Pontnewydd Primary School


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Pupils achieving expected level Foundation Phase (Age 7)
Pupils achieving Level 4 in core subjects end stage 2 (Age 11)


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Teacher 23.5:1
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School language
English medium
Language of the school
Pupils registered for free school meals
Bryncelyn Road
NP44 1JW
Pontnewydd Primary School is in Pontnewydd, just outside Cwmbran. At the time of the inspection, there were 417 pupils on roll, taught in 15 classes. This includes 42 pupils who attend the nursery part-time. The school hosts a specialist teaching facility for up to 12 pupils with moderate learning difficulties and emotional and behavioural problems. These pupils come from across the Torfaen local authority. Around 24% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This is slightly above local and national averages. Nearly all pupils are white British and come from homes where English is the first language. A very few have English as an additional language and no pupils speak Welsh at home. The school has identified approximately 23% of its pupils as having additional learning needs. This is similar to the national average. It includes a very few pupils in the specialist teaching facility, who have statements of special educational needs. A very few pupils are looked after by the local authority. The headteacher took up his post in January 2008. Estyn inspected the school last in November 2008. The individual school budget per pupil for Pontnewydd Primary School in 2014-2015 means that the budget is £3,508. The maximum per pupil in the primary schools in Torfaen is £14,422 and the minimum is £2,940. Pontnewydd Primary School is 15th out of the 29 primary schools in Torfaen in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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How have we plotted this pupil heat map?

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.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our 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 last School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Admissions Team (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.

See Pupil heat maps and catchment FAQs for more information about the source of pupil heat map data. We also explain the difference between our pupil heat maps, cut-off distance maps and catchment area maps.

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