Ysgol Bodfari
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
Not Rated

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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census 2021
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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?

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School level results for primary schools were not published by the Welsh Government in 2021. 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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English medium
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Free school meals
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School Description

Bodfari Primary School is in the small village of Bodfari, three miles from the town of Denbigh. Pupils live in the village and the surrounding rural areas. The school caters for pupils aged 3 to 11. There are currently 37 pupils from nursery to Year 6. There are two mixed age classes, one for Foundation Phase pupils and the other for pupils in key stage 2. There is nursery provision in the Foundation Phase classroom in the mornings. Busy Bods Playgroup, run separately to the school, takes place in the school hall each day. The playgroup staff also provide daily after-school care for school-age pupils on the school site. All pupils come from homes where English is the first language. The proportion of pupils currently eligible for free school meals (21%) is broadly in line with the average for Wales. A very few pupils are in the care of the local authority. The school has identified that around 27% of pupils have additional learning needs. This is slightly above the national average. No pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The present headteacher took up her post in 2011. The school was last inspected in October 2009. The individual school budget per pupil for Bodfari Primary School in 2016-2017 means that the budget is £5,658 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the primary schools in Denbighshire is £8,267 and the minimum is £3,066. Bodfari Primary School is sixth out of the 46 primary schools in Denbighshire in terms of its school budget per pupil.

Ysgol Bodfari Parent Reviews

Average Parent Rating

“A Truly Wonderful School”

My son currently goes to this excellent school and I couldn't be more happier. His progress since moving from his previous school has been immense. He is happy and extremely well supported by the team as well as the other children. It's like a little community that I love spending time in myself. The foundation this school is giving to my son to go on and use in life is amazing. All of the team are caring and enthusiastic and work extremely hard to ensure this school works and works well. In short I can not recommend this school enough from a educational role and a supportive role. Well done to each and every person that makes Ysgol Bodfari the fabulous school it is.

I have had three children through Ysgol Bodfari since 2003 and I cannot praise this school enough. My two children, now in high school, have both achieved excellent results and have both been in more able and talented groups. The high school teachers have praised the foundation that Ysgol Bodfari has given them with particular emphasis on maths and science. Bodfari school has a very welcoming and friendly feel to it. The teachers led by Headteacher Mrs Sue Dick are enthusiastic, talented and motivated which the children seem to thrive on. There is an inclusion ethos in the school where everybody looks after each other, the older children play and read with the younger ones so there is no age limit to finding friends here. I am sure that my third child will be more than ready for high school when she comes to leave but it will be a very sad day for us all to say goodbye to this wonderful school.
“An outstanding school”

Ysgol Bodfari is an outstanding little school with a lovely nurturing environment. The class sizes are small with a great teacher-pupil ratio which means that each child has an individually tailored education, whilst always feeling part of the whole school community. Unfortunately this small cohort size can produce skewed 'averages' which should not be taken to represent real outcomes . I have seen my two children really blossom and would recommend this school to anyone.
“5 stars”

Ysgol Bodfari is a truly excellent little village school. My three children have attended since 2010 and love it there. There is an incredibly favourable student:teacher ratio, which means that the students get a lot of guidance and attention. I am truly surprised about the 2* rating; I can only assume that this is due to the small cohort and is absolutely no true reflection of the standard of the school. The size of the school means that there is opportunity for a lot of peer support and pupil mentoring, where students are paired up, often juniors with infants, and help each other with certain lessons: explaining it to younger ones mean the older students get a greater depth of knowledge, and the young ones love the interaction with the older students. This interaction becomes a basis for greater support when it comes to high school (as I have seen with my nephews who also attended the school), there are bonds formed here that make it such a friendly and inclusive environment and these friendships span the year groups at high school. This ethic is supported and nurtured by incredibly talented teachers, who I feel I can approach easily with any issues. My 9 year old is already producing work of a standard that gives me confidence that she is well prepared for secondary school, and I can only highly recommend this hidden gem of a school: Ysgol Bodfari!
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News, Photos and Open Days from Ysgol Bodfari

Last update: 26 October 2015

Thank you for showing an interest in Ysgol Bodfari. We are a very small village school and pride ourselves on our caring atmosphere.  All pupils are supported and challenged to meet their full potential.

It should be noted that due to the very small size of some of our year groups, performance data does not always give a good indication of how good our school is.  This is due to the fact that pupils in our small school often carry a very high percentage in comparison to other schools. 

Despite the fact that our data can put us into lower quartiles, the Local Authority and Regional School Improvement Service have categorised us as a Yellow School, showing that we are a good school.

Visitors to our school often comment on the happy atmosphere they find and we have been called  the 'hidden gem in the Vale of Clwyd'.  Please don't just take our word for this, come along and visit and see for yourself.

Please contact the school office if you would like to visit on 01745 710329.