Ty-Gwyn Special School

Special school
Vincent Road
02920 838560
3 - 19
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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School Description

Tŷ Gwyn School is a local authority day special school located in the Ely area of Cardiff, catering for up to 150 children and young people aged 3 – 19 years who have profound and multiple learning difficulties. Many pupils are also on the autistic spectrum and present severe challenging behaviour. The school’s catchment area comprises the City & County of Cardiff and the surrounding local authorities in South East Wales. The pupils come from a wide range of backgrounds. Currently there are 120 pupils on roll. All pupils have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or are in the process of having their needs assessed. Thirty two per cent of pupils are eligible to receive free school meals. This is higher than the allWales average of 20%. About a half of the pupils come from homes where English is not the predominant language. There are no pupils from a Welsh speaking home. The school teaches all the National Curriculum subjects. The school’s curriculum is aimed at providing a meaningful, relevant and motivating curriculum to pupils, meeting their specific needs and furthering their all round development Pupils in key stage 4 and post 16 have access to accredited courses together with work experience and college link courses. The school has sensory and touch therapy rooms, soft play area, indoor and outdoor sensory gardens, as well as specialist rooms for art and ceramics, food technology and music. The head teacher took up post in September 2005. The present senior leadership team is comprised of the headteacher, the deputy head teacher, an assistant head teacher, a higher level teaching assistant and the office manager. The head teacher was in post at the time of the last inspection. Since the last inspection in May 2006 the school was relocated into a new purpose built building, in September 2010. The 2011-2012 individual school budget per pupil for Tŷ Gwyn School is £24238 which compares to a national average o £17628 for all special schools in Wales.

Ty-Gwyn Special School Catchment Area Map

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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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  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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