Eastern High
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Eastern Community Campus
Trowbridge Road
02920 792751
11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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School Description

Eastern High School is a mixed 11 to 16 school maintained by Cardiff local authority. Currently, it has 884 pupils on roll. The school formally opened as Eastern High School in September 2014. It was formed following the closures of Rumney High School in August 2014 and Llanrumney High School in August 2013. In the academic year 2012-2013, performance in nearly all key indicators at key stage 4 in Rumney High School and in Llanrumney High School was significantly lower than the average for the family of schools and for schools nationally. This placed both schools in the bottom 25% of similar schools based on eligibility for free school meals. In 2013-2014, when pupils were educated on one site, as Rumney High School, performance in all key indicators at key stage 4 placed the school in the bottom 25% of similar schools based on eligibility for free school meals. Pupils made very little progress from the previous key stages. Attendance in 2014 was below modelled expectations and significantly below family and national averages. Attendance placed the school in the bottom 25% when compared with similar schools. Boys’ attendance was below family and national averages. Girls’ attendance was significantly below family and national averages. The level of persistent absenteeism was significantly higher than the national average. Before the two schools were merged, attendance in both schools placed them in the bottom 25% of similar schools in 2012 and in 2013, and levels of persistent absenteeism in both schools were well above local and national averages. The school is situated on the eastern side of the city. Nearly all of the pupils who attend the school come from nine partner primary schools in the city. Around 46% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This is significantly higher than the national average of 17.5% for secondary schools in Wales. Close to 70% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Around 3% of pupils have statements of special educational needs compared with 2.4% for Wales as a whole. Around 58% of pupils have a special educational need, which is significantly higher than the national average of 20.1%. Most pupils are from a white British background. There are very few pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds in the school. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language or speak Welsh fluently. The headteacher has been in post since April 2013 and took on the role of headteacher at Eastern High School in September 2014. The leadership team is made up of the headteacher, an associate headteacher and four assistant headteachers, all of whom were appointed in September 2014 but had previously held similar posts in Rumney High School. The individual school budget per pupil for Eastern High School in 2014-2015 means that the budget is £4,791 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Cardiff is £8,783 and the minimum is £4,127. Eastern High School is seventh out of the 20 secondary schools in terms of its school budget per pupil.

Eastern High 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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