Caradog Primary School

Name Caradog Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 2
Address Clifton Street, Aberdare, CF44 7PB
Phone Number 01685 874715
Type Nursery, Infants & Juniors
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 227 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Local Authority Rhondda Cynon Taf
Percentage Free School Meals 30.2%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Caradog Primary School is in Aberdare in the Cynon Valley. The school currently has 204 pupils from the ages of three to 11, most of whom live in the local area. There are six mainstream classes, all of which are mixed-age except one. Two classes in the Foundation Phase temporarily contain more than 30 pupils by special permission of the local authority. The school also contains two special needs resource bases, one in the Foundation Phase and one in key stage 2. These cater for pupils with severe and complex learning needs. Nearly all these pupils travel to school by taxi from outside the catchment area. Approximately 27% of pupils are eligible to receive free school meals. This is above the national average. The school identifies around 26% of pupils as having additional learning needs, which is also above the national average. Very few pupils have a statement of special educational needs, are looked after by the local authority or come from an ethnic minority background, but an increasing number speak English as an additional language. No pupils use Welsh as a first language. The school was last inspected in January 2008. The current headteacher took up his post in September 2002. The individual school budget per pupil for Caradog Primary School in 2013-2014 means that the budget is £3,674 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in primary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf is £7,033 and the minimum is £2,659. Caradog Primary School is 53rd out of the 110 primary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf in terms of its school budget per pupil.