Trefnant Voluntary Aided School is situated in the small village of Trefnant in the Vale of Clwyd between the towns of Denbigh and St. Asaph, where its semi-rural position provides an ideal learning environment for the Primary School child. The original stone building dates back to 1861 and attests to the school’s long tradition of service to the local community.
The accommodation consists of two junior classrooms and junior library in the old building. In 1964 an extension provided kitchen facilities and a dual purpose Hall/Dining Room. In 1976, further extension work provided a purpose built Infant wing, with 2 teaching areas, small staff room and a library. In 2012 we took on the lease of the Old School House. This has allowed more space for the School Office, the Teacher’s PPA room, a Music Room, Kitchen for cookery and space for our Puddleducks All- day care. The school now combines the best of the modern with the traditions of the past, and this, together with a large playing field situated at the rear of school, with football, netball and rounder pitches, provides a bright, pleasant and secure working environment. The P.T.F.A also help fund an Adventure Playground and school garden, which is maintained by pupils, teachers and parents.
The School is a Church in Wales Voluntary Aided Primary School which has, over the years, maintained its link with the Parish Church. The Rector is a regular visitor to the school and the P.C.C. elects seven Foundation Governor’s with the Rector being ex-officio.
The Collective Worship is consistent with our Anglican Foundation and we strive to develop a sense of the spiritual in our pupils. Whilst the teaching is in no way ‘denominational’, it is underpinned by those Christian values which see education as the pursuit of truth, and each individual as being of ‘unique’ worth.
Where the school attends Church parents are notified in advance and are invited to join the school on such occasions.
In a normal school day the Infants will receive 4 hours 50 minutes teaching time, and the juniors 5 hours 10 minutes teaching time.
The school at present is organised into four classes: Class 1 – Nursery & Reception, Class 2 – Years 1 & 2, Class 3 – Years 3 & 4 and Class 4 – Years 5 & 6. Pupils learn in mixed age and ability groups with a mixture of teaching styles being employed as appropriate – group teaching, class teaching and individual work where needed. Pupils with Additional Learning Needs are also catered for.
One of the great advantages of the village school is the small numbers within year groups, which enable children and staff to work closely together to promote that family atmosphere which we believe is important in the creation of a real learning environment.
At present the pupil/teacher ratio is approximately 20 pupils to 1 member of staff in the infants, with Nursery & Reception an exception having a lower pupil/teacher ratio. The juniors have a higher pupil/staff ratio.