Cardinal Newman R.C.


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Dynea Road
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF37 5DP
01443 494110
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
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Cardinal Newman Catholic Comprehensive school, which is located in Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority, is an English-medium 11-18 mixed school serving Catholic and other communities of the central valleys of south-east Wales. It is has a very wide catchment area that extends from Gilfach Goch on the west to Bargoed on the east and includes the Rhondda, Cynon, Ely, and much of the Taff and Rhymney valleys. This area includes 25 Communities First Wards. Twenty-nine per cent of learners live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Around 13% of the school’s intake is from primary schools outside the ‘traditional’ Cardinal Newman cluster. The school has 733 learners on roll, of whom 134 are in the sixth form. At the time of the previous inspection in November 2005, the roll was 766 pupils. Pupils come from a wide range of social backgrounds extending from the prosperous to the disadvantaged. Nearly 16% of pupils are entitled to free school meals, which is below the Wales average of 17.4%. The school receives pupils from the full range of ability. One per cent of pupils have a statement of special educational needs, which is below the national average of 2.7%. A further 19% have special educational needs but no statement, which is above the national average of 17.6%. Seven per cent of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and just over 4% speak English as an additional language. No pupils speak Welsh as a first language The headteacher took up his post in April 2011. The deputy headteacher spent eighteen months as acting headteacher, prior to the arrival of the new headteacher. In addition to the headteacher and the deputy headteacher, the central leadership team has three assistant headteachers, a bursar/chaplain and one co-opted member of staff. The individual school budget per pupil for Cardinal Newman Catholic Comprehensive school in 2011-2012 means that the budget is £3,634 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf is £4,511 and the minimum is £3,634. Cardinal Newman Catholic Comprehensive is 19th out of the 19 secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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