Dafen Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors

Can I Get My Child Into This School?

Enter a postcode to see where you live on the map
heatmap example
Sample Map Only
Very Likely
Less Likely

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 2021
01267 246449

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.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  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?

4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
Full Report - All Reports

School level results for primary schools were not published by the Welsh Government in 2021. 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.


Support category
Green, yellow, amber or red
Pupil/Teacher ratio
Attendance during the year
English medium
Language of the school
Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support
SA14 8LL
01554 773290

School Description

Dafen Primary School is in the village of Dafen, on the outskirts of Llanelli. There are currently 170 pupils on roll between the ages of three and eleven. There are seven classes in the school, which includes three mixed age classes and a nursery class with 21 full-time and eight part-time pupils. The three-year rolling average of pupils eligible for free school meals is 31%, which is well above the national average of 19%. The school identifies around 31% of pupils as having additional learning needs. This is above the national average of 21%. A very few pupils are from ethnic minority backgrounds. No pupils speak Welsh at home. Dafen Primary School is in collaboration with another local school. The executive headteacher took responsibility for Dafen Primary School in November 2015. He is also the substantive headteacher of another local school. The headteacher spends the equivalent of two days each week at the school and the deputy headteacher leads the school on the remaining three days. The school was last inspected in January 2010. 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 Dafen Primary School April 2018 Summary The headteacher works conscientiously with the staff and has developed a strong team during the limited time he is at the school each week. All staff, governors and parents share his clear vision for continuous improvement. The ethos in the school is happy and welcoming where pupils and adults work together effectively. Most pupils progress well as they move through the school. They develop as confident learners and nearly all pupils show interest and enjoyment in learning. Many pupils play and integral part in the life of the school representing all pupils successfully. They behave well, showing care and concern for others within and beyond their community. Teachers provide them with stimulating activities, which develop their skills effectively. The inks between self-evaluation and school priorities are now clearer and this has led to many recent improvements. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Adequate and needs improvement Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Dafen Primary School April 2018 Recommendations R1 Ensure that individual educational plans include clearly defined targets in order to measure progress effectively R2 Improve outcomes for more able pupils R3 Ensure that all teachers provide effective feedback to pupils that helps them to improve their work R4 Improve attendance What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection.

Dafen Primary School Parent Reviews

Your rating:
Review guidelines
  • Do explain who you are and your relationship to the school e.g. ‘I am a parent…’
  • Do back up your opinion with examples or clear reasons but, remember, it’s your opinion not fact.
  • Don’t use bad or aggressive language.
  • Don't go in to detail about specific staff or pupils. Individual complaints should be directed to the school.
  • Do go to the relevant authority is you have concerns about a serious issue such as bullying, drug abuse or bad management.
Read the full review guidelines and where to find help if you have serious concerns about a school.
We respect your privacy and never share your email address with the reviewed school or any third parties. Please see our T&Cs and Privacy Policy for details of how we treat registered emails with TLC.

News, Photos and Open Days from Dafen Primary School

We are waiting for this school to upload information. Represent this school?
Register your details to add open days, photos and news.

Do you represent
Dafen Primary School?

Register to add photos, news and download your Certificate of Excellence 2021/22

*Official school administrator email addresses

(eg [email protected]). Details will be verified.

Questions? Email [email protected]

We're here to help your school to add information for parents.

Thank you for registering your details

A member of the School Guide team will verify your details within 2 working days and provide further detailed instructions for setting up your School Noticeboard.

For any questions please email [email protected]