Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School is a voluntary aided mixed 11-18 school in the Archdiocese of Cardiff. It serves the parishes of the Bridgend Deanery. It was established 50 years ago to provide a Christian medium education for students in the County Borough of Bridgend.
Students travel from Maesteg, Bridgend, Porthcawl and the Ogmore Valley with a small number travelling from the Vale and further afield. Students are from predominantly English speaking homes. The school’s intake is from a varied social background and represents the full range of ability.
There are just under 850 students on roll and we are oversubscribed in all year groups. The sixth form community has grown steadily over the last 5 years.
The majority of our students have attended the three Catholic feeder primary schools of St Mary’s and St Patrick’s Maesteg, St Robert’s Aberkenfig and St Mary’s Bridgend. In 2010 Archdeacon John Lewis Church in Wales Primary School joined the Archbishop McGrath Catholic cluster of schools and we hope to build stronger links with Penyfai Church in Wales Primary School.
The school is situated in the residential area of Brackla. The school is easily accessible through excellent transport links. Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School relocated to a new school building in Brackla in September 2011.
The school building is designed around children and provides an inspirational environment for pupils to achieve their potential, academically and socially. The innovative design of the school accommodation allows a wide range of learning activities in a mix of indoor and outdoor learning environments. The school has excellent sporting facilities including an all weather Third Generation pitch.
The new school building was designed by HLM Architects and constructed by Davis Langdon. The school building has won a number of prestigious architectural awards including Buildings Excellence Award in 2012.
The pupils are well supported by a progress and wellbeing team made for each of our school houses. One of the school’s Assistant Headteachers has been assigned overall responsibility for the progress and wellbeing team including additional learning needs and attendance. The success of this team has ensured that the school has high attendance levels and very low levels of exclusion.
There are over 50 teaching staff and 30 support staff. Mrs Angela Keller, Headteacher, was appointed in March 2015 and is supported by four senior leaders who each have responsibility for the development of one of the school’s strategic School Improvement Priorities.
Our Improvement Priorities
|Priority 1: Leadership||Angela Keller||To provide clear strategic direction based on high expectation, underpinned by the Catholic ethos.|
|Priority 2: Standards||Matthew Dunn/Brian Davies||To raise standards of achievement in all subjects in Key Stages 3 and 4. To maintain high levels of achievement at A level.|
|Priority 3: Removing Barriers to Learning||Stuart Farrow||To remove barriers to learning in order to counteract the negative effects of deprivation.|
|Priority 4: Teaching & Learning||Frances Clegg||To raise standard of teaching so that excellent practice exists throughout the school.|