A report on Ysgol G.G. Aberdâr Laburnam Drive Cwmdare Aberdare
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberdâr is situated in Cwmdare and is maintained by Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority. The school was opened in 1949. In January 2003, it moved to a new building on the current site. The extensive catchment area stretches from Pen-y-waun, at the top of the Cynon Valley, to Abercwmboi. Fourteen point seven per cent (14.7%) of pupils are eligible for free school meals, a figure that is below the local and national averages. Twenty per cent (20%) of pupils have additional learning needs (ALN). Two point six per cent (2.6%) of pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes, and 2.2% are from an ethnic minority background. Currently, there are 428 pupils on roll, which includes 57 part-time nursery pupils. They are divided into 15 classes. Sixteen full-time teachers are employed, including the headteacher. The school was last inspected in 2009. The headteacher has been in post since January 2014. The individual school budget per pupil for Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberdâr in 2014-2015 is £2,742. The maximum per pupil in primary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf is £5,513 and the minimum is £2,514. Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberdâr is in 104th place of the 110 primary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf in terms of the school budget per pupil.