Williamstown Primary
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
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Dinas Isaf West
Williamstown
Tonypandy
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF40 1AG
01443 432186
Pupils
356
Ages
3 - 11
Gender
Mixed
Type
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.22
Estyn grade
(01/03/2019)
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School level results for primary schools were not published by the Welsh Government in 2019. 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.


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25.4:1
NATIONAL AVG. 22.0:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
93.9%
NATIONAL AVG. 94.6%
Attendance during the year
English medium
Language of the school
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18.1%
NATIONAL AVG. 18.4%
Free school meals

School Description

School Williamstown Primary School is in Tonypandy in the Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority. There are 354 pupils on roll, including 36 full-time nursery pupils. There are six mixed-year classes and six single-year classes. In addition, there are two learning resource classes, providing education for eighteen pupils with communication needs from across the local authority. The average proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals over the last three years is about 20%. This is similar to the average for Wales of 18%. The school identifies 46% of pupils as having additional learning needs, which is much higher than the national average of 21%. Nearly all pupils are of white British ethnicity and come from homes where English is the main language. Very few pupils speak Welsh at home. The current headteacher took up her post in September 2014. The school’s previous inspection was in 2013. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/Schools/SchoolSearch?lang=en 1 A report on Williamstown Primary School March 2019 Summary Williamstown Primary School is a happy and caring community, where pupils feel safe and valued. Leaders, governors and staff form a dedicated and hardworking team, who create a positive atmosphere for teaching and learning across the school. The quality of provision to support pupils with communication needs in the learning resource classes is strong. Most pupils behave well and they have positive attitudes to learning for most of the time. They make generally good progress in speaking, reading and writing in their English lessons and a strong start in developing their Welsh skills in the foundation phase. However, pupils’ ability to work independently and to develop their literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills across the curriculum is limited. Consequently, pupils do not always achieve as well as they could. The headteacher has established a clear vision, which she shares successfully with the whole school community. However, leaders and governors do not always identify the most important issues requiring improvement in teaching and pupils’ standards. Where the school has addressed areas for development successfully in the past, leaders have not always ensured that the school has sustained these improvements in the longer term. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Adequate and needs improvement Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Adequate and needs improvement 2 A report on Williamstown Primary School March 2019 Recommendations R1 Ensure that self-evaluation and improvement planning processes identify and address important areas for development R2 Ensure that teaching challenges all pupils at an appropriately high level and develops their independent learning skills effectively R3 Improve provision and pedagogy in the foundation phase R4 Ensure that the planned curriculum provides effective opportunities for pupils to develop their literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum R5 Improve pupils’ speaking and writing in Welsh in key stage 2 What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to show how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will review the school’s progress.

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