Hirwaun Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
School Guide Rating

Glannant Street
Hirwaun
Aberdare
CF44 9NF
01685 811619
Pupils
248
Ages
3 - 11
Gender
Mixed
Type
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.22
Estyn grade
(01/02/2018)
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PRI

School level results for primary schools were not published by the Welsh Government in 2020. 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.


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NATIONAL AVG. 1
Support category
Green, yellow, amber or red
26.2:1
NATIONAL AVG. 22.0:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
93.1%
NATIONAL AVG. 94.7%
Attendance during the year
English medium
Language of the school
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37.3%
NATIONAL AVG. 19.3%
Free school meals

School Description

Hirwaun Primary School is in Rhondda Cynon Taff. There are 250 pupils on roll aged 3 to 11 years. Pupils are organised into nine classes, five of which are mixed age. Around 37% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This is well above the national average of 19%. The school identifies around 25% of pupils with additional learning needs, including four pupils with a statement of special educational needs. This is slightly above the national average of 21%. There are a very few pupils looked after by the local authority. Nearly all pupils are of white British origin. A few pupils have English as an additional language. No pupils speak Welsh at home. The school’s last inspection was in September 2011. The headteacher took up her position in October 2009. 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 Hirwaun Primary School February 2018 Summary Staff at Hirwaun Primary School place a strong emphasis on ensuring pupils’ wellbeing and that they provide them with a safe, inviting and secure place to learn. However, they do not have high enough expectations in terms of the academic standards that pupils should achieve. As a result, a minority of pupils do not make good enough progress as they move through the school, particularly in key stage 2. Across the school, pupils do not have enough chances to develop as independent, capable and ambitious leaders. Leaders do not hold staff to account well enough and do not always identify and address important areas that the school needs to improve. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Adequate and needs improvement Teaching and learning experiences Unsatisfactory and needs urgent improvement Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Adequate and needs improvement 2 A report on Hirwaun Primary School February 2018 Recommendations R1 Improve the quality of teaching and feedback to pupils R2 Improve standards of pupils’ reading, writing and presentation of work R3 Improve pupils’ standards in information and communication technology (ICT) R4 Ensure that the curriculum meets requirements and develops pupils’ skills progressively R5 Improve pupils’ independent learning skills R6 Correctly identify and address important areas of teaching and learning that need to improve and hold all members of staff to account robustly What happens next In accordance with the Education Act 2005, HMCI is of the opinion that this school is in need of significant improvement. The school will draw up an action plan, which shows how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will monitor the school’s progress about 12 months after the publication of this report.

Hirwaun Primary School Catchment Area Map

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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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  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.

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