Oaklands Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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Maes Y Deri
The Oaklands
CF44 6TF
01685 882577
3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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School Description

Oaklands Primary School is in Aberaman in Rhondda Cynon Taf. There are 222 pupils on roll aged three to eleven years, including 28 who attend full-time in the nursery. The school hosts a local authority funded learning support class for pupils between three and seven years of age with communication difficulties. Around 22% of pupils are eligible to free school meals, which is slightly above the average for Wales at 19%. Most pupils are of white British origin and no pupil speaks Welsh as their first language. A very few pupils have English as an additional language. The school identifies about 17% of pupils as having additional learning needs. This is slightly below the average for Wales at 21%. A very few pupils have a statement of special educational needs or are looked after by the local authority. The headteacher took up post in September 2009. The school’s last inspection was in January 2013. 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 Oaklands Primary School November 2017 Summary By the end of key stage 2, many pupils make strong progress in learning from their starting points. All pupils in the learning support class make good progress towards their individual targets. Most pupils are enthusiastic and engage fully with their learning. The quality of teaching is good. All teachers have strong working relationships with pupils and plan interesting learning activities that engage pupils’ successfully. Planning to develop pupils’ skills in literacy and numeracy across the curriculum is at an early stage of development. The school is an inclusive community where staff and pupils show a high level of care and respect for each other. Arrangements for supporting pupils with additional learning needs are strong and enable targeted pupils to make good progress towards their specific targets. At present, systems to track and monitor individual pupils’ progress are under-developed. Senior leaders and staff understand their roles and responsibilities well, and this helps to drive forward improvements in pupils’ standards successfully, for example in writing. They evaluate the work of the school accurately. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Adequate and needs improvement Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Oaklands Primary School November 2017 Recommendations R1 Improve pupils’ oracy, reading and mathematical development skills in the foundation phase R2 Ensure that learning experiences reflect the ethos and principles of the foundation phase R3 Ensure that improvement planning focuses on areas most in need of development R4 Continue to develop effective systems for tracking pupils’ progress R5 Improve pupils’ attendance What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection.

Oaklands Primary School Catchment Area Map

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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.

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  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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