St. Joseph's R.C. High School
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11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)

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Source: All attending pupils Pupil Level Annual School Census

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Pencarn Way
Tredegar Park
NP10 8XH
01633 653110

School Description

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic High School, Newport, is a voluntary-aided, mixed, 11-18 school, in the city of Newport and within the Catholic Archdiocese of Cardiff. There are 1,480 pupils on roll, an increase of 93 since the last inspection in January 2007. There are 320 students in the sixth form. Most pupils come from within the city of Newport, and a small minority come from Risca, Caldicot and Chepstow. Around 70% of pupils come from Catholic families and about 30% of pupils come from other Christian denominations and faith groups. Pupils come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. A total of 15.6% of pupils are entitled to free school meals. This is slightly below the national average of 17.4% for secondary schools in Wales. Around 29% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. 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 a special educational need. This figure is also lower than the average for secondary schools. Just over 15% of pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds and 200 pupils currently speak English as an additional language. Overall, there are 34 different languages spoken by pupils. Very few pupils speak Welsh at home. The headteacher has been in post for 16 years. There are also two deputy headteachers and two assistant headteachers, all appointed in the past three years. In November 2004, the school moved from its previous premises to a completely new building on a new site. Religious education and collective worship are inspected by a representative of the Archdiocese, under section 48/50 of the Schools’ Inspection Act, and a separate report is published. The individual school budget per pupil for St Joseph's Roman Catholic High School in 2012-2013 means that the budget is £3,726 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Newport is £4,885 and the minimum is £3,726. St Joseph's Roman Catholic High School is eighth out of the eight secondary schools in Newport in terms of its school budget per pupil.

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