Southdown Cp
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors

How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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English medium
Language of the school
Free school meals
Linderick Avenue
01244 544473

School Description

Southdown Community Primary School is situated in Buckley, a town near Mold, in the county borough of Flintshire. The school is one of four primary schools that serve the town community. The school opened in 1976. The single storey premises are of an ‘open plan’ design and are set in spacious grounds. There are 416 pupils on roll, including 55 children who attend part-time in the nursery. The school is organised into 16 classes for pupils of mixed ability, with parallel classes in each year group. In upper key stage 2, pupils are taught in ability sets for a few lessons in literacy. At age 11 years, almost all pupils transfer to a choice of two local comprehensive schools in the area. Approximately 13% of pupils are entitled to free school meals, which is lower than the all-Wales average of just fewer than 20%. English is the predominant language of almost all pupils. No pupils speak Welsh as their first language at home. Fewer than 3% of pupils are from minority ethnic groups. Almost all pupils speak English fluently and additional language teaching is provided for a very few. The school has identified 26% of pupils as having additional learning needs. In January 2010, one pupil had a statement of special educational need but there are no pupils with a statement this term. There are no looked after children on roll. One pupil was excluded for a fixed term during the twelve months prior to the inspection. The school has achieved Phase 5 of the Healthy Schools award, Activ Mark Cymru, the Basic Skills Quality Standard, the Investors in People Award and the Eco-Schools Green Flag award. The school was last inspected in 2005. The headteacher joined the school in 1993 and was appointed as headteacher in 2008. The individual school budget for Southdown C.P.School in 2010-2011 was £2,735 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the primary schools in Flintshire was £7,635 and the minimum was £2,660. Southdown C.P.School was 71st out of the 74 primary schools in Flintshire in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census 2020
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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.

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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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