Gilfach Fargoed Primary School


Name Gilfach Fargoed Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 2
Address Vere Street, Gilfach, CF81 8LB
Phone Number 01443 875510
Type Nursery, Infants & Juniors
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 185 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.1
Local Authority Caerphilly
Percentage Free School Meals 29.8%

The school serves the community of Gilfach near Bargoed in the Caerphilly local authority. There are 155 full-time pupils between the ages of 3 and 11 years on roll. The school admits children to its nursery at the start of the term following their third birthday. There are six classes, four of which are mixed age. Around 30% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. Until recently, this figure has declined. However, it has remained consistently above the local and national averages. The school identifies that approximately 15% of pupils have additional learning needs and a very few 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 September 2014. Estyn last inspected the school in March 2009. The individual school budget per pupil for Gilfach Fargoed Primary School in 2015-2016 means that the budget is £2,913 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the primary schools in Caerphilly is £5,191 and the minimum is £2,492. Gilfach Fargoed Primary School is 53rd out of the 75 primary schools in Caerphilly in terms of its school budget per pupil. 1 A report on Gilfach Fargoed Primary School January 2016