Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda
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Heol Graigwen
CF39 9HA
01443 680800
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
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Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda is a designated Welsh-medium comprehensive school that is maintained by Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority for pupils aged between 11 and 18 years. There are 761 pupils, including 166 students in the sixth form. The school serves pupils from five designated Welsh-medium primary schools in the Rhondda Valley and there are occasionally applications from pupils from outside the Valley. Pupils come from areas that are primarily socially deprived and economically disadvantaged. Forty per cent of pupils live in 20 wards in the Rhondda Valley which are among the 50 most underprivileged wards in Wales. Seventeen point four per cent (17.4%) of pupils claim free school meals. This figure is close to the national percentage of 17.7%. Nearly all pupils belong to the white ethnic group. No pupils receive support to learn English as an additional language. The school admits pupils from the full ability range. Fewer than 1% of pupils have a statement of special educational needs. This is lower than the national percentage. In addition, 24% of pupils are on the additional learning needs register, which is higher than the national percentage. Ninety-nine per cent of pupils come from English-speaking homes. Welsh is the main language of teaching and learning and nearly all pupils study Welsh as a first language. The headteacher was appointed in September 2010 following a period of changing leadership, namely three headteachers in two years. The school budget per pupil for Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda in 2013-2014 is £4,317. The maximum per pupil in secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf is £5,092 and the minimum is £3,898. Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda is in tenth position of the 19 secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf in terms of the school budget per pupil.

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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

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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