Willows High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)

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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
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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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Willows Avenue
CF24 2YE
02920 414243

School Description

Willows High School is an English-medium 11-16 mixed community school maintained by Cardiff local authority. It serves the areas of Splott, Adamsdown and Tremorfa in the East of Cardiff. There are currently 586 pupils on roll, which is lower than at the time of the last inspection in 2012. Around 44% of the pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is well above the national average of 17%. Around 68% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Around 33% of pupils have English as an additional language. Only a very few are fluent in Welsh. The school receives pupils from the full ability range. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs is around 41%, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. The percentage of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs is 3% compared to 2% for Wales. The current headteacher was appointed in September 2015. In addition to the headteacher, the senior leadership team includes a deputy headteacher, four assistant headteachers, business manager and two lead practitioners. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/Schools/SchoolSearch?lang=en 1 A report on Willows High School April 2018 Summary Willows High School has a caring and inclusive ethos, which supports pupils’ wellbeing appropriately. Most pupils behave well in lessons and around the school and many show respect and are courteous towards their peers, teachers and other adults. They make appropriate progress in gaining factual knowledge in the majority of lessons. However, a minority of pupils do not show suitable resilience and independence in their learning. In the majority of cases, teachers plan suitably to include a range of activities that build appropriately on pupils’ prior learning. In a minority of lessons, learning activities do not always meet the needs and abilities of all pupils, including those who are more able. The headteacher and extended leadership team work well together and share a sense of purpose and a commitment to the school’s values and ambitions of raising pupils’ aspirations and helping them to achieve. However, there are a few important areas of the school’s work where leaders are not having enough impact, such as the quality of teaching and assessment and the progressive development of pupils’ literacy skills. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Adequate and needs improvement Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Adequate and needs improvement 2 A report on Willows High School April 2018 Recommendations R1 Improve the progressive development of pupils’ literacy skills through more effective cross curricular provision R2 Improve the quality of teaching to ensure improvement in pupils’ resilience, independent learning and engagement R3 Improve the quality and impact of leadership at all levels, particularly in selfevaluation and planning for improvement R4 Manage finances robustly to address the deficit budget What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to show how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will review the school’s progress.

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