Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg


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Y Brif Ffordd
Pentre'r Eglwys
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF38 1DX
01443 219580

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11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
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Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg is a designated Welsh-medium secondary school which provides education for pupils aged 11-18. In September 2007, the school moved to a new building in Church Village, on the Garth Olwg campus near Pontypridd, and it is maintained by Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority. The majority of pupils live in Pontypridd and the surrounding villages. Eighteen point eight per cent of pupils live in the 20% most disadvantaged areas in Wales. There are 829 pupils on roll, including 150 in the sixth form. Approximately 11% of pupils are entitled to free school meals, which is lower than the national percentage of 17.4%. Nineteen per cent of pupils are on the school’s additional learning needs register. One pupil has a statement of special educational needs, in comparison with 2.7% nationally. Five point five per cent of pupils are from Welsh-speaking homes. Nearly all pupils speak Welsh to a first language standard. Very few pupils are from ethnic minority or mixed backgrounds. There are no pupils who speak English as an additional language. The headteacher was appointed in September 2012. The remainder of the senior management team were in post prior to that. The individual school budget per pupil for Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg in 2012-2013 is £4,498. The maximum per pupil in secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf is £4,830 and the minimum is £3,780. Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg is in fourth place out of the 19 secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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