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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. Wyedean School was rated 'Good' by OfSTED in Nov 2014. 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 the majority of its pupils live in the Forest of Dean area of England, a significant number 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 Headteacher/principal of Wyedean is Rob Ford, who took over the role in September 2015 from his predecessor Clive Pemberton. Rob Wagland is deputy headteacher/vice principal.
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. The summer 2015 A Level results were the best ever for the school with 62% achieving A*, A, B grades and all students getting their first or second choice university.
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. Although she has made it clear that she did not always enjoy her time at Wyedean, citing teachers and loneliness, her website states that she and her sister "both loved their school days" there. 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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