Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School
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11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)

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Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census 2021

This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the Pupil Level Annual School Census collected by the Welsh Government. The data tells us where pupils lived at the time of the last Pupil Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

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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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Penycoedcae Road
CF38 2AE
01443 203411

School Description

Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School is an 11 to 18 mixed English-medium comprehensive school that is maintained by Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority. It is situated in the village of Beddau, near Pontypridd. Most pupils come from Beddau and the surrounding area, including the villages of Tonteg and Church Village. There are currently 1,048 pupils on roll with 153 in the sixth form. At the time of the last inspection in 2009 when there were 1,171 pupils in total including 213 in the sixth form. Around 16% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is below the national average of 17.4%. Around 14% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Around 2% of pupils speak Welsh as a first language or to an equivalent standard. Around 1% of pupils receive support to learn English as an additional language and very few pupils come from a minority ethnic background. About 18% of pupils have special educational needs, which is below the national average of 25.4%. The percentage of pupils with a statement of special educational needs (1%) is below the national average of 2.5%. The school has an additional designated teaching resource primarily for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders. There are currently 15 pupils educated in this resource centre. These pupils are included within the school roll. The headteacher was appointed to her post in 2006. Since the last inspection there have been significant changes to the school’s leadership structure including the appointments of a new deputy headteacher and two new assistant headteachers. Six members of staff have been seconded to the senior management team in the last four years as part of the school’s ambition to create leadership development opportunities and build leadership capacity. The individual school budget per pupil for Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School in 2015-2016 means that the budget is £4,236 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf is £4,982 and the minimum is £3,886. This places Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School 11th out of the 16 secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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