Pencaerau Primary
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.

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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.

How Does The School Perform?

Estyn grade
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Teacher assessment data for primary schools is not published at school or local authority level by the Welsh government. Parents can view individual school websites for the Key Stage 2 (age 11) subject level results for pupils in Reading, Writing, Maths and Grammar Punctuation & Spelling (GPS)

Pupil/Teacher ratio
Attendance during the year
English medium
Language of the school
Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support
Cyntwell Avenue
02920 599224

School Description

School Pencaerau Primary School is on the western outskirts of Cardiff. There are currently 273 pupils aged 3 to 11 on roll, including 60 pupils who attend the nursery. There are nine single age classes, including two in the nursery. The average proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals over the last three years is around 40%. This is significantly above the national average of 18%. The school identifies approximately 18% of pupils as having additional learning needs. This is below the national average of 21%. Around 78% of pupils come from a white British ethnic background and the remainder come from a range of ethnic minority groups. Nearly 9% of pupils are learning English as an additional language. No pupils speak Welsh at home. The headteacher took up her post in September 2010.The last inspection was in June 2015. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Pencaerau Primary School July 2019 Summary The school’s excellent, sustained practice in its care, support and guidance of pupils results in high levels of wellbeing and positive attitudes to school and to learning. Nearly all pupils have a strong sense of pride and belonging to the school community. This, in addition to the school’s very effective partnership with parents, lays a secure foundation on which pupils thrive and learn. As a result, nearly all pupils make good progress from their starting points as they move through the school and achieve expected outcomes, or better, by the end of key stage 2. Pupils in the nursery and reception classes enjoy a rich range of imaginative learning experiences that give them an exciting start to their education. As they move through the school, pupils continue to benefit from a varied and relevant curriculum, which engages them successfully in their learning. The headteacher provides very strong and effective leadership, ably assisted by two senior teachers. She has established a clear vision for the school, shared by all members of staff, that prioritises pupils’ wellbeing and encourages them to aspire to achieve their best. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Excellent Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Excellent Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Pencaerau Primary School July 2019 Recommendations R1 Raise standards in pupils’ Welsh language skills R2 Improve opportunities for pupils to use the full range of information and communication technology (ICT) skills across all areas of learning R3 Improve the quality of teachers’ written feedback to pupils to help them make further progress R4 Ensure that self-evaluation processes identify areas for improvement accurately 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 its sustained excellent performance in the care, support and guidance of pupils, which results in high levels of wellbeing, for dissemination on Estyn’s website.

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