Prestatyn High School


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2 Princes Avenue
LL19 8RS
01745 852312
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
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Pupils achieving the core subject indicator (GCSE)
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Pupils achieving Level 3 threshold (A level) (age 17)
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Teacher 18.9:1
Pupil/Teacher Ratio
School language
English medium
Language of the school
Pupils registered for free school meals

School Description

Prestatyn High School is an 11 to 18 mixed comprehensive school maintained by Denbighshire local authority. There are currently 1,746 pupils on roll, including 360 in the sixth form. This compares with 1,769, including 339 in the sixth form, at the time of the previous inspection in December 2010. The school serves the town of Prestatyn and the surrounding villages. Over 17% of the pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is close to the Wales average. Nearly all pupils are from English speaking homes. No pupils speak Welsh as their first language. Fifty eight (3.3%) pupils receive support for English as an additional language. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs is 26%, which is higher than the national average of 20.1%. The percentage of pupils with a statement of special educational needs is 1.4%, which is lower than the national average of 2.4%. The current headteacher has been in post since April 2006. The senior leadership team consists of six assistant headteachers, a business and finance manager, and, for 2014-2015, four seconded middle leaders. The individual school budget per pupil for Prestatyn High School in 2014-2015 means that the budget is £4,191 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Denbighshire is £5,074 and the minimum is £4,191. Prestatyn High School is seventh out of the seven secondary schools in Denbighshire in terms of its school budget per pupil.

Catchment information

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.

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  1. Look at our 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 last 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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