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Ystruth Primary

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Welcome from Our Headteacher taken from our Prospectus    


Most parents want a good education for their children but they also want them to be happy, feel safe and secure. At Ystruth Primary we believe we can offer all these things. We pride ourselves on the opportunities we provide as your youngsters progress through the school. The high standards of teaching and learning are a credit to the hard work of both staff and pupils.


We are proud of the atmosphere of inclusion, friendliness and co-operation which is always evident. Many visitors to the school comment on the warm welcome they receive and the politeness and maturity of our pupils.


We have an open door policy in school and welcome parents and carers. We believe a strong partnership between school and home is vital for your child. Staff members are always willing to help parents and keep them informed about progress in well-being and in academic matters.


We value our pupils and we believe that their time in school should be rewarding and fulfilling. As a Rights Respecting School we encourage and challenge youngsters to become the best that they can be!


I look forward to meeting you soon and if you have any queries or concerns please contact me at school.


Yours Sincerely,


Mrs. G. Watkins


Ystruth Primary School is situated in the small town of Blaina, between Abertillery and Brynmawr, in the county borough of Blaenau Gwent. It serves the local area, which is designated a Community First area by the Welsh Assembly Government.


The school has capacity for up to 360 pupils. The school is organised into 14 classes, including two specialist resource base (SRB) classes for pupils with social and communication difficulties. All pupils come from homes where English is the predominant language. The proportion of pupils who are entitled to receive free school meals is well above local and national averages, presently at 32.6% (three year average).


Our allocated (PDG) Pupil Deprivation Grant is £92,850 for 2016/17. The pupil deprivation grant is allocated to schools to support specific groups of learners to reach their potential and become the best they can be. 

The main focus of spending is:

- Support Staff to develop skills and well being.

- Training.

- Enrichment activities.

- To enable families to engage in their children's learning.


Ystruth Primary has been selected as one of the sixty-eight Curriculum Pioneer schools from across Wales and is currently assisting developing Wales’ new national curriculum. The new curriculum is due to be available to all schools from September 2018. Additional achievements include; the Basic Skills Quality Standard; National Quality Award; Platinum Green Flag status; Rights Respecting School and Autism Friendly status. Ystruth is also an accredited Forest School.


We are a busy but friendly school, with lots going on. This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing up to date information for parents, pupils and the wider community


We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find the information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school with any queries.