St Cyres Comprehensive School
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St Cyres Road
The Vale of Glamorgan
CF64 2XP
02920 708708
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
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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St. Cyres Comprehensive School is an English-medium 11 to 18 comprehensive school situated in Penarth, in the Vale of Glamorgan. There are 1,157 pupils on roll, which is lower than the number at the time of the last inspection in May 2013. Of these, 164 are in the sixth form compared with 218 at the time of the last inspection. The school draws pupils from Penarth, Dinas Powys and Llandough, as well as an increasing number of pupils from Barry and Cardiff. There are 16.4% of pupils eligible for free school meals, which is the same as the national average, and over 28% live in the 20% most deprived areas of Wales. More than 19% have a special educational need which is lower than the national average of 22.2%. Just over 2% have a statement for that need which is in line with the national average. Very few pupils speak Welsh as a first language or to an equivalent standard. However, nearly 26% of pupils do not have English or Welsh as their first language. The acting headteacher was appointed in September 2019. The rest of the senior leadership team comprises of an acting deputy headteacher, three assistant headteachers and an acting assistant headteacher. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on St Cyres Comprehensive School January 2020 Summary St Cyres is a caring and inclusive school where the wellbeing of all pupils and staff is supported well. Purposeful working relationships with their teachers help the majority of pupils to develop suitably their knowledge, understanding and skills. Over the past three years, performance at key stage 4 has fluctuated though overall the progress pupils make is close to what might be expected. The majority of teachers have high expectations of their pupils and plan lessons carefully, though in a minority of cases teaching is not effective enough. This does not help pupils to make the progress expected or develop their literacy and numeracy skills as well as they should. The school’s leaders are committed to caring for and supporting all pupils. Recently, there has been limited continuity and stability in leadership. Over a longer period of time, leadership has not had enough, sustained impact on improving provision and standards. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Good Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Adequate and needs improvement 2 A report on St Cyres Comprehensive School January 2020 Recommendations R1 Raise standards including pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills R2 Improve teaching and assessment R3 Improve leadership at all levels including the precision of self-evaluation and improvement planning R4 Improve provision for and standards in Welsh What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to show how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will review the school’s progress.

St Cyres Comprehensive 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.

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  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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