Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle
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11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)

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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

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.

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School Description

Following a challenging period in the school’s history, the headteacher’s strong leadership, with the support of the governors and her management team, has ensured a number of important improvements. The school has a familial, Welsh ethos and pupils take pride in their Welshness and believe that there is ‘Nowhere like Nantlle’. There is now a strong ethos of teamwork among the staff and, over the last eighteen months, clear line management structures have been put in place. Since September, levels of accountability have increased and leaders and staff are now held accountable for the quality of provision that they offer to pupils. The care, support and guidance that the school provides for pupils are a strength. As a result, pupils have high levels of well-being. They feel safe at school and appreciate that they have someone to turn to if they need support. There are a host of opportunities for pupils to take part in extra-curricular activities that enrich their education. Sixth-form pupils make a valuable contribution to school life by supporting younger pupils in a variety of ways. The senior management team has a good understanding of the main strengths and areas for improvement and has prioritised wisely. There are purposeful plans to address these priorities and a number of the actions have already borne fruit. For example, there are clear processes to improve pupils’ behaviour. As a result, most pupils now behave well in their lessons and around the site. However, there is inconsistency in leaders’ understanding of the exact areas that need to be improved in pupils’ learning and the quality of teaching. The school plans purposefully to develop pupils’ literacy skills. There are valuable opportunities within language subjects and across the curriculum for pupils to develop their reading skills, write at length and discuss orally. Most teachers are caring and succeed in creating a productive environment for learning. In lessons and over time, many pupils make suitable progress. However, in around half of lessons, there are shortcomings in teaching, which means that pupils do not make as much progress as they could. There are not enough high-quality opportunities for pupils to develop their numeracy skills, digital skills and their ability to work independently.

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