St Cenydd School


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St Cenydd Road
CF83 2RP
02920 852504
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
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St Cenydd School is an English-medium 11 to 18 mixed comprehensive school and is maintained by Caerphilly County Borough Council. There are 1,093 pupils on roll, which is similar to the number at the time of the last inspection in November 2006. Of these, 130 are in the sixth form compared with 184 at the time of the last inspection. The school is situated on the western side of the town of Caerphilly, with most pupils coming from the surrounding area. Around 27% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is higher than the national average of 17.4%. Just over a quarter of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. The school’s intake includes the full range of ability. Very few pupils receive support to learn English as an additional language and very few pupils come from a minority ethnic background. Just under 7% of pupils have a statement of special educational needs compared with the national average of 2.6%. The school has a unitary authority centre for physically disabled, hearing impairment, and speech, language and communication, known as the ‘specialist resource base’. At post-16, the school works with two other schools and further education colleges as part of the Caerphilly Basin Partnership. The school introduced the Welsh Baccalaureate in the sixth form in 2007 and in key stage 4 in 2011. The headteacher has been in post since 2007. The senior management team consists of a deputy headteacher, three assistant headteachers and a temporary assistant headteacher promoted from within the staff. The deputy headteacher, who is now part-time, and one of the three assistant headteachers have been in post for some time, while the rest have been appointed relatively recently. The individual school budget per pupil for St Cenydd School in 2012-2013 means that the budget is £4,175 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Caerphilly is £4,797 and the minimum is £3,753. St Cenydd School is third out of the 14 secondary schools in Caerphilly in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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