Pengam Primary School


Name Pengam Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 2
Address Commercial Street, Pengam, NP12 3ST
Phone Number 01443 830429
Type Nursery, Infants & Juniors
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 207 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.1
Local Authority Caerphilly
Percentage Free School Meals 18.1%

Pengam Primary School is in the village of Pengam, near Blackwood in the Caerphilly local authority. Around half of the pupils come from outside of the school’s designated catchment area. The school has 215 pupils aged three to 11 years on roll, including 36 who attend the nursery on a part-time basis. There are seven classes in the school. Pupils come from areas that are neither advantaged nor disadvantaged. About 29 % of pupils are entitled to free school meals. This is higher than the average for Wales (21%). The school has identified about 20% of its pupils as having additional learning needs. This is slightly below the average for Wales (22%). A very few pupils have a statement of special educational need and a very few pupils are looked after by the local authority. No pupil was excluded in the 12 months prior to the inspection. Most pupils are of white British ethnicity. A very few pupils speak English as an additional language. No pupil speaks Welsh at home. The headteacher, who is also the head of a neighbouring school, was appointed in 1995. Since September 2012, the headship of both schools is shared between the headteacher (three days per week) and the deputy headteacher (two days per week). The individual school budget per pupil for Pengam Primary School in 2012-2013 means that the budget is £2,825 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the primary schools in Caerphilly is £4,640 and the minimum is £2,620. Pengam Primary School is 55th out of the 75 primary schools in Caerphilly in terms of its school budget per pupil. 1 A report on Pengam Primary School May 2013