Ysgol Aberconwy
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11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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Ysgol Aberconwy is an English-medium 11-18 mixed comprehensive school situated in the town of Conwy. There are 768 pupils on roll, including 122 in the sixth form. This compares with a total of 975 pupils, including 181 in the sixth form, when the school was last inspected in 2012. Seventeen-point-two per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This figure is broadly in line with the Welsh average of around 17% for secondary schools. Less than 2% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas of Wales. Around 18% of pupils have additional learning needs, and just over 1% have a statement of special educational needs. Both of these figures are below the Welsh averages of, respectively, 21.5% and 2%. The school houses the Conwy local authority dyslexia support unit. Most pupils are from a white, British background. Very few speak English as an additional language. Around 10% of pupils are from Welsh speaking homes. The current headteacher took up his post in September 2014. Since then the headteacher has restructured the senior leadership team. He has redefined the roles and responsibilities of members of the team and also appointed an additional member of staff to this team. The senior leadership team now consists of seven assistant headteachers. 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 Aberconwy March 2018 Summary Ysgol Aberconwy’s inclusive, supportive and nurturing ethos has a significant beneficial impact on pupils’ wellbeing and personal development. Most pupils are courteous and respectful towards their peers, staff and visitors. They behave well in lessons and around the school and have positive attitudes to learning. In many lessons, most pupils make suitable progress in developing their knowledge, understanding and skills. However, over the past four years, performance at key stage 4 and pupils’ progress from previous key stages has been inconsistent. Teaching has many strengths although, in a minority of lessons, learning activities do not always challenge pupils well enough to achieve their full potential. The headteacher and senior leaders communicate a clear vision successfully to staff and parents and have brought about improvements in key areas of the school’s work. However, leadership at all levels has not had enough impact on improving the quality and consistency of teaching and in raising standards. 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 Adequate and needs improvement 2 A report on Ysgol Aberconwy March 2018 Recommendations R1 Improve standards, particularly at key stage 4 R2 Improve the quality of teaching and the effectiveness of assessment R3 Improve the effectiveness of leadership at all levels What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to show how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will review the school’s progress.

Ysgol Aberconwy 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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  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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