What do we do?

Here at Cathays High School we cultivate a research-based approach to teaching, aiming to develop our students’ skills and provide evidence to effect change in our teaching, our classroom, our school, and beyond. Cathays High School is pioneering in Educational Research, which contributes to knowledge development, practical improvement, and policy information. Educational research projects offer great opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and active participation among teachers and students. Through research we can find solutions to particular problems arising in the classroom or school, reinforce professional learning of knowledge, skills and understanding, connect with sources of information and networks of professional support and investigate and introduce change – for example, to curriculum, pedagogy or assessment.

Why Cathays High School?

Today Cathays High School caters for a full comprehensive mix of students which has recently been nominated by the South East wales Consortium for effective practice in raising attainment for a number of disadvantaged groups within our school community. We are proud to be a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural school and we are fortunate to have a strong, diverse cohort of students from all over the world. We are a truly inclusive school and value all our members equally, regardless of gender, colour, creed, ability, class, age or status. Cathays High School endeavours to provide a well-rounded curricular and extra-curricular programme to ensure we help to develop productive, proactive and prepared citizens for the 21st Century. Cathays High School is a school where there are ‘Opportunities for All.’

Cathays High School Projects

Cathays High School participates and leads in Educational Research.

SHARE with Schools 


Our school is actively involved since 2011 in the outreach project, SHARE with Schools from Cardiff University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion, which aims at developing and delivering toolkits and workshops that showcase the exciting and diverse range of research and study into the past from prehistoric times to contemporary societies.

VIA Culture

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Cathays High School is the leading organisation of the KA2 Erasmus+ project, called “VIA Culture: European Cultural Heritage for Vocabulary in Action”, which is a funded by the European Union and supported by the British Council. Its aims are to use the wealth of the European Cultural Heritage as a vehicle for second language acquisition and simultaneously to promote European values and create a welcoming learning environment that highlights inclusiveness, security, understanding, equality, and respect among the learners. The project implements Drama in Education (DiE) and Digital Literacy (DL) in order to explore the European Cultural Heritage assets of Italy, Greece, United Kingdom and Serbia and achieve second language vocabulary acquisition. University of Bristol, University of Padova, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and International school of Belgrade constitute the partners of this project.

A Town of Many 

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Cathays High School is the leading organisation of the "A Town of Many: Recording Butetown Religious Landscapes for Social Inclusion" project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project aims to record the religious urban landscapes of the Butetown and Cardiff Bay areas of Cardiff in order to provide second language acquisition educational resources and to promote social inclusion and the UK values to refugees and newly arrived migrants. The project focuses on the past and present religious buildings and the communities which are associate with them and investigates how these shaped the diverse character of today’s Butetown. Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of Bristol and Cathays High School constitute the partners of this project.

Cathays Radio

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Cathays High School participates in the "The Lead Creative Schools Scheme" which aims to promote new ways of working in schools, providing the opportunity to develop an innovative and bespoke programme of learning designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Cathays High School is embarking upon an exciting Creative Radio Broadcasting project this term and we have a group of students from across the school broadcasting a live radio show on a selected day most weeks until Easter. This project is being funded by the Arts Council of Wales.