Ysgol Penalltau
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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Cwm Calon
Ystrad Mynach
CF82 6AP
01443 862974
3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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School Description

Penalltau is a Welsh-medium Primary School located in the middle of a new housing estate called Cwm Calon, near Ystrad Mynach in the county of Caerphilly. The school’s wide catchment area includes the villages of Penybryn, Gelligaer, Glyn-gaer, Glan y Nant, Tir y Berth and Penpedairheol. A number of these areas are considered to be deprived areas. The school was opened in September 2009 with 18 pupils (only seven of whom were of statutory school age) and none was entitled to receive free school meals. By now there are 52 pupils in the school, including those who are nearly three, with 20% of pupils of statutory age entitled to receive free school meals. This figure is close to national and local averages. At present there are eight children on the special educational needs (SEN) register, which is 15% of the school roll, a figure which is below national and local averages. By now a significant percentage of pupils of statutory age have transferred to the school from English-medium schools. Foundation Phase children receive their education entirely through the medium of Welsh and English is introduced as a subject in key stage 2 (KS2). There are two classes in the school: one for nursery children (part time) and one for reception children and pupils up to year 4. All the pupils come from homes where Welsh is not the main language of the home. The head teacher started at the school when the school opened. The 2010-2011 individual school budget per pupil for Penalltau school is £6296, which compares with a maximum of £6296 and a minimum of £2486 for primary schools in Caerphilly. The school has the highest budget per pupil out of the 75 primary schools in Caerphilly 1 A Report on Penalltau Welsh-Medium Primary School February 2011 Summary The school’s current performance Good The school’s prospects for improvement Good Current performance The school is good because: • • • • most pupils make positive progress during their period in the school; the quality of teaching is good; the school promotes an ethos of care, respect and equality in an active manner; and teachers take good care of pupils and plan appropriate and differentiated activities to ensure their progress.

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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.

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  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.

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