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  • Edgbarrow School
    Grant Road
    RG45 7HZ
  • Head: Stuart Matthews
  • T 01344 772658
  • F 01344 776623
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Bracknell Forest
  • Pupils: 1,498; sixth formers: 386
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Sixth Form – 19th November Virtual Event
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 22nd November 2022
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Huge friendliness of the place is a hallmark. This is a school tangibly operated by real people for the benefit of real students. Ethos helps even the shy to flourish – no mean feat for the many swapping from minute primary schools for seven form entry. Much praise for attention to detail – pace noticeably quicker in top groups but, said one pupil, ‘priority is to make sure we understand'...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2018, Stuart Matthews, who joined the school in 2012 as deputy head. He has also been assistant head at St Crispin's School, where he spent 12 years. Studied international economics at Loughborough and has a PGCE in economics and business from Warwick. Still passionate about teaching and takes two year 13 economics groups. Big sports, and particular Spurs, fan, mostly from the armchair.


Via LA (Bracknell); is its most oversubscribed secondary – around 600 apply for 210 year 7 places. Priority for looked after children and those with medical or social needs followed by those in catchment area, siblings and linked primary school. Distances ‘calculated using Pythagoras’ Theorem,’ says LA website, with ‘measurement in metres is then multiplied by 0.000621317 to convert this measurement to miles.’ Impressive stuff. We’re sure parents would settle...

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Special Education Needs

At Edgbarrow we provide for the individual needs of pupils. The Progress Department supports pupils with a wide range of difficulties by identifying, assessing and assisting them throughout their school career or when they are in need of help. The department adopts an individualised approach to each child's difficulties and aims to work with teaching staff, the pastoral system and parents to help children to accept their difficulties, learn to manage them independently and attain their potential. A staged system of support, which includes assistance from outside agencies if appropriate and regular target setting, monitoring and review, is implemented by an experienced team of teachers and learning support assistants. Much of the support given is within the classroom but occasionally pupils work in small groups or individually with specialist teachers. Pupils with Statements of Special Educational Needs/Education, Care and Health Plans are integrated into all aspects of the curriculum.

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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