Working Together, Achieving More
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Headteacher: Mr P. Grimes

Tudor Street, Ystradgynlais, Swansea, SA9 1AP

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Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is underpinned by the four core purposes, as identified in the Curriculum for Wales.  We strive to ensure that our curriculum produces:

     · ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn        throughout their lives

· enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play   a full part in life and work

· ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the   world

· healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead   fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

We are currently working towards all learners in Years 7-9 studying a broad range of subjects built around six Areas of Learning and Experience:

- Mathematics and Numeracy

- Languages, Literacy and Communication

- Science and Technology

- Humanities

- Health and Wellbeing

- Expressive Arts

We are proud of our language and heritage.  At Ysgol Maesydderwen, Welsh is taught as a second language and our aim is for all children to become as bilingual as possible.

“Most lessons are fun and really interesting.  The teachers are nice.  They are always there if I have a problem.”  Year 8 Pupil

Key Stage 3

In years 10 and 11, all pupils study the core curriculum subjects of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Numeracy, Science, Welsh Language, Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge, Physical Education, Personal & Social Education and Religious Education.  In addition, learners choose an additional 3 subjects from a range of option choices, which best suit their future learning pathways.  

All pupils study Welsh in Years 10 and 11 and sit a full course GCSE in Welsh 2nd Language at the end of Year 11.

Sex and Relationships Education is provided through Science and Personal and Social Education.  At all times, lessons dealing with sensitive issues are introduced with a strong sense of values and all resources are viewed by senior staff to ensure that they are appropriate.

Religious Education lessons are part of the core curriculum for all pupils in Key Stage 4.  The courses studied involve the ideas, beliefs and lifestyles of people committed to a faith.  They draw upon Christianity and other world religions for exemplar material.

Parents may ask for their son or daughter to be excused from Religious Education lessons and Sex and Relationships Education by contacting the Headteacher.

“I enjoy learning about new things and getting all of the help I need to get ready for my exams.  My teachers are enthusiastic about their subjects and they make sure we are on track.”  Year 11 Pupil

Key Stage 4

Ysgol Maesydderwen’s Sixth Form is a dynamic and vibrant part of the school community offering a wealth of new opportunities for learners.  As a school which lives by its inclusive ethos, our Sixth Form welcomes all those who demonstrate a commitment to their own development and success.  We support, develop and inspire young minds in an environment where they have access to excellent resources and high quality teaching.

Working in partnership with other schools across south Powys and using the innovative E-sgol video remote learning system, we offer a wide range of A Level and vocational courses.  Whether the ambition is for a place at Oxbridge, a Russell Group university, an apprenticeship or a higher vocational pathway; Ysgol Maesydderwen can provide the right preparation and guidance.  We are proud of the successes of our students when they leave Ysgol Maesydderwen and of the high standards they achieve.

The Sixth Form programme includes dedicated careers advice, support via the SEREN Network for more able students, workshops with lecturers, visits to universities, a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities and additional support in the lead up to examinations.  In addition, students receive practical and personalised support with their applications to university, securing valuable apprenticeships or employment in what is a highly competitive market.

There are also many opportunities for Sixth Form students to develop their leadership skills by taking on roles such as Head Boy / Girl, Senior Prefects and Student Mentors.  The Sixth Form has a designated common room with areas to study quietly and access to IT facilities.  Our Sixth Form students are excellent aspirational role models for younger pupils and great ambassadors for our school.

The Sixth Form

Additional Learning Needs (ALN) provision at Ysgol Maesydderwen is successful and effective.  Our aim is to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for all pupils, whilst acknowledging that some children may require extra support.  Our ALN coordinator ensures that provision is varied according to the needs of each child.  Individual development plans are agreed with parents and carers and reviewed each year.

More Able and Talented (MAT) learners are also encouraged to aim high through a range of extra-curricular activities.   The school also participates fully in the Welsh Government SEREN programme.  

Additional Learning Needs

Ysgol Maesydderwen is home to a county Specialist Teacher Facility (STF) which specialises in meeting the needs of learners with ASD and Moderate Learning Difficulties. The STF allows learners to access the support they need while still benefiting from a mainstream environment. The facility is staffed by a specialist teacher and supported by highly trained learning support assistants.


Specialist Teaching Facility

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