School Summary

Key Stage 4 Indicators
Year L2+

(cf. modelled outcomes)
Welsh Bacc. SCC L2 Eng L2 maths L2 science

(GCSE only)

(*capped 9)
5 A*-A L2 threshold L1 threshold
2017 67.4%

(+2.8 percentage points)
95.8% 83.2% 70.5%

(maths numeracy)
73.7% +5.7* 27.4% 76.8% 100%
2016 70.7

(+1.5 percentage points)
78% 81.7% 68.3% +1.5 24.4% 85.4% 100%
2015 69.1

(+2.3 percentage points)
72.7% 85.5% 69.1% +13.2 24.5% 92.7% 100%
Top 25% of similar schools across Wales
Higher 50% of similar schools in Wales
Lower 50% of similar schools in Wales
Bottom 25% of similar schools in Wales
School Data
Year 2017

(cf. modelled outcomes)

(cf. modelled outcomes)

(cf. modelled outcomes)
Attendance 95.4% (+0.6) 95% (+0.1) 95.1% (+0.4)
FSM 93% 92.2% 91.9%
Boys 95.5% 94.9% 95.2%
Girls 95.4% 95% 95.1%
Fixed term exclusions 19 20 38
Permanent exclusions 1 1 0

Estyn inspection – April 2016

Current performance – GOOD
Prospects for improvement – GOOD

R1 Improve standards in English and boys’ performance across all indicators
R2 Improve the consistency of curriculum area self-evaluation reports
R3 Develop systems to evaluate the work of the pastoral teams
R4 Improve the consistency of teachers’ feedback on pupils’ work


Standards Good Strengths:  L2+; Welsh Baccalaureate; GCSE English; GCSE maths; GCSE science; capped points score; 5 A*-A; level 1 threshold; A-level performance (The Times top 10) and ALPs scores; good overall value added performance in many subjects at key stage 4 (second highest best practice areas in Powys).

Areas to develop: Consolidate Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate (aim for 80% National Award); and L2+ (aim for 80%+).

Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Strengths:  Nearly all pupils feel safe; behaviour throughout the day; attitude/respect towards visitors; healthy/sports participation; confident, independent learners; perseverance; engagement in tasks and completion rate; respectful in disagreement; engagement in extra-curricular learning opportunities; attendance.

Areas to develop: A few pupils’ ambition; develop the work of the Strategic Advisory Board.

Teaching and learning experiences Good Strengths: Broad and balanced curriculum at key stages 3 and 4; high proportion of good/excellent, engaging and enjoyable teaching; teachers’ very good subject knowledge; a collaborative learning culture; Welsh ethos and bilingualism; extra-curricular programme; numeracy skills development.

Areas to develop: Extend breadth of options at key stage 5 through creative digital visual interfacing; further develop milestone assessment; improve consistency of feedback on pupils’ work; improve challenge through accelerated learning; Pioneer Schools programme at key stage 3; formalise Welsh entry protocol; digital competency.

Care, support and guidance Good Strengths: Strong pastoral system; very effective behaviour management system overseen by Gofal Centre; inclusive ethos; Autistic Spectrum Disorder centre support; Cymorth intervention for vulnerable learners; partnership working to secure effective and co-ordinated support to meet individual pupil needs.

Areas to develop: Refine tracking system; Additional Learning Needs accommodation; embed person-centred reviews; daily act of collective worship.

Leadership and management Good Strengths: Consistently high impact of leadership at all levels on outcomes in key performance indicators; clear vision for long term whole school improvement; distributed leadership model, extended senior leadership development opportunities; creativity and innovation encouraged; self-evaluation and improvement planning effective at securing strong pupil outcomes; impact of pupil development grant on outcomes and wellbeing of pupil accessing free school meals; effective Governing Body that provides well-considered challenge and support.

Areas to develop: Business management; secure local authority commitment to address shortcomings in infrastructure; pace of curriculum development connected to Pioneer Schools programme.


Current School Priority Areas

  • Further develop curriculum as a Pioneer School, focusing on developing pupil health, wellbeing and digital competency.
  • Work closely with Local Authority partners to secure 21st Century Schools funding for significant infrastructure development to address building conditions shortcomings and realise potential in this area.
  • Develop and extend breadth of curriculum within the Sixth Form through digital visual interfacing with excellent off site provision.
  • Review and, where necessary, improve feedback to ensure all pupils in all subjects know precisely how to improve.