Marlborough Primary
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors

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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

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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English medium
Language of the school
Free school meals
Blenheim Road
CF23 5BS
02920 492564

School Description

School Marlborough Primary School serves the areas of Penylan and Roath in Cardiff. There are currently 523 pupils on roll, including 64 part-time pupils in the nursery. The school has 16 classes and two specialist resource base classes for children with severe and complex needs. The average proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals over the last three years is 8%. This is well below the average for Wales of 18%. The school has identified 9% of pupils as having additional learning needs, well below the national average of 21%. Currently, 5% have a statement of special educational needs. Many of these pupils are in the two special resource base classes, with only a few in mainstream classes. The local authority currently looks after four pupils. About a third of pupils come from ethnic minority backgrounds and about a quarter speak English as an additional language. Among these pupils, there are 28 different home languages. The headteacher has been in post since September 2011. The school was last inspected in January 2013. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Marlborough Primary School November 2018 Summary At Marlborough Primary School, nearly all pupils feel safe and valued. They behave very well and are polite, caring and respectful towards each other and adults. They have positive attitudes to learning, which is a strength of the school. Most pupils develop their personal and social skills to a high standard and show respect and concern for others. Most make good progress in developing their numeracy and literacy skills, levels of oracy skills are particularly good. In most classes, teaching is good, lessons are stimulating and pupils apply themselves well to tasks. Throughout the school, most pupils with additional needs achieve well. The majority of pupils in the learning resource base make steady progress, often from very low starting points. The headteacher, along with the senior leadership team, promotes a clear vision and provides strong leadership. Governors understand their role and support the school effectively. Self-evaluation procedures generally identify relevant strengths and areas for development. Findings feed purposefully into the school development plan and bring about improved outcomes for pupils 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 Marlborough Primary School November 2018 Recommendations R1 Sharpen monitoring and school improvement planning so that it identifies precisely the specific aspects that require improvement R2 Share the school’s best practice in teaching to improve pace and pupil engagement in all classes R3 Implement the planning for developing pupils’ information and communication technology (ICT) skills fully across the school What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection.

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