Ysgol Y Moelwyn
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Heol Wynne
Blaenau Ffestiniog
LL41 3DW
01766 830435
11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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Ysgol y Moelwyn is a naturally bilingual secondary school for pupils between 11 and 16 years old. It is situated in Blaenau Ffestiniog in Gwynedd. There has been a small decline in pupil numbers over the last three years, and there are now 313 pupils on roll. Approximately 13% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is lower than the national figure of 17%. Thirty per cent (30%) of pupils are on the school’s additional learning needs register, which is higher than the national average. Three per cent (3%) of pupils have a statement of special educational needs, which is slightly higher than the national figure. Eighty one per cent (81%) of pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes. Very few pupils are from ethnic minority backgrounds. The headteacher has been in post since September 1997. In addition to his role as headteacher of the school, he is also currently acting as the strategic head for Ysgol y Berwyn in Bala. The school’s senior management team includes the headteacher and the deputy headteacher. The school is currently a pioneer school and is working with the Welsh Government and other schools to proceed with developments relating to the curriculum. The school was last inspected in February 2014. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/Schools/SchoolSearch?lang=en 1 A report on Ysgol y Moelwyn October 2017 Summary Ysgol y Moelwyn is a caring school that plays a key part in its local community. Robust leadership has ensured a strong sense of pride and belonging among the school’s pupils and staff. It has also led to high standards of wellbeing and good quality teaching. Most pupils behave excellently and many make valuable contributions to the school and the area through extra-curricular and charitable activities. Overall, many pupils make sound progress in many subjects. However, pupils do not make enough progress in the core subjects. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Ysgol y Moelwyn October 2017 Recommendations R1 Improve standards, particularly in key stage 4 and English R2 Ensure that the leadership team’s duties enable them to address improving standards in full R3 Ensure that leaders evaluate provision, particularly interventions, as a result of their effect on pupils’ progress and achievement R4 Improve the quality of assessment, and ensure that teachers provide specific feedback and that pupils respond meaningfully to that feedback What happens next The school will produce an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection.

Ysgol Y Moelwyn 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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