St. Albans R.C. High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
PUPILS
710
AGES
11 - 18
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
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 2021

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.

How Does The School Perform?

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NATIONAL AVG. 2.21
Estyn grade
(01/12/2015)
Full Report - All Reports
72.4%
NATIONAL AVG. 56.6%
% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths



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Pontypool
Torfaen
NP4 6XG
01495 765800

School Description

St. Alban’s Roman Catholic High School is an English-medium 11-18 school maintained by Torfaen local authority. There are 1,019 pupils on roll, including 268 in the sixth form. This figure has fallen slightly since 2008 when the school was last inspected when there were 1,086 pupils on roll, including 325 in the sixth form. The school is located near Pontypool town centre. A minority of pupils come from the town itself, but the majority travel from further afield. Pupils come from a range of economic backgrounds. Around 9% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is below the national average of 17.4%. Around 13% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. The school intake represents the full range of ability. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs is around 18%, which is lower than the national average of 25.4%. The percentage of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs is around 2%, which is below the national average of 2.5%. Most pupils speak English as their first language and come from a white, British background. The headteacher has been in post since 2001. The leadership team is made up of the headteacher, a deputy headteacher and three assistant headteachers. The individual school budget per pupil for St Alban's Roman Catholic High School in 2015-2016 means that the budget is £3847 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Torfaen is £4,653 and the minimum is £3,847. St Alban's Roman Catholic High School is sixth out of the six secondary schools in Torfaen in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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