Ysgol Gyfun Penweddig
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Ffordd Llanbadarn
SY23 3QN
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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School Description

Ysgol Gyfun Penweddig is a bilingual, community comprehensive school for pupils and students between 11 and 18 years old, which is maintained by Ceredigion local authority. The school is situated in a fairly new building (opened in January 2001) on a site in Llangawsai near Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth. There are 591 pupils between 11 and 18 years old on roll, of which 122 are 16-18 year old students. Pupils come from a variety of economic, social and linguistic backgrounds. The school’s catchment area includes the town of Aberystwyth and the rural area beyond the town. Five point four per cent (5.4%) of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is significantly lower than the national percentage of 17.1%. None of the school’s pupils live in the 20% most disadvantaged areas in Wales. All pupils are able to speak Welsh fluently. Most have received their primary education through the medium of Welsh, while the remainder have received bilingual education. No pupils receive support to learn English as an additional language. Nearly all pupils and students belong to the white ethnic group. Sixty-nine per cent (69%) of pupils speak Welsh at home. One pupil is looked after by the local authority. The school admits pupils from the full range of ability. One per cent (1%) of pupils have a statement of special educational needs, which is below the national average of 2.5%. Twenty two per cent (22%) of pupils are on the school’s additional learning needs register. The membership of the senior management team has remained fairly stable since the last inspection. The current headteacher began in post in January 2010. One deputy headteacher was appointed to the post in 2009, and the other deputy headteacher was appointed two years ago. The individual school budget per pupil for Ysgol Gyfun Penweddig in 2016-2017 is £4,819. The maximum per pupil in secondary schools in Ceredigion is £5,455 and the minimum is £4,425. Ysgol Gyfun Penweddig is in third place of the five secondary schools in Ceredigion in terms of the school budget per pupil.

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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 (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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