Trinity Fields School
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Special school
3 - 19

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Estyn grade
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Caerphilly Road
Ystrad Mynach
CF82 7XW
01443 866000

School Description

& Resource Centre Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre is the only special school serving the county borough of Caerphilly. Currently there are 159 pupils on roll aged from 3 to 19 years. Nearly all pupils have a statement of special educational needs (SEN) for severe learning difficulties, physical and medical difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties or autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). Nearly all pupils come from within the county borough and a very few come from a neighbouring local authority. All of the pupils are from English-speaking backgrounds. Around 40% of pupils receive free school meals. A very few pupils are looked after by the local authority. In addition to the provision on the Trinity Fields site, the school operates two satellite classes at Cwm Ifor Primary School and St Cenydd Community School. The resource centre based at the school works in partnership with the local authority to provide a range of services to support pupils with SEN in mainstream schools across the local authority. These services include the Caerphilly autistic spectrum service (CASS), health-based clinics, an outreach and inclusion service, youth and leisure activities, and respite and home support services. It is not appropriate to compare the standards that pupils achieve at the school with national averages or to analyse the performance trends of groups of pupils over time because of the nature of pupils’ special educational needs. The headteacher has been in post since September 2012. The school was last inspected in November 2012. Since the last inspection, the school has extended its provision to include two satellite classes at local mainstream schools and to provide staff for resource bases at a further two schools in the authority. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Trinity Fields School & Resource Centre June 2019 Summary Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre is a highly inclusive community where all pupils feel safe and valued. Pupils play an active and influential role in shaping the life and work of the school. The school’s exemplary levels of care, support and guidance mean that nearly all pupils develop as enthusiastic learners who acquire a strong understanding of their rights and responsibilities. Pupils at the school have a wide range of learning difficulties and physical and medical needs. They respond very positively to the school’s caring and supportive ethos. As a result, nearly all make notable progress in many important areas of their learning and personal development that support their future lives very effectively. The quality of teaching and engaging learning experiences make a significant contribution to pupils’ wellbeing and personal development. Teachers and support staff foster highly positive and valuable professional relationships with their pupils. They treat all pupils with respect and provide exemplary support and encouragement for them in their learning. The headteacher and members of the senior leadership team provide outstanding strategic leadership for the school. Together they have established a vision that puts meeting the needs of the pupils at the centre of all they do. This vision permeates all aspects of the school’s work and contributes significantly to the consistently high levels of pupil progress and wellbeing at the school. Inspection area Judgement Standards Excellent Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Excellent Teaching and learning experiences Excellent Care, support and guidance Excellent Leadership and management Excellent 2 A report on Trinity Fields School & Resource Centre June 2019 Recommendations R1 Develop further the school’s strategies to meet the needs of pupils as it implements the Curriculum for Wales What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendation from the inspection. Estyn will invite the school to prepare two case studies on its work in relation to the impact of its work as a rights respecting school, and its innovative partnership working with the local authority, for dissemination on Estyn’s website.

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Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census 2020
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