Ysgol Brynrefail
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LL55 4AD
01286 672381
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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Ysgol Brynrefail is a naturally bilingual comprehensive school for 11-18-year-old pupils. It is situated in the village of Llanrug, on the road between Caernarfon and Llanberis, and is maintained by Gwynedd local authority. Many pupils come from the villages on Llanrug, Bethel, Llanberis and the surrounding rural area. There are 745 pupils on roll, including 115 in the sixth form. This is slightly lower than at the time of the last inspection in November 2012, when there were 778 pupils at the school. Nine point four per cent (9.4%) of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is lower than the national percentage for secondary schools of 16.4%. Twenty one point seven per cent (21.7%) of pupils are on the school’s special educational needs register, which is similar to the national percentage of 22.6%. One point four per cent (1.4%) of pupils have a statement of special educational needs, which is slightly lower than the national figure of 2.2%. Eighty six per cent (86%) of pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes, and 98% are fluent in the Welsh language. There are no children who speak English as an additional language. Very few pupils come from ethnic minority backgrounds. The senior leadership team includes the headteacher, two deputy headteachers and two assistant headteachers. The headteacher was appointed in April 2018. 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 Brynrefail February 2020 Summary Ysgol Brynrefail is a highly caring, inclusive and Welsh community. The headteacher provides inspiring leadership. Together with the senior management team, she has shared the vision of aiming for excellence, ‘gyda’n gilydd am y copa’ (“together to the summit”), successfully with staff, governors and pupils. The school has a strong ethos of teamwork, in which all members of staff take full responsibility for improving their teaching and caring practices. This ensures that pupils are given the best possible experiences of school life. Pupils at Ysgol Brynrefail are proud members of the school community who take pride in their Welshness. Most behave excellently and show very positive attitudes towards their work. Sixth-form pupils play a full part in school life and undertake prominent leadership roles. A positive feature is the constructive working relationship between staff and pupils. Teachers are very caring and prepare interesting lessons, which ensures that many pupils make secure progress in their skills and subject knowledge. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Excellent Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Excellent Leadership and management Excellent 2 A report on Ysgol Brynrefail February 2020 Recommendations R1 Improve pupils’ higher-order literacy, numeracy and information technology skills R2 Improve teaching in a few cases 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 on its work.

Ysgol Brynrefail 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.

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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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