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The pupils who showed us around were extremely articulate, warm, kind and very proud of their school. Big mix culturally and harmonious atmosphere. The school has a very long tradition of strength in the arts subjects, which was evident as we walked round. Discipline is ‘bang on’, one parent told us: ‘For a school with this many children, you really don’t hear of many incidents like bullying etc, and if there are, they are dealt with quickly and appropriately.’ Hugely over-subscribed. Approx 1,400 applications are submitted each…

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since September 2019, Louise Voden, previously deputy head with a student support remit, and the school's safeguarding lead.

Entrance

Hugely oversubscribed. Approx 1,400 applications are submitted each year group for 324 places. Waiting list system is operated by the local authority. School catchment is roughly a mile, and you’ll get in if you have a sibling or a looked after child. However, one unhappy parent told us: 'My only real gripe with the school is that the sibling policy stops at GCSE, so if you have a bigger age gap between your children, there is no guarantee at all that they will get in.'

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Who came from where

Who goes where

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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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sometimes, but not in this year


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