Bishop Vaughan School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)

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Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census
01792 636000

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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.

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Mynydd Garnlwyd Road
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School Description

Bishop Vaughan Catholic School is an 11-18 mixed comprehensive voluntary aided school within the City and County of Swansea unitary authority and the Catholic diocese of Menevia. The school serves the whole authority and surrounding areas. There are currently 1,400 pupils on roll, an increase of about 130 from the last inspection in 2006, including 261 in the sixth form. The school works in partnership with a neighbouring school to provide sixth form education. Around 52% of pupils are baptised Catholics, mainly from Catholic primary schools. Since the last inspection the number of Catholics has declined. The school has been increasingly able to admit pupils of other denominations and faiths, as well as pupils with no religious affiliation who feel they can benefit from being in a church school. In the current academic year, 20.4% of pupils are entitled to free school meals, which is above the Welsh average of 17.4% for secondary schools. At the time of the last inspection, the majority of pupils came from neither specially advantaged nor specially disadvantaged backgrounds. Around 40% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. About 14% of pupils are on the school’s special educational needs register. The percentage of pupils with a statement of special educational needs is 2%, compared with 2.6% for Wales as a whole. Around 19% of the school’s pupils are from a minority-ethnic or mixed-race background. This includes around 16% of pupils who are learning English as an additional language. There are virtually no pupils who speak Welsh as a first language or to an equivalent standard. The individual school budget per pupil for Bishop Vaughan Catholic School in 2011-2012 means that the budget is £3,672 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Swansea is £7,713 and the minimum is £3,215. Bishop Vaughan Catholic School is 13th out of the 15 secondary schools in Swansea in terms of its school budget per pupil.

Bishop Vaughan School Parent Reviews

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"> What a great welcome our children had at Bishop Vaughan School this morning. The Headmistress, Deputy Head and Head of their year were waiting outside to welcome new pupils as they arrived. I know my children are going to flourish at Bishop Vaughan School.
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"> In my experience, this school does not think outside the box and only caters for the academic type. It fails to see strengths that aren't necessarily academic such as music. Choosing a comprehensive school is quite a task for three different sons and my third has now changed schools recently because I want him to attend a school that recognises his individual strengths and develops them. My advice would be to research (via school websites) and choose a school relevent to your child's needs as all children/adolescents are different .

"> This school is quite good academically but the standard of teaching is dropping. Pupils at this school tend to be rough, violent and just generally unpleasant and disruptive during class. Overall this school is not the best. Also, in my opinion, the school doesn't deal with issues like bullying very well.

"> The school is alright but its not amazing. There are a lot of disruptive pupils and teachers don't handle situations like bullying very well. Its a catholic school yet pupils still use swear words and act inappropriately. Overall its not the best.
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