Pentrehafod School
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Pentremawr Road
11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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Pentrehafod School is an 11-16 English-medium mixed comprehensive school serving the eastern side of Swansea. The school’s population has increased gradually over the last few years and there are currently 1,035 pupils on roll. This is similar to the time of the last inspection. The school is a lead school in an initial teacher training education partnership. Around 29% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This is significantly above the national average of 16.4% for secondary schools in Wales. Around 34% of pupils are on the special educational needs register, of whom 5% have statements of special educational needs. Both of these figures are much higher than the national averages of approximately 23% and 2% respectively. A very few pupils speak Welsh at home. Around 84% of pupils are from a White British ethnic background. Around 15% of learners speak English as an additional language. The school has a special teaching facility catering for pupils with speech, language and communication needs. The senior leadership team consists of the headteacher, who took up post in September 2016, a deputy headteacher, two assistant headteachers and a school business and finance director. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Pentrehafod School December 2019 Summary Leaders’ vision of developing an ambitious school has led to an ethos of collaboration among staff who are committed to working together to improve the quality of provision for the benefit of pupils. The rigorous tracking of pupils’ progress and high levels of care, support and guidance ensure that many make strong progress from their starting points and develop well as ambitious, capable learners. Teachers know their pupils well and promote positive behaviours effectively. This helps them to develop strong working relationships with pupils and ensure that pupils are focused and engage well in their learning. Staff in the school’s specialist teaching facility make a notable impact on the progress of pupils in their care. The school works effectively with a wide range of partners to enhance its provision, to enrich curricular experiences for pupils and to support the most vulnerable. This work contributes valuably to enabling pupils to develop well as ethically informed citizens who aspire to achieve. Leaders are committed to developing a culture of professional learning in which all staff feel valued for their contribution to pupils’ outcomes and wellbeing. This encourages staff to take risks to innovate and improve their practice. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Excellent Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Pentrehafod School December 2019 Recommendations R1 Strengthen the provision for the development of pupils’ skills across the curriculum, particularly pupils’ oracy, writing and ICT skills R2 Improve teaching and assessment in a minority of lessons R3 Ensure that self-evaluation and improvement planning processes focus appropriately on pupils’ standards and skills 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 tracking of wellbeing and academic standards, for dissemination on Estyn’s website.

Pentrehafod School Catchment Area Map

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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 (released annually in July).

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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