A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL

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In response to the enhanced Information and Communications Technologies (I.C.T.) area of study required by the curriculum revision in 2000, the school installed a dedicated I.C.T. suite. Provision has been extended with the installation of interactive white boards in all classrooms and the Hall, and the purchase of ‘mini computers’ that enable classes to access the internet via a wireless network without having to use the I.C.T. suite.

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St. Helen’s School was originally sited next to the Church in Maes-y-Cwm Street close the centre of Barry in 1893. In 1974, the decision was taken to move the Junior school to a new purpose built building on the site of the allotments on Ty-Newydd Road, leaving the Infant school in the remaining buildings, part of which were demolished.

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A portion of the old school site was taken to build the parish Hall in 2006.
The Junior School was planned as a ‘semi-open plan’ school with teaching areas grouped around a central ‘shared’ area – this design reflected educational thinking at the time.

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With the advent of the National Curriculum in the late 1980’s, certain modifications had to be made to make the building more fit for purpose including the installation of partitions in all areas to provide some enclosed classrooms.

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