Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr


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Pentrebane Road
02920 405499
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
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Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr is a Welsh-medium school that is maintained by Cardiff local authority, for boys and girls aged between 11 and 18 years. At present, there are 1,085 pupils on roll, of which 232 are in the sixth form. The school is situated in Fairwater in Cardiff. The school serves the western side of the city and has a very wide catchment area. About 22% of pupils live in the 20% of most disadvantaged areas in Wales, and about another third come from the city’s privileged residential areas. The remainder of pupils come from areas that are neither privileged nor economically disadvantaged. Five point eight per cent (5.8%) of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This figure is much lower than the national average of 17.5%. Fifteen per cent of pupils are on the school’s additional learning needs register, and about 1% have a statement of special educational needs. These figures are lower than the national averages. About 48% of pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes and the remainder come from homes where only English is spoken. There are no pupils who receive support to learn English as an additional language. All pupils study examination courses through the medium of Welsh. The headteacher was appointed to the post in September 2008 and the deputy headteacher was appointed in January 2009. The leadership team includes the headteacher, one deputy headteacher and six assistant headteachers. The individual school budget per pupil for Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr in 2014-2015 is £4,514. The maximum per pupil in secondary schools in Cardiff is £8,783 and the minimum is £4,127. Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr is in 11th position of the 19 secondary schools in Cardiff in terms of the school budget per pupil.

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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.

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  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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