Ysgol Botwnnog


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LL53 8PY
01758 730220
11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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Ysgol Botwnnog is a bilingual school for pupils aged 11 to 16, which is maintained by Gwynedd local authority. The school is situated in the village of Botwnnog and serves a wide, rural area on the Llŷn Peninsula. It is an area that is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and its main industries are agriculture and tourism. There are 446 pupils on roll, compared with 419 at the time of the previous inspection in January 2014. Eight point two per cent (8.2%) of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is significantly lower than the all-Wales average for secondary schools of 16.4%. Twelve point seven per cent (12.7%) or pupils are on the school’s special educational needs register, which is lower than the national percentage of 22.5%. One point three per cent (1.3%) of pupils have a statement of special educational needs, which is lower than the national figure of 2.2%. Three quarters of pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes. However, 98% of pupils are fluent in Welsh, and Welsh is the main medium of teaching. Very few pupils come from ethnic minority backgrounds and no pupils receive support to learn English as an additional language. The headteacher was appointed in April 2015. In addition to the headteacher, the senior management team includes one deputy headteacher, who began in post in September 2019. 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 Botwnnog October 2019 Summary Ysgol Botwnnog is a caring and close-knit community that plays a key part in its local community. Robust leadership has ensured a strong sense of pride and belonging among the school’s pupils and staff. It has also led to high standards of wellbeing and high quality teaching. Nearly all pupils behave excellently and many make valuable contributions to the school and the area through extra-curricular and charitable activities. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are a notable strength. They are polite and courteous, and respect the contributions of their peers and teachers during lessons. Pupils have mature and polished social skills. During their time at the school, many pupils make sound progress in terms of their knowledge, understanding and skills. Providing care and support of the highest quality and a rich range of learning experiences are at the heart of the school’s work. Pupils benefit from comprehensive support, robust teaching and a variety of valuable experiences that broaden their horizons and make an important contribution to their Welsh identity. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Excellent Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Excellent Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Ysgol Botwnnog October 2019 Recommendations R1 Raise the expectations of teachers in a few instances to raise the standards of the most able pupils. R2 Improve the standard of pupils’ skills, particularly their written expression and higher-order reading skills R3 Address the financial deficit What happens next The school will produce an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection. Estyn will invite Ysgol Botwnnog to prepare a case study on its work in relation to the school’s provision for wellbeing, care, support and guidance, to be disseminated on Estyn’s website.

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