Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr


Name Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 1
Address Talbot Street, Tregwyr, SA4 3DB
Phone Number 01792 872403
Type Secondary (ages 11-19)
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 924 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.2
Local Authority Swansea
Percentage Free School Meals 5.2%

Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr is a designated Welsh-medium secondary school for pupils aged between 11 and 19 years. It is situated in Gowerton and serves the west of Swansea. There are 818 pupils on roll, including 159 pupils in the sixth form. These figures represent a substantial increase in pupil numbers since the last inspection in January 2011. Seven point three per cent (7.3%) of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is much lower than the national figure and continues with the pattern of decline over recent years. Fifteen per cent of pupils are on the school’s additional educational needs register, which is also lower than the national average of 20.1%. Two per cent of pupils have a statement of special educational needs, which is also lower than the national average. The school has a specialist unit for pupils who have general educational needs. A third of pupils come from Welsh speaking homes. A very few pupils are from ethnic minority backgrounds. There is a very small number of pupils who are in the care of the local authority. Since 2006, the school has been working in partnership with Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe to expand Welsh-medium 14-19 learning pathways. The school also works in partnership with local colleges in order to provide vocational options through the medium of Welsh. The headteacher has been in post since September 2002. The senior management team includes the headteacher and three assistant headteachers. The school budget per pupil for Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr in 2014-2015 is £4,388. The maximum per pupil in secondary schools in Swansea is £6,408 and the minimum is £4,024. Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr is in 10th position of the 14 secondary schools in Swansea in terms of the school budget per pupil. Context The school’s current performance Excellent The school’s prospects for improvement Excellent Current performance The school’s performance is excellent because: pupils£ outcomes in the main indicators at the end of key stage 4 have often placed the school among the top 25% of similar schools over recent years; the achievements of groups of pupils show significant progress by the end of key stage 4; nearly all pupils participate fully and work productively in lessons, and make consistent progress against lesson aims; pupils£ standards of behaviour are high; attendance rates place the school among the top 25% of similar schools over the last five years; the provision for developing literacy and numeracy skills is a significant strength; and the school promotes pupils£ wellbeing very successfully. Prospects for improvement Prospects for improvement are excellent because: the effective leadership of the headteacher and the senior management team has maintained the high outcomes over recent years; the school’s governing body acts effectively in terms of setting the school’s strategic direction; thorough systems ensure strong accountability among the school’s middle managers and consistency in the quality of leadership; quality improvement processes are composite and lead to setting priorities for improvement that focus on standards, teaching and developing leadership; the school works effectively with a number of partners to widen pupils£ learning experiences and ensure cost effectiveness; and the way in which the school develops expertise through learning communities is a significant strength. Recommendations R1 Disseminate best practice in aspects of teaching and assessment R2 Ensure that information that arises from classroom observations and scrutinising books leads to setting improvement targets in departmental development plans What happens next? The school will produce an action plan that will show how it will address the recommendations. Estyn will invite the school to prepare a written case study, describing the excellent practice that was seen during the inspection.