St. Francis R. C. Primary Sch.
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Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census
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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.

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.

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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.
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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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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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Wilson Road
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School Description

St Francis Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School is in Ely about three miles west of Cardiff city centre. It serves the Roman Catholic parishes of St Francis and St Clare and is located in one of the five most disadvantaged districts in Wales, which is designated a Community First area with high unemployment. Around 44% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is well above the local authority and national averages. The school comprises two sites, originally separate infant and junior schools, which were amalgamated in 2005. There are currently 231 pupils in the school aged between 4 and 11, taught in eight classes, six of which contain a mixed age range. The number on roll has remained relatively stable over the last five years, but has declined considerably since the last inspection. There is currently no nursery provision, although this is planned for the near future. Most pupils attend some form of local pre-school provision. The school identifies around 42% of pupils as requiring additional learning needs support, which is well above local authority and national averages; a very few pupils have a statement of special educational need. Fifteen key stage 2 pupils on school action plus are withdrawn each morning for targeted literacy and numeracy support. Around 10% of pupils have English as an additional language and approximately 14% come from an ethnic minority background. No pupils use Welsh as a first language. Very few pupils are looked after by the local authority. The school was last inspected in November 2006. The current headteacher was appointed in September 2007. There are ten full-time and two part-time teachers, including the headteacher, and eight full-time and two part-time teaching assistants. The individual school budget per pupil for St Francis R.C. Primary School in 2012-2013 means that the budget is £3,758 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the primary schools in Cardiff is £12,307 and the minimum is £2,873. St Francis R.C. Primary School is 35th out of the 99 primary schools in Cardiff in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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