LLanishen High School is a mixed comprehensive school of 1650 pupils.
It is situated on the northern edge of Cardiff and serves the areas of the Heath, Llanishen, Thornhill and Lisvane . Most of its pupils come from the associate primary schools, Ton Yr Ywen, Coed Glas,Glyncoed, Bryn Celyn, Thornhill, Lisvane and Heol Llanishen Fach but a significant proportion of its intake comes to the school on the basis of parental appeal. Each year group is usually substantially over -subscribed.
There are approximately 250 students in the Sixth Form all of whom are currently studying for AS and Alevel
Staffing and Organisation
The school has a teaching staff of 110, including part time workers. The Governers usually appoint staff to permanent contracts
unless appointments are necessary to cover maternity leave or leave of absence for any other reason. There are 55 non teaching staff who work with the teachers to provide a better service for the pupils.
The school has achieved Investors in People status and is committed to helping everyone who works here to do the best possible work in raising standards for pupils. Colleagues are consulted on all major policy decisions and are encouraged to raise openly any matters concerned with the school's effective operation.
In terms of curriculum, the school is organised largely into faculties, with Heads of Faculty and Heads of Departments/Subject responsible for their management. The guidance system is managed by Heads of Year and their assistants. Heads of Year stay with their year for the five years of compulsory secondary education. Most teaching staff arealso form tutuors and they usually stay with their form over the five year cycle.
Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups in Year 7, with the exception of Mathematics where there is a small degree of setting. Each year is then divided into two parallel populations and the timetable is blocked so that subjects can decide on their own grouping arrangements.
The work of the school is monitored and evaluated by the Headteacher and Deputies, and as wide a range of colleagues as possible involved, depending on the issue under review. The review process is used to inform development planning and to maintain the school's progress.
The School Site and Buildings
The school is surrounded by housing and situated in the middle of its catchment area. It is built on an extensive , multi levelled site.
The original school was built in 1957, added to in 1974 and was given a new Science Block in 1999 when pupil numbers began to grow rapidly. A sum of money is available for refurbishing the old buildings , but the Governors and Staff are developing proposals for further work which will improve the environment for all who work in the school.Cardiff currently has significant plans in reorganising schools. As part of this we are undergoing extensive refurbishment and building. The Sports Barn is now almost completed and work starts shortly on a new Technology Block
Lessons are largely taught in subject suites of rooms in so far as the current buildings allow. Refurbishment will enable us to enhance this provision and allow for even more effective sharing or resources and expertise.