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Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre is a secondary school with academy status in Sedbury, Gloucestershire, England, just across the border from Chepstow, Wales. The school is close to the A48 road and less than a mile from the Welsh border and as such, it accepts pupils from across the border.
Wyedean School is a mixed comprehensive school, with 1,242 pupils, including 250 in the Sixth Form. It was first set up in 1973 and was then moved in 1976 to its present location. The school is located in Gloucestershire, and falls within the English, not Welsh, education system. Although most of its pupils live in the Forest of Dean area of England, some travel from within Wales.
The school has a sports hall which can be rented in the evenings; a learning resource centre with IT facilities; a canteen, where hot and cold food can be purchased; a music suite, equipped with computers linked to recording equipment; and a Design Technology Block.
The Sixth Form block has been built to accommodate increased numbers of A-Level students. Admittance to Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre is non-denominational and Wyedean accepts both male and female students between the ages of 11 and 18. Wyedean currently has 1143 students.
The headmaster of Wyedean is Clive Pemberton, who took over the role in January 2006 from his predecessor John Claydon.
The Sixth Form has two Head Boys and two Head Girls, known as 'The Team Leaders'. Every year a new set of team leaders is elected to represent the students, by the students. The Team Leaders also head a network of teams within the sixth form. These teams include Press and Promotions, International Team and the Community and Eco Team. Notable Events in the Sixth Form include the Annual 'Homeless Sleepout' and Film Friday.
J. K. (Joanne) Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, was Head Girl in 1982. Her mother, Anne Rowling, had worked there as a technician in the Science Department from 1978. During July 2006, the school library was dedicated to J. K. Rowling. However, she has made it clear that she did not enjoy her time at Wyedean, citing teachers and loneliness as some of the reasons for this. She has stated that the character of Professor Snape was partly based on a chemistry master who taught at the school, understood to be John Nettleship. When she returned to the area in 2001 to film part of a biographical TV programme, she visited the nearby Tutshill Primary School but did not pay a visit to Wyedean.
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