Maesgwyn Special School

Name Maesgwyn Special School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 2
Address Cwmdare Road, Cwmdare, Aberdare, CF44 8RE
Phone Number 01685 873933
Type Special (with post-16 provision)
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 127 (78% boys 22% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher Unknown
Local Authority Rhondda Cynon Taf
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Maesgwyn Special School is situated on the outskirts of Aberdare and is maintained by Rhondda Cynon Taf Borough Council. It is a special school for pupils with a range of complex educational needs. These needs include moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders. The school currently has 118 pupils on roll aged from 11 to 19 years. There are 94 boys and 24 girls. All the pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The school is divided into 11 classes. There are four key stage 3 classes, four key stage 4 classes and three post-16 classes. Two of these classes provide additional specialised support. English is the predominant language of all pupils. There are a very few pupils from Welsh speaking homes. There are no pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and no pupils receive support for English as an additional language. Thirteen per cent of pupils have £looked-after child£ (LAC) status. Approximately 63% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This is considerably higher than local and national averages. Recent improvements to the facilities include a skill centre for teaching construction skills, an allotment for horticulture and an animal care centre. The school was last inspected in December 2008. The headteacher has been in post since 2005 and the senior assistant headteacher has been in post since 2011.