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)
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St. Cyres Comprehensive School is an English-medium 11 to 18 mixed comprehensive school situated in Penarth, in the Vale of Glamorgan. There are 1,189 pupils on roll, which is lower than the number at the time of the last inspection in April 2007. Of these, 218 are in the sixth form compared with 256 at the time of the last inspection. Since the last inspection, the school has closed its Dinas Powys site and the pupils are all now taught on the Penarth site, in preparation for the move into a new school building in October 2014. Over a three-year average, 14.2% of pupils are entitled to free school meals, which is below the national average of 17.4%. The school has a diverse pupil intake. Pupils come from five associated primary schools, representing Penarth, Dinas Powys and Llandough, as well as an increasing number of pupils from Barry and Cardiff. The majority of pupils speak English as their first language. Two hundred and twenty-four pupils are categorised as pupils with English as an additional language and 29% of pupils come from a minority ethnic background. Very few 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 around 30%, which is much higher than the national average of 18.6%. The percentage of pupils with a statement of special educational needs (3%) is very close to the national average of 2.6%. The school has a specialist resource base serving the local authority for 9 pupils with a hearing impairment. The school introduced the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification in the sixth form in 2004 and in key stage 4 in 2006. The current headteacher was appointed in 2010. The senior leadership team consists of two deputy headteachers and three assistant headteachers. The headteacher and deputy headteachers were on the senior leadership team at the time of the last inspection, but the assistant headteachers were appointed after the last inspection in 2007. The individual school budget per pupil for St Cyres Comprehensive School in 20122013 means that the budget is £4,169 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in the Vale of Glamorgan is £4,359 and the minimum is £3,794. St Cyres Comprehensive School is fourth out of the eight secondary schools in the Vale of Glamorgan in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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