Cardiff High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)

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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the Pupil Level Annual School Census collected by the Welsh Government. The data tells us where pupils lived at the time of the last Pupil Census.

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.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on 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 annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  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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School Description

Cardiff High School is an English-medium 11 to 18 mixed comprehensive school situated in the north of the city of Cardiff. There are 1,613 pupils on roll, of which 422 are in the sixth form. At the time of the last inspection in March 2013, there were 1,496 pupils on roll, including 373 in the sixth form. Most pupils come from the surrounding residential areas of Cyncoed, Lakeside and Roath. Around 6% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is much lower than the national average of 16.4%. The school has a diverse pupil intake. The majority of pupils speak English as their first language. Four hundred and thirty-five pupils are categorised as pupils with English as an additional language and around 36% of pupils come from a minority ethnic background. One per cent of pupils speak Welsh as their first language. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs is around 18%, which is lower than the national average of 22.9%. The percentage of pupils with a statement of special educational needs (2.4%) is just above the national average of 2.2%. The school has a specialist resource base serving the local authority for 15 pupils with specific learning difficulties. The school is currently a pioneer school and is working with the Welsh Government and other schools to take forward developments relating to education reform in Wales. The headteacher has been in post since 2011. The senior leadership team consists of two deputy headteachers, four assistant headteachers and the school business manager. All except two of the senior leaders were in post at the time of the last inspection. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Cardiff High School March 2019 Summary Cardiff High School is an exceptional school. Pupils’ achievements have been amongst the highest in Wales over recent years, and yet the school has striven relentlessly to improve in every aspect of its work. In particular, the school has focused on refining its approaches to supporting all teachers to hone their craft. This has resulted in highly engaging teaching, confidently and imaginatively delivered, and rooted in a strong understanding of subject knowledge and learning. Pupils respond extremely positively to the inspirational teaching and high levels of challenge. In particular, they develop their abilities to think creatively and to recall and transfer their knowledge, understanding and skills to a wide range of learning contexts. As a result, pupils’ outcomes are well above expectations. High quality teaching, care, support and guidance combine effectively to enable pupils to become confident, capable and ambitious learners. Leadership is outstanding. It is distributed widely and effectively and all know their part in developing the school. Leaders emphasise and promote the importance of wellbeing for staff and pupils. As a result, pupils enjoy school and staff morale is high. Inspection area Judgement Standards Excellent Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Excellent Teaching and learning experiences Excellent Care, support and guidance Excellent Leadership and management Excellent Recommendations The school should continue on its improvement journey. There are no specific recommendations following this inspection.

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