Cefn Fforest Primary School


Name Cefn Fforest Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 2
Address Cefn Fforest Avenue, Cefn Fforest, Blackwood, NP12 3JX
Phone Number 01443 830449
Type Nursery, Infants & Juniors
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 300 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.5
Local Authority Caerphilly
Percentage Free School Meals 33.1%

Cefn Fforest Primary School serves the village of Cefn Fforest, although approximately a third of the pupils come from the Blackwood area of Caerphilly. The school is in a Community First area. The buildings are split onto two sites with Foundation Phase classes in the newer building and key stage 2 located in the old Victorian building on the opposite side of the road. There are 300 pupils on roll, including 32 of nursery age. Pupils enter the nursery the day after their third birthday. Nearly all pupils are of white ethnic background. No pupils speak Welsh as a first language. There are currently 12 full time teachers and one part time teacher at the school. About 33% of pupils are entitled to free school meals, which is higher than the average for the local authority and Wales. Approximately 30% of pupils have additional learning needs and a very few have a statement of special educational needs; this is higher than the local authority average. In key stage 2, there are two local authority funded resource base classes. One social inclusion class takes pupils in year 3 and 4 from other schools in the local authority and pupils are dual registered. The other class caters for pupils with complex needs from all over the local authority. All pupils are on the school’s admission role and all have a statement of special educational needs and are included in the school’s end of key stage 2 assessment results. The headteacher was appointed in September 2009 and the school was last inspected in June 2008. The individual school budget per pupil for Cefn Fforest Primary School in 2013-2014 is £3,373. The maximum per pupil in primary schools in Caerphilly is £5,118 and the minimum is £2,645. Cefn Fforest Primary School is in 23rd place of the 75 primary schools in Caerphilly in terms of the school budget per pupil.