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Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census
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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.

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.

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Birchgrove Road
01792 535400

School Description

Comprehensive School Birchgrove Comprehensive School is an 11 to 16 co-educational community school maintained by Swansea local authority. There are currently 428 pupils on roll, compared with 648 pupils at the time of the last inspection in 2013. The school serves a suburban area between Neath and Swansea on the eastern side of Swansea. Around 29% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is much higher than the national average of 16.4% and around 40% live in the 20% most deprived areas of Wales. Nearly 33% have a special educational need, including close to 13% who have a statement for that need. Both figures are much higher than the national averages. The school has two specialist teaching facilities catering for pupils with both specific and moderate learning difficulties. No pupils speak Welsh as a first language or to an equivalent standard. The senior leadership team consists of the headteacher, who took up post in September 2016, a deputy headteacher, two assistant headteachers and a finance officer. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Birchgrove Comprehensive School October 2019 Summary Birchgrove Comprehensive School provides outstanding care, support and guidance. As a result, pupils enjoy high levels of wellbeing and their positive attitudes make a significant contribution to the inclusive ethos of the school. Teachers know their pupils well and develop positive working relationships with their classes. This creates a calm and purposeful learning environment that supports successfully the progress and wellbeing of pupils. The headteacher provides calm and assured leadership. His vision of a fully inclusive school is shared successfully with staff, parents and pupils. The school’s ethos, based on maximising every child’s potential and preparing them well for their future lives, pervades all aspects of its work. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Excellent Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Excellent Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Birchgrove Comprehensive School October 2019 Recommendations R1 Strengthen the co-ordination of literacy to ensure a worthwhile range of activities across the curriculum to secure the progressive development of pupils’ skills, in particular their reading R2 Improve the impact that teachers’ feedback has on pupils’ progress R3 Improve standards in Welsh, particularly at key stage 4 What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to show how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will invite the school to prepare a case study on its work in relation to the support provided for the most vulnerable learners, for dissemination on Estyn’s website.

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