Welcome to Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth
Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth was established in 2013 and the school is a Welsh community whose core values are based on mutual respect, honesty and concern for others. The focus is on achieving each pupil’s potential and every effort is made to attain the highest standards of academic achievement for each individual. These firm foundations enable the pupils to widen their horizons so that each one can become a responsible and active citizen.
Welsh is the language used in the daily life of the school and in the majority of lessons. Sustaining a Welsh ethos within the school, the local community and beyond is a central part of the school’s work.
Another cornerstone of the school’s work and mission is the pupils’ moral, spiritual and physical development. The school upholds the highest standards of behaviour and this is reflected in the pupils’ good behaviour over the years. The school has clear and high expectations and this is supported by pupils and their families. Supporting the work of charitable and humanitarian causes is a prominent part of the work and tradition of Maes y Gwendraeth.
On these solid foundations, the school prepares its young people to take their place in their communities, whether here in Carmarthenshire or in the wider world.
Each individual is important in Maes y Gwendraeth. Each pupil’s development as a rounded individual is the focus of the school’s work.
We seek to offer opportunities for each student to achieve his or her full potential in a structured, caring environment. Final decisions regarding course choices will be made through discussion between individual students and the Senior Management Team, Head of Sixth Form and the relevant Head of Department after the publication of the GCSE results.
To study at AS and A2 level, students are expected to have achieved 5 A* to C grades at GCSE (or corresponding qualifications e.g. BTEC). If a student has not achieved these grades, discussion and permission from the Head teacher and Head of Sixth Form is needed to return to school.
In order to continue to study a subject at A2 level, a pass at AS level grades A to E is needed. The students must study two subjects at A2 level to be able to continue in the Sixth Form. In BTEC subjects, a student will have to complete all assignments to at least a ‘pass’ in order to continue.
The academic element is quite clearly important whatever a student intends to do. It is also important that the student has the opportunity to develop other aspects such as punctuality and reliability, the ability to work with others, the ability to improve own learning and performance, and breadth of interest and commitment displayed. The School’s Sixth Form offers the opportunity to develop and display these aspects of personality. A thorough induction programme at the beginning of the Sixth Form will further support this in order to ensure students have selected appropriate courses in relation to their interest and ability, and other additional activities that contribute to the wider development of character and personality.
Here at the school you will have the opportunity to continue your education in a warm Welsh environment. There is a Common Room where you may relax and meet friends socially, a work area with specific resources for personal and independent study, and a computers room.
Being a member of the 16+ provision will give you many advantages as an individual. You will have many unique experiences which are only available within a school framework.
Here you will have the following:
- a team of enthusiastic and energetic teachers committed to motivate and encourage you along the way;
- genuine advice from teachers who know your needs as an individual;
- the feeling of belonging to a close, and caring unit where each individual is valued;
- a frequent and regular monitoring programme which will highlight any difficulties you may be having before they become problems;
- the opportunity to gain the new Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification,
- the opportunity to develop intellectually, academically and socially in a natural Welsh environment;
- the opportunity to help promote Welsh culture and heritage in a lively and forward thinking way;
- a personal tutor who will come to know you well as an individual;
- advice on Higher Education courses as well as help in preparing for interviews along with careers guidance;
- visits from outside speakers who will guide you in different fields;
- the opportunity to visit other institutions to experience conferences and lectures at colleges and universities;
- encouragement to obtain the highest possible standards in every aspects of your student life, academically, personally and socially in order to become a well rounded individual and a confident adult.
Welsh is the language of the Sixth Form at Maes y Gwendraeth. It is expected that every student returning to the Sixth Form speaks Welsh in the lessons and socially around the school.
The students have a duty to promote the Welsh ethos amongst younger pupils and encourage them to use the Welsh language in every aspect of school life; academically, socially and in extra-curricular activities. To achieve this, they must lead through example.
Canolfan yr Eithin
Canolfan yr Eithin is a Local Authority resourced provision for pupils with SLD/PMLD including pupils on the ASD spectrum. The enthusiastic members of staff in the Unit use a wide variety of teaching methods e.g. TEACCH, Elklan. Pupils are included in all aspects of school life and are integrated into lessons which suit the individual pupil. Life skills are an important part of the curriculum.
The library is a learning centre and its purpose is to encourage the pupils’ interest in wider reading, as well as developing their research skills. The school librarian’s role is to support children working in the library and to help the departments.
The school places great emphasis on providing a comprehensive system of guidance and advice for students. We pride ourselves on our pastoral care of all students. Group and individual needs will be catered for through:
1. Monitoring and reporting:
There is a system of regular monitoring and reporting to let students and their parents know of their progress in subjects. The Head of the Sixth Form ensures continuous monitoring of the following areas which takes place throughout the year:
- General attendance
- Attendance in individual lessons
- Effort/commitment towards work
The school can therefore ensure that all students are working to their potential.
Any problems are detected quickly and can therefore be dealt with effectively.
Support is offered to all students throughout the year.
In addition a more detailed report is issued at least once a year, and a parents’ evening is held each year.
2. Form Tutors and Baccalaureate Personal Tutor:
Each student is allocated a form tutor who has responsibility for monitoring academic work as well as personal and social welfare. Individual students will be expected to meet their tutor regularly on one-to-one basis. This personal contact remains the same throughout the sixth form. The Baccalaureate Personal Tutor assists the students to meet the individual investigation criteria and to track their progress towards attaining all of the qualification requirements.
3. Specialist Advisory Team:
There is an ‘open door’ policy in the Sixth Form and students can ask for help and guidance at any time.
4. Careers Advice:
All Sixth form students receive advice within the school. Students receive career interviews with representatives from the World of Work and are encouraged to form and discuss personal action plans.
5. Higher Education / UCAS / World of Work:
Students who intend to enter Higher Education are given comprehensive advice on how to apply for Higher Education courses through the UCAS system. The support programme includes:
- Talks from expert speakers about the UCAS process, the benefits of University and students’ other options
- Support with the ‘on line’ UCAS application process
- Individual advice and guidance to students on their options.
- Specialist support and guidance on writing a personal statement / CV
A Level Results
Many congratulations to Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth students on their A Level examination success, with over 30% of grades at A* to A (Wales 22.7%).
Mr Wyn Evans, headteacher, said,
These results reflect the hard work of students, parents and staff alike. I would like to congratulate everyone involved and extend my best wishes to the students as they embark on the next stage of their careers.
Some of the highest achievers include;
Dafydd Burton: AAA
Sion Davies: A*A*A*A
Sara Davies: A*AAA
Lluan Evans: AAB
Alys Greene: AAA
Adam Francis: AACC
Simon Jones: A*A*B
Sophie Jones: A*AB
Mari Llywelyn: A*A*A*A*
Sara Morgan: A*A*A*A
Megan Parry: A*AA
Sean Rumble: A*AAA
Joseff Williams: A*A*A
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth directly.