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A report on Tonypandy Community College

Tonypandy Community College is a mixed 11 to 19 community school serving the town of Tonypandy and its surrounding area in Rhondda Cynon Taf. There are around 750 pupils on roll, of which around 170 are in the sixth form. Since the last inspection the overall number of pupils in the school has fallen by around 170 pupils. Many of the school’s pupils come from the nearby villages of Cwmclydach, Llwynypia and Penygraig. Around 26% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is higher than the national average of 17.5%. Nearly a half of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas of Wales. The pupils entering the school represent the full range of ability. Around 25% have a special educational need. This figure is higher than the national average of 20.1%. Less than 1% of pupils have statements of special education need. This figure is lower than the national rate of 2.4% in Wales as a whole. Less than 3% of pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds and a small number of pupils receive support to learn English as an additional language. Around 1% of pupils can speak Welsh fluently. The headteacher has been in post since 2009 and is supported by two deputy headteachers, four assistant headteachers and an additional seconded assistant headteacher. Three of the assistant headteachers have been appointed recently. The other members of the leadership team have been in post for between two and nine years. The individual school budget per pupil for Tonypandy Community College in 2014- 2015 means that the budget is £4,340 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf is £5,134 and the minimum is £1,934. Tonypandy Community College is seventh out of the 18 secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf in terms of its school budget per pupil.