Hawthorn High School
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CF37 5AL
01443 841228
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
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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Hawthorn High School is an English-medium, 11 to 18 mixed comprehensive school in Rhondda Cynon Taff. The school is located in the south of Pontypridd. There are 696 pupils on roll, compared with 856 pupils at the time of the last inspection in March 2014. There are 98 pupils in the sixth form. Around 23% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This is above the national average of 16.4% for secondary schools in Wales. Around 35% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Around 1.8% of pupils have a statement of special educational needs compared with 2.2% for Wales as a whole. Around 27% of pupils have a special educational need. This is higher than the national average of 22.9%. Most pupils are from a white British background. Fewer than 3% of pupils are fluent in Welsh. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The school has a special resource base for speech and language run by the local authority. The acting headteacher has been in post since May 2019 but joined the leadership team as deputy headteacher in September 2017. The senior management team also includes an acting deputy headteacher and three assistant headteachers. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/Schools/SchoolSearch?lang=en 1 A report on Hawthorn High School January 2020 Summary Hawthorn High School is a happy, positive learning community. Pupils are welcoming and friendly and are proud of their school. Many pupils make strong progress in their lessons and achieve well in external qualifications. Many teachers have positive working relationship with pupils and know them well. They prepare helpful activities that enable pupils to make progress in lessons. However, in a minority of lessons, teachers do not provide a suitable level of challenge, particularly for more able pupils. There is a strong emphasis on the wellbeing of pupils. They are provided with high quality care, support and guidance along with valuable opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Leaders have a clear vision for the school and are committed to continuous improvement. They regularly review and evaluate their own work. Staff feel well supported and embrace the school’s ambitions for the ‘health, happiness and success’ of all pupils. Inspection area Judgement Standards Good Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Good Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Good 2 A report on Hawthorn High School January 2020 Recommendations R1 Improve the provision to develop pupils’ skills, particularly in terms of reading, numeracy, information and communication technology (ICT) and Welsh R2 Improve the quality of teaching and strengthen processes to evaluate the quality of teaching R3 Ensure that the curriculum, including the provision for the personal and social education of pupils in key stage 4 and the sixth form, is appropriate to the needs and abilities of all pupils R4 Ensure robust financial management and work to eliminate the deficit budget What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection.

Hawthorn High School Catchment Area Map

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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

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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