Pontprennau Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

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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Heol Pontprennau
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02920 735812

School Description

Pontprennau Primary School serves the community of Pontprennau in the east of Cardiff. There are 318 pupils at the school, including 96 who attend nursery on a part-time basis. The school has nine, single-age classes. The school opened in September 2015 and is intended to grow year-on-year to provide eventually for pupils of the full primary age range. The school currently has no pupils above Year 3. The average of pupils eligible for free school meals over the last three years is around 9%. This is below the national average of 18%. The school identifies 18% of pupils as having additional learning needs. This figure is below the national average of 21%. Around 23% of pupils have English as an additional language. No pupils come from Welsh speaking homes. The school has not previously been inspected. The headteacher took up post in September 2015. 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 Pontprennau Primary School May 2019 Summary The headteacher has established a clear vision that guides the school’s work appropriately. This ensures a positive and inclusive environment for learning. However, other aspects of leadership, including the work of governors and the senior leadership team are at an early stage of development and do not have sufficient influence on the school’s work. Teachers and learning support staff provide a broad and balanced curriculum and stimulating lessons that succeed in motivating and engaging pupils. They work well in accordance with the principles of foundation phase education and provide valuable opportunities for pupils to learn and develop their skills both indoors and outside. As they move through the foundation phase, many pupils make expected progress in their language and communication skills and in their mathematical development. A minority make better than expected progress by the end of Year 2. However, pupils’ progress in developing their writing skills is too limited by the end of Year 2 and in Year 3, particularly for the more able. Pupils with additional learning needs make good progress towards their individual targets. Nearly all pupils behave very well. They have positive attitudes, are keen to learn and feel safe and secure in school. Most develop their social skills well and show respect and concern for others. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Adequate and needs improvement 2 A report on Pontprennau Primary School May 2019 Recommendations R1 Improve the presentation and quality of pupils’ written work, particularly for the more able R2 Ensure that all members of the senior leadership team provide effective strategic direction to aspects of the school’s work and improve the capacity of the governing body to support and challenge the school R3 Improve self-evaluation and improvement processes so that they identify and address shortcomings in leadership, provision and pupils’ outcomes R4 Ensure that all communication with parents is clear, timely and effective What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to show how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will review the school’s progress.

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