Pontygwaith Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
School Guide Rating
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Graig Street
Pontygwaith
Ferndale
CF43 3LY
01443 730471
Pupils
187
Ages
3 - 11
Gender
Mixed
Type
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.22
Estyn grade
(01/06/2018)
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PRI

School level results for primary schools were not published by the Welsh Government in 2019. 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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NATIONAL AVG. 1
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Green, yellow, amber or red
22.5:1
NATIONAL AVG. 22.0:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
91.9%
NATIONAL AVG. 94.6%
Attendance during the year
English medium
Language of the school
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32.2%
NATIONAL AVG. 18.4%
Free school meals

School Description

Pontygwaith Community Primary School is situated in the village of Pontygwaith, near Porth in the Rhondda valley, in Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority. Currently, there are 185 pupils on roll, aged from 3 to 11 years of age, including 24 nursery pupils, 15 of whom attend on a part-time basis. Around 29% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is above the national average of 19%. The school identifies around 34% of pupils as having additional learning needs. This is also above the national average of 21%. Nearly all the pupils are from a white British background where English is the predominant language. Very few pupils speak Welsh at home. The school was last inspected in March 2011. The headteacher was appointed in September 2016. 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 Pontygwaith Primary School June 2018 Summary By the end of key stage 2, most pupils make good progress in their learning from their starting points. Most have very positive attitudes to learning and show great pride in their school and their work. The school provides interesting learning experiences that engage most pupils well. There is effective planning to develop pupils’ skills as they progress through the school. Although there are strong areas of teaching in the school, overall the quality of teaching and feedback to pupils varies. The school is an inclusive community where staff and pupils show a high level of care and respect for each other. Arrangements for supporting pupils with additional learning needs are effective and enable targeted pupils to make good progress. The headteacher leads the school well and receives strong support from the deputy headteacher, senior leaders and a knowledgeable governing body. They are committed to tackling disadvantage and to reducing barriers to pupils’ learning. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Pontygwaith Primary School June 2018 Recommendations R1 Ensure that teaching in all classes consistently challenges pupils of all abilities, especially the more able R2 Refine teachers’ feedback so that it enables pupils to understand clearly what they need to do to improve their work R3 Raise standards in Welsh second language at key stage 2 What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection.

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  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.

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