Cwmtawe Community School
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Ffordd Parc Ynysderw
01792 863200
11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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Cwmtawe Community School is an 11-16 school in Neath Port Talbot local authority. There are 1,232 pupils on roll which is slightly less than at the time of the last inspection in October 2012. Most pupils come from Pontardawe and the surrounding area, with about 50% opting to attend the school from outside the normal catchment area. The school has two specialist teaching units on site, one for dyslexic learners and the other specialising in autistic spectrum disorder. The percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals is 17.4%, which is slightly above the average of 16.4% for secondary schools. The school has 40% of pupils on the special educational needs register, which is much higher than the national average of 22.9% for secondary schools. Around 4% of pupils have a statement of special educational needs, which is higher than the national average of 2.2%. About 5% of pupils come from minority ethnic groups and a very few pupils come from homes where English is not the first language. Around 14% of pupils are fluent in Welsh because they are either from homes where the predominant language spoken is Welsh or have attended a Welsh-medium primary school. The headteacher was appointed in 2014. The senior leadership team also includes two deputy headteachers, two assistant headteachers and a business manager. The school is currently a pioneer school and is working with the Welsh Government and other schools to take forward developments relating to professional learning. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Cwmtawe Community School October 2018 Summary High aspirations for all pupils are at the heart of the work of Cwmtawe Community School. Most pupils display a positive work ethic and are committed to achieving their potential. They make strong progress in their knowledge, communication and skills and achieve high academic standards. The performance of all pupils consistently compares favourably with that of pupils in similar schools. Many pupils communicate a clear sense responsibility for others, particularly those in their local community. The significant amount of time given by pupils to help others and the substantial sums of money they raise for local good causes are particularly notable features. Leaders at all levels have created a culture of high expectations for all aspects of the school’s work. They have a strong track record of securing improvements and sustaining strong performance. There is a vibrant culture of learning amongst staff and pupils. High quality teaching and a flexible, innovative curriculum are particular strengths, and are successful in enthusing pupils about their studies. The carefully tailored programme of professional learning activities supports all staff at each stage in their career, extremely effectively. Inspection area Judgement Standards Excellent Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Excellent Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Excellent 2 A report on Cwmtawe Community School October 2018 Recommendations R1 Strengthen the school’s policies and procedures for dealing with any incidents of bullying R2 Improve the provision to develop pupils’ information communication technology skills across the curriculum What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection. Estyn will invite the school to prepare a case study on its work in relation to professional learning and the curriculum, for dissemination on Estyn’s website.

Cwmtawe Community School Catchment Area Map

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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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  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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