Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen
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11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)

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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census 2021
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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.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

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.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  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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School Description

Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen is an 11 to 18 mixed English medium comprehensive school that is maintained by Bridgend local authority. The school was formed as the result of a merger of Ogmore School and Ynysawdre School in 2011. The school initially operated on a split site before moving to its new premises located near the Ynysawdre site in September 2013. It serves the Sarn, Bryncethin, Garw and Ogmore valleys. There are currently 1,280 pupils on roll with 171 in the sixth form. Twenty-five-pointeight per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is above the national average of 17.4%. Around 34% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. The school receives pupils from the full range of ability. Very few pupils receive support to learn English as an additional language and very few pupils come from a minority ethnic background. About 25% of pupils have special educational needs, which is broadly in line with the national average of 25.4%. The percentage of pupils with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average of 2.5%. The school has an additional designated teaching resource for pupils with moderate learning difficulties. There are currently 35 pupils educated in this resource centre. One per cent of pupils speak Welsh as a first language or to an equivalent standard and 15% can speak Welsh, but not fluently. In September 2015, following the resignation of the previous headteacher, the local authority appointed an interim headteacher from another school within the authority to oversee the strategic development of the school. The leadership team consists of six directors including a director of finance and personnel. There are two seconded members of the leadership team whose specific responsibilities include vertical tutoring and wellbeing. The school operates a system of vertical tutoring with pupils organised into six colleges each led by a head of college. The individual school budget per pupil for Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen in 2015-2016 means that the budget is £4,679 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Bridgend is £5,121 and the minimum is £3,977. Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen is second out of the nine secondary schools in Bridgend in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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