Ysgol Rhiwabon
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11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)

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Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census
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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.

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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School Description

Ysgol Rhiwabon is a caring and inclusive school, which strives to support its pupils to ‘succeed with soul’ and to develop both academically and personally. Staff are ambitious for all pupils to achieve their full potential and leave school prepared for the next steps in their lives. The school uses a range of valuable strategies to promote good attendance and has reintroduced a fortnightly lesson to ensure that all pupils have regular opportunities to learn about how to keep themselves safe and healthy. As a result, many pupils feel safe in school and participate well in learning. Most pupils behave well in lessons and around the school site. Younger pupils benefit from effective transition arrangements to help them settle well into school life. In addition, pupils with additional learning needs receive helpful support to enable them to develop their academic and life skills. Since the school was removed from special measures in November 2017, leaders at the school have continued to work diligently to develop its provision for well-being and teaching. Alongside this, they responded sensitively to support the school community through the challenges of the pandemic. The headteacher has managed change carefully while increasing expectations for staff and pupils. There is a strong sense of collaboration amongst staff and pupils. Leaders at all levels understand the importance of participating in a range of worthwhile quality assurance activities. They use first-hand evidence well to self-evaluate their work and plan for improvement. They identify strengths and areas for improvement accurately. However, a few middle leaders do not always evaluate the quality of teaching based on its impact on pupils’ learning. Staff value and benefit from a wide range of professional learning opportunities, which are beginning to have a positive impact on teaching. The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum, including a wide range of worthwhile academic and vocational subjects to meet the needs of nearly all pupils. In lessons, a majority of pupils make good progress in their knowledge and understanding. These pupils make suitable contributions to class discussions and use subject specific terminology appropriately. Many pupils locate facts and information from texts accurately and can write suitably for a range of purposes and audiences. In a few subjects, pupils infer meaning effectively from texts and write sophisticated accounts to explain the purpose of a range of sources. A small minority of pupils do not make as much progress as they could. This is linked to shortcomings in teaching including lack of opportunities for pupils to progressively develop their numeracy and ICT skills across the curriculum. In addition, opportunities for pupils to use and develop their Welsh language skills in lessons and around the school are underdeveloped.

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