Ysgol Dyffryn Aman
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SA18 2NW
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
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Ysgol Dyffryn Aman is a bilingual school that is maintained by Carmarthenshire local authority. There are 1,436 pupils on roll, 267 of whom are in the sixth form. These figures are slightly lower than at the time of the last core inspection in October 2012, when there were 1,577 pupils on roll. The school is situated in Ammanford at the foot of the Black Mountain. Around half of pupils come from the town itself, and the other half from the surrounding rural area and nearby villages. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals is 18.9%, which is a little higher than the average across Wales of 16.4%. Almost a third of pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes. Around 47% of pupils speak Welsh fluently and a little over half study Welsh as their first language. Nearly 6% of pupils have a statement of special educational needs, compared with 2.2% across Wales. Nearly 30% of pupils have special educational needs. This figure is higher than the national average of 22.9%. The school has a specialist teaching facility for 29 pupils with profound and complex learning needs. The headteacher and one deputy headteacher were appointed in September 2017. The senior leadership team includes the headteacher, two deputy headteachers, three assistant headteachers, two senior teachers and the special educational needs co-ordinator. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/Schools/SchoolSearch?lang=en 1 A report on Ysgol Dyffryn Aman November 2019 Summary Ysgol Dyffryn Aman has an extremely homely and inclusive Welsh ethos. Most pupils show very positive attitudes towards their work. An excellent feature is their willingness to persevere when facing challenges. Overall, they are polite and friendly pupils who work together extremely well. Pupils have a wide range of subjects from which to choose in Year 10 and the sixth form, and there is a variety of beneficial extra-curricular activities. As a result of dynamic and enthusiastic teaching, many pupils make sound progress in their skills and subject understanding. However, a minority of pupils’ Welsh linguistic skills are not as good as their English skills. The senior leadership team sets high expectations for staff and pupils. They share a clear vision to ensure the highest levels of wellbeing and improve pupils’ Welsh language skills. Leaders at all levels work together effectively and are willing to trial and evaluate experimental curricular arrangements. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Excellent Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Ysgol Dyffryn Aman November 2019 Recommendations R1 Improve pupils’ standards of oracy and writing in Welsh R2 Increase the proportion of courses that are available in Welsh in key stage 4 and the sixth form R3 Plan to ensure opportunities for pupils to make progress in their information and communication technology (ICT) skills across the curriculum R4 Eliminate the financial deficit by working with the local authority, and address the health and safety issue that was identified during the inspection What happens next The school will produce an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection. Estyn will invite the school to prepare a case study on its work in relation to wellbeing and improving pupils’ resilience, to be disseminated on Estyn’s website.

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This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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