Dyffryn Taf
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North Road
Whitland
Carmarthenshire
SA34 0BD
Pupils
917
Ages
11 - 18
Gender
Mixed
Type
Secondary (ages 11-19)
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.22
Estyn grade
(01/11/2019)
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64.6%
NATIONAL AVG. 56.6%
% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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School Dyffryn Taf School is an English-medium 11-19 comprehensive school for pupils, maintained by Carmarthenshire Local Authority. There are currently 922 pupils on roll. This is slightly more than at the time of the last inspection when there were 900 pupils on roll. The school is located in a semi-rural area with pupils drawn from the west of Carmarthenshire and the east of Pembrokeshire. The school was last inspected in October 2013. Just over 8% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is lower than the national average of 16.4%. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs is around 30% which is well above the national average of 23%. Nearly 2% of pupils have a statement of special educational needs% which is close to the national average of 2.2%. Nearly 20% of pupils are fluent in Welsh and the school provides a bilingual education for one form in each year group. Just under 2% speak English as a second language. The headteacher took up post in September 2018. The senior leadership team consists of the headteacher and three assistant headteachers, supported by two directors of learning. 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 Dyffryn Taf School November 2019 Summary Ysgol Dyffryn Taf is a warm and inclusive school which is at the heart of the community it serves. Its caring, respectful and inclusive ethos puts pupils’ wellbeing at the centre of its work. The school community works together in a compassionate and tolerant way. Pupils are supported well to achieve and encouraged be ambitious about their future. However, in lessons a minority of teachers do not challenge pupils to achieve their very best. School leaders are committed to creating a school that embodies its mission statement, ‘We can, we care’/‘Gallwn, Gofalwn’. They have been successfully in creating a learning community that acknowledges and celebrates individual achievement. They recognise aspects of the school that are in need of improvement and have coherent plans to improve teaching. The school provides pupils with a wealth of opportunities to enhance and enrich their learning. Pupils value these opportunities. They understand how these broad experiences contribute usefully to their understanding of the world and provide valuable skills to help them move on to the next stage in their learning. However, in a minority of instances the school’s provision has not secured sufficiently strong progress for all pupils. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Dyffryn Taf School November 2019 Recommendations R1 Raise standards of achievement to ensure that all pupils fulfil their potential in all subjects R2 Improve the quality of teaching, including the level of challenge in lessons, to ensure that teaching meets the needs of all pupils R3 Reduce variation in the quality of assessment and feedback R4 Improve the impact of professional learning, particularly that focusing on the evaluation of teaching on pupil progress What happens next Ysgol Dyffryn Taf will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection.

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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 (released annually in July).

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.

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  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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