A Community Focused School is “one that provides a range of services and activities, often beyond the school day, to help meet the needs of its pupils, their families and the wider community".
Source: Community Focused Schools, Guidance Circular Number 34/2003, National Assembly for Wales, 2003
Community Focused Schools has developed a three year plan with the vision of creating an efficient and effective Community Focused School Network that provides a range of activities and services, often beyond the school day, to help meet the needs of pupils, their families and the wider community.
Aim 1: To develop a comprehensive strategy for the development of Community Focused Schools that will help to meet the priorities in Merthyr Tydfil, aligning with local strategic plans
Aim 2: To continue to develop relationships with schools, communities and governing bodies to develop the concept of the role of Community Focused Schools.
Aim 3: To increase school availability and provision of Community Focused School activities and learning opportunities, in order to better meet the needs of children and young people, parents and carers and adults in the wider community.
Schools can play a significant and central role in the community. Not only can they provide education for children and young people and create a community feeling amongst parents and carers, but they also have the opportunity to open their resources and facilities to extend to the whole community, both during and out of school hours and holidays. Encouraging a closer relationship between the school and the community can have extensive benefits for all.
The Merthyr Tydfil Community Focused Schools team has supported a number of schools undertaking a variety of projects and activities through funding and support. During 2009-10, twenty eight schools were supported by Community Focused Schools either through the Community Focused Schools grant or through working with Community Focused School partners such as Tackle Your Waste, Otesha Project, Merthyr Tydfil Credit Union, V Factor and International Standards for Community Focused Schools.
In 2010 - 2011, Community Focused Schools continues to offer support to all schools in the County Borough. Community Focused Schools are continuing to work with Merthyr Tydfil Credit Union in developing Credit Union collection points in all schools. Community Focused Schools is also working with schools in identifying and working on external funding applications for projects such as St Illtyds RC Primary School adventure trim trail, Treharris Nursery School Children and Parent reading corner and a joint project between Twynyrodyn Community Primary School, Cyfarthfa Junior School, Brecon Road Infants and Caedraw Primary School design of mosaics for the Cyfarthfa Park Sensory Garden.
For 2011-2012, Community Focused Schools will continue work with existing partners and develop new partners that will support Community Focused Schools in developing projects and initiatives in the following areas:-
Community groups / partners that would like to use school premises for activities will need to complete a Use of Premises Application Form.