Willowbrook Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
442
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?

Good
NATIONAL AVG. 2.18
Estyn grade
(01/11/2019)
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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
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21.1:1
NATIONAL AVG. 21.0:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
95.0%
NATIONAL AVG. 94.7%
Attendance during the year
English medium
Language of the school
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38.6%
NATIONAL AVG. 23.0%
Free school meals
Sandbrook Road
St Mellons
Cardiff
CF3 0ST
02920 795965

School Description

Willowbrook Primary School is in the St Mellons area of Cardiff. There are 450 pupils at the school, including 54 who attend nursery on a part-time basis. The school has 15 single-age classes. The average of pupils eligible for free school meals over the last three years is around 27%. This is above the national average of 18%. The school identifies 14% of pupils as having special educational needs. This figure is below the national average of 21%. A very few pupils have statements of special educational needs. Around 19% of pupils have English as an additional language. No pupils come from Welsh speaking homes. The school’s last inspection was in November 2013. The headteacher took up the post in 2009 and is currently working for the regional consortium on secondment. The deputy headteacher is leading the school in his absence. 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 Willowbrook Primary School November 2019 Summary Nearly all pupils behave very well and feel safe and secure in school. They have positive attitudes and are keen to learn and participate fully in lessons and in school life. Most develop their social skills well and show respect and concern for each other and visitors. During their time at school, nearly all pupils, including those who have special educational needs and those who speak English as an additional language, make good or better progress in their learning and wellbeing. The school’s curriculum engages and motivates pupils well. Teachers provide effective opportunities for pupils to develop and practise their skills. Pupils starting from below the expected levels in language make good progress in developing their literacy and speaking and listening skills. All staff work strongly as a team to deliver a standard of care for pupils that supports their wellbeing effectively. The school’s leadership team and governors have established a positive ethos, which they maintain effectively. They ensure that the school community is welcoming and that it promotes and celebrates its diversity strongly. Governors and staff work together well to make improvements and raise standards successfully. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Willowbrook Primary School November 2019 Recommendations R1 Improve opportunities for pupils to develop and apply their numeracy skills across the curriculum and especially in ICT R2 Improve pupils’ ability to assess and improve their own work R3 Ensure that all school improvement priorities are clearly focused and have specific intended outcomes What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection.

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