Welcome to Ysgol Bro Dinefwr
Ysgol Bro Dinefwr is a close knit community where every effort is made to ensure that pupils feel known, and valued, as individuals. It is a naturally bilingual school with an ethos that reflects the surrounding area in terms of language and culture.
Both Welsh and English play an important part in the life of the school and members of staff and pupils are encouraged to communicate bilingually in as many formal and informal situations as possible.
We have high expectations in terms of work, achievement and conduct. The ultimate aim is that all students become discerning and independent learners, possessing the skills required to take an active and successful role in their communities in the 21st century.
J. D. Griffiths
It is my great pleasure to introduce prospective parents and pupils to Ysgol Bro Dinefwr. Established in 2013 as a result of the reorganisation of secondary education in eastern Carmarthenshire, we moved into our brand new building in 2016. The school is located in the village of Ffairfach near Llandeilo and occupies a magnificent site in the heart of the Tywi Valley.We are delighted with our new building, a contemporary and inspirational environment with first class facilities for our present and future pupils. The design has facilitated the work of each department offering exciting and enriching activities for our pupils both inside and outside the classroom. We are a vibrant learning community, providing high quality bilingual education for 11-18 year olds from an extensive catchment area. A wide range of opportunities are available to all, and our pupils and students are encouraged to develop their interests and talents. High standards are very important to us, not just in terms of examination performance, but in everything that we do. Ysgol Bro Dinefwr is a happy school where pupils have settled quickly this year and are well cared for and supported. I am grateful to all the staff for their tremendous hard work, the parents for their support and our pupils for working with us to help them achieve their best. It is this energy and commitment, so evident across our new school community, that makes it my privilege to be its Headteacher.
J. D. GRIFFITHS
- Fitness Suite
- Large Sports Hall
- 3G Artificial Pitch
- Athletics Track (grass)
- Netball and Tennis Courts
- Football Pitches
- Rugby Pitches
The school’s pastoral system is designed to care for each child’s welfare in the many aspects of school life. It is arranged on a year basis under the guidance of a Progress Leader. Progress Leaders meet pupils regularly and oversee their academic and social development. Each year group has a weekly year assembly and is involved in a pastoral programme during registration one morning each week.
When a pupil is absent from school parents are expected to phone the school between 8.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. If there is to be a prolonged absence, parents are urged to notify the school at the earliest opportunity so that arrangements can be made for work to be sent home.
Pupils taken ill during the day
Where a pupil is taken ill after arriving at school, every effort is made to ensure that he/she is well cared for. If it is in the pupil’s best interest to be at home, every attempt is made to contact parents to request that the pupil be taken home. The school requires a day-time contact telephone number in case of such occurrences. In urgent cases the school may decide to summon medical advice to the school or to take the pupil to the local surgery. In emergencies, where hospital treatment is recommended an ambulance will be called and parents will be informed as soon as is possible. If hospital or surgery treatment is necessary, every effort will be made to ensure that, wherever possible, parents accompany the child. It is important that any medical condition, or particular personal circumstance which could have a bearing on the well being and educational development of a child is notified to the school at the time of admission or as conditions/situations develop.
No pupil should bring medicines to school, apart from carrying asthma pumps and no medicine will routinely be administered by the school staff. In exceptional circumstances parents should contact the school for advice.
Leaving the school site during the day
Pupils who need to leave the school premises during the day must have permission from an Assistant Headteacher or their Progress Leader. A note from a parent is required.
The school is committed to achieving a target of 95% attendance for every pupil, and provides substantial support for pupils and parents in the pursuit of this aim. This is an integral part of the school’s drive to raise standards of attainment and to ensure that every pupil has a chance to fulfil his or her potential. Authorised absences include those where a pupil is unable to attend school due to illness, family bereavement or religious observation. In line with all schools in Carmarthenshire, holidays taken during term time are unauthorised. During the academic year 2015-16, the attendance rate was 94%.
The school cannot be held liable for the loss of, or damage to personal property. Parents are reminded that neither the school nor the LEA takes out insurance for items such as musical instruments, clothing, calculators, etc. Though every effort will be made to find items lost or mislaid, parents are advised that such items should be insured separately probably under a home contents policy. Parents should also ensure that:
- all items of clothing are clearly marked with the pupil’s name.
- all items of clothing are brought home daily.
- pupils do not bring expensive pens, equipment, watches, jewellery or other valuable items, such as mobile phones, to school.
If a pupil brings a large sum of money to school, then this must be handed in for safe keeping. In such cases, the amount must be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope containing the money.
Ysgol Bro Dinefwr believes strongly in providing numerous opportunities for pupils to develop their talents and interests in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These include cultural events, sport, lunchtime clubs, educational trips and competitions.
A school eisteddfod is held annually to celebrate St. David’s Day. Inter-house competitions are organised for individuals and groups in reciting, singing, dancing and off stage competitions are arranged in various subject areas. Progression to local, County and National Urdd Eisteddfodau often takes place.
Ysgol Bro Dinefwr has excellent facilities for music. The school has an orchestra and pupils are encouraged to perform in public. Our pupils have the opportunity to become members of local musical ensembles such as the Dinefwr String Orchestra, Dinefwr Schools Brass Band, Carmarthen Area Youth Orchestra and Carmarthen Area Symphonic Wind Band. Pupils are also entered for the practical and theory examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Several peripatetic teachers serve the school offering tuition in a wide variety of orchestral instruments as well as vocal tuition. Parents are charged for this service.
The School has over the years produced a number of major theatrical/musical productions in both Welsh and English. The most recent, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Annie’, involved over 400 pupils and a large number of staff. The confidence gained from performing in public, and the skills developed in staging the productions have benefited a large number of pupils over the years.
The Physical Education programme aims to provide pupils and students with a balanced range of activities structured in such a way as to encourage progression and a sense of achievement. Both Team and individual games are used as vehicles to encourage pupils/students to participate and to develop those skills conducive to involvement in an active and healthy lifestyle.
All pupils take part in the Physical Education and Games programme.Where a pupil has a serious injury/illness or is not medically fit to take part, contact should be made with the Sports teacher. School teams take part in a large number of sporting activities with other schools, some on a league basis. Individual pupils have also had considerable success in gaining county, national and international honours in a number of sports. Parents are informed of all fixtures together with times of return to school (away fixtures) or end of game (home fixtures) if after the time of departure of the school buses.
- 5 x 60: this is a daily sports club held during lunchtimes and after school giving opportunities to improve skills and try out new sports in the pursuit of a healthy and active lifestyle.
- Lunchtime clubs such as Drama Club, Reading Club, Writing Club, Modern Foreign Language Club.
- Urdd Eisteddfod competitions.
- Law competition.
- NASA international event.
- Foreign exchange visits.
- Ski trips and other foreign travel e.g. USA, Spain, France.
- Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (Bronze and Gold).
- Theatre and Arts trips.
- Futurechef competition.
- Inter-school quizzes.
- Poetry and literature competitions.
- Eisteddfod Ddwl.
- The school also runs an after school club known as Own Zone. A charge is made for this service.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Ysgol Bro Dinefwr directly.