Neath Port Talbot
SCHOOL CONTEXTUAL AND SELF ASSESSMENT REPORT – DYFFRYN SCHOOL
Dyffryn is a split site 11 – 16 comprehensive school serving the pupils to the east of the industrial town of Port Talbot. The Upper School is 37 years old and is located in large grounds, in the Margam area of the town. It is adjacent to Neath Port Talbot College, which provides the A level and vocational programme (post-16) for many of its pupils. The Upper School forms the administrative base for the school and is the teaching area for pupils in years 9 – 11 inclusive.
The Lower School is located in Talcennau Road in central Port Talbot. The school is almost 100 years old and consists of a number of separate buildings in varying states of repair. Some of the science accommodation is much younger being built in the 1960’s. The Lower School caters for pupils in Years 7 – 8 inclusive. There are no on-site grassed areas and pupils are bussed or walked to local facilities.
The school’s catchment area is extensive with a majority of pupils bussed to school. The catchment schools include:
Central Primary School, which is located close to the Lower School in the town area of Port Talbot.
Eastern Primary School which is located in the Taibach area of the town, traditionally the housing for many employed in the local steelworks. A nursery is located on site.
Groes Primary School is located adjacent to the Upper School and shares its playing fields for sports activities.
Coed Hirwaun is a new purpose-built school in the Margam Park Village, a private development near Margam Park. Pupils from this school will start to attend Dyffryn from September, 2002.
Cwmavon Primary School, a large primary school located in the former mining village of Cwmavon. This school has an attached nursery on the same site.
Bryn Primary School, a small primary school located in the semi-rural former mining village of Bryn.