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Pentrepoeth Primary is a school designed for pupils aged between four and eleven. The school opened in September 1986, replacing two older local primary schools. The spacious site comprises large and well maintained hard and grassy play areas and car parking spaces arranged in tiers upon the attractively landscaped hillside. The elevated site lies to the south of the village of Rhiwderin. The busy village of Bassaleg together with its large comprehensive school lies to the east. The school enjoys an open aspect with breathtaking views across the lower Ebbw valley.The building is of unusual design and construction. The single storey building has thirteen classrooms (with additional accommodation provided by a demountable classroom). The foundation phase department occupies six classrooms to the west of a central hall along with a stimulating outdoor area. Each department has direct access to its own practical area. The central hall is used for assembly, PE, indoor games and school meals.
Pupil numbers have increased gradually since the school was built, so that now, with fourteen classes we have two classes per year group. The growth in the number of pupils has provided accommodation challenges, which have been addressed through the addition of an extension to the school, including a learning support and music room. The glorious outdoor space is utilised fully, with a field for rugby and football, a large play area, nature trail, pond and numerous outdoor seating areas. The development of the outdoor areas has been made possible by the active participation and generosity of our PTA, our governing body, coordinated by our Eco Schools leader, Mr Wilmore and one of our Governors, Mr John Barrowman.
The staff at the school are an excellent combination of youth and maturity, who work collectively to provide a supportive environment where high standards are met, ensuring all learners at our school achieve their potential. Parents and governors work closely with staff, and, as inspectors pointed out in our last inspection, "The school operates as a family unit with a sense of purpose and shared values, and a strong team spirit pervades the school promoting a very good ethos...the quality of life in the school is very good".
Our whole school approach to self evaluation and school improvement has enabled us to identify targets and priorities for development effectively, and contributes significantly to the culture of improvement at our school.