Lewis Girls' Comprehensive School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)

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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census
01443 864870, 01443 864897

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.

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Oakfield Street
Ystrad Mynach
CF82 7WW
01443 813168

School Description

Lewis Girls’ School offers pupils a wide range of exciting learning experiences, both within and outside of the classroom. Many pupils really enjoy coming to school and are conscientious learners. Most behave very well in lessons and around the school and have well-developed social skills. Most teachers foster positive working relationships with pupils and many plan their lessons well. As a result, pupils in these lessons make good progress in their subject knowledge and understanding, as well as in their literacy, numeracy and digital skills. However, pupils do not make as much progress in their ability to communicate in Welsh as they should. There is a strong emphasis on supporting pupils’ well-being and the curriculum contributes well to pupils’ ethical, social, and cultural awareness. There is a wide range of opportunities for pupils to express their views in active pupil groups that have an extensive influence on school life. Staff in Lewis Girls’ School are caring and there is a strong sense of ‘belonging’ among pupils. The well-being team offer pupils useful guidance in order to help them understand how to keep themselves safe. Staff collaborate beneficially with a wide variety of outside agencies to support pupils and their families. However, pupils’ attendance, especially of those eligible for free school meals, is lower than it was before the pandemic. The school has robust arrangements to quality assure and seek feedback about its work. Leaders listen carefully to pupils’ views and respond to them positively, making changes were appropriate. In addition, there is a comprehensive programme of professional learning for teaching staff. Teachers are encouraged to collaborate, innovate and share practice to support their professional practice and benefit from opportunities to work with partners outside of the school. These arrangements have helped secure improvements in teaching and learning, while contributing to a positive and caring learning environment. The headteacher is passionate about the school and is supported ably by the rest of her senior leadership team. Together, they provide strong leadership and promote a positive vision for pupils underpinned by high expectations for their academic progress and well-being. However, the leadership of additional learning needs (ALN) is not structured well enough which doesn’t maximise the potential in this area of the school’s work.

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