Penglais School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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SY23 3AW
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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School Description

Penglais School is an English-medium 11 to 18 comprehensive school in Aberystwyth. There are 1,280 pupils on roll, including 324 in the sixth form. At the time of the previous inspection in February 2008, there were 1,365 pupils on roll, with 316 in the sixth form. The school occupies a large site located near to the university campus in Aberystwyth. The school serves the town of Aberystwyth as well as the surrounding rural communities. Around 14% of pupils speak Welsh as the predominant language at home, and 21% speak Welsh fluently. Most pupils who followed a programme of study in Welsh first language in primary school continue to study Welsh as a first language. Around 28% of pupils are taught Welsh as a first language. In key stage 3, all pupils are taught physical education, music and some modules in design and technology bilingually. In key stage 4, around a quarter of pupils study Welsh language as a first language. Most pupils are from a white British background. Thirty-two pupils speak English as an additional language. Twelve per cent of pupils are entitled to free school meals, and this is lower than the national average of 17.7%. Around 3% of pupils have statements of special educational needs compared with 2.5% for Wales as a whole. Around 31% of pupils have a special educational need, which is higher than the national average of 19.2%. The school has a specialist resource base serving the local authority for 20 pupils with moderate learning difficulties. The school introduced the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification in the sixth form in 2005 and in key stage 4 in 2007. The headteacher has been in post since September 2013. The senior leadership team consists of one deputy headteacher, two assistant headteachers and five senior teachers. The individual school budget per pupil for Penglais School in 2013-2014 means that the budget is £4,540 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Ceredigion is £6,533 and the minimum is £4,050. Penglais School is sixth out of the seven secondary schools in Ceredigion in terms of its school budget per pupil.

Penglais School Catchment Area Map

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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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