Term Dates & Our School Day

Autumn Term Starts: Monday 04/09/2023

Inset Day  Monday 4th September 2023

Inset Day Tuesday 5th September 2023

Year 7 and Year 11 start school Wednesday 6th September 2023

Year 8,9 and 10 start school Thursday 7th September 2023

Half term: Monday 30/10/2023 – Friday 3/11/2023

Ends: Friday 22/12/2023

Spring Term starts: Monday 08/01/2024

Half term: Monday 12/02/2024 – Friday 16/02/2024

Ends: Friday 22/03/2024

Summer Term starts: Monday 8/04/2024

Half term: Monday 27/5/2024 – Friday 31/05/2024

Ends: Monday 22/07/2023

 

May Day – Monday 6th May 2024

Further Inset Days

Friday 27th October 2023

Friday 22nd December 2023

Friday 3rd May 2024

Monday 22nd July 2024

Our School Day

It is imperative that students arrive to school on time. Students should be on the school site by 8:20, in order to make their way to their registration room at 8:25.

Lateness to school and individual lessons is recorded on our ClassCharts system, and reported to parents at regular intervals.

St Illtyd’s operates a two week timetable. Our school day is structured as follows:

08:30 Registration & Assembly

08:50 Lesson 1

09:50 Lesson 2

10:50 Break 1

11:20 Lesson 3

12:20 Lesson 4

13:20 Break 2

13:50 Lesson 5

14:50 End of school day


School Day

It is imperative that students arrive to school on time. Students should be on the school site by 8:20, in order to make their way to their registration room at 8:25.

Lateness to school and individual lessons is recorded on our ClassCharts system, and reported to parents at regular intervals.

St Illtyd’s operates a two week timetable. Our school day is structured as follows:

08:30 Registration & Assembly

08:50 Lesson 1

09:50 Lesson 2

10:50 Break 1

11:20 Lesson 3

12:20 Lesson 4

13:20 Break 2

13:50 Lesson 5

14:50 End of school day


Mission Statement

Our Mission is to be a Catholic School which promotes positive relationships founded on the Gospel values of respect, care, compassion and love. We firmly believe that each individual can discover, develop and achieve their full potential to take their place in our ever-changing world.

In order to do so we are:

  • Committed to developing every learner’s relationship with God
  • Committed to knowing every learner well
  • Committed to continuous learning for all
  • Committed to equity and excellence
  • Committed to a whole school approach to Wellbeing
  • Committed to a curriculum that enables all learners to be successful through knowledge, experience and skills

Our core purpose is together in Christ, we make a difference. This philosophy is at the heart of everything we aspire to do for each member of our community.


Partner Schools

The school has four designated Catholic primary schools but we also accept children from twenty other primary schools within the locality. The four designated partner schools are:


Our Sixth form college is St David’s Catholic College, Cardiff


History

St Illtyd’s can trace its origins back to two predecessor schools.

St Illtyd’s College was founded in 1923, when the De La Salle Brothers came to Cardiff to open a Roman Catholic school for boys. The school was opened as a grammar school on a site in Courtenay Road in the Splott area of the city. The buildings were extended in 1932 and the Preparatory department was moved to a new additional site on Richmond Road. The main school building was badly damaged by a bomb in 1941 during the Second World War. Severe overcrowding due to the damage sustained and growing pupil numbers led to the school moving to its current location on Newport Road in Rumney. A house was built at the rear of the school for the La Sallian Brothers to live in. When the Brothers left the school, this building became the Pastoral Resources Centre for the Archdiocese of Cardiff.

Heathfield House was a Roman Catholic grammar school for girls, founded by the Sisters of Providence of the Institute of Charity in 1867. It was initially called St Joseph’s Grammar School, though it moved to Heathfield House on Richmond Road in 1877 which led to the school changing its name. In the 1970s the school moved again, to a site on Ty Gwyn Road in Penylan.

The two schools were merged as part of the reorganisation of Catholic education in 1987. The school was renamed St Illtyd’s Catholic High School, and was now a co-educational school for pupils aged 11-16. Sixth form provision was transferred to the new St David’s Catholic College situated in the vacated Heathfield campus on Ty Gwyn Road.

The school was rebuilt on its existing site in 2002-3. The Assembly Hall, PE block and Sports Hall were refurbished at the same time, whist the other parts of the old buildings were demolished.

Whilst the school is no longer formally a De La Salle school, it still maintains links with bodies that are, such as St Cassian’s Retreat Centre. The five pointed star of the De La Salle Brothers is still contained within the school’s logo.


Facilities

St Illtyd’s has modern bright accommodation, which was completed and officially opened in 2003. However, we do not want to rest on our laurels so we regularly undertake maintenance and refurbishment projects to keep the buildings in a great condition and able to deliver a quality 21st Century education for all our students.

The school is fortunate to boast the following fantastic facilities:

  •  Television screens or interactive whiteboards in all classrooms and workshops
  •  4 ICT Suites, all of which have the latest software for a Digital Curriculum
  •  Wireless network throughout the school
  •  6 Science laboratories
  •  4 Technology workshops for Textiles, Food, Graphics and Resistant Materials
  •  2 Art & Design rooms, with a pottery kiln
  •  A gymnasium, with changing facilities that were refurbished in 2012
  •  A multi purpose Sports Hall, with its own changing facilities
  •  A suite of Music rooms which includes 2 classrooms, 3 practice rooms and a number of Apple Mac PCs

Hire of Facilities

St Illtyd’s Catholic High School aspires to be a truly community focused and extended school, allowing the community to utilise the facilities that the school has to offer.

The school is able to offer the following facilities for hire:

  • Sports Hall
  • Rugby & football pitches
  • Gymnasium
  • Assembly Hall
  • Classrooms

Available to hire Monday – Friday 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays, or any day during a school holiday period.

Whether you are looking for a regular place to hold football training or fitness classes, to a large conference then the school may have the facilities you need.  Please contact the School Business Manager on 029 2077 8174 or info@stilltyds.org.uk for further information and to check availability.


Headteacher’s Welcome

Our school has a rich history and an exciting future.

As you will see we have some great facilities. We also have a dedicated and hardworking staff whose aim is for every pupil in their care to grow and become all that they can be.

Our exam results are improving year on year and they are a reflection of the great pupils we have. The curriculum at St Illtyd`s is broad and balanced giving opportunities for all to be successful and prepared for the next stage of their lives. We also have a pastoral system of care and support which is second to none.
We are a Catholic school but all faiths and creeds are welcome at St Illtyds. We believe in the development of the whole child – academically, spiritually, morally and emotionally so that they can go onto be lifelong learners and contribute fully to the communities that they live in.
Whether you are a prospective parent, pupil or future employee I hope the virtual tour and this website gives a flavour of the school and an insight into the high standards, warmth and care that permeates within.

 

We look forward to meeting you.
D B Thomas