Welcome Message from the Station Commander

Clearly, schooling is always a major concern to personnel posted in to RAF Valley. You will be pleased to know that we have 2 excellent schools - Ysgol y Tywyn, on the Station itself, and Caergeiliog Grant Maintained School some 2 miles away - both offering primary education (4-11). Our links with these first-class schools are excellent, OC Admin Wg is a Governor of Ysgol y Tywyn and Sqn Ldr Ops is on the Board of Ysgol Caergeiliog.

Although there is the opportunity for children to be taught Welsh as a second language, lessons in other subjects are taught in English. Should you wish your children to be taught their secondary education in English, there are facilities available at the St Gerard's School and Hillgrove School in Bangor. For pre-school children we have a Cr�che facility and the Busy Bees Playgroup at the Station based in and around the Community Centre and Hive complex.
 

 
 
Day School Allowance (North Wales)

The Day School Allowance (North Wales) (DSA (NW)) is a unique opportunity for Service personnel to educate their children in North Wales.

DSA (NW) is available for the education of children of Service personnel based in North Wales who would otherwise be disadvantaged, academically and socially, by the bilingual teaching policy adopted within the Gwynedd and Isle of Anglesey Local Education Authorities. DSA (NW) is provided as an alternative to Boarding School Allowance (BSA) and assists towards the costs of the independent day schooling in the local area. In common with the principles adopted in other areas where English is not the teaching medium, no parental contribution is required towards the cost of school fees. Also travelling costs 'by the cheapest method appropriate' are also covered within this scheme.

Two independent day schools are available in Bangor, Hillgrove and St Gerard's and are both in use by Service families.

For further information please contact Personnel Services Flight (PSF) on (01407) 762241 extension 7515.

 
 
Pre-School

The Lily Pad

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Mother & Toddler Group

A Mother & Toddler group is held in the Cr�che every Thursday afternoons during term time from 1:30pm to 3:15pm. The cost is �1.20 for one child and �1.70 for 2 or more children.

The Busy Bees Playgroup

The Busy Bees Playgroup accepts children from 21/2 to 3 years of age from RAF, MOD, Babcock personnel and civilians when vacancies permit. The Playgroup is open Monday to Friday mornings from 9:00am to 11:45am and costs �3.00 per session which includes a mid morning snack. For more information contact the Playgroup Supervisor on (01407) 762241 extension 7293.

 
 
Primary Education
 
Ysgol y Tywyn (For children 3-11 years of age)

Ysgol y Tywyn

Ysgol y Tywyn is a small, friendly Local Authority school, which has served RAF Valley since 1971. On Anglesey this school is a unique educational establishment due to the very high proportion of RAF dependants who attend the school. The majority of pupils come from an RAF background, although a small number of local children also attend. The school has close links with the RAF and is delighted to be a part of this small community.

The school is based most conveniently on the Domestic Site at RAF Valley, near the Community Centre, the Cr�che, the Playgroup, the NAAFI and the Training & Welfare centre. The school's Nursery Unit is housed in a building directly opposite the school, which belongs to the Station. Most children are able to walk to school due to the close proximity of the houses. The Adams Close family quarters (Rhosneigr) are in the Ysgol y Tywyn catchment area and hence the LEA provides free transport for the children from this area who attend the school.

Language Policy

All children of personnel serving at RAF Valley, who attend this school, are exempt from following the Anglesey education Authority's bilingual policy, unless their parents wish them to do so. The children will be taught in English, and Welsh will be taught as a second language according to the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Education

High educational achievements, as reflected in the annual SATs results, are one of the school's trademarks.

Key Stage 1 SAT Results:

100% achieved Level 2 or above in English and Mathematics.

Key Stage 2 SAT Results:

100% achieved Level 4 or above in English.
100% achieved Level 4 or above in Science.
75% achieved Level 4 or above in Mathematics.

All results are well above the national average.
 

The school believes that this is a direct result of the friendly, caring environment, which is fostered here and also small class sizes. All of the teachers at eh school are highly experienced, friendly and approachable and quite used to dealing with the problems which children sometimes experience when moving to a new school. Strong links exist between parents and the school. Parents help out in a variety ways such as in the classroom environment and in helping to raise money for school funds.

For further information please contact the Headteacher on (01407) 740781, or e-mail the School at Pennaeth@tywyn.anglesey.sch.uk
The website is
www.tywyn.anglesey.sch.uk

 

 

Ysgol Caergeiliog (For children 3-11 years of age)

Ysgol Caergeiliog

Ysgol Caergeiliog is a Foundation School approximately 1.5 miles from RAF Valley. The School has high standards of educational achievement and care and provides extensive information for parents. It strives for high academic standards and results show the School is in the top echelon, indeed the School was placed second in a survey of 3000 best schools in Britain carried out by The Sunday Times.

Key Stage 1 and 2 SATs results 2000

In Key Stage 1, 94% of pupils attained Level 2 or above in Mathematics, Science, English or Welsh.
In Key Stage 2, 93% of pupils attained Level 4 or above in Mathematics, Science, English or Welsh.

School Average = 93% : National Average = 64%

Amongst the facilities provided are:

3 libraries
6 Art & Technology Workshops
Language Centre teaching French, German and Spanish
Easter vacation visit to France
Centre for group and individual tuition (Special Needs)

The School provides Music Tuition up to ABRSM level for violin, trumpet, flute, tenor horn, clarinet, sax, trombone, drums, recorder and piano. The School has its own Orchestra, Band and Recorder Group (National Winners since 1997)

The School is sited in 11 acres of land and offers the following sporting facilities; sports pavilion with changing rooms and showers, 6 lane grass track, discus and javelin training areas, cricket, rugby, football (2 full-size junior pitches), netball,rounders, hockey and swimming (from age 5). It has its own Outdoor Education Centre with access to 25 acres of land and arranges camping weekends. It also has a Summer School

For a prospectus please write or call Ysgol Caergeiliog Foundation School, Caergeiliog, Anglesey, LL65 3NP. Telephone 01407 740619. E-mail Headmaster. Website www.caergeilioggms.freeserve.co.uk.

 
 
Secondary Education
 
Holyhead High School (For children 11- years of age) - details to follow
 
St Gerard's School (For children 11- years of age) - details to follow
 
Hillgrove School (For children 11- years of age) - details to follow

 


 

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