Ysgol O M Edwards


Name Ysgol O M Edwards
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 2
Address Llanuwchllyn, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7UB
Phone Number 01678 540242
Type Nursery, Infants & Juniors
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 109 (59% boys 41% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.8
Local Authority Gwynedd
Percentage Free School Meals 9.5%

Ysgol Gynradd O.M. Edwards is a Welsh-medium community school that serves the village of Llanuwchllyn and the surrounding area. There are 109 pupils on roll. Children are admitted to the school during the September before their fourth birthday and finish when they are eleven years old. There are four classes, two for foundation phase children and two for key stage 2 pupils. Welsh is the main medium of the school’s education and work. The Welsh language is used as a teaching medium in the foundation phase, and English is introduced gradually to children from Year 1 onwards, when it is appropriate for the individual. All children are taught through the medium of Welsh and English from seven years old onwards, with the aim of pupils being fully bilingual by the time they transfer to secondary school. Ninety per cent (90%) of pupils comes from Welsh-speaking homes. Very few pupils are from ethnic minority backgrounds. Seven point six per cent (7.6%) of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is significantly lower than the national average. Eleven per cent (11%) of pupils have been identified by the school as having additional learning needs, which is significantly lower than the national average. No pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The school is a pioneer school in developing literacy and communication, and is working with the Welsh Government to develop a new curriculum for 2020. The school is also working with the Welsh Government on continuous professional development and is looking closely at the new standards, leading to training meetings in this area. It is also a lead creative school that is working with creative practitioners, and a pioneer school in information and communication technology (ICT). The school has four full-time teachers and the current headteacher has led the school since 2009. The school was last inspected in May 2012.