Bishop Hedley High School


Name Bishop Hedley High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date
Estyn Inspection Rating 1
Address Gwaunfarren Road, Penydarren, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 9AN
Phone Number 01685 721747
Type Secondary (ages 11-16)
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 491 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.8
Local Authority Merthyr Tydfil
Percentage Free School Meals 20.6%

Bishop Hedley Catholic High School is an 11-16 comprehensive school in Merthyr Tydfil. There are 519 pupils on roll. These figures are slightly lower than at the time of the previous core inspection, as the school no longer has a sixth form. The school was last inspected in 2013. The school receives pupils mostly from seven associated Catholic primary schools. These schools cover a wide area including Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Vale, Gurnos, Hirwaun, Aberdare, Ebbw Vale, Brynmawr, Tredegar and Rhymney. The school welcomes pupils of all faiths and those with no faith background. The percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals is 20.6%, which is above the national average of 16.4% for secondary schools. The school has about 26% of pupils on the special educational needs register, which is higher than the national average of 22.9% for secondary schools. About 1% of pupils have a statement of special educational needs, which is lower than the national average of 2.2%. Around 29% of pupils come from minority ethnic groups and about 27% of pupils come from homes where English is not the first language. Almost no pupils speak Welsh at home. The interim headteacher took up post in 2018. There is an interim deputy headteacher, and three assistant headteachers. The school is currently a curriculum pioneer school and is working with the Welsh Government and other schools to take forward developments relating to curriculum reform.