Ysgol Brynaerau
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3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors

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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census 2021

This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the Pupil Level Annual School Census collected by the Welsh Government. The data tells us where pupils lived at the time of the last Pupil Census.

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.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  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.

How Does The School Perform?

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School level results for primary schools were not published by the Welsh Government in 2021. We give a summary star rating based on the last available data as a helpful indicator to parents. This is to be used as a guide only. You can view national level results including the percentage of pupils across Wales achieving the expected levels for the Foundation Phase (age 7) and at Key Stage 2 (age 11) here.


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School Description

Ysgol Gymuned Brynaerau is situated in a rural area, around half a mile from the village of Pontllyfni, on the main road between Caernarfon and Pwllheli. Welsh is the main medium of the school’s life and work. There are 64 pupils between 3 and 11 years old on roll, including 8 part-time nursery age pupils. They are divided into 3 mixed-age classes. Over the last three years, around 9% of pupils have been eligible for free school meals. This is significantly lower than the national percentage (18%). Around 70% of pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes. Very few pupils are from ethnic minority backgrounds. The school has identified 22% of its pupils as having additional learning needs, which is similar to the national percentage of 21%. The headteacher was appointed to the post in January 2016. She is responsible for another nearby school and divides her time between the two schools. The school was last inspected in July 2013. 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 Brynaerau March 2019 Summary During their time at the school, nearly all pupils make very sound progress and apply their literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT) skills highly successfully in a range of different creative and integrated activities. Nearly all pupils’ standards of wellbeing, behaviour and attitudes to learning are excellent. They show high levels of motivation, interest and pride in their work. An emphasis is placed on respect and courtesy between pupils, and between pupils and adults, in a caring, supporting and Welsh environment. This is an excellent feature of the school’s work, which contributes extensively towards its effective learning environment. Teachers provide a stimulating, creative and practical curriculum, which engages nearly all pupils’ interest and ignites their imagination. Exciting learning experiences and adventures motivate and support pupils very successfully. Pupils are given a prominent voice in guiding their learning. As a result, they enjoy attending every day, persevere with their tasks and develop as ambitious, confident and independent learners. The headteacher and assistant headteacher provide highly effective leadership and a clear strategic direction for the school’s work. A culture of improvement permeates the school, and continuous review and planning for improvement are at the heart of the school’s ethos. A particular feature is the strong emphasis on staff development. This leads to a strong learning community in which staff face changes and current developments in education enthusiastically and confidently, and learn from each other very effectively. Inspection area Judgement Standards Excellent Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Excellent Teaching and learning experiences Excellent Care, support and guidance Excellent Leadership and management Excellent 2 A report on Ysgol Brynaerau March 2019 Recommendations R1 Create more opportunities for teachers to investigate and evaluate the effect of the new curriculum on pupils’ outcomes What happens next The school will produce an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection. Estyn will invite the school to prepare a case study, to be disseminated on Estyn’s website, about its work in relation to the effect of a stimulating creative and practical curriculum on pupils’ standards and independence.

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