Cefn Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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Greenfield Avenue
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF37 3BD
01443 486826
3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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School Description

Cefn Primary School is in Glyncoch, north of Pontypridd in the Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority. Currently there are 132 pupils on roll, including 12 pupils in the full-time nursery class. There are seven mixed-year classes. These include two local authority resourced classes for pupils with social and emotional needs and behavioural difficulties. The average proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals over the past three years is just below 38%. This is well above the average for Wales of 18%. The school has identified around 46% of pupils as having additional learning needs. This is considerably higher than the national average of 21%. A very few pupils have a statement of special educational needs or are in the care of the local authority. Nearly all pupils are white British and speak English at home. A very few pupils speak Welsh at home. The school formed a federation with Craig yr Hesg Primary School in September 2012. The current executive headteacher for the federation and the head of school for Cefn Primary School took up their posts in January 2014. The school was last inspected in November 2014. The school is currently a pioneer school and is working with the Welsh Government and other schools to take forward developments relating to educational reform in Wales. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/Schools/SchoolSearch?lang=en 1 A report on Cefn Primary School September 2018 Summary At Cefn Primary School, most pupils feel safe and secure, and enjoy coming to school. Many are interested in their work, and behave well in and out of lessons. However, overall too many pupils do not attend school regularly enough. From a low starting point, many pupils, including pupils with additional learning needs, make sound progress in developing their literacy, numeracy and information and communication (ICT) skills. However, pupils do not develop their writing skills or their ability to apply their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills well enough across the curriculum. Teachers work well together to develop a consistent approach to lesson planning and classroom management. There is a worthwhile focus on developing pupils’ social and emotional skills, and teaching them about healthy lifestyles. However, instability in staffing and leadership over the past few years has contributed to too much variability in the quality of teaching at Cefn Primary. As a result, pupils do not develop their skills systematically enough. Arrangements for grouping pupils in key stage 2 are not always successful in meeting the needs of pupils of lower ability and younger more able pupils. School leaders have an inspiring vision to develop the school as a powerful professional learning community. However, the school’s management processes are not strong enough to ensure that all aspects of its provision are effective. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Adequate and needs improvement Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Adequate and needs improvement Leadership and management Adequate and needs improvement 2 A report on Cefn Primary School September 2018 Recommendations R1 Establish stable and effective leadership and teaching teams R2 Improve monitoring and school improvement processes to ensure they focus on raising standards for pupils R3 Improve the quality of teaching and ensure any grouping arrangements across classes enable pupils of all abilities to make effective progress R4 Raise standards in writing R5 Ensure all teachers give pupils appropriate opportunities to apply their literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT) skills effectively across the curriculum R6 Improve pupils’ attendance What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to show how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will review the school’s progress.

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