Ysgol Pendalar
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Special school

Ffordd Bethel
LL55 1DU
01286 672141
3 - 19
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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School Description

Ysgol Pendalar is situated in the town of Caernarfon and is maintained by Gwynedd local authority. It is a naturally bilingual special day school, for pupils aged between three and 19 years. Pendalar has one key stage 2 class, which is situated in Ysgol Gynradd Bontnewydd, for pupils with less intense needs. Most pupils come from areas in north Gwynedd, and a very few come from nearby local authorities. At the time of the inspection, there were 87 pupils – 57 boys and 30 girls – on roll. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. They have a wide spectrum of additional learning needs, including serious learning difficulties, intense and multiple learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders. It is not appropriate to compare the standards that learners achieve with national averages or to analyse trends in the performance of groups over time because of the nature of pupils’ needs. A little over half of pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes. Only a very few pupils come from homes in which neither Welsh nor English is the first language and the remainder come from English-speaking homes. Very few pupils come from ethnic backgrounds. Thirty-seven per cent of pupils are entitled to free school meals and a very few pupils are in the care of the local authority. The school offers a number of specialist facilities, including a hydrotherapy pool, an outdoor learning environment and sensory areas. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is responsible for providing physiotherapy, speech therapy, vocational therapy, daily nursing and health care assistants within the school. The school aims to develop all pupils to their full potential, both educationally and socially, so that they can play a full part in their community and be a valuable part of it. The school moved to a new purpose-built building in September 2007. The school is situated conveniently on the same site as the leisure centre and is close to a primary school and a secondary school. The school was last inspected in October 2007. The headteacher and the acting deputy headteacher have been in their posts since April 2013.

Ysgol Pendalar Catchment Area Map

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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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  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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