Risca Community Comprehensive
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)

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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
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.

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

  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.

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Pontymason Lane
NP11 6YY
01633 612425

School Description

The headteacher and senior leaders provide supportive and compassionate leadership, which has helped to develop a strong sense of teamwork amongst staff. Leaders demonstrate clear commitment to the school community and staff and pupils feel valued, supported and respected. The school has a wide range of strategies in place to support the wellbeing of all pupils, including those that have additional learning needs and those who require emotional support. Pupils who attend the Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) centre, make good progress in relation to their abilities and recognised needs. It is a supportive environment where pupils with profound needs develop a wide range of skills and an extremely positive attitude towards learning. Overall, many pupils have positive attitudes to school life and feel safe. Many pupils behave well in school and a majority are enthusiastic to learn. However, in a minority of lessons, pupils do not listen attentively enough, are slow to settle to work and lack concentration to persevere with tasks. They make appropriate progress in lessons but there is too much inconsistency in how effectively teachers plan to promote strong progress. Overall, activities in these lessons do not provide enough challenge for pupils. The expectations of a minority of teachers are also not high enough in terms of behaviour. In Key Stage 4, there is a wide range of interesting courses from which pupils can choose, considering pupils’ aspirations and needs. There is a bespoke curriculum for vulnerable learners and a tailored curriculum to meet the needs of the pupils attending the ASC. There is a range of valuable extra-curricular experiences available for pupils to enrich their learning experiences further. Leaders remained committed to supporting the well-being of pupils and staff throughout the pandemic and have a desire to secure improvements. Although leaders gather information about the school’s work, evaluation and improvement processes are not precise enough. They have not had enough impact to drive the improvements needed in teaching, learning, provision for pupils’ skills and attendance. Leaders do not have a clear enough strategic vision for improvement that is understood by all staff. The school has a strong culture of safeguarding and a caring ethos towards all pupils. However, there are a number of health and safety issues concerning the school site.

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