Risca Primary School


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Danygraig Road
NP11 6DB
Risca Primary School caters for pupils aged three to 11 in 12 mixed ability classes. The school is situated in the Ebbw valley, about five miles north of Newport. There are currently 342 pupils on roll, including 25 children in the nursery. The school receives an average of 30 pupils from a local infant school at the start of Year 3. Most pupils come from the catchment area; an area which is neither prosperous nor economically disadvantaged. Twenty-one per cent of pupils are entitled to free school meals. The school identifies that around 10% of the pupils have additional learning needs. A few pupils have statements of special educational need. No pupils speak Welsh at home and a very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The individual school budget per pupil for Risca Primary School in 2012-2013 is £2,798. The maximum per pupil in primary schools in Caerphilly local authority is £4,640 and the minimum is £2,620. Risca Primary School is in 59th position of the 75 primary schools in the authority in terms of school budget per pupil. The headteacher was appointed in April 2009 and the school was last inspected in March 2007.
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