Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun
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Rhodfa Lawrence
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF44 9ES
01685 813500
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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School Description

Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun is a designated Welsh-medium secondary school for pupils between 11 and 18 years old. It is situated in Hirwaun, near Aberdare, and maintained by Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority. The school was opened in 1995 There are currently 961 pupils on roll, with 177 in the sixth form, in comparison with 967 pupils and 195 in the sixth form at the time of the last inspection. Most pupils are admitted from three primary schools that are situated in Rhondda Cynon Taf, and two primary schools that are situated in Merthyr Tydfil local authority. Approximately half of pupils come from Merthyr Tydfil local authority. The catchment area includes the Cynon Valley and Merthyr area, and an increasing number of pupils come from the Neath Valley area in Neath Port Talbot County Borough. Thirteen point five per cent (13.5%) of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is lower than the national percentage of 17.1%. Approximately 24% of the school’s pupils live in the 20% most disadvantaged areas in Wales. No pupils receive learning support for English as an additional language. The school admits pupils from the full range of ability. Twenty-one per cent (21%) of pupils are on the additional learning needs register, and fewer than 1% of pupils have a statement of special educational needs. These figures are lower than the national percentage of 2.5%. Twenty six per cent (26%) of pupils speak Welsh at home. The headteacher was appointed to the post in April 2016. The senior leadership team includes the headteacher, deputy headteacher and four assistant headteachers. The individual school budget per pupil for Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun in 2016-2017 is £4,209. The maximum per pupil in secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf is £5,455 and the minimum is £3,918. Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun is in twelfth place of the sixteen 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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