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The grounds are immaculate - bravo, that delightful gardener - and the whole campus feels pleasantly contained and smartly arranged. Arriving at reception, and we did it more than once, is a delightful experience, not only because of the welcome given from behind the counter but also the smiling, friendly pupils. Head believes in trusting people, hence BYOD (bring your own device). This vastly reduces time spent policing individual use of phones, tablets and laptops...

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Since 2012, Yvonne Wilkinson BA PGCE NPQH. Read geography at Northumbria University. She was the first ever female deputy and acting head here during an interregnum before joining Holy Trinity School Worcester as head. Then on as head to Gateways School in Leeds, a girls only senior school where she was responsible for introducing boys (up to age 11) before being invited back to Five Ways to become the first female head.

Mrs Wilkinson is, in more ways than one, the Real Thing, and is leading the school to new heights and breadth. While it's impossible to believe her career is the result of ruthless greasy pole climbing or excessive restlessness, it seems that King Edward VI Five Ways was always her Holy Grail. If there was any restlessness, it...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Every member of staff takes responsibility for the identification of pupils with Special Needs. Subject Staff identify individuals at both ends of the scale. Where Learning Support is needed pupils are referred to the school's Learning Support specialist where appropriate targets and strategies are then put into place. If difficulties are more specific then appropriate outside agencies are brought in. These might include Dyslexia screening, Hearing and Visual Impairment teams, and Inclusion and access agencies. Exceptionally able pupils are placed on the Able and Talented Register by Departments and Activity staff, from where they are included in the school's Able and Talented programme.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

Interpreting catchment maps

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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.

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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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quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

Who came from where

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