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School information

School Information:

Our current school building on Margam Street was opened December 1986, replacing the former Cymer Afan School that was situated in the centre of Cymmer and is now the site of The Afan Valley Swimming pool.

Cymer is set in the picturesque Afan Valley.  The school is situated on the outskirts of the village.  It has extensive grounds of lawn; abundant trees, a pond and a nature area as well as a multiple use Sports Hall alongside an All Weather Playing Surface.  The school received grant funding to develop a Community Heritage Garden to promote the local heritage of the Upper Afan Valley and to create a meeting point for the local community.  The grant also allowed the school to develop ‘raised beds’ for the pupils to grow fruit and vegetables.

School Organisation:

Children are admitted to the nursery class the term after their third birthday if there is a place available. Admission forms will be provided by the school office but must be returned to the Local Education Authority at Neath-Port Talbot County Borough Council.

When pupils reach the academic year in which they are 5 years old they become full-time reception pupils.

A third of a pint of milk per day is provided free for pupils until they reach the end of the Foundation Phase.

Pupils are organised into classes of mixed ability and mixed year groups. The age range in each class is shown below.

The classes are:

1. Nursery (Morning session)

2. Reception & Year 1

3. Years 2 & 3

4. Years 4, 5 & 6 

The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum which offers a wide range of experiences to meet the diverse needs of the pupils. At Nursery/Reception/Year 1 & Year 2 the curriculum is taught through the Framework for Children’s Learning for 3 – 7 year olds in Wales
(Foundation Phase):
Areas of Learning
  • Language, Literacy & Communication Skills
  • Mathematical Development
  • Welsh Language Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development
  • Personal and Social Development, Well-Being and Cultural Diversity
At Key Stages 2 the curriculum is taught along the orders of the National Curriculum in Wales.
The following subjects are taught at Key Stage 2:
Core Subjects Foundation Subjects Other Statutory Requirements


Welsh Second Language
Design Technology
Information Technology
Physical Education
Religious Education
Sex Education
Personal and Social Education (PSE)
In order to deliver the subjects at Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2, Subject Policies and Schemes of work are used and regularly updated to meet the needs of our pupils. The Schemes of Work are usually supported by purchased published schemes of work and those established by the Local Education Authority, which are adopted and adapted by the staff at school.