Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr
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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
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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.

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

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr is a close-knit community in which the school motto, ‘Parch, Parodrwydd, Perthyn’ (‘Be respectful, Be prepared, Belong’), is central to everything. The pastoral care and support the school provides for pupils is a notable strength. As a result, most pupils feel safe, are polite and are well behaved. Many develop to be mature citizens. The sixth form plays a key role in school life. Sixth form students lead clubs for younger pupils and a number of forums that support pupils to develop their understanding of tolerance, equality and fairness. A notable example of this is the ‘Newid Ffem’ group, where sixth form pupils support the school’s younger girls in a variety of ways. Overall, sixth form pupils make strong progress in their academic studies. The new headteacher has a clear vision for the school and, in a very short time, has identified the main strengths and areas for improvement. Leaders across the school provide high levels of support for staff and effective leadership in terms of provision for well-being and additional learning needs (ALN). Governors provide strong support and undertake their role as a critical friend appropriately. However, leadership of teaching and learning is not effective enough. Leaders do not evaluate the quality of teaching or provision for skills incisively enough, as they do not give enough consideration to the effect of provision on learning. As a result, they do not identify in sufficient detail the specific aspects that need to be improved in these areas. Leaders also do not hold those they lead sufficiently accountable for their work. The school provides a balanced curriculum that is enriched by the valuable partnership with other Welsh-medium secondary schools in Cardiff. The school’s work for the Curriculum for Wales is developing appropriately. It has worked suitably with parents, staff, pupils and primary schools in the cluster to create a clear vision that is based on ensuring pupil well-being, developing their values and providing learning experiences that build on previous learning. Most teachers foster positive working relationships with their classes and, in a majority of lessons, pupils make secure progress in their subject knowledge. Many pupils have positive attitudes to learning. However, in a minority of lessons, the quality of teaching is not good enough and the quality of assessment and feedback for pupils is inconsistent. Overall, pupils develop their skills appropriately. However, provision for skills is not co-ordinated well enough, particularly provision to develop pupils’ digital and numeracy skills across the curriculum. There is a strong culture of safeguarding within the school, but a few health and safety issues were brought to the attention of the school during the inspection.

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