Bishop Childs C/W Primary
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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.

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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.
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  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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Teacher assessment data for primary schools is not published at school or local authority level by the Welsh government. Parents can view individual school websites for the Key Stage 2 (age 11) subject level results for pupils in Reading, Writing, Maths and Grammar Punctuation & Spelling (GPS)

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Attendance during the year
English medium
Language of the school
Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support
Willowbrook Drive
St Mellons
02920 770584

School Description

Bishop Childs Church in Wales Voluntary Aided Primary School, opened in April 1988, is situated in the residential Cardiff suburb of St. Mellons, which is a Communities First area. It serves the locality, although a few pupils come from further afield through parental choice. The neighbourhood comprises both privately owned and rented housing and contains families with a wide range of economic backgrounds. Many pupils enter reception with skills below those expected for their age. Around 11.5% of pupils are entitled to receive free school meals, which is below the local authority and national averages. There are currently 200 full-time equivalent pupils on roll between the ages of four and 11, taught in seven single age classes; there are no pupils of nursery age, although most attend some form of pre-school provision before entry. The school is over-subscribed and, as a result, the number on roll has remained stable since the last inspection. There are seven full-time and five part-time teachers, including the headteacher. Around 32% of pupils are registered as requiring additional learning needs support, which has risen sharply in the last year and is now above the national average; five have a statement. About 10% come from an ethnic minority background, but none uses English as an additional language. No pupils use Welsh as their first language. One pupil is looked after by the local authority. The school was last inspected in May 2006. The current headteacher was appointed in January 2009 and the deputy head in January 2012, although he was away at the time of the inspection when his class was taught by a short-term supply teacher. The teaching and learning responsibility post-holder was temporarily acting assistant headteacher. The individual school budget per pupil for Bishop Childs Church in Wales Primary School in 2011-2012 means that the budget is £3115 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the primary schools in Cardiff is £19708 and the minimum is £2828. Bishop Childs Church in Wales Primary School is 85th out of the 116 primary schools in Cardiff in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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