Abbey Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors

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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census 2020

This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the Pupil Level Annual School Census collected by the Welsh Government. The data tells us where pupils lived at the time of the last Pupil Census (released annually in July).

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

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Full Report

School level results for primary schools were not published by the Welsh Government in 2020. We give a summary star rating based on the last available data as a helpful indicator to parents. This is to be used as a guide only. You can view national level results including the percentage of pupils across Wales achieving the expected levels for the Foundation Phase (age 7) and at Key Stage 2 (age 11) here.


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Pupil/Teacher ratio
Attendance during the year
English medium
Language of the school
Free school meals
New Road
Neath Abbey
SA10 7ND
01792 812202

School Description

Abbey Primary School is in Neath Abbey, near Neath. The local authority is Neath Port Talbot. The number of pupils on roll is increasing. Currently, there are around 380 pupils on roll, aged from three to eleven, including 61 nursery children who attend part-time. There are 11 single-age and three mixed-age classes in the school. The school opened in September 2015 following the amalgamation of former infant and junior schools, and is on three sites that are around two kilometres apart. The school contains an Early Years Assessment Unit for up to 12 pupils with additional learning needs, aged between three and five. Most of these pupils travel from outside the school’s traditional catchment area. The school identifies around 34% of pupils with additional learning needs. This is higher than the national average (21%). A few pupils have a statement of educational needs. The average proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals over the last three years is about 16%. This is slightly below the national average (19%). Nearly all pupils are of white British ethnicity and very few pupils speak Welsh at home. The headteacher took up her post in September 2015, following the amalgamation of the former infant and junior schools. This is the school’s first inspection in its present form. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Abbey Primary School January 2018 Summary Many pupils make good progress, often from low starting points. Most pupils with additional learning needs make strong progress towards their individual targets. Nearly all pupils have positive attitudes towards their learning and behave well in classes. The overall quality of teaching is good and most teachers provide pupils with a wide range of interesting learning experiences. In the foundation phase, staff make imaginative use of role-play areas and the outdoors to promote pupils’ independence and problem-solving skills. Throughout the school, many pupils apply their literacy and numeracy skills well across the curriculum. Staff know pupils well and provide high levels of care, support and guidance. The headteacher has amalgamated the former schools successfully and established a unified vision and direction. She is supported well by an effective senior leadership team and the governing body. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Abbey Primary School January 2018 Recommendations R1 Improve the attainment of more able pupils at the higher levels in English and science in key stage 2 R2 Increase opportunities for pupils in key stage 2 to develop as independent learners R3 Improve attendance, especially for pupils who are eligible for free school meals What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection.

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