Penpych Community Primary Scho
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Blaenrhondda Road
Ty Newydd
CF42 5SD
01443 771434
3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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School Description

ol Penpych Community Primary School is in the village of Blaenrhondda in Rhondda Cynon Taf. There are currently 201 pupils on roll between the ages of 3 and 11. There are seven classes in the school, including a nursery class with 33 full-time pupils. The three-year rolling average of pupils eligible for free school meals is 40%, which is well above the national average of 19%. The school has identified 39% of its pupils as having additional learning needs, but very few have a statement of special educational needs. This is well above the Welsh average of 21%. Very few pupils are in the care of the local authority. Nearly all pupils are of white British ethnicity and come from homes where English is the main language. Very few pupils have English as an additional language. No pupils speak Welsh at home. The headteacher took up the post of acting headteacher in September 2012, and became the substantive headteacher in December 2015. The school was last inspected in November 2011. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Penpych Community Primary School February 2018 Summary The school provides a friendly, caring environment that enables nearly all pupils to feel happy and safe and to enjoy learning. Most pupils make good progress from their starting points. Overall, the quality of teaching is good. Teachers plan nearly all lessons to take good account of individual pupils’ needs. The school plans the curriculum effectively and its provision is particularly strong in developing pupils’ creative skills through a wide range of purposeful opportunities. The headteacher has a clear vision for the school that focuses successfully on the wellbeing of staff and pupils. The staff have high expectations for all pupils. The school’s provision is well planned and it has appropriate targets and priorities for improvement. The recently restructured leadership team is beginning to work well together. Governors have a wide range of relevant, valuable expertise, which they use well for the benefit of the school. 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 Penpych Community Primary School February 2018 Recommendations R1 Ensure that teachers’ planning addresses all areas of the mathematics curriculum in sufficient depth and provides opportunities for pupils to apply their numeracy skills across the curriculum R2 Improve pupils’ Welsh skills in key stage 2 R3 Clarify the roles and responsibilities of leaders at all levels to maximise their impact on the school’s priorities for improvement What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection.

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