Treorchy Comprehensive School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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CF42 6UL
01443 773128
11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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Treorchy Comprehensive School is an 11 to 18 mixed, community school maintained by Rhondda Cynon Taf Borough Council. It is an English medium school with significant Welsh provision. The school enables pupils from Welsh language primary schools to continue to study around half their subjects through the medium of Welsh at key stage 3. There are 1,630 pupils on roll with 363 in the sixth form. At the time of the last inspection, there were 1,580 pupils on roll with 364 in the sixth form. Pupils come from the town of Treorchy and the surrounding valleys. Around 23.3% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This is above the average of 17.4% for Wales. The percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals has been around this figure for the last three years. Around 41% pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Twenty-four per cent of pupils are on the school’s additional needs register, which is close to the national average of 25.4%. Less than 1% of pupils have a statement of special educational needs, which is below the national average. Ninety-eight per cent of pupils are from a white British background. Ten per cent of pupils are fluent in Welsh and 39% can speak Welsh, but not fluently. Around 8% of pupils speak Welsh at home. Less than 1% of pupils have a language other than English as their first language. The headteacher has been in post since 2011. The senior management team consists of the headteacher, three deputy headteachers and three assistant headteachers. The school budget per pupil for Treorchy Comprehensive School in 2015-2016 is £4,099. The maximum per pupil in secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf is £4,982 and the minimum is £3,886. Treorchy Comprehensive School is 13th out of the 16 secondary schools in terms of the school budget per pupil.

Treorchy Comprehensive School Catchment Area Map

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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

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.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  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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