Crickhowell 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 2021
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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

Crickhowell High School is an English-medium 11-18 school maintained by Powys local authority. Pupils come from the town of Crickhowell, the surrounding villages and the rural community. A significant number choose to come across the border from Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent. There are currently 882 pupils on roll, including 193 in the sixth form. Around 7.1% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is well below the Welsh average of 17% for secondary schools. Around 2% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Around 18% of pupils have a special educational need. Of these around 1% have statements of special educational needs. Both are lower than the average figures for Wales as a whole, which are 21.5% and 2% respectively. Around 96% of pupils are from a white, British background. A very small proportion of pupils are learning English as an additional language. A very few pupils are fluent Welsh speakers. The headteacher has been in post since 2010. The leadership team consists of the headteacher, two deputy headteachers, and one assistant headteacher. The school was last inspected in September 2012. The school is currently a pioneer school and is working with the Welsh Government and other schools to take forward developments relating to the curriculum and professional learning. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Crickhowell High School April 2018 Summary Crickhowell High School has a culture of high ambition that every pupil should achieve ‘excellence through endeavour’. The school makes sure that pupils are supported to achieve through the highly effective care, support and guidance it provides. This has substantially positive benefits on the behaviour, wellbeing and attitudes of its pupils. Senior leaders and governors have been successful in ensuring that the school’s values and priorities are well understood by staff and pupils. They know the school’s strengths and areas for development well and have clear plans in place to make further improvements. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Excellent Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Excellent Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Crickhowell High School April 2018 Recommendations R1 Reduce the variation in the quality of teaching and assessment, including in relation to the provision for literacy R2 Improve outcomes for the most able pupils R3 Improve the quality and consistency of middle leadership R4 Work to eliminate the deficit budget What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection. Estyn will invite the school to prepare a case study on its work in relation to its work in support of pupil mental health and wellbeing, for dissemination on Estyn’s website.

Crickhowell High School Parent Reviews

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“Not all it appears”

"> Good building but running out space. Lots of good teachers but the Head puts way too much emphasis on A grade results. Way too much pressure in my experience as a parent. My advice: stop expecting higher and higher results and concentrate on having happy children and staff.
“Needs to be stricter on things that matter!”

"> From outside Crickhowell looks great, but drugs are easily available, head teacher as punishment sends boys on shopping errands or makes them cups of tea! The school does have some excellent teachers and it's good for clever children, but it needs work.
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