Whitchurch High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

11 - 18
Secondary (ages 11-19)

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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
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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  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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Penlline Road
CF14 2XJ
02920 629700

School Description

Whitchurch High (Foundation) School is an English-medium 11 to 18 comprehensive school in Whitchurch in the north of Cardiff. There are 2,197 pupils on roll, including 407 in the sixth form. This is slightly fewer than at the time of the last inspection in March 2009. The school is on two sites. The lower school for Year 7 to Year 9 pupils is on Manor Way and the upper school for Year 10 to Year 13 pupils is in Whitchurch village. Around 11% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This is lower than the national average of 17.4% for secondary schools in Wales. Around 11% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Around 16% of pupils have a special educational need. The percentage with a special educational need is lower than the national figure of 25.4%. The percentage with a statement of special educational needs is 3%, which is higher than the national figure of 2.4%. The school has a specialist resource base funded by the local authority for up to 70 pupils with complex needs including physical, medical and severe learning difficulties. Many pupils are from a white British background. A few pupils are from other ethnic groups and around 4% of pupils speak English as an additional language. Very few pupils are fluent Welsh speakers. The leadership team is made up of the Headteacher, who has been in post since 2008; three deputy headteachers, one of whom was appointed to the new post in January 2016, five assistant headteachers and a business manager. The individual school budget per pupil for Whitchurch High School in 2015-2016 is £4,411 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Cardiff is £6,790 and the minimum is £4,116. Whitchurch High School is 15th out of the 19 secondary schools in Cardiff in terms of its school budget per pupil.

Whitchurch High School Reviews

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"> I feel my child is offered better opportunities at Whitchurch than he'd get at our local high school. I wish they were able to make more allowances for children who travel far to get to school but other than that, my child is happy and enjoys school.
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"> The school performs well although they could be better at communicating with parents. However, my son is settled there with a good network of friends.
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