Gwaunfarren Primary
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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Alexandra Avenue
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 9AF
3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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School Description

School Gwaunfarren Primary School is in Merthyr Tydfil. There are 276 pupils on roll between the ages of 3 and 11 years, of whom 44 attend full-time in the nursery and 13 attend part-time. The school arranges its pupils into seven single-age and three mixed-age classes. The three-year average of pupils eligible for free school meals is around 23%. This figure is slightly above the national average of 19%. At present, just above 15% of pupils at the school are eligible for free school meals. Nearly all pupils are of white British origin. A few pupils speak English as an additional language and no pupil comes from a home where Welsh is the first language. The school identifies around 20% of pupils as having additional learning needs. This is slightly below the national average of 22%. A very few pupils at the school have a statement of special educational needs and a very few are in the care of by the local authority. The headteacher took up her post in October 2012. Before this, she was the assistant headteacher. Estyn last inspected the school in December 2011. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Gwaunfarren Primary School May 2018 Summary Gwaunfarren Primary school is a happy, caring learning community. A forward-looking headteacher leads the school successfully, supported and challenged by a highly effective governing body. Throughout the school, most pupils are eager to learn and they treat others with respect. They demonstrate positive attitudes to school and are beginning to guide their own learning well. They achieve good standards in many aspects of their work. Staff know pupils well and consider their needs carefully. They provide pupils with engaging and interesting learning opportunities that help them to develop effective literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT) skills. Those pupils who need extra help receive thoughtful care and support. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Gwaunfarren Primary School May 2018 Recommendations R1 Improve pupils’ Welsh language skills R2 Ensure that curriculum organisation contributes consistently to the ethos and principles of the foundation phase R3 Ensure that foundation phase pupils are represented on pupil groups that influence to the life and work of the whole school What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection.

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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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