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Sixth Form at CCYD

Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen is an 11 to 18 mixed English medium comprehensive school that is maintained by Bridgend local authority. The school was formed as the result of a merger of Ogmore School and Ynysawdre school in 2011. The school initially operated on a split site before moving to its new premises located near the Ynysawdre site in September 2013. It serves the Sarn, Bryncethin, Garw and Ogmore valleys. Twenty six percent of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is above the national average. Around 34% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales.

Our Key Stage 5 curriculum is largely based on delivering Level 3 courses, usually through traditional A levels. As a Welsh school most of our qualifications are through the WJEC. All of our students are expected to take Welsh Baccalaureate it is a compulsory element.

Expectations of all Sixth Form learners is high. We expect a level of maturity from all our learners and hope that they are dedicated to getting their best out of the time that they are learning with us.

We work successfully with neighbouring schools and Bridgend College to provide extra A level subjects outside of those that the school already provides. The collaboration is one that has been successful over many years and all partners work closely together to achieve the best for our learners. Transport is provided from and to the school for collaboration subjects. A bus collects the learners who do ‘Twilight’ sessions at the college and there are various stops up the valleys on their return home. All transport is arranged during the induction process.

As a school we pride ourselves on the ‘Head Team’ that we have every year. The Head Team comprises of Year 13 learners who wish to be part of the whole school ethos and drive new initiatives in making the school even better. Within the last academic year, we devised a new structure that suited the very strong candidates that had applied and gone through an interview process. We had the traditional Head boy and girl with Deputy Head boy and girl and supporting those roles we had groups of Sixth Form ‘Ambassadors’. This worked very well and will definitely be looked into further for the next academic year.

Learners that are part of the Head Team are expected to be committed, driven, inspirational and hard working. Expectations to attend Parents Evenings, school shows and lead activities within the school, to name but a few are part of the prestigious roles. In addition, there are also ‘Prefects’ that support staff during break and lunch to ensure that younger pupils are safe and that the school is being respected during these times. Once again, the Prefects are important and valued roles within our school.

We have a high percentage of 97% A*-E pass rate and we are always continuing to improve upon this.

Sarah Humphreys. Head of Sixth Form.