Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy
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Nebo Road
LL26 0SD
01492 642800
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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Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy is a bilingual community comprehensive school for 11 to 18year-old pupils. It is maintained by Conwy local authority. There are 658 pupils on roll, including 137 in the sixth form, which is lower than the figures at the time of the last inspection. The school serves the rural area of the Conwy Valley, which includes the town of Llanrwst. Most pupils come from relatively prosperous areas. Six point five per cent (6.5%) of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This figure is lower than the national average of 16.4%. Nearly all pupils are from white ethnic backgrounds. No pupils receive support to learn English as an additional language. The school admits pupils from the full range of ability. Twenty two point seven per cent (22.7%) of pupils are on the school’s additional learning needs register, which is similar to the national average. One point one per cent (1.1%) of pupils have a statement of special educational needs, which is lower than the national average. The school has a unit for pupils with moderate learning needs. Fifty nine per cent (59%) of pupils come from homes in which either one or both parents speak Welsh, and 88% of pupils study Welsh as a first language. The school is currently a pioneer school and is working with the Welsh Government and other schools to proceed with developments relating to the curriculum in the language, literacy and communication area of learning and experience. 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 Dyffryn Conwy January 2019 Summary The headteacher’s vision and strong support from the rest of the senior leadership team have led to a comprehensive, caring and Welsh ethos. Pupil wellbeing is a strong element at the school. However, overall, leaders do not have high enough expectations of what pupils are able to achieve. The school offers pupils a host of valuable cultural and physical activities. As a result, many pupils enjoy coming to school and show positive attitudes towards learning. There is a supportive and productive relationship between teachers and pupils. However, in a minority of cases, teaching does not provide enough challenge to pupils, particularly those who are most able. As a result, pupils do not always achieve to the best of their ability. The school is a pioneer school and is working with the Welsh Government and other schools to proceed with developments relating to the curriculum in the languages, literacy and communication area of learning and experience. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Adequate and needs improvement 2 A report on Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy January 2019 Recommendations R1 Improve standards, including literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT) skills R2 Raise teachers’ expectations of pupils’ use of the Welsh language R3 Improve the quality of teaching and ensure that teachers offer pupils sufficient challenge R4 Improve the quality, incisiveness and ambition of self-evaluation and planning for improvement processes R5 Ensure that responsibilities are distributed equally within the senior leadership team What happens next The school will produce an action plan to show how it will address the recommendations. Estyn will review the school’s progress.

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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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