Cyfarthfa High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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Cae Mari Dwn
Queen's Road
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 0LS
11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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Cyfarthfa High School is an 11-16 mixed English-medium community comprehensive school in Merthyr Tydfil. The school moved to a single site as a result of post-16 reorganisation in 2014. Currently there are 1,158 pupils on roll, compared with 1,446 at the time of the last inspection when the school was an 11-18 school and included a sixth form. The school draws pupils from seven catchment schools but attracts pupils from out of catchment primaries. Sixty-three per cent of pupils live in the 20% most deprived parts of Wales. Nearly all pupils come from homes where English is the dominant language. A very few pupils speak Welsh as a first language, and around 10% speak Welsh, but not fluently or at home. The proportion of pupils who come from minority ethnic groups is around 3%. Twenty-eight pupils have English as an additional language. The rolling three-year average of pupils eligible for free school meals is 17.3%, and this is in line with the Welsh average of 17.4%. Current figures place the total proportion of pupils on the special educational needs register at around 30.6% compared with 25.4% nationally. Around 1% of pupils have statements of educational needs, compared with 2.5% nationally. The leadership of the school comprises the headteacher, who has been in post since 2012, one deputy headteacher, five assistant headteachers and a director of finance. The individual school budget per pupil for Cyfarthfa High School in 2015-2016 means that the budget is £4,283 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Merthyr Tydfil is £5,365 and the minimum is £4283. Cyfarthfa High School is fourth out of the four secondary schools in Merthyr Tydfil in terms of its school budget per pupil.

Cyfarthfa 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.

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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