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The Complete and Utter Chaos Club (CAUC, or Electric Car Club, as it is known) is fantastic: girls get to design, build and race several electric cars in the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge competition. The current prototype, Dylan (all are named after characters in the Magic Roundabout), has been particularly successful. Like Dickens’ Pip, the parents here have, quite rightly, Great Expectations. Although the school is non-selective with a broad demographic, their ambitions for their children are well honed...

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Headmaster

Since September 2020, Ellen Walton. Previously senior deputy head at another local outstanding secondary school for 14 years (where she did her NPQH) and prior to that she worked in Walsall near Birmingham for four years. Has also worked as a specialist leader of education for behaviour, safeguarding, attendance and English. Degree in English from Liverpool; PGCE from Birmingham.

Entrance

Priority, after looked after children and those with medical/social needs, to girls living in the catchment area. Siblings come next, then children of staff, then those at a partner primary school.

Has recently been admitting more than the set 210 pupils into year 7. Head insists on parents and potential pupils visiting the school, suggesting that if a parent sees that spark of anticipation in their child’s eyes to attend his school,...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

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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