Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been fortunate enough to secure a place for all of our Post 16 students to attend the annual National University Autumn Fair, Cardiff City Stadium, Wednesday 13th October.


It is an opportunity to speak ‘face to face’ with universities and other professionals about courses, career pathways, and apprenticeships.


It is essential that all 6th form students attend. Lessons will not be running in school during lessons 1-4. Students will need to make their own way there. We are booked in for 9.30am and will be departing at 11.00am. Students will need to return to school for lesson 5 and 6, if they have a lesson. Mrs Picken, Mrs Barrett  and I will meet the students at the entrance.


Students will all need to register at least 2 days before the event. Details about registration are on the link below:

UK University Search Fair Cardiff Autumn 2021 | UK University Search


Yours sincerely,

Mrs Taylor



Dear parents and families,


I am again messaging you to urge you to please park and drive safely and legally on Crown Way and in the streets on the other side of Maindy park from the school, i.e. Gelligaer Street and Cosmeston Street and nearby roads. I have received a number of complaints from residents of those streets who have contacted  both Cardiff Council and the Police to patrol the areas in the coming weeks, particularly between 2.30 and 3.15pm. Similarly, Cardiff Council is sending enforcement cars to patrol Crown way and the surrounding streets. I would not like any families to get a fine for parking or driving illegally which is what the enforcement cars will hand out. More importantly, I do not want any students, family members, staff or members of the public to be seriously injured or worse as a result of parking and driving violations. Please do support Cathays High School to keep your children, and the children of other families, as safe as possible by driving sensibly and using Maindy carpark to pick and drop-off your children if you feel you have to drive them to and from school.


Your support in this would be greatly appreciated.


Yours faithfully


Stuart Davies



Dear Parent/Carer,

We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within your child’s year group.

As long as they remain well your child can continue to attend school, however, we would ask that you be vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19 in your child. If they develop these symptoms they should not attend school and should get a PCR test immediately.  The classic symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • fever (greater than 37.8°C);
  • new persistent/continuous cough; and/or
  • loss or change in sense of taste or smell.

COVID-19 can be milder in children and young people and we would also encourage you to arrange for your child to get a PCR test if they experience any of the wider symptoms that can be present in children with COVID-19, if they are new or unusual for them. These wider symptoms are fatigue, headache, a sore throat, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea.

If the outcome of your child’s PCR test is positive, they will be required to self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

If anyone in your household develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, they should also seek a PCR test as soon as possible and follow the guidance at https://gov.wales/self-isolation-stay-home-guidance-households-possible-coronavirus.

As a school we are not always aware of personal circumstances and there may be vulnerable adults or children within your household or extended contact group. I hope that by giving you this information it may assist you in any decisions you may make regarding visiting elderly or vulnerable people and protecting those close to you.

As long as you and your family remain well you do not need to take any further action at this time, this letter is for information only. However you may receive further correspondence from the Cardiff & Vale Test Trace Protect (TTP) team who may provide you with further information and instructions. If you do not hear from them you can continue as normal.

Anyone who is fully vaccinated (with a period of 14 days having passed since the full vaccination course was completed) or is under the age of 18 does not need to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a confirmed case, unless they are advised to do so by TTP.

Further information and advice can be obtained via TTP: 02920788320

We know that in general COVID-19 doesn’t affect young people as seriously as it does others in our families and community. But to help keep others safe, there are still some things you/your child can do to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

We recommend your child and household:

  • Remain alert for new symptoms.
    If you/your child start to feel unwell, with any of the symptoms described in this letter you/your child should stay away from school and get a PCR test.

  • Keep washing hands regularly.
    This is still an important way to limit the spread of many infections, including COVID-19.

  • Take up the offer of vaccination if you are eligible

If anyone in your household is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, but hasn’t yet had both doses, please be assured your vaccine is ready and waiting for you. Information on accessing your vaccination is available here https://cavuhb.nhs.wales/covid-19/cavuhb-covid-19-mass-vaccination-programme/

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  • Participate in the twice weekly LFD testing

Please help to keep asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 out of our school by following the latest Welsh Government guidance on LFD testing for secondary school pupils https://gov.wales/get-rapid-lateral-flow-covid-19-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms

We know how disruptive the last year has been for everyone. This year we want to keep your child in school as much as possible, but we also want to keep to our part in keeping our communities safe from the effects of COVID-19.      

Yours sincerely,

Mr S. Davies - Headteacher


Dear parents and families,

You will be aware that there has been an increase in cases in positive COVID cases across Cardiff in recent weeks. At Cathays High, we have had a small number of confirmed cases over the first four weeks of school however we are keen to do all we can to mitigate against a steep rise in positive results over the coming weeks. Therefore, from Monday 4th October we are going to reinstate the use of face coverings for all students in corridors and classrooms. We will share this information with students over the course of this week.

Students with exemptions will not have to use a face covering and if your child is in Year 7, new in another year group or has recently been given a medical exemption then please do contact the Inclusion and Wellbeing Team to let them know. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This will ensure that all students have the same risk reducing measures in place as adults within our school setting for the coming weeks.

We will provide all students with a face covering during lesson 1 on Monday 4th October and they should ensure that they bring this, or one of their own, to school each day. Your help in supporting this will help us to minimise the risk of infection and the spread of the virus. Students responded to this measure brilliantly during the 2020-21 academic year and we had very issues of students not wearing masks. A significant number of students continue to wear masks in corridors, communal areas and classrooms at present.

We will update students and families on removing the need for face coverings once the infection rates begin to decline across the city. Thank you for continued support in heling us to implement measures to keep our children and staff safe in school.

Yours faithfully

Stuart Davies

Dear Parents, 

The survey below is part of the consultation process for the new build of Cathays High School.

We would like all parents to take the time to complete the survey. The views of parents are vital in this process

Thanks. Mr Davies, Headteacher

Survey here: PARENT SURVEY