Ysgol Penmaes

Secondary
Special school
Canal Road
Brecon
Powys
LD3 7HL
01874 623508
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Pupils
105
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Ages
3 - 19
Gender
Gender
Mixed
Building
Type
Special
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.22
Estyn grade
(01/06/2015)
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Absence
91.0%
NATIONAL AVG. 93.8%
Attendance during the year

School Description

Ysgol Penmaes is a day special school that provides education for 110 pupils aged from 2 to 19 years. The school is situated in Brecon and maintained by Powys local authority. The school caters for pupils with a wide range of learning difficulties. These include severe learning difficulties (SLD), autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. No pupil has been disapplied from the National Curriculum. The school is organised into 11 classes, based on age. This includes two classes for pupils whose prime need is autism. The school is equipped with a sensory studio, an interactive soft play room, a hydrotherapy pool and specialist rooms for science, design technology and food technology. On campus, there is a respite unit (Golwg y Camlas) and residential unit (Golwg y Bannau) for pupils with ASD. These provisions are line managed directly by social services and did not form part of this inspection. Nearly all pupils are from Powys. Very few pupils come from ethnic minority backgrounds and very few pupils speak Welsh as their first language at home. Approximately 31% of pupils are in receipt of free school meals, 10% are looked after by the local authority. It is not appropriate to compare standards that pupils achieve at the school with national averages or to analyse the performance trends of groups over time because of the nature of the pupils’ learning needs. The school was last inspected in June 2009. The headteacher was appointed in 2012.

Ysgol Penmaes Catchment Area Map

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Pupil Level Annual School Census 2019

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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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  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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