Fitzalan High School


Name Fitzalan High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 1
Address Lawrenny Avenue, Leckwith, Cardiff, CF11 8XB
Phone Number 02920 232850
Type Secondary (ages 11-19)
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1724 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.2
Local Authority Cardiff
Percentage Free School Meals 26.5%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Fitzalan High School is an English-medium mixed 11 to 18 school maintained by Cardiff local authority. There are currently 1,721 pupils on roll, including 344 in the sixth form, compared to 1,440 pupils, including 254 in the sixth form, at the time of the last inspection. The school is situated close to the centre of the city, and serves a catchment area in which there are high levels of social and economic disadvantage. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is 32.7%, which is considerably higher than the national average of 17.4%. Around 60% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas of Wales. Around 35% of pupils have a special educational need, which is above the national average of 25.1%. The proportion of pupils who have a statement of special education needs is 2%, which is lower than the 2.5% average in Wales. No pupils speak Welsh as a first language. Approximately 70% of pupils come from a minority ethnic background and speak English as an additional language. Over 60 different languages are spoken within the school community. The headteacher has been in post since September 2009. The senior leadership team consists of a deputy headteacher, four assistant headteachers and two associate assistant headteachers. The individual school budget per pupil for Fitzalan High School in 2016-2017 is £4,742 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Cardiff is £6,861 and the minimum is £4,327. Fitzalan High School is 12th out of the 19 secondary schools in Cardiff in terms of its school budget per pupil.