Ysgol Bryn Castell
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Special school

Llangewydd Road
Cefn Glas
CF32 9NZ
01656 815595
5 - 19
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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School Description

Ysgol Bryn Castell, Bridgend is a maintained special school for pupils aged 7-19 years who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and a wide range of other needs including autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Currently, there are 147 pupils on roll at the school. This number changes frequently throughout the year, due to admissions made by the local authority. At just over 51%, the percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals is higher than the national average. Around 11% of pupils are looked after by a local authority (LAC). Less than 10% of pupils are from cultural backgrounds other than white British. No pupils are from homes where Welsh is the spoken language. Just under half of pupils have statements of special educational needs. Most pupils have experienced significant periods of disruption to their formal learning prior to their arrival at the school. Many join the school at times of personal crisis, often towards the end of their compulsory education, and at different points during the academic year. Many pupils receive multi-agency support outside of school to ensure their safety. As a result, there is considerable variation in pupils’ individual starting points, motivation and learning ability. The school’s motto is ‘together we can achieve’ and the school aims to encourage all pupils to return to education, take responsibility for their learning, and to become resilient, resourceful and reflective young people. The school has been on the existing site on Bryncethin Campus since 2015. It is colocated with The Bridge Alternative Provision and its Behaviour and Wellbeing Service. The headteacher has been in post for five years. 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 Bryn Castell January 2019 Summary Many pupils respond well to the school’s positive ethos of care and support, and make strong progress in learning in relation to their needs and abilities. By the time they leave the school, many pupils have made significant progress in developing the skills they need to engage successfully with learning. Many pupils have good standards of wellbeing. During their time at the school, the pupils build very positive and respectful relationships with staff and their peers. They appreciate the caring, inclusive and welcoming ethos of the school, where they are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and be helpful to others. Teachers build positive relationships with their pupils and provide them with motivating experiences to stimulate their engagement. Despite the complex emotional and behavioural needs of the pupils, the learning environment is consistently calm and well organised. Staff enable pupils, through a safe and supportive environment, to develop the skills they need to be successful and happy. The focus on establishing positive behaviours, working relationships and wellbeing is a consistently strong feature of the work of the school. The school benefits from the vision and ambition of the headteacher to improve pupils’ outcomes through a motivating range of high quality experiences to support their learning and wellbeing. A recently strengthened senior management team is beginning to influence change in provision, especially for the growing cohort of pupils with autistic spectrum disorders. 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 Bryn Castell January 2019 Recommendations R1 Improve pupils’ attendance R2 Ensure that all teachers have a clear understanding of pupils’ progress and their next steps for learning What happens next The school will draw up an action plan, to show how it is going to address the recommendations.

Ysgol Bryn Castell 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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  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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