Thornhill Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
472
AGES
3 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

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.

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?

Full Report
NATIONAL AVG. 2.18
Estyn Report
(01/10/2022)
Full Report - All Reports
PRI

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.

Green

NATIONAL AVG. 1
Support category
Green, yellow, amber or red
25.3:1
NATIONAL AVG. 21.0:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
94.8%
NATIONAL AVG. 94.7%
Attendance during the year
English medium
Language of the school
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16.2%
NATIONAL AVG. 23.0%
Free school meals
Heol Hir
Thornhill
Cardiff
CF14 9LA
02920 751302

School Description

Name of provider Thornhill Primary School Local authority Cardiff Council Language of the provider English Type of school Primary Religious character Number of pupils on roll 461 Pupils of statutory school age 339 Number in nursery classes 62 14.2% Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals over a three-year average (The national percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals over a three-year average in the Primary sector is 23.0%) Percentage of pupils identified as having 10% additional learning needs (a) (The national percentage of pupils identified as having an additional learning need in the Primary sector is 16.1%) Percentage of pupils who speak Welsh at home * Percentage of pupils with English as an additional language 4.1% Date of headteacher appointment 07/09/2011 Date of previous Estyn inspection (if applicable) 20/01/2014 Start date of inspection 03/10/2022 Data reported is sourced from the latest available Pupil Level Annual School Census. These figures may be slightly different to those observed during the inspection. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website: mylocalschool.gov.wales a. The term ‘additional learning needs’ is being used to describe those pupils on the SEN/ALN register of the school. 1 A report on Thornhill Primary School October 2022 Overview The pupils at Thornhill Primary thoroughly enjoy coming to school and make notable progress in their social skills. There is a feeling of mutual trust and respect between the pupils and the staff. Pupils know that adults in the school care for them and that they can turn to them at any time when they face challenges or have difficulties. Senior leaders have worked hard to create this culture and it plays a key role in ensuring the very positive attitudes the pupils have towards their learning. Pupils’ behaviour across the school is exceptional. The school has established a strong team over time which enabled them to deal with the impact of the pandemic well through community engagement activities from a distance. The wellbeing of the pupils and their families became an important focus of the school and through weekly family activities, continued to foster these strong links. The headteacher and staff have continued building on these activities which has impacted on nearly all pupils returning to school safe and well. These regular engagement activities such as Craft-a-noon’s for the Grandparents and their grandchildren, Father Reading Every Day (FRED) and the Schools’ Out Dads Out (SODA) club develop the pupil’s tolerance, respect and confidence skills successfully which is very evident in and around the school’s setting. Most pupils make sound progress across the school, particularly those with additional learning needs (ALN). Nearly all pupils develop effective speaking and listening skills and use these well when discussing with each other and with adults alike. The provision for pupils’ personal development is effective and overall, the school’s curriculum offers a suitable range of learning experiences. However, teachers’ expectations of what the pupils can achieve, particularly the more able, are low and pupils are only beginning to contribute to how and what they learn. The pupils do not always receive the opportunity to use their literacy, numeracy and digital skills across the curriculum often enough. Across the school, opportunities to develop independent learners is inconsistent. The school has suitable processes to monitor the quality of teaching and learning and its provision. An example of this is the school’s work to improve pupils’ reading which has been successful and led to improvements in the provision and the progress pupils make. However, improvement processes have not been rigorous enough to identify all key areas for improvement.

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