Pontarddulais Comprehensive School

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Caecerrig Road
Pontarddulais
Swansea
SA4 8PD
Pupils
783
Ages
11 - 16
Gender
Mixed
Type
Secondary (ages 11-16)
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.22
Estyn grade
(01/03/2016)
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69.7%
NATIONAL AVG. 56.6%
% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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Pontarddulais is an 11-16 mixed comprehensive school maintained by Swansea local authority. There are 780 pupils on roll, which is slightly more than at the time of the last inspection, when there were 766 pupils on roll. The school hosts a unit which supports key stage 3 and key stage 4 pupils from across the local authority with profound and multiple learning disabilities. The school serves pupils from Pontarddulais and a few surrounding villages. Around 7% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas of Wales. Around 13% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is below the national average of 17.4% for secondary schools in Wales. Around 29% of pupils have a special educational need. This is above the national average of 25.4%. Around 3% of pupils have a statement of special educational needs, which is higher than the national average of 2.5%. Most pupils come from a white British background and very few pupils speak Welsh fluently. The headteacher has been in post since September 2011. The senior leadership team is made up of two deputy headteachers and two acting assistant headteachers. The individual school budget per pupil for Pontarddulais Comprehensive School in 2015-2016 is £4,363 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Swansea is £6,073 and the minimum is £3,802. Pontarddulais Comprehensive School is eighth out of the 14 secondary schools in Swansea in terms of its school budget per pupil.

Pontarddulais Comprehensive School Catchment Area Map

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Pontarddulais Comprehensive School Reviews

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“five star rating”
AUTHOR:
"> 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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