West Monmouth School
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Blaendare Road
11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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West Monmouth School is an English-medium 11 to 16 comprehensive school in Pontypool. Its pupils primarily come from Pontypool, Griffithstown, Penygarn and New Inn. There are 666 pupils on roll. This is significantly fewer than at the time of the last inspection in April 2010 when 1,029 pupils were on roll. Around 19% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This is higher than the national average of 17.4% for secondary schools in Wales. Around 19% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Around 24% of pupils have a special educational need, including 1% with a statement of special educational needs. The percentage with a special educational need is lower than the national figure of 25.4%. The proportion with a statement of special educational needs is lower than the national figure of 2.4%. Most pupils are from a white British background. A very few pupils are from gypsy traveller families. A very few pupils speak English as an additional language. Very few pupils are fluent Welsh speakers. The leadership team comprises the head, who took up post in December 2015, an acting deputy head, acting assistant head, two additional members of the team and a business manager. The individual school budget per pupil for West Monmouth School in 2015-2016 is £4,583 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Torfaen is £4,653 and the minimum is £3,847. West Monmouth School is third out of the six secondary schools in Torfaen in terms of its school budget per pupil.

West Monmouth School Catchment Area Map

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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 (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.

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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.

West Monmouth School Reviews

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“Excellent high school in Torfaen”
"> This school is very good for be a state school. The teachers are very support with the pupils and looking for the best way to help the children to feel happy in the school and achieve good result in education. Any problem with the kids they are willing to help and resolve it and always they have good communication with the parents. I am happy my son is going to this school and he is happy there and I will recommended it to any parents in the area.
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