Ynysddu Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

School Guide Rating

High Street
NP11 7JH
01495 200223
3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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School Description

Ynysddu Primary School is in the Sirhowy Valley, near Blackwood in the Caerphilly local authority. There are 127 pupils on roll, aged from 3 to 11, including 14 nursery age pupils who attend part-time. All pupils are of white British ethnicity. No pupils speak Welsh at home. There are four mixed-age classes in the school, and a resourced provision comprising two further classes for up to 16 pupils with additional nurture and social inclusion needs, aged between 3 and 11 years. Pupils attend this provision for four days per week and most travel from outside the school’s traditional catchment area. The rolling average for the past three years means that about 24% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is above the national average of 19%. The school identifies around 18% of pupils as having additional learning needs. This is slightly lower than the national average of 21%. The headteacher also leads another primary school nearby and took up his post in April 2013. The school’s last inspection was in July 2015. 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 Ynysddu Primary School July 2019 Summary Ynysddu Primary School is a well-ordered and caring community that promotes pupils’ wellbeing successfully. Pupils’ behaviour in and around the school is excellent. Most pupils make appropriate progress from their individual starting points and those in the resource base make good progress. However, throughout the school, many teachers’ practice constrains pupils’ independence and does not provide enough opportunities for pupils to initiate and direct their own learning. As a result, pupils do not develop well as creative and independent learners. The headteacher’s leadership is strong, and his organisational skills contribute well to the smooth running of the school. Leaders carry out regular monitoring of standards in teaching and learning, but this is not always rigorous enough to identify important shortcomings. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Adequate and needs improvement 2 A report on Ynysddu Primary School July 2019 Recommendations R1 Ensure that senior staff conduct monitoring processes rigorously to identify weaknesses in provision as well as standards R2 Improve provision in the foundation phase and key stage 2 so that it promotes active learning and develops pupils’ independent learning skills R3 Improve the accuracy of pupils’ writing and develop their higher-order reading skills in key stage 2 R4 Improve pupils’ skills in Welsh oracy, especially in key stage 2 R5 Improve the effectiveness of teachers’ written feedback to pupils, so that they know how to improve their work 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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