Rhyl High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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Grange Road
LL18 4BY
11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)
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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School Description

Rhyl High School is an English-medium 11 to 16 mixed comprehensive school situated in the seaside town of Rhyl, Denbighshire. There are 772 pupils on roll, which is lower than the number (1,024) at the time of the last inspection in November 2008, when the school had a sixth form. Since the last inspection, the local authority has reorganised post-16 provision in Rhyl and school has closed its sixth form provision. A new school building is being constructed in the grounds of the school and all pupils are taught in the existing buildings, in preparation for the move into the new school building in the autumn term 2015. Twenty-nine point nine per cent (29.9%) of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is significantly higher the national average of 17.7%. Over 44% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Pupils come from seven primary schools in the area. Nearly all pupils are from a white British background. A very few pupils have English as an additional language. No pupils speak Welsh as their first language. The school’s intake includes the full range of ability. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs is 34%, which is much higher than the national average of 19.2%. The percentage of pupils with a statement of special educational needs (1%) is lower than the national average of 2.5%. The school introduced the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification in key stage 4 in 2011. The current headteacher was appointed in 2010. The senior leadership team consists of two deputy headteachers and two assistant headteachers. The individual school budget per pupil for Rhyl High School in 2013-2014 means that the budget is £5,028 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Denbighshire is £5,028 and the minimum is £4,142. Rhyl High School is first out of the eight secondary schools in Denbighshire in terms of its school budget per pupil.

Rhyl High School 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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