St Mary The Virgin C/W Primary School
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3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors

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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.

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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.
  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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Teacher assessment data for primary schools is not published at school or local authority level by the Welsh government. Parents can view individual school websites for the Key Stage 2 (age 11) subject level results for pupils in Reading, Writing, Maths and Grammar Punctuation & Spelling (GPS)

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English medium
Language of the school
Free school meals
North Church Street
CF10 5HB
02920 481608

School Description

St Mary the Virgin School is a Church in Wales Voluntary Aided primary school in the city and local authority of Cardiff. The school is in Butetown, the old docks area of the city. The community that the school serves was formerly known as Tiger Bay and it is one of the oldest multicultural areas in Britain. Despite substantial developments in the area since the 1960s, Butetown remains one of the most disadvantaged areas in Wales. There are 181 pupils currently at the school, including 29 in the part time nursery. The majority of pupils have either a Somali or Yemini background. Ninety per cent of the pupils are from an ethnic minority background and 73% have English as an additional language. Many join the school each year with no English at all. No pupil comes from a home where Welsh is the first language. There is a high turnover of pupils each year as families are re-housed to larger homes. There is also a significant number of pupils whose parents have come to Cardiff to study. About 50% of pupils are entitled to free school meals, the sixth highest number in Cardiff. Many pupils join the school with weak speech and language skills in English and with social skills that are developing from a very low base. The school has identified about half the pupils as having additional learning needs, including a very few who have a statement of educational needs. During the past year, there have been four fixed-term exclusions from the school. The individual school budget per pupil for St Mary The Virgin C.I.W. Primary School in 2011-2012 means that the budget is £3,863 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the primary schools in Cardiff is £19,708 and the minimum is £2,828. St Mary The Virgin C.I.W. Primary School is 30th out of the 116 primary schools in Cardiff in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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