Dowlais Primary School


Name Dowlais Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 2
Address High Street, Caeharris, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 3HB
Phone Number 01685 722286
Type Infants & Juniors
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 214 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19
Local Authority Merthyr Tydfil
Percentage Free School Meals 17.1%

Dowlais Primary School occupies two sites, a short distance apart. It serves the community of Dowlais in the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council local authority. There are 222 full-time pupils between the ages of 3 and 11 on roll. There are nine classes, one of which is mixed age. The school also hosts a learning resource base, funded by the local authority, for pupils with moderate learning difficulties. Around 15% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is below the national average (19%). The school identifies that approximately 19% of pupils have additional learning needs. No pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Nearly all pupils are of white British ethnicity and come from homes where English is the main language. No pupils speak Welsh at home. The headteacher took up her post in October 2014. Estyn last inspected the school in February 2011. The individual school budget per pupil for Dowlais Primary School in 2016-2017 means that the budget is £3,890 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the primary schools in Merthyr Tydfil is £4,396 and the minimum is £3,365. Dowlais Primary School is ninth out of the 22 primary schools in Merthyr Tydfil in terms of its school budget per pupil.