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

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.

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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Penlline Road
CF14 2XJ
02920 629700

School Description

Whitchurch High School is a caring and inclusive community where pupils feel safe, and staff feel valued. Although a large school, staff regard pupils as individuals. The school tailors its care, support and guidance effectively and provides a wide range of courses and pathways that meet the needs of nearly all. Support for pupils’ wellbeing and the provision for pupils with additional learning needs (ALN) are significant strengths. Pupils who attend the local authority specialist base, Ty Calon, enjoy school, make strong progress and achieve well. The recently appointed headteacher, and his senior leadership team are leading the school purposefully through a period of change. While retaining the well-established good practice in many areas of the school’s work, senior leaders are enhancing and developing structures and processes to ensure that the curriculum and teaching meets the needs and ambitions of pupils. The school is taking a research-informed approach to these developments, ensuring that the Curriculum for Wales is implemented with care and consideration and that teachers are supported to develop their practice with plentiful professional learning opportunities. However, this work, and recently implemented strategies, for example, to plan for the progressive development of pupils’ skills in literacy and numeracy, are at an early stage of development. Where teaching is strong, many pupils make good progress. These teachers have very good subject knowledge and are skilful in planning successful learning experiences. In a minority of instances, although teachers ensure that pupils make reasonable progress to develop the skills they need to achieve their qualifications, they do not always challenge them well enough to extend their thinking or deepen their learning. Leaders are committed to school improvement and are refining arrangements for evaluating the quality of learning and teaching. However, these processes do not always focus sharply enough on the impact of provision on pupil progress. Senior leaders work with a strong moral purpose and have developed a range of worthwhile strategies to support pupils and families affected by poverty. This is beginning to have a positive impact on the attendance and achievement of these pupils. The school is working with the local authority to address a few health and safety concerns discussed during the inspection.

Whitchurch High School Parent Reviews

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“Good opportunities”

"> 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.
“Decent school”

"> 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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