St Joseph's RC School and 6th Form Centre
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Newton Avenue
Port Talbot
SA12 6EY
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 Joseph's Catholic Comprehensive School and Sixth Form Centre is an English medium, 11-18 school in Neath Port Talbot local authority. There are 763 pupils on roll including 221 in the sixth form. St Joseph's is the designated school within the local authority for pupils with a physical disability. The school is situated on the Sandfields estate and serves the parishes of St Joseph's (Neath), Our Lady of Margam, Our Lady of the Assumption (Briton Ferry), St Joseph’s (Port Talbot), St Therese's (Sandfields) and St Benedict’s (Clydach). A small number of pupils come from outside the local authority, principally from the City and County of Swansea. The school’s admission policy gives priority to Catholic children but accepts pupils from other faith backgrounds including those with no faith background. Pupils come from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals, at 19%, is above the national average of 17.4% for secondary schools in Wales. Most pupils speak English as their first language and very few pupils speak Welsh at home. Seven per cent of pupils come from minority ethnic groups. Pupils represent the full range of ability. Around 2% of pupils have statements of special educational needs compared with 2.7% for Wales as a whole. Fourteen per cent of pupils have an additional educational need. The current headteacher was appointed in April 2012. Since his appointment the senior leadership team has been re-structured and includes two deputy headteachers. In addition, three middle leaders have been given specific whole school responsibilities and act as part of the senior leadership team. The individual school budget per pupil for St Joseph's RC School and 6th Form Centre in 2012-2013 means that the budget is £3,937 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Neath Port Talbot is £5,882 and the minimum is £3,808. St Joseph's RC School and 6th Form Centre is 10th out of the 11 secondary schools in Neath Port Talbot in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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