Maes yr Haul Primary School


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Maes Yr Haul Primary School opened in 2001 with 145 pupils. It is now the largest primary school in Bridgend Local Authority (LA) with 542 pupils on roll, aged from three to eleven, taught in 19 mainstream classes, including two for those of nursery age. The school was extended in 2007 to accommodate the growing number of pupils, many of whom join in key stage 1 (KS1) and KS2 with the result that cohort sizes and class structures vary from year to year. The school also houses a resource base of a local special school for pupils aged three to seven, which is subject to separate inspection arrangements; two pupils registered at the same special school also attend mainstream classes at Maes Yr Haul. The school is located on the growing Broadlands estate, which contains a mixture of privately owned and housing association residences. The local population comprises mainly young families which are relatively mobile. Around 5% of pupils are registered as being entitled to free school meals, which is well below the national and local averages. Approximately 23% are identified as requiring additional learning needs (ALN), which is similar to the national average; none has a statement in line with LA policy. No pupils are natural Welsh users. Around 7% come from an ethnic minority background and about 1% receive support in English as an additional language. The school was last inspected in March 2005. A new headteacher was appointed in April 2010. During the inspection the deputy headteacher was on long-term sick leave and her role was undertaken by two key stage leaders acting as assistant headteachers. Two other teachers were also away during the inspection and were replaced by temporary supply cover. The 2010-11 individual school budget per pupil for the school is £2758, which compares with a maximum of £4826 and a minimum of £2758 for primary schools in the Bridgend Authority. The school has the lowest budget per pupil of the 52 primary schools in Bridgend.
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