Ysgol Gwynfryn
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

School Guide Rating

Heol Y Meinciau
SA15 5SN
4 - 11
Infants & Juniors
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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School Description

Ysgol Gwynfryn is situated in the village of Pontyates, in the Gwendraeth valley, Carmarthenshire. There are 64 pupils between 4 and 11 years old on roll. Pupils are taught in three mixed-age classes. Over a three-year period, around 29% of pupils have been eligible for free school meals, which is a figure that is higher than the average for Wales of 21%. Thirty-nine per cent of pupils from the Welsh-speaking homes. Welsh is the main medium of teaching and learning, and the aim is to ensure that all pupils are fluent in Welsh and English by the end of key stage 2. Nearly all pupils are from white British backgrounds. Around 24% of pupils have additional learning needs, which is higher than the national average of 19%. Very few have a statement of special educational needs. The headteacher was appointed to the post in January 2011 and the school was last inspected in March 2015. Since 2012, the school has been part of a formal federation with Ysgol Gynradd Carwe and Ysgol Gynradd Ponthenri under one executive headteacher and one governing body. 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 Gwynfryn March 2018 Summary There is a broad and interesting curriculum at Ysgol Gwynfryn, which builds sensibly on pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as they move through the school. Pupils have good speaking, listening, writing and ICT skills and, on the whole, they have suitable reading and numeracy skills. Teaching is good, and the staff’s care, support and guidance develop pupils’ wellbeing effectively. Most pupils show positive and enthusiastic attitudes towards their work and their behaviour is particularly good. They concentrate well in lessons and work diligently for extended periods. Leaders have created a very successful ethos of co-operation across the three schools in the federation. They have shared and developed clear aims and a purposeful strategic vision. Self-evaluation processes are effective and are based firmly on broad evidence. With a few exceptions, processes to ensure improvement have a positive effect on the school’s priorities for improvement. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Ysgol Gwynfryn March 2018 Recommendations R1 Improve pupils’ reading skills R2 Challenge more able pupils in order to ensure that they achieve as well as they could R3 Ensure that quality improvement processes are more effective in improving pupils’ outcomes and strengthening provision What happens next The school will produce an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection.

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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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