Lansdowne Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors

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Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census
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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?

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School level results for primary schools were not published by the Welsh Government in 2022. 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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Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support
Norfolk Street
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School Description

Lansdowne Primary School is in Canton, an inner-city area of Cardiff. There are 454 pupils on roll, aged from 3 to 11, including 37 nursery children who attend for a morning or afternoon session. There are 17 single-year classes, including the nursery. The number on roll has increased significantly since the school’s previous inspection in February 2011. The rolling average of pupils eligible for free school meals over the last three years is 26%. This is above the national average (19%). Around half the pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and the same proportion have English as an additional language. A handful of pupils speak Welsh at home. The school identifies that around 25% of pupils have additional learning needs. This is just above the national average (21%). The majority of these pupils have general learning difficulties. A very few pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The school’s substantive headteacher took up her post full-time in November 2013. Currently, she is the headteacher for the first half of each week and the deputy headteacher acts as headteacher for the second half. This arrangement is due to end in September 2018 when the headteacher will once again undertake her duties full-time. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Lansdowne Primary School October 2017 Summary The school benefits from very effective leadership and a strong professional culture at all levels. There is a positive record of change management over the last three years that has led to significant improvements in the school. The senior leadership is well placed to improve the school further. The quality of provision and teaching in the foundation phase is consistently high and there are many strong features towards the end of key stage 2. Most pupils make good progress as they move through the school, particularly those who have English as an additional language. The school is highly effective in developing pupils’ wellbeing. It engages exceedingly well with parents to build their capacity to support their child’s learning and to develop their own skills very well. The consistent, well-planned focus on developing pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills is effective, particularly in English and mathematics lessons. Pupils make a good start in developing their Welsh skills in the foundation phase and they build well on these early skills in designated Welsh lessons in key stage 2. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Excellent Leadership and management Excellent 2 A report on Lansdowne Primary School October 2017 Recommendations R1 Improve pupils’ ability to read Welsh and to use the language beyond designated Welsh lessons, particularly in key stage 2 R2 Increase the opportunities for pupils to undertake extended writing R3 Improve opportunities for pupils to use their numeracy 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 leadership and the management of change and in relation to its work engaging with local families for dissemination on Estyn’s website.

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