Fitzalan High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
PUPILS
1813
AGES
11 - 18
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Secondary (ages 11-19)
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Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census
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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.

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  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.

How Does The School Perform?

Excellent
NATIONAL AVG. 2.18
Estyn grade
(01/02/2017)
Full Report - All Reports
60.2%
NATIONAL AVG. 56.6%
% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs 9-4 inc. English/Welsh and maths



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Lawrenny Avenue
Leckwith
Cardiff
CF11 8XB
02920 232850

School Description

Fitzalan High School is an English-medium mixed 11 to 18 school maintained by Cardiff local authority. There are currently 1,721 pupils on roll, including 344 in the sixth form, compared to 1,440 pupils, including 254 in the sixth form, at the time of the last inspection. The school is situated close to the centre of the city, and serves a catchment area in which there are high levels of social and economic disadvantage. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is 32.7%, which is considerably higher than the national average of 17.4%. Around 60% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas of Wales. Around 35% of pupils have a special educational need, which is above the national average of 25.1%. The proportion of pupils who have a statement of special education needs is 2%, which is lower than the 2.5% average in Wales. No pupils speak Welsh as a first language. Approximately 70% of pupils come from a minority ethnic background and speak English as an additional language. Over 60 different languages are spoken within the school community. The headteacher has been in post since September 2009. The senior leadership team consists of a deputy headteacher, four assistant headteachers and two associate assistant headteachers. The individual school budget per pupil for Fitzalan High School in 2016-2017 is £4,742 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Cardiff is £6,861 and the minimum is £4,327. Fitzalan High School is 12th out of the 19 secondary schools in Cardiff in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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