Penyrheol Comprehensive School
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Pontarddulais Road
11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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Penyrheol Comprehensive School is an English medium 11-16 mixed comprehensive school maintained by Swansea local authority. It serves an area north west of Swansea that includes Gorseinon, Penyrheol, Loughor, Kingsbridge and Garden Village. There are currently 885 pupils on role, which is lower than at the time of the last core inspection in September 2013. The school serves a mixed social community and the school receives pupils from the full ability range. The percentage of pupils who are eligible for free school meals is 16.3%, which is very close to the national average of 16.4%. Only a very few pupils are fluent in Welsh and speak Welsh at home. The percentage of pupils with additional learning needs is 25.9%, which is higher than the national average of 22.9%. The percentage of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs is 3.7% compared to 2.2% for Wales. Around 2.5% of pupils speak English as an additional language. The school incorporates a small specialist teaching facility for pupils with moderate to severe learning difficulties. This facility has a maximum intake of 10 pupils, generally two pupils per year group. The current headteacher was appointed in September 2002. The senior leadership team consists of the headteacher, two deputy headteachers, an assistant headteacher and a business manager. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Penyrheol Comprehensive School October 2018 Summary Penyrheol Comprehensive School is a fully inclusive school that supports its pupils well. Support and guidance for pupils with additional learning needs is strong and has contributed well to the standards they achieve. Most pupils behave well in lessons. They are proud of their school and are courteous towards their teachers, peers and visitors. Many pupils make suitable progress in lessons. They read well to extract information, write with sound technical accuracy and develop their numeracy skills suitably in a range of relevant subjects. The quality of teaching and learning experiences provided by the school has had a positive impact on outcomes for pupils at the end of key stage 4. Many teachers plan lessons effectively using their assessment of previous work. They use a variety of well-constructed resources that engage pupils well in lessons. Leaders have a clear vision for the school based on raising the ambitions of all pupils and preparing them for their future lives. They share a sense of purpose and commitment to the school’s values and ambition reflected in their motto “I lwyddo rhaid credu – To achieve you need to believe”. 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 Penyrheol Comprehensive School October 2018 Recommendations R1 Improve standards of pupils’ literacy and numeracy across the curriculum R2 Improve planning to address any weaknesses in teaching and assessment R3 Improve provision to develop pupils’ Welsh language skills in situations other than Welsh lessons What happens next The school will draw up 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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  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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