Gwernyfed High School
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11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
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Gwernyfed High School is an English-medium 11-19 school in south Powys that serves a wide, mainly rural catchment area. There are currently 497 pupils on roll compared with 490 at the time of the last inspection in 2013. Around 5% of the pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is well below the national average of 16.4%. No pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Nearly all pupils are from a White British background. Most pupils speak English as their first language and only a very few pupils speak Welsh at home. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs is around 20%, which is a little below the national average of 23%. The percentage of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs is around 0.5%, which is well below the national average of 2.2%. The current headteacher took up post in 2011. The senior leadership team consists of the headteacher, one deputy headteacher, one assistant headteacher, and the business manager. The school is currently working with the Welsh Government and other schools to take forward developments relating to the curriculum. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Gwernyfed High School March 2020 Summary The headteacher demonstrates a trusting and collegiate approach to leadership and his vision for a caring community is shared effectively. He is supported appropriately by a dedicated team of staff. However, self-evaluation processes do not focus well enough on key aspects of the school’s work and lack sufficient rigour. Leaders’ views of provision and standards across the school are therefore too positive. As a result, leadership has not led to sufficient or sustained improvements in the quality of teaching and assessment, attendance, pupils’ attitudes to learning and the standards they achieve, including developing their skills. Overall, Gwernyfed High School has a caring and respectful ethos where many pupils feel safe and generally well supported. Many pupils make suitable progress over time, have positive attitudes to learning and enjoy participating in the many beneficial activities that take place outside of lessons. However, in a minority of lessons a few pupils are too easily distracted and make insufficient progress, as well as disrupting the learning of others. The school offers broadly appropriate professional learning opportunities for all teachers. However, it does not have a sufficiently co-ordinated approach to the progressive development of pupils’ skills across the curriculum. In a minority of lessons, teaching and assessment do not challenge pupils well enough. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Adequate and needs improvement Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Adequate and needs improvement Leadership and management Unsatisfactory and needs urgent improvement 2 A report on Gwernyfed High School March 2020 Recommendations R1 Improve the progress that all pupils make in lessons, including in the development of their literacy and numeracy skills and Welsh language development R2 Improve attendance overall and the attitudes to learning of a few pupils R3 Strengthen the quality of teaching and assessment R4 Improve the quality and impact of leadership at all levels, particularly by strengthening improvement processes R5 Address the health and safety issues raised during the inspection What happens next In accordance with the Education Act 2005, HMCI is of the opinion that this school is in need of significant improvement. The school will draw up an action plan to show how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will monitor the school’s progress about 12 months after the publication of this report.

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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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