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

11 - 18
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

Staff at St Alban’s R.C. High School are committed to providing pupils with the best possible education based on its values of ‘Respect, Responsibility and Resilience’ underpinned by the Catholic faith. The school creates an extremely caring and inclusive environment for its pupils. This is a particular strength and contributes positively to pupils’ well-being, behaviour and engagement in learning. There is a strong working relationship between pupils and teachers, which is based on mutual respect. Teachers’ enthusiasm for their subjects engages pupils in their learning and staff encourage pupils to set high aspirations for themselves. Most teachers have high expectations of what pupils can do and challenge them accordingly. As a result, pupils enjoy being at school and engage well with their learning. This helps many pupils to make good progress. Nearly all pupils understand the school’s expectations around behaviour and staff consistently and sensitively promote good behaviour. This contributes positively to the manner in which pupils conduct themselves. They display strong social skills and interact maturely with staff, their peers and visitors. They enjoy being in school and are satisfied with their learning. The school offers a balanced curriculum, which provides for the interests, needs and aspirations of nearly all pupils. It has established a clear vision for the development of Curriculum for Wales and pupils enjoy the new approach to teaching in Year 7 based on capturing pupils’ imagination and stimulating their curiosity. Planning for progress of pupils’ numeracy and literacy skills across the curriculum is developing well. The school provides an excellent range of enrichment activities that support the curriculum and develop pupils’ interests. Currently, the school does not provide enough opportunities for pupils to develop their Welsh language skills across the curriculum other than in Welsh lessons. The headteacher, supported by a strong leadership team, shares a clear vision of high ambition and success for all. Nearly all staff promote this vision and consistently reinforce the school’s values. This contributes strongly to an inclusive Catholic ethos that permeates school life. As a result, pupils enjoy school and are very proud to be part of the St Alban’s community. The school has developed strong relationships with a wide variety of partners to ensure the best possible support for pupils. However, the quality of the school accommodation is poor and in need of upgrading.

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