Cathays High School


Name Cathays High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 2
Address Crown Way, New Zealand Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF14 3XG
Phone Number 02920 544400
Type Secondary (ages 11-19)
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 847 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.1
Local Authority Cardiff
Percentage Free School Meals 30.6%

Cathays High School is located near the centre of Cardiff and serves the Cathays and Roath areas. However, 61% of pupils come from other parts of Cardiff; with 27% of these pupils living in the city’s more deprived wards. Around 37% of pupils are entitled to free school meals, which is much higher than the national average, and significantly higher than the figures of all other members of the family of similar schools. There are currently 903 pupils on roll, including 191 in the sixth form. The school has a very high turnover of the pupil population of around 26%. Around 100 of the current Years 7 to 11 pupils were new arrivals to the UK on entry to the school. A significant minority of all pupils are functionally illiterate when they start at the school. Around 75% of pupils are from ethnic backgrounds other than White British, mainly Somali, Czech or Slovak Roma, Bangladeshi or Pakistani. There are currently 63 different languages spoken as a first language in pupils£ homes. Over 70% of pupils have English as an additional language, with around 36% having a level of acquisition in English that is less than competent. This is much higher than the figure for the second highest in the family of similar schools. No pupils speak Welsh at home. There are currently 42% of pupils with additional learning needs, which is much higher than the Wales average. Four per cent of pupils have statements of educational needs compared to 2.6% nationally. The school provides specialist provision for pupils with autism. The headteacher has been in post since September 2001. The school’s senior leadership team also consists of two deputy headteachers and two assistant heads. The individual school budget per pupil for Cathays High School in 2012-2013 is £5,056. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools of Cardiff is £9,511 and the minimum is £3,988. Cathays High School is fifth out of the 21 secondary schools in Cardiff in terms of its school budget per pupil.