Pontarddulais Comprehensive School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
PUPILS
852
AGES
11 - 16
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Secondary (ages 11-16)
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How Does The School Perform?

Full Report
NATIONAL AVG. 2.18
Estyn Report
(01/12/2023)
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69.7%
NATIONAL AVG. 56.6%
% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs 9-4 inc. English/Welsh and maths



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Caecerrig Road
Pontarddulais
Swansea
SA4 8PD
01792 884556

School Description

Name of provider Pontarddulais Comprehensive School Local authority City and County of Swansea Language of the provider English Type of school Secondary Religious character Number of pupils on roll 852 Pupils of statutory school age 852 Number in sixth form Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals over a three-year average (The national percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals over a three-year average in Secondary is 21.2%) 16.5% Percentage of pupils identified as having 20.3% additional learning needs (a) (The national percentage of pupils identified as having an additional learning need in Secondary is 14.8%) Percentage of pupils who speak Welsh at home 1.8% Percentage of pupils with English as an additional language 2.4% Date of headteacher appointment 01/09/2018 Date of previous Estyn inspection (if applicable) 01/03/2016 Start date of inspection 04/12/2023 Data reported is sourced from the latest available Pupil Level Annual School Census. These figures may be slightly different to those observed during the inspection. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website: mylocalschool.gov.wales a. The term ‘additional learning needs’ is being used to describe those pupils on the SEN/ALN register of the school. 1 A report on Pontarddulais Comprehensive School December 2023 Overview Pontarddulais Comprehensive School is a dynamic and inclusive school where pupils, regardless of background or ability, thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Typically, pupils enjoy school, and they are polite and courteous as they interact with adults and each other. They are confident, respectful and eager to learn. In general, pupils value their school experiences and want to come to school. As a result of this, pupils’ attendance, including for those eligible for free school meals, has recovered well since the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic and is substantially above that of similar schools. Leaders, teachers and support staff have high expectations for all pupils, including those with additional learning needs (ALN). Staff know their pupils well and are adept at providing extensive tailored support to meet pupils’ academic and well-being needs. There is a well-established culture of safeguarding, and most pupils feel safe and secure in school. The school’s specialist teaching facility (STF) provides exceptional learning experiences for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties. These pupils make strong progress in essential independent living and communication skills. Staff foster positive working relationships with most pupils, who in turn engage well in their learning. In many lessons, consistently good teaching enables pupils to make good progress. Teachers plan lessons carefully, linking learning to previous lessons or real-life situations. They use their strong subject knowledge to enthuse pupils to want to know more and give pupils useful feedback on how to improve their work. In the most effective lessons, teachers ask probing questions which promote rich and deep classroom discussions. Leaders have carefully designed a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum. There is a clear focus on the progressive development of pupils’ literacy, numeracy, digital and Welsh language skills. Leaders provide high quality professional learning to teachers, so that they deliver worthwhile opportunities for pupils to practise and develop these skills in most subject areas. As a result, many pupils use these skills confidently in a variety of contexts. Leaders are implementing their approach to Curriculum for Wales with clarity and purpose and are working well with local primary schools to ensure pupils progress appropriately as they move on to secondary school. The headteacher’s principled and visionary leadership, combined with significant levels of trust and professional learning, ensure that all members of the school community share high aspirations for the school. Leaders at all levels, along with governors, maintain a relentless focus on ensuring the best possible experience for pupils. Leaders use regular and robust self-evaluation activities purposefully, to support their drive for continuous improvement. While senior leaders use the views of pupils to inform their self-evaluation well at a whole-school level, the use of pupil voice in areas of learning is less well-established. Despite this, the school’s rigorous and cyclical approach to self-evaluation and improvement planning is a notable strength, particularly how it encourages all staff and governors to play an active role in identifying and working together to achieve the school’s improvement priorities.

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"> Pontarddulais comp is a outstanding school. All of my 4 sons attended there, and had a wonderful time .The teaching staff are second to none, and are always on hand should any pupil have a problem! Very, very sad we lost one of the brilliant teachers MR STEER, but will never forget what a superb member of staff he was!!! Recommend this school 100 per cent.
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