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Wyedean School and 6th Form Centre – Chepstow Ofsted Rating: 2 (Good)

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Rob Ford Principal: Rob Ford


Wyedean School, overlooking the Welsh border near Chepstow, is a popular, oversubscribed school in the area, drawing students both from Gloucestershire and Wales.

The school opened on its present site in 1976 and grew to around 1250 students with a very successful Sixth Form of around 300. In 2011 the school became a stand-alone academy convertor but still continued to work closely with its networks in the Forest of Dean, Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire.

Wyedean School has always been very heavily engaged with the local community ensuring a very strong relationship supporting parents & carers as well as community groups. The catchment area for the school is truly comprehensive with areas of high affluence, social housing and the local army base, the home of 1st Rifles battalion.

The school prides itself on the calm and purposeful learning atmosphere around the campus as a key feature of the "Wyedean Way".

In the summer of 2015 the Leadership Team, under the new Headteacher, Rob Ford, came in with the brief from governors with the target of Wyedean School to be a high performing school in all educational outcomes and a beacon of excellence in the local area working towards achieving "Outstanding" in its next OfSTED.

The most significant change at Wyedean has undoubtedly been its embrace and championing of 21st Century innovative learning as part of raising and challenging aspirations of every student.

We created three learning strands to go across the curriculum and key stages as well as to link up transition work with our primary schools. These are: Digital Learning; Global Learning and Creative Learning.

Three coordinators were appointed with a developmental brief and the results have been extraordinary. Digital Learning has seen a surge in the use of social media to promote the school and showcase learning. A range of educational apps have significantly improved communication, homework and learning. Global Learning has seen compelling opportunities in school created that has allowed students and staff to work with their peers in countries over Skype Classroom or our Moodle ranging from Canada, USA, Russia, Europe, South Africa, India and Indonesia. Our work with Lycee Georgi Ashkai in Moldova a particular success story and recognised as such by the British Council.

We are a Confucius Classroom hub and we have Mandarin lessons here, for parents and in our primary schools. Latin and Critical Thinking are also part of this curriculum enrichment. Our commitment to Creativity has transformed learning through initiatives such as our learning garden, greater commitment to the arts and our summer Creativity Festival.

Wyedean School continues to develop. Students, community and staff share the goal of Wyedean to be a high performing school and ensure the bar is set very high for our aspirations and the transformational education we want here in our corner of the English-Welsh borders.

School brochures

OfSTED Final Report 2013 PDF 164.94 KB
OfSTED Final Report 2014 PDF 158.91 KB
Wyedean Prospectus PDF 2963.47 KB
Parliamentary Review PDF 8976.04 KB
Challenge Partners November 2016 report.pdf PDF 295.22 KB

Overview and contacts

Phase of education: Combined School type: Academy Gender: Mixed Admissions policy: Comprehensive Religion: None Phone: 01291 625340
Schools address: Beachley Road Chepstow NP16 7AA
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Ratings and exams


Ofsted rating

Last inspection report: 2014-11-05 Read the Ofsted report

Key Stage 4: 2015 performance

5+ A*-C GCSEs (incl. English and Maths)

201459% 201353% Gloucestershire 61% England 53.8%
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English Baccalaureate

Gloucestershire 26.8% England 22.9%
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A*-C GCSEs in English and Maths

Gloucestershire 62.7% England 55.8%
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2015 A-Levels Performance

Achieving qualifications equivalent to at least 2 A levels at A*-E

England 92.4%
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Achieving at least 2 A levels at A*-E

England 92.2%
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