Penygarn Community Primary School

Ysgol Gynradd Gymunedol Penygarn

01495 742090

Penygarn Road, Pontypool. NP4 8JR

About Us


Pupil Deprivation Grant

Since 2012 the Welsh Government have been providing additional funds for schools to tackle national priorities for education.

The three national priorities are:

1. Reducing the impact of poverty of pupil attainment.
2. Raising standards in literacy.
3. Raising standards in numeracy.

Each school in Wales is allocated a sum of money the 'Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG)' based on the number of pupils who are entitled to free school meals (FSM) or are Looked After Children (LAC). In 2019-20 Penygarn Community Primary School has been allocated £170,775 and £30,100 for the Early Years.

The grant is to be utilised to overcome any additional barriers that learners from disadvantaged backgrounds face which may prevent them from attaining as well as their peers.

Each school is required to draw up a plan and publish how this grant is utilised on sustainable interventions to improve the attainment of children who may be disadvantaged due to family financial circumstances or background.

At Penygarn Community Primary School our allocation in 2019-2020 will be used to:

  • Employ an Educational Family Support Worker;
  • Employ a Play Therapist;
  • Develop communication strategies to better engage with identified parents;
  • Support an identified member of staff to improve attendance for identified pupils and establish regular attendance reporting system for parents;
  • Support the development of a rigorous and robust cycle of monitoring and evaluation to ensure accelerated progress, pupil feedback and marking, effective peer and self assessment;
  • provide quality CPD on Coaching and Mentoring as a key driver to further develop teaching and learning;
  • Support resourcing to further improve standards and close the gap for identified pupils, both across the school and in Early Years, in:
    • ICT;
    • LLC;
    • RWInc. and updated guided reading:
    • MD
    • PD;
    • Welsh;
    • Knowledge and understanding;
    • Music and
    • Outdoor learning.
  • Subsidise enrichment projects, e.g. Music; visits; topic based workshops, learning environment;
  • To ensure the curriculum timetable maximises the use of available learning spaces to target identified pupils;
  • Use intelligent potential assessment tools to support the identification to target specific programmes to boost learners;
  • Increase provision for emotional literacy and
  • Support a member of staff to oversee all aspects of provision for those identified as LAC within the school community.

At Penygarn Community Primary School, we have high expectations for all our pupils and aim to ensure that the necessary support is focused on individual needs of each and every child.

All parents can be reassured that all children are treated fairly and equally and that all information in relation to the PDG is treated with discretion and confidentiality.

Please click here to see our PDG Impact Report for 2018-2019 and here to see our PDG Impact Report for 2019-20


Professional Learning Grant

This year the Welsh Government have allocated a sum of money to support all schools in arranging for school staff to take part in professional learning opportunities.  This supports the government in their vision of all school becoming learning organisations, where the adults in the school focus on their own learning as well as the pupils.

Please click here to see our Professional Learning Plan for 2018/19

Please click here to see our Professional Learning Plan for 2019/20