St Illtyd's Catholic High School

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St Illtyd's Catholic High School
Mottoes Sanitas, Scientia, Sanctitas
("Health, Knowledge, Holiness")
Signum Fidei
("Sign of Faith")
Established 1924 (College)
1867 (Heathfield)
1987 (merger)
Type Secondary comprehensive
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mike Clinch
Founders De La Salle Brothers
Location Newport Rd
Coordinates: 51°31′04″N 3°06′53″W / 51.5178°N 3.1147°W / 51.5178; -3.1147
DfE URN 401887 Tables
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16

St Illtyd's Catholic High School is a coeducational secondary school in Rumney, a district in the east side of the Welsh capital Cardiff. Its catchment area includes the eastern districts of Cardiff and is heavily oversubscribed.[1] The school's namesake is Illtud, a 5th-century Welsh abbot and teacher.


St Illtyd's Boys' College[edit]

St Illtyd's Boys' College was founded by the De La Salle Brothers in 1924 to educate boys from the local Catholic community and most pupils were of Irish Catholic descent. The early years of the school were difficult due to minimal funding. Troubles in the local coal industry and the Great Depression meant that many parents could not afford to pay the bare minimum school fees while wealthier Catholics chose to send their children to public schools. During the era of the tripartite system, the College became a voluntary aided grammar school and maintained that status until the system was abolished. It was the last remaining boys' aided grammar school in Wales. Originally located in Splott, it moved out of its cramped school grounds to a new campus overlooking the Bristol Channel in the 1960s.[2] The Lasallian heritage is acknowledged by the five-pointed star and the motto "Signum Fidei" (Latin for "Sign of Faith"), the motto of the De La Salle Brothers, featured in the school crest.

Heathfield House School[edit]

Founded by the Sisters of Providence of the Institute of Charity (more commonly known as the Rosminian Sisters of Providence) in 1867, Heathfield House School was the oldest Catholic secondary school in Wales. It was called St Joseph's Grammar School at that time and located at David Street, Cardiff. In 1877 it moved to a building called Heathfield House, which subsequently gave the school its name. In 1953 it became a voluntary aided grammar schooll. It turned comprehensive in 1968 before becoming a sixth form college nine years later.[3]


In 1987 St Illtyd's and Heathfield House merged to form the present coeducational school.

Former pupils[edit]

St Illtyd's Boys' College
Heathfield House School


  1. ^ Diocesan Inspection Report. November 2012
  2. ^ "St. Illtyd's moves to new site". Catholic Herald Archives. 4 September 1964. 
  3. ^ Egan, Josephine (1988). Opting out: Catholic schools today. Gracewing Publishing. pp. 45–6. ISBN 9780852441312. 

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