Cathays 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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Crown Way
New Zealand Road
CF14 3XG
02920 544400

School Description

Through inspirational leadership and a culture of high ambition underpinned by the mission of ‘opportunities for all’, Cathays High School is a highly inclusive and aspirational learning community where pupils and staff thrive. Leaders have forged an ethos where pupils and staff feel valued and encouraged to excel. They are dedicated to developing both pupils and staff to get the very best out of them. Leaders at all levels maintain an unrelenting focus on evaluating and improving all aspects of the school’s work, especially the effectiveness of classroom practice. Staff are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and whole-heartedly committed to improving the life chances of pupils. High expectations and well-established classroom routines provide a dynamic learning environment. Staff have an unwavering commitment to sharing good practice, improving teaching, and enabling all pupils to fulfil their potential. As a result, lessons are planned carefully and are adeptly delivered to stimulate pupils' interest and inspire them to achieve highly. Valuable arrangements for supporting learners with a diverse range of needs are flexible, highly tailored to individuals and draw expertly on internal and external provision to remove barriers to learning. Bespoke programmes for different groups of learners, such as new arrivals with limited English language skills, skillfully support pupils in their learning and everyday school life. The provision for personal and social education is effective for most pupils. There is a firmly established culture of safeguarding that pervades the school. All staff, through all aspects of their work, take personal ownership for ensuring that all pupils’ needs are catered for in a sensitive and safe way. As a result, pupils thrive in this happy, safe, and caring environment and are exceptionally proud to belong to their school community. Pupils place great value on and actively celebrate the school’s cultural diversity. They treat each other with respect and successfully develop the key attitudes and behaviours that will help them to become life-long learners and ethical, well-informed citizens of Wales. They are polite and friendly and behave impeccably in lessons and around the school. They display an undeniably positive attitude towards their learning and school life in general. Clear priorities emboldened by effective professional development support most pupils to develop their literacy, numeracy, digital, and Welsh language skills very well. The school's location at the heart of Cardiff and the diverse nature of the local community are important influences on the curriculum. This, along with the celebration of individuality and cohesion within the school community helps the school to develop and sustain its own bespoke cynefin (habitat).

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