Hafod Primary School is situated in the Lower Swansea Valley, 1.5 miles from the City centre. The valley was the focal point of Swansea's 19th Century development, as the copper smelting centre of the world. The banks of the River Tawe, which form the eastern limit of the school's catchment area, retain a great deal of primary evidence of Swansea's industrial past. This provides an excellent historical resource and extensive use of the area is made in providing first hand experiences for the children.
Hafod is a tightly- knit community of mainly privately owned terraced housing, a legacy of the Victorian copper industry, and a small number of modern semi-detached houses. The school population is a mix of long established local families with roots embedded in Swansea's industrial development and a large number of families who have English as an Additional Language, originating mainly from Bangladesh.