Maes yr Haul Primary School is located in the centre of a relatively young but large housing estate of mainly private housing just outside the town of Bridgend. The entire estate has a small collection of shops just outside the school and beyond that, has limited community provision, such as a community hall or health services in the Broadlands area. Maes yr Haul Primary School has always enjoyed an excellent reputation and with large pupil numbers, there is limited capacity within the school building to host additional services which would be a welcome addition to the community resources as a whole.
However, the governors, leaders and staff view our school as the centre of this community; a view which we believe is shared by the community as a whole. We aim to continually maintain and further strengthen the positive relationships we have with community agencies to enrich our provision, to ensure that our pupils and parents are well informed and able to access a good range of services. This includes for example, police, health, clergy and the Broadlands Residents Association.
Through partnerships with organisations such as with Dance Crazy, Bridgend Tennis Club, Bridgend Rainbows and ‘Little Tryers’ rugby, our pupils are able to attend a number of different sport activities to cater for a much wider range of skills and interests, developing positive attitudes to sport and physical exercise from a young age. Many junior pupils take part in inter-school leagues such as basketball, rugby, netball and weekend cross-country and swimming galas. They learn the value of commitment, effort and sportsmanship, enjoying frequent success from the high standards they achieve having won a range of different trophies over the years.
Our junior choir performed at both the O2 in London and Disneyland Paris this year and our younger choir performed at Bryntirion Comprehensive as part of our cluster ‘Cymanfa Ganu’. Through our partnership with Bridgend music service, all junior pupils receive instrumental tuition. This year our 90-strong Year 5/6 Samba band have been invited to perform at the Youth for Music National Festival. All Year 1 and 2 pupils learn keyboard skills through weekly Keybra sessions. Around 50 pupils have peripatetic lessons in strings, woodwind and brass instruments, many progressing to examination level and going on to join district orchestra groups when entering secondary school.