Ysgol Gynradd Drefach
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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 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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School Description

Drefach Primary School is located on the edge of Drefach village in the Gwendraeth valley. The area is neither prosperous nor economically or socially disadvantaged. The area is a Welsh-speaking area, but the percentage of the population who use Welsh is gradually declining. The school is on the main road between Cross Hands and Llanddarog. At present there are 34 pupils on roll, and the numbers have declined substantially over the last few years. The majority of pupils come from the school’s catchment area with a small percentage coming from outside the village. Houses in the catchment area are a mixture of privately-owned and rented properties. Approximately 26% of pupils are entitled to receive free school meals and this figure is higher than the local and national averages. No pupil is looked after by the local authority. Approximately 16% of pupils have additional learning needs (ALN), which is lower than local and national percentages. No pupil has a statutory statement of ALN. Within the catchment there is a refuge centre for women and their children. Children who join the school from the refuge centre come and go on a fairly regular basis. The majority of children who start at the school transfer from the local nursery group, and later at the end of key stage 2 they have a choice of transferring to one of two secondary schools in the catchment area. Although Drefach School is a traditional Welsh school, only 17% of the pupils speak Welsh at home. There is an arrangement for the increasing numbers who move to the area to attend the Welsh Language Centre where an intensive Welsh course is provided for them. At present 13% of pupils from the school attend the Centre. The school is led by an acting head teacher who is also head teacher of another neighbouring primary school. This arrangement started at the beginning of the summer term 2011 as an informal federation to begin with. All the teachers were appointed to their posts at the start of the inspection term. The school was last inspected in October 2005. The 2010-2011 individual school budget per pupil for Drefach School is £3,956, which compares with a maximum of £17,415 and a minimum of £3,014 for primary schools in Carmarthenshire. The school has the 39th highest budget per pupil out of the 114 primary schools in Carmarthenshire 1 A report on Drefach Primary School November 2011 Summary The school’s current performance The school’s prospects for improvement Adequate Good Current performance The school’s current performance is adequate because;  all pupils are courteous and well behaved;  the school provides a wide range of valuable learning experiences;  the quality of teaching is good;  pupils achieve good standards of well-being; and  there is close and effective collaboration between the school, parents and the local community. However:  there is not enough progress in pupils’ literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT) skills across the school;  the provision for more able pupils is not sufficiently developed; and  only very few pupils attain or achieve well.

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