Key Dates for Parents

For the key dates during the Spring term follow this link:
Spring Term

For the key dates during the Summer term follow this link:
Summer Term

Estyn Inspection

'We know we are a good school with outstanding features.

Estyn inspectors confirmed this in 2007 and again in May 2013'

Read the full report published on May 2nd 2013.

Welsh Phrase of the Month

Ymadrodd Cymraeg y Mis

Gwella - To improve
I wella - In order to improve

Theme of the week

Thema yr wythnos

“The value of knowledge and education”

Applying for Sixth Form?

Internal Applicants in Year 11

External Applicants from other schools

Anyone wishing to apply to Cathays High Sixth form should print off a copy of the application form, and return completed forms by post or email to Mrs A Portlock-White. There is a different form for internal (current Year 11 pupils) and external students (those who will be new to school). Please ensure that you print off the correct form.

KS3 Guide - 2014/2015

KS3 Guide for Years 7, 8 & 9

Click here to access some helpful information on KS3

KS4 Guide - 2014/2015

KS4 Guide for Years 10 & 11

Click here to access some helpful information on KS4

Child Protection Policy

Click this link to view the updated Cathays High Child Protection Policy.

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Colli laith

Well known singer Heather Jones was born in Cardiff and attended Cathays High. She sang a famous song called 'Colli Iaith' (Losing a Language) in 1971. The poet Harri Webb wrote the words to Colli Iaith and there was an item on the TV programme Pethe recently, as it's 40 years since the single 'Colli Iaith' was released. We arranged for Heather come to the school to film the item – enjoy it.

Free Meals for Students

A free school meal service operates at Cathays High School.
Click here to see who's eligible.

School Footwear

All pupils please note that from September only black shoes are allowed. No trainers, boots, sandals etc.

Mend: Free health course

Click the image to download a flier about the free 10 week Mend health and activites course


Strategic Equality Plan

View the Cathays High School Strategic Equality Plan.

Poem by a Year 8 Student

“City Poem”

By Laura Wright

Bollards and posts,
Sidewalks and cars,
Broken down people,
Sitting in broken down bars,
Men and their guns,
Rats and back alleys,
Criminals in cells,
Drawing chalk tallies,
A house on a hill,
With dust for a door,
Cardboard for windows,
And mud for a floor,
A city in debt,
Felt for time to kill,
But I must stay here,
Against my will.

Laura Wright recently entered The Poetry Games competition and had her entry, called ‘City’, published in the latest anthology produced by The Young Writers organisation.

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Dear Parents and Guardians

Cathays High is an 11-19 mixed comprehensive school serving the heart of Cardiff, maintained by the City and County of Cardiff Local Education Authority.

We are a successful school where our students show high levels of success academically at GCSE, AS, A Level and other examinations as well as a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

We have students of all abilities attending the school and we benefit from parental choice with around 45% of our students coming from outside the designated primary school catchment area. About 150 students enter year 7 each year and the vast majority continue with their education post-16. This gives us a thriving and lively sixth-form.

Major investments in computer technology as well as our sports facilities on the school site, at Maindy Stadium and Heath Park have extended provision and opportunities available for our students and the local community.

Cathays High benefits from a hard-working, well-qualified and dedicated team of teachers and support staff. We are proud to be a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural school and we are fortunate to have pleasant, conscientious students and very supportive parents.

As a school we aspire to high standards of excellence and standards from our students in all that they do. We aim to ensure that students feel happy and safe as school as they work towards their future academic and personal success. We value all our members equally, regardless of gender, colour, creed, ability, class, age or status.

Cathays High is first and foremost a place of work, but we believe our school is more than about academic success. It is about being part of a wider community; it is about giving and taking opportunities; it is about being involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities that broaden educational experience; it is about preparing our students for life in the 21st Century.

I hope you will enjoy reading about Cathays High. There is always a warm welcome for you to visit us during the working day when we are happy to answer any questions you have. Please contact us to make an appointment to be shown around the school.

I look forward to meeting you.

Headteacher: Mr. R Phillips


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