Pontarddulais Primary School
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3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors

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Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census
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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.

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.

How Does The School Perform?

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School level results for primary schools were not published by the Welsh Government in 2022. We give a summary star rating based on the last available data as a helpful indicator to parents. This is to be used as a guide only. You can view national level results including the percentage of pupils across Wales achieving the expected levels for the Foundation Phase (age 7) and at Key Stage 2 (age 11) here.


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Pupils with SEN support
Upper James Street
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School Description

Pontarddulais Primary School is in the town of Pontarddulais in the City and County of Swansea. There are 481 pupils aged three to eleven years on roll, including 75 part-time pupils in the nursery. There are 16 single-year classes, including two nursery classes. Around 21% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This is slightly above the average for Wales of 19%. The school identifies 34% of pupils as having additional learning needs, which is higher than the national average of 21%. A very few pupils have a statement of special educational needs. A very few are in the care of the local authority. Most pupils are of white British ethnicity and a very few pupils have English as an additional language. A very few pupils speak Welsh at home. The school is currently a pioneer school and is working with the Welsh Government and other schools to proceed with developments relating to professional learning. The current headteacher took up his post in September 2017. The school’s previous inspection was in January 2011. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/Schools/SchoolSearch?lang=en 1 A report on Pontarddulais Primary School June 2018 Summary Pupils at Pontarddulais Primary School are proud of their school and show high levels of engagement during lessons and other learning experiences. As they move through the school, most pupils, particularly those with additional learning needs, make at least good progress in their learning. Pupil focus groups contribute increasingly well to the life of the school and nearly all pupils show a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities as ethical and informed citizens. The new headteacher and deputy headteacher set the strategic direction of the school and share their vision effectively with the whole school community. The school’s focus on developing leaders across the school contributes well to the strong team ethos and the implementation of the priorities for improvement. They have high expectations of staff and pupils and communicate these clearly. This is having a positive impact on the provision and pupils’ standards across 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 Pontarddulais Primary School June 2018 Recommendations R1 Improve the quality of pupils’ extended writing skills in key stage 2 R2 Ensure that all teachers’ planning is of a consistently high quality R3 Sharpen monitoring so that it identifies more clearly the specific aspects that require improvement 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 the purposeful use of the outdoor areas to develop pupils’ skills progressively in the foundation phase, for dissemination on Estyn’s website.

Pontarddulais Primary School Parent Reviews

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“Excellent school”

Excellent school giving a variety of opportunities. Fantastic choice of extra curricular activities as well as great teaching of core subjects. This large primary school has pupils from diverse backgrounds yet is very successful.
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