better progress when Forest School experiences are brought back into the conventional classroom.
What will my child do at Forest School?
Each term, each class will complete a series of approximately six weekly Forest School sessions at our Forest School site. Children will learn about the natural environment and acquire skills, wherever possible, linked to the main-school topics.
Examples of activities completed at Forest School are:
- Shelter building
- Environmental art
- Animal and insect tracking
- Using tools safely such as pen knives and bow saws
- Lighting a fire to make popcorn and warm marshmallows and hot chocolate
Where is the school’s Forest School site?
Our Forest School is at the Warren, Hay on Wye. The Warren Trustees have kindly donated a part of the Warren to the school. This area has been fenced off and a log circle has been placed there. The walk to and from the site takes approximately 15 minutes.
What will my child need?
- Wellies and warm socks
- Waterproof jacket (this type of coat is best as it is light and also windproof)
- Waterproof over trousers as children will inevitably get dirty!
Other clothing will depend on the season:
- A warm coat, hat and gloves
- A sun hat
A Healthy School is….
“one that is characterised by constantly strenghthening its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working”.
As a school we have achieved the Phase 5 award and we are currently working towards the NQA (phase 6) – the final part of the Healthy Schools scheme.
The Fairtrade Schools Award is a campaign that gives pupils the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of global issues and that Fairtrade is the solution for so many farmers and workers in poorer countries.
Our school became the first school in Powys to acheive Fairtrade Schools status.
Fairtrade is an important part of school life – Fairtrade ingredients are used in cooking, in the staff room and at school events. Pupils also learn about Fairtrade in lessons.
The school is situated in attractive school grounds in a quiet, convenient position alongside the car park in Hay on Wye.
The school is in the Brecon Beacons National Park and serves the town of Hay-on-Wye and surrounding area. The school values the diversity of family backgrounds and ensures the provision of a safe, stimulating and happy learning environment for all.
Welsh Government – Wales School Ratings
Welsh Government have ranked all primary and secondary schools into four colour coded bands – red, amber, yellow and green – according to a range of criteria including standards achieved and targets set for the pupils. Hay on Wye CP School is ranked one of only 19 Powys Primary schools in the green category. This is due to the inspiration and hard work of all staff, the support of parents and work put in by the children to do their best. For more information, please see the ITV wesbite here.
Hay on Wye CP School is also proud of its other successes such as being a: