Ours is a modern, well equipped primary school in the village of Llangors, about 5 miles south-east of Brecon.
It lies between the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains and is within the boundary of the National Park. Children come to the school from the villages which cluster around Llangors Lake. At present we cater for children between the ages of 4 and 11 and children are admitted to the school at the beginning of the term in which they are 4 years old. The school teaches through the medium of English but Welsh is taught as a second language. French is taught to Y6 pupils as a Modern Foreign Language (MFL).
The Buildings and Classrooms
The present school buildings were built in 1973, when the school expanded to take pupils from a number of smaller, outlying schools which were closing. There are 7 fully equipped classrooms, a hall, library area, office, staff room, kitchen, cloakrooms, storage areas and two kivas (enclosed carpeted work areas). The buildings have been adapted for wheelchair access.
The classrooms are always brightly decorated with samples of the children’s work and projects. Each classroom has at least 1 computer and we have a suite of 12 computers and a laptop charging station and 12 laptops. We have eight table top Alphasmart word processors on which the children can work, and then download onto the computers to print so ICT is accessible to all children in all classrooms. We also have 4 interactive whiteboards. The hall provides an area for Assemblies, Movement, Drama and PE. It is also used as the dining area, and for concerts and other public meetings.
The Grounds, Gardens and Play Areas
We are lucky to have exceptionally large grounds for a primary school, mostly grassed and with mature trees and garden areas planted and looked after by the children. There are magnificent views of Llangors Lake, Mynydd Llangors and the Brecon Beacons. All of these features serve to provide a stimulating learning environment for our pupils and create further opportunities for developing fitness and co-operative play.
Staff and pupils with the help of parent volunteers and the Brecon Beacons National Park have built a pond area. The grounds are being constantly developed as a learning environment, boasting a bird and butterfly garden, vegetable gardens and sensory areas. We have recently provided raised flower and vegetable beds, a healthy activity trail, seating and games areas, enhancing the outdoor classroom. The enhancement of the grounds is an on-going project.
The grounds include a games/ athletics pitch with goal posts and a running track. We also have a large tarmac playground marked out for netball and other games. There is a patio area for young children who do not wish to play on the yard, and a covered veranda providing picnic tables and a shelter for outdoor work and wet weather.