Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch was established in 1996. In September 1999 the school moved to a new building and an extension was completed in 2006 for the junior section. The school reached its capacity of two streams in 2008. The school’s catchment area is wide and varied and includes the southern and western parts of the city of Cardiff, especially the areas of Grangetown, Glan yr Afon and parts of Treganna, Pontcanna and Victoria Park.
Currently, there are 454 pupils in the school, including 64 children in the nursery class, 32 in the morning and the same number in the afternoon: there are 390 pupils between the ages of 4-11. There are 14 classes as well as a nursery class.
Pupils come from mixed areas, some are economically advantaged, others economically disadvantaged with the remainder neither particularly advantaged nor disadvantaged.
Approximately 20% of pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes where at least one parent speaks Welsh and approximately 80% come from non-Welsh-speaking homes. Also 19% come from an ethnic background. Currently 7.3% of the pupils receive free school meals; this figure is well below national and local averages. Currently, 15% of pupils are on the Special Educational Needs (SEN) register, and this figure is below national and local averages.
The Award submission video
Notes on video
- The promotional clip has a good sense of vibrancy, showing children as guides and lead learners (even contributing to the school’s website
- The parent testimony concerning the usefulness of the school’s learning approach to prepare the child for the ‘outside world’ is powerful and will ‘speak’ directly to other parents, and the extended clip underscores the school’s belief in the power of parental engagement
- The head teacher presents a clear yet passionate philosophical rationale which is confidence inspiring
- Overall the promo clip reflects much energy and fun in learning
- The ten minute clip (see Commentaries) is a sound approach, using key questions to guide the viewer towards the evidence for how the school is using technology to prepare “better learners for the future”
- The co-learning ethos for adults and young learners, is exemplified through the description of how both students and adults need to feel safe to explore, take risks and be innovative
- Impact of CPD upon learning is linked clearly to a ‘rock solid’ example of boys’ writing and extended writing
- Strong sense of the school, staff and learners as part of the wider community