Cardiff West Community High School
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Penally Road
02920 672700
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Secondary (ages 11-19)
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Cardiff West Community High School is an English-medium 11 to 18 school, maintained by Cardiff local authority. The school opened as Cardiff West Community High School in 2017 following the closure of Glyn Derw and Michaelston comprehensive schools. There are currently 613 pupils on roll with 96 in the sixth form. The school serves the Ely area of Cardiff. Over 45% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is much higher than the national average of 16.4% for secondary schools. Over four-fifths of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas of Wales. The predominant language of the pupils is English and approximately 13% of the school’s pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds. Around 15% of pupils receive support for English as an additional language. No pupils speak Welsh fluently. Around 37% of pupils have special educational needs compared to 22.9% nationally and 2.7% of pupils have statements of special educational needs, which is above the national average of 2.2%. The headteacher was appointed in 2017. The senior leadership team consists of the headteacher, one deputy headteacher, three assistant headteachers and a business manager. They have been in post since 2017. The school will move into a new building on a different site in Spring 2019. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Cardiff West Community High School November 2018 Summary Since it opened in September 2017 senior leaders and staff have worked effectively to build trust within the community and engage parents to help ensure that pupils attend regularly, behave well and thrive. Aspects of provision have been strengthened, in particular work to broaden the curriculum and enrichment activities to ensure that pupils regardless of their background have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular experiences. These developments are contributing to improvements in pupils’ attitudes to learning and their personal development. However, leadership at all levels has not had sufficient impact on improving the quality and consistency of teaching, the development of pupils’ skills and the standards they achieve. Most teachers establish positive and supportive working relationships with pupils. This is building pupils’ self-confidence and self-esteem. The school’s ‘Behaviour for Learning’ policy is having a positive impact on school culture, pupils’ attitudes to learning and behaviour both in lessons and around the school. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Adequate and needs improvement Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Adequate and needs improvement Leadership and management Adequate and needs improvement 2 A report on Cardiff West Community High School November 2018 Recommendations R1 Raise standards R2 Improve behaviour and attendance R3 Improve the quality of teaching and assessment R4 Improve the provision for the progressive development of pupils’ skills across the curriculum R5 Strengthen the effectiveness of leadership at all levels What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to show how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will review the school’s progress.

Cardiff West Community High School Catchment Area Map

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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 (released annually in July).

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 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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