Plasnewydd Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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Castle Street
CF34 9UN
3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
Estyn Report
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School Description

Plasnewydd Primary School is in Maesteg, in Bridgend local authority. There are around 280 pupils on roll, aged from 3 to 11, including 25 full-time nursery children and nine who attend part-time. There is a relatively high level of pupil transience, with 20% of pupils joining the school after the nursery year. There are three singleage and six mixed-age classes. The average proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals over the last three years is 31%. This is well above the national average of 19%. Nearly all pupils are of white British ethnicity and speak English at home. The school identifies that around 33% of pupils have additional learning needs. This is above the national average of 21%. The headteacher took up her post in September 2016. The school’s previous inspection was in June 2011. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Plasnewydd Primary School January 2018 Summary The school is a caring community that gives high priority to promoting pupils’ wellbeing. As a result, nearly all pupils feel safe and happy. They behave very well and have positive attitudes towards their learning. Most pupils with additional learning needs make good progress towards their individual targets in withdrawal group sessions. In key stage 2, many pupils do not make suitable progress in building their basic skills, particularly in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils throughout the school lack the ability to apply their writing and numeracy skills well enough in work across the curriculum. Too many teachers do not have high enough expectations of what pupils can achieve and the curriculum is insufficiently broad and balanced. This limits pupil progress. Since her appointment, the headteacher has introduced a few successful initiatives that focus on aspects of pupils’ wellbeing and she has improved communications between home and school. However, the work of the senior leadership team lacks focus, and procedures for identifying weaknesses and bringing about improvements in teaching and learning are not robust enough. This means that progress in addressing important areas for improvement is too slow. Inspection area Judgement Standards Unsatisfactory and needs urgent improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Unsatisfactory and needs urgent improvement Care, support and guidance Adequate and needs improvement Leadership and management Unsatisfactory and needs urgent improvement 2 A report on Plasnewydd Primary School January 2018 Recommendations R1 Improve the quality of teaching and assessment in key stage 2 R2 Raise standards in reading, writing and mathematics in key stage 2 R3 Revise the curriculum so that it is broad and balanced and meets the needs of all pupils R4 Challenge more able pupils R5 Strengthen the effectiveness of senior leaders in identifying and addressing shortcomings in standards and provision R6 Address the safeguarding issues identified during the inspection What happens next In accordance with the Education Act 2005, HMCI is of the opinion that special measures are required in relation to this school. The school will draw up an action plan, which shows how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will monitor the school’s progress on a termly basis.

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