St James Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
325
AGES
3 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
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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 2021
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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.

How Does The School Perform?

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NATIONAL AVG. 2.22
Estyn grade
(01/05/2016)
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PRI

School level results for primary schools were not published by the Welsh Government in 2021. 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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18.9:1
NATIONAL AVG. 21.9:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
93.1%
NATIONAL AVG. 94.7%
Attendance during the year
English medium
Language of the school
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49.3%
NATIONAL AVG. 21.3%
Free school meals
23.9%
NATIONAL AVG. 11.1%
Pupils with SEN support
Lansbury Park
Caerphilly
CF83 3GT
02920 852522

School Description

St James Primary School opened in 2005, following the amalgamation of separate infant and junior schools. The school is on the eastern edge of Caerphilly. In September 2011, the school moved into a new building within its current site. The site also includes an integrated children’s centre. The school caters for children aged from three to eleven years. There are 389 pupils on roll, including 37 children in the nursery and 33 rising three-year-olds who all attend part-time. There are 13 classes, a few of which are of mixed-age groups. Most pupils come from the local area. Almost all pupils speak English as their home language and no pupils speak Welsh as a first language. A very few pupils are from ethnic minority groups. About 56% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is well above the national average. The school identifies 34% of pupils as having additional learning needs including a very few children who are looked after by the local authority. A few pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The school has two specialist resource-base classes for pupils with complex needs. The classes make provision for up to 16 pupils who come from across the local authority. The headteacher took up his post in January 2012 and the deputy headteacher in May 2012. There have been several staff changes in the last year. The school’s last inspection was in February 2009. The individual school budget per pupil for St James Primary School in 2015-2016 means that the budget is £3,469 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the primary schools in Caerphilly is £5,191 and the minimum is £2,492. St James Primary School is 15th out of the 75 primary schools in Caerphilly in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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