Trinity Fields School

Special school
Caerphilly Road
Ystrad Mynach
CF82 7XW
3 - 19
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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Trinity Fields is the only special school serving the County Borough of Caerphilly. Within the local authority, there are a significant proportion of economically disadvantaged areas. The school caters for a wide range of special educational needs. The school has capacity for 130 pupils and at the time of inspection there were 124 pupils between the ages of 3 to 19 years in 16 classes. Nearly all pupils of compulsory school age have statements of special educational needs. Since the last inspection in October 2006, there has been a steady increase in the range and severity of pupils’ learning difficulties. Just over 40% of pupils have severe learning difficulties. Almost 20% have profound and multiple learning difficulties and just over 20% of pupils have autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). The remaining pupils have a range of other difficulties including social, emotional and behavioural and moderate learning difficulties, medical needs and multi-sensory impairments. Pupils are from predominantly English-speaking backgrounds, with 1.5% being from Welsh-speaking families. Three pupils are ‘looked after’, with a further 28 pupils receiving respite provision, and 41% of pupils receive free school meals. Admissions are arranged via a local authority panel. 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 over time because of the nature of the pupils’ learning needs. There are presently the equivalent of 21.2 full-time teachers. This includes the principal, a head of school, a deputy head and an assistant head. There are 76 support staff. There are five teaching assistants, who work as specialists in communication, sensory work and travel training. Each class is staffed by a teacher and a minimum of three teaching assistants according to the level of support pupils require. In addition to these ratios, nearly all classes have a midday supervisory assistant. The school aims to work closely with families and to be inclusive. The Resource Centre based at Trinity Fields works in partnership with the local authority. Trinity Fields outreach service supports mainstream pupils with additional learning needs (ALN) and links for its pupils within mainstream settings, as well as providing training for mainstream staff. Other functions of the Resource Centre include: health-based clinics, youth and leisure activities, respite and home support services, and peer mentoring.

Trinity Fields School Catchment Area Map

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Pupil Level Annual School Census 2017

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01443 864870, 01443 864897

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 (released annually in July).

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 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 last 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.

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