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Aberdare Community School

Name Aberdare Community School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 3
Address Ynys Road, Ynys, Aberdare, CF44 7RP
Type Secondary (ages 11-19)
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1276 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.3
Local Authority Rhondda Cynon Taf
Percentage Free School Meals 28.1%

Aberdare Community School is an English-medium 11-18 school maintained by Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority. There are currently 1,133 pupils on roll, including 154 in the sixth form. Aberdare Community School was opened in September 2014 as a result of the closure of Aberdare Girls’ School, Aberdare High School, and Blaengwawr Comprehensive School. These schools were inspected in 2011 or earlier. Around 29% of the pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is above the national average of 17.0%. Over 39% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Most pupils speak English as their first language and come from a white, British background. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs is around 24%. This is higher than the Welsh average of 21.5%. The percentage of pupils who have a statement of special educational need is 2% which is the average for Wales. There are two support classes at the school, with 20 pupils attending at present. The classes are for learners with communication and autistic spectrum disorders. The current headteacher took up post in April 2017. The senior leadership team consists of the headteacher and one deputy headteacher, five assistant headteachers, a director of pupil progress and an associate senior leader.