Hay on Wye School is proud to be a school in Wales and the Welsh language plays an important part in school life. Children hear the language being spoken naturally throughout the day and are encouraged to use Welsh incidentally themselves.
All children are taught weekly Welsh lessons and the ‘Curriculum Cymreig’ is embedded into all areas of learning.
At the beginning of each year, members from each class are elected to be part of the school’s ‘Criw Cymraeg’. These members encourage others to speak the language and help highlight the importance and benefits of being bilingual.
The school is currently working towards the ‘Bronze Cymraeg Campus Language Charter award’.
Hwb is a pioneering digital learning platform for all 3-19 education institutes in Wales.
At Hay on Wye Primary School we use Hwb within the school. This is a Welsh Government initiative with the aim that all learners and teachers can ‘access online resources anywhere, at any time, from any device’.
The Hwb site – hwb.wales.gov.uk – provides digital teaching and learning resources for both children and staff.
Through Hwb, the children will have access to Office 365 which lets the children use Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote even if you do not have these on your computer at home.
Please remind your child to keep their username and password safe and never to share their password with anyone else.
Aims and standards
The purpose of each Governing Body is to help the school provide the best possible education for its pupils. It is accountable to those who fund the school and also the parents and wider community too for the way it carries out its functions. It acts at all times in accordance with appropriate legislation and with the principles laid down by the Committee on Standards in Public Life. It also acts fairly and without prejudice.
The role of governors
Governors are not involved in the day to day running of the school, rather their role is strategic and to steer the school. They are to act as a critical friend who offers support, constructive advice but also challenge through asking questions and seeking to arrive at the best solution for all concerned.
The Governing Body acts as a group but its strength lies in the talents of its members and their ability to work as a team. Governors are elected or appointed by different groups – including parents, teachers and others within the community.
Key areas of responsibility:
- Helping to formulate the aims and objectives of the school and reviewing how far they are being achieved
- Making, ratifying and reviewing policies
- Overseeing the school’s finances
- Overseeing the curriculum, the teaching and learning programme and school development plan
- Ensuring that good provision is made for pupils with special educational needs
- Dealing with appointment, development, pay and discipline of staff
- Ensuring there is good discipline in the school
- Equal opportunities for all pupils
- Receiving and acting upon inspection reports
- Setting annual targets and providing an annual report to parents on the work of the governing body
Unless determined otherwise, the decisions of the whole governing body are public, however the views of individual governors are private. Governors meet twice a term and minutes of Governors Meetings are available from the school office. The school newsletter will also give an overview of key areas discussed.
If you would like to become a Governor
If you would like to become a Governor please contact the Head Teacher to indicate your interest and to talk about the role. You are also very welcome to contact any of the serving Governors to find out more.
Background information and related link
Please click on the links below for more information:
School Governor’s Guide to the Law
Hay Swimming Pool
The town’s swimming pool which is located in the school’s grounds and is run by the charity ‘Friends of Hay Swimming Pool’.
The pool has been refurbished, new equipment has been purchased and all classes are enjoying weekly swimming lessons led by fully qualified swimming teachers.
Local school also use the pool and it can be privately hired on the weekend.
Currently bookings can be made via the Facebook page ‘Hay Swimming Pool‘ – please email email@example.com for further information.
In 2019 there will be some changes:
January 2019 – There will be an increase in current prices – the new charges will be confirmed shortly. Unfortunately the increase is necessary as the cost of running the pool has increased over the last few years and since we re-opened in 2015 the prices have remained the same.
February 2019 – There will be a ‘meet and greet’ public meeting where you will be able to come along and meet the trustees of Hay pool and find out what they have done and have planned for the future.
April 2019 – The pool is a fantastic local facility. The trustees want everyone that uses it to respect the service it provides and adopt our commitment to maintain the building and pool. The overheads and required updates are substantial! To help with this from April 2019 to qualify to book private swimming sessions you will need to be a member of Friends of Hay Swimming Pool. There will be an annual fee of £5 per member (private bookings can only be made by members and they will be the group leader / responsible adult for that session). More details will be released in the new year and at the meeting in February.
April 2019: The trustees are aiming to launch an online booking and payment system via a new website! Again more information about this will be discussed at the public meeting in February.
There is an active PTFA at Hay School.
The PTFA is set up for parents, teachers and friends of Hay School to organise events and raise money for much needed school resources. Over the last few years the PTFA has bought books, computers and outdoor play equipment. They have helped towards the cost of school trips including an annual whole school visit to the seaside. We are always looking for new members. Please contact the school if you are interested in joining.
We always need help for the wide range of fundraising events we put on.
Each year these include Harvest Bingo, Christmas Fair, Easter Bingo, Summer Fair. We are already discussing more ideas for the coming year.
The school’s PTFA has a Facebook page that is used successfully for communicating about upcoming events. Please search for ‘PTFhAy (Hay School PTFA)‘ and request to join this closed group.
Jumping Jacks After School Club runs every weekday from 3.15pm until 5.30pm.
The charge is £7 per child. This price includes a light tea/snack.
The booking form for these facilities is on the Jumping Jacks notice board in the school’s entrance hall.
For further information please speak to Mrs Williams or Miss Seymour.
Little Stars is a private on-site pre-school which provides full day care and education for children from the age of birth to school age.
For more information please contact Tisha Jones or Becky Golesworthy on 07532 257971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, please see their Facebook page.
Watch Club – Lunchtime club
Years 5 and 6 are invited to attend Watch Club – a club in partnership with the Wildlife Trust.
Wendy, a volunteer from Brecknock Wildlife Trust, comes into school once a month armed with lots of exciting activities for us to complete!
For more information, please visit the Wildlife Watch website here.
Clubs – After school
Other clubs run after school from 3:15pm until 4pm. Please see the notice board in the school’s hall for information about current clubs.
Generation Green – Earn rewards for our school
Waste Awareness Wales – Find out more
Recycle Zone – Lots of fun games and activities
Environment Agency – Find out more
Garden Organic – Games and activities
RSPB – Play lots of games
Nature Detectives – A website by the Woodland Trust
Welsh Water – Advice on how to save water
Eco Kids – Lots of games and activities
Ollie Recycles – Join in the fun
Victorians – National Archives
Iron Town – Blaenafon – Video clip
Children Of The Revolution – Investigation
Snowdonia 1890 – BBC site with video clips
BBC Learning Zone – Coal mining in South Wales
BBC Learning Zone – Industry in South Wales
BBC Learning Zone – Child labour in the Victorian times
BBC Learning Zone – Victorian Christmas
BBC Learning Zone – Victorian life
Hay During The Victorian Times – A great website!
History Of Hay – Lots of local information
Old Hay – Lots of local information
Woodlands Junior School – An overview of the Victorians
Victorian Children – Information on clothes and toys
Calon Lan – 19th century Welsh hymn
Victorian Schools – Woodlands Junior School
Victorian Schools – BBC primary history
Victorian Schools – The Victorian School website
Learn To Work Like A Historian – Victorian resources
Victorian Inventions – Woodlands Junior School
Victorian Inventions – Innovations learning
Victorian Inventions – Children’s British History Encyclopedia
Famous People In History – BBC primary history
Victorian Inventions – BBC audio links
Calon Lan – Words of the 19th century Welsh hymn