St.John Baptist High School
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11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)

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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.

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  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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Glan Road
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF44 8BW
01685 875414

School Description

St John Baptist Church in Wales High School is an English-medium 11-18 comprehensive school in Aberdare. There are 1,014 pupils on roll, including 234 in the sixth form. These figures are higher than at the time of the last inspection. The school serves a wide area, which although centred on Aberdare and the upper part of the Cynon Valley covers the northern part of the Diocese of Llandaff. This includes Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly and Neath Port Talbot. The school provides religious education and worship distinctive of the teaching and practices of the Church in Wales. Around 14% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This is lower than the national average of 17.5% for secondary schools in Wales. Around 23% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Around 1% of pupils have statements of special educational needs compared with 2.4% for Wales as a whole. A further 13% of pupils have a special educational need, which is lower than the national average of 20.1%. Most pupils are from a White British background. Less than 1% of pupils speak English as an additional language. Around 6% of pupils speak Welsh fluently. The headteacher has been in post since April 2006. The leadership team is made up of the headteacher, an acting deputy headteacher, three assistant headteachers, an acting assistant headteacher and two associate assistant headteachers. The individual school budget per pupil for St John Baptist Church in Wales High School in 2013-2014 is £3,985 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taff is £5,092 and the minimum is £3,898. St John Baptist Church in Wales High School is 17th out of the 19 secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taff in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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