Croeso i Ysgol Pontffranc
Welcome to Franksbridge School
Franksbridge C.P. is a lively, happy, small rural school which enjoys strong support from parents and the local community. The school was first opened on 29th July 1878. Franksbridge is a small hamlet situated 6 miles from the market town of Builth Wells and 7 miles from the county town of Llandrindod Wells.
Children are taught in two classes: Class One accommodates the younger children, aged four to seven years, whilst Class Two is comprised of children aged seven to eleven. Small class sizes mean that each child receives plenty of time and attention from our experienced teachers and support staff. Learning is tailored to the needs of individuals, ensuring that every child is supported and challenged to fulfil their potential.
In addition to the two main classrooms, we have a third multi-purpose classroom, well stocked fiction and non-fiction libraries a computer suite. Delicious dinners are cooked on site by Mrs. Groves.
Franksbridge Community School stands in exceptional grounds comprising a large play ground, games field, community play area, school garden, pavilion, nature reserve, a quiet garden, muddy kitchen and a copse. Our children spend a great deal of time learning and playing outdoors. We are a pioneer school for ‘Powys Playful Schools’: the children of Franksbridge School enjoy having the freedom and resources to climb trees, practise gymnastics, dress up, role play and make dens at play times, as well as taking part in a wide range of sports and games.
We are also a ‘Lead Creative School’ committed to bringing excitement, fun and creativity into learning and teaching. This year we are working with visual artist, Blue MacAskill and potter, Alex Allpress to create a physical maths trail in our school grounds and embark on adventures in computer coding.
The school was inspected by Estyn in June, 2013, and it was deemed to be “good” in all areas.
The report states that:
“The school provides a very caring environment where pupils are valued as individuals.”
“The quality of teaching is good; most pupils make good progress from their individual starting point and strong partnerships with parents and the local community significantly enrich pupils’ learning experiences.”
“Staff work together as a close, effective and committed team focused on delivering high standards across the whole of the school’s work”. Teachers “collaborate closely with teaching assistants who play a valuable role in supporting pupils’ learning. It goes on to say that “Partnership activities with parents and the community have a significant impact on pupils’ standards and wellbeing. The excellent play area, which they created …….. positively supports pupils’ fitness and well-being.”
“The headteacher provides good leadership and a clear strategic direction for the school,” and that the “governors are well informed about strengths and areas for development and increasingly offer a good degree of challenge to the school.”
“Provision for the development of pupils’ understanding of sustainability and global citizenship is a strong feature of the school.”