Pen-Y-Dre High School


Name Pen-Y-Dre High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 3
Address Gurnos Estate, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 9BY
Phone Number 01685 721726
Type Secondary (ages 11-16)
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 591 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Local Authority Merthyr Tydfil
Percentage Free School Meals 30.7%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Pen-Y-Dre is an English-medium 11-16 school maintained by Merthyr Tydfil local authority. There are 534 pupils on roll. This figure has fallen since the last inspection in 2008, when there were 878 pupils on roll. Around 36% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is above the national average of 17.4%. The school serves a catchment area consisting of the large Gurnos Estate, as well as a number of valley communities on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. Pupils come mainly from six partner primary schools. Seventy per cent of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Nearly all pupils speak English as their first language and come from a white British background. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs is around 59%, which is significantly higher than the national average of 25%. The percentage of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs is below the national average of 2.5%. The headteacher took up post in September 2012. The senior leadership team consists of a deputy headteacher and two assistant headteachers. Two additional senior leaders were seconded onto the senior team in January 2015 to address school improvement priorities. The individual school budget per pupil for Pen-Y-Dre High School in 2015-2016 means that the budget is £5,365 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Merthyr Tydfil is £5,365 and the minimum is £4,283. Pen-Y-Dre High School is first out of the four secondary schools in Merthyr Tydfil in terms of its school budget per pupil.