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Rigorous attention to detail in the tracking of all students, kicking off in year 7 with cognitive ability tests, means personalisation at student level is strong and parents we spoke to felt that despite the size of the school staff really got to know their child. Results also attributed to school’s purposeful ‘can-do’ culture – although this is coupled with...

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Since January 2018, Toby Sutherland (40s) BA MA PGCE MA (Cantabs). A local, educated at Edge Grove (where he chose to be a boarder aged nine) and Merchant Taylors’ School before heading to UWE to read politics and European studies. From there, stayed in Bristol for a master’s in European business from whence we suspect he was the only member of his cohort to springboard into setting up a landscape gardening business with a friend, during which time he ‘learned a lot about the real world and myself’. A passionate cricketer, got involved in coaching youngsters at Radlett Cricket Club (he still plays for the 4th team), which led to the suggestion of a career in teaching. PGCE at the Institute of Education before placements at Queens’ School, Bushey and Watford Grammar, returning to...

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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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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.

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