Cyfarthfa High School was established in 1970, following the amalgamation of Cyfarthfa Castle Grammar School and Georgetown Secondary Modern School. Between September 1981 and July 2014 the Lower School (Years 7 and 8), was housed in Cyfarthfa Castle and Cyfarthfa Park. The Upper School was in excellent purpose-built premises at Cae Mari Dwn, Thomastown. The sites were approximately two miles apart. The Lower School closed in July 2014.
From September 2014 all pupils from years 7 – 11 have been located at Cae Mari Dwn, Thomastown.
Today Cyfarthfa High is a comprehensive school of over 1100 pupils in the 11-16 age range. Excellent relationships exist with our partner primary schools and virtually all pupils from these schools enter Cyfarthfa High. The school population is strong and we welcome applications for places at the school from pupils outside the school's catchment area.
ETHOS AND TRADITION:
We organise a successful and orderly school where pupils learn in a happy environment. We expect our pupils to behave in a way which brings credit on their homes and themselves and which reflects the caring ethos of Cyfarthfa.
Pupils are expected to be courteous and well-behaved towards:
- each other;
- members of staff (teaching and non-teaching);
- all visitors to the school.
They are expected to be punctual at all times for lessons and registration periods and to wear full school uniform.
In the interests of safety and easy movement around the school, pupils must follow the one way system and show consideration for others in all parts of the school.
Again, with student safety very much in mind, Years 7 - 10 are expected to remain on site at lunch time, unless they have written permission from a parent or guardian to go home for lunch. Year 11 pupils have the privilege of being allowed out of school for lunch. This substantial privilege can be withdrawn at any time should any of the Year 11 pupils fall below our high expectations of them as role models within school or outside in the local community.
The basis of all our rules at Cyfarthfa is mutual respect and concern for the physical, emotional and academic well-being of all our pupils. This being so, we take very seriously any cases of bullying and ask that pupils/parents report any concerns they have in this context to the appropriate member of staff - indeed, any member of staff - without delay.
We have a range of strategies for dealing with bullying when it occurs, including the immediate involvement of parents and a range of actions, some involving counselling and restorative approaches, and where necessary, reference to the educational psychologist. An Assistant Headteacher oversees our Inclusion Strategy.
We attach enormous importance to working in partnership with parents, whose support is essential if we are to achieve our aim of maintaining an excellent level of school discipline. These partnership aims of the school are well summed-up in our Home/School Agreement.