Castell Alun High School

Secondary

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Fagl Lane
Hope
Flintshire
LL12 9PY
Pupils
1347
Ages
11 - 18
Gender
Mixed
Type
Secondary (ages 11-19)
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.22
Estyn grade
(01/09/2017)
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73.6%
NATIONAL AVG. 56.6%
% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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Castell Alun High School is an English medium, mixed 11 to 18 comprehensive school located in the village of Hope, Flintshire. There are 1,365 pupils on roll, of whom 310 are in the sixth form. These figures represent an increase since the time of the last inspection when there were around 1,230 pupils on roll. The school serves a wide area made up of mainly rural communities from Penyffordd, Penymynydd, Kinnerton, Ffrith, Llanfynydd, Treuddyn, Leeswood, Hope and Caergwrle. Around 5% of pupils are entitled to free school meals, which is lower than the national average of 17.7%, and 7.3% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas of Wales. The pupils entering the school represent the full range of ability. Around 4.3% have a special educational need. This figure is lower than the national average of 19.2%. Under 1% of pupils have statements of special educational needs. This figure is lower than the national average of 2.5% for Wales as a whole. A very few pupils come from ethnic-minority backgrounds and currently no pupils receive support to learn English as an additional language. A very small number of pupils speak Welsh as their first language. The headteacher has been in post since September 2013. Prior to his appointment he had been a deputy headteacher at the school for nine years. The other four senior leaders in the school have been in post for between four and 15 years. The individual school budget per pupil for Castell Alun High School in 2013-2014 means that the budget is £3,768 per pupil. The maximum per pupil in the secondary schools in Flintshire is £5,052 and the minimum is £3,768. Castell Alun High School is 12th out of the 12 secondary schools in Flintshire in terms of its school budget per pupil.

Castell Alun High School Catchment Area Map

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