Ysgol Brynhyfryd
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Mold Road
LL15 1EG
01824 703933
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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School Description

Ysgol Brynhyfryd is an 11-18 mixed, naturally bilingual school maintained by Denbighshire local authority. There are currently 1,061 pupils on roll with 189 in the sixth form. Two or three forms in each year-group study their courses through the medium of Welsh. There is also one group for Welsh learners who are not yet fully proficient in Welsh. The school serves a wide geographical area with 50% of its pupils coming from the town of Ruthin and the remainder from the surrounding rural area. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is 6.9%, well below the national average of 17.5%. Pupils represent the full ability range. One per cent of pupils have a statement of special educational needs and a further 17% have been identified as needing some support. These figures are below the averages for secondary schools in Wales. About 66% of the pupils come from homes where the predominant language spoken is English, and 32% come from Welsh-speaking homes. Thirty-five per cent of pupils speak Welsh as a first language or to an equivalent standard within the school. A very few pupils receive support teaching in English as an additional language. The school has an acting headteacher who has been in post since January 2015. He is supported by an executive headteacher, for two days a week. The senior leadership team also includes a deputy headteacher, three assistant headteachers and a business and site manager. The individual school budget per pupil for Ysgol Brynhyfryd in 2014-2015 means that the budget is £4,770 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Denbighshire is £5,074 and the minimum is £4,191. Ysgol Brynhyfryd is fourth out of the seven secondary schools in Denbighshire in terms of its school budget per pupil.

Ysgol Brynhyfryd Catchment Area Map

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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 (released annually in July).

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.

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