Mary Immaculate High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)

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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

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

Mary Immaculate High School is a warm and inclusive learning community where pupils and staff feel welcome and valued. Pupils enjoy coming to school and parents feel that their children are happy and well cared for, with strong provision for wellbeing and support. Through the well-considered Bridge provision and partnerships with outside agencies, the school provides strong and effective support for pupils’ well-being. The school has well embedded systems to improve attendance, but rates have not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels. All staff take pastoral responsibility for the pupils in their care. As a consequence, most pupils feel safe, respected and part of the wider school family. The headteacher, his senior team, staff and governors are passionate advocates for the school and the community it serves. Leaders have a heartfelt commitment to equity and build their priorities around how best to enable all pupils to participate and succeed, whatever their background and social context. This mission underpins the strong supportive systems in the school. The headteacher leads with zeal and vigour, driven by moral purpose. The shared vision and ambition for learners is realised and enacted by a highly effective leadership team. Staff, pupils and parents have played a role in building an engaging curriculum in Years 7 and 8. In Key Stage 4, pupils choose from a wide range of academic and vocational subjects, and benefit from a rich enrichment curriculum. Pupils also have access to helpful guidance and access to mentors from industry when planning their post-16 choices. Despite these strengths, from Year 9 onwards the breadth of the curriculum is too narrow within departments and across the curriculum. In addition, pupils have too few opportunities in lessons or around the school to develop their Welsh language skills. Teachers foster a warm and positive learning environment across the school. Staff benefit from a highly beneficial tiered and targeted professional learning offer designed skilfully to improve teaching and leadership. As a result, teachers deploy a range of helpful strategies to enable pupils to make progress. In the main these strategies are effective, but in a few instances teachers do not adapt them well enough to meet the needs of all learners. In addition, teachers do not always provide sufficient opportunities for pupils to improve their work. Leaders gather a range of evidence to evaluate the school’s work. Overall, they have a clear understanding of the strengths and areas for improvement. As a result, the school has sustained improvements in many areas of its work. Although leaders evaluate the quality of teaching, this is not focused well enough on its impact on learning. The school has set a deficit budget for this financial year due to rising utility costs, and agreed a budget recovery plan with the local authority.

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