Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School

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Oak Tree Way
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Bridgend
CF31 2DN
01656 815500
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Pupils
830
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Ages
11 - 18
Gender
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Mixed
Building
Type
Secondary (ages 11-19)
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.22
Estyn grade
(01/11/2019)
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69.1%
NATIONAL AVG. 56.6%
% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School is an 11-19 mixed comprehensive school in Bridgend County Borough. There are 762 pupils on roll of whom 147 are in the sixth form. The school provides a Catholic education for pupils across the Bridgend County Borough, including Porthcawl, Maesteg and the Ogmore Valley. A small number of pupils also attend the school from the Vale of Glamorgan. Those who attend the school chose to do so because of the Catholic nature and character of the school. The pupils come from a range of backgrounds and cultures. The majority of pupils come from homes which are neither particularly advantaged nor disadvantaged. The proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals is 15.4%, which is below the national average of 17.4%. Eight per cent of pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds. Ten per cent of pupils come from homes that do not have English or Welsh as their first language. The school caters for the full ability range of pupils. Twenty per cent of pupils are on the school’s special educational needs register. One per cent of pupils have statements of special educational needs, which is lower than the national average of 2.6%. The headteacher was appointed in 2011. A new senior leadership team, comprising one deputy headteacher and two assistant headteachers, was also appointed in 2011. The individual school budget per pupil for Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School in 2012-2013 means that the budget is £4,176 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Bridgend is £4,767 and the minimum is £3,817. Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School is fifth out of the nine secondary schools in Bridgend in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  1. Look at our heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the last School Census.
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  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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