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  • St Laurence School
    Ashley Road
    Bradford-on-Avon
    Wiltshire
    BA15 1DZ
  • Head: Tim Farrer
  • T 01225 309500
  • F 01225 309572
  • E [email protected]
  • W st-laurence.com/
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wiltshire
  • Pupils: 1425; sixth formers: 284
  • Religion: Church of England/Christian
  • Open days: See website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 20th June 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 7th February 2013

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Very much the town school of the charming, historic and prosperous town of Bradford-on-Avon, with its honey-coloured buildings tumbling down to the river (we could get quite carried away), and determined to remain at the centre of the community. St Laurence is known locally for its music, as the Wiltshire Music Centre is built in its grounds and the school has day time use of its excellent facilities: ‘the finest acoustics outside London’, apparently. Some musicians achieve diplomas before they leave...

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

From January 2021, Tim Farrer, previous head of Shaftesbury School. Trained to teach at Reading University and began his career in Slough, teaching English and drama in a mixed comprehensive Catholic school. After becoming head of department, he moved on to St. Andrew's in Surrey where he was appointed as head of faculty. Next up was St Peter’s School in Bournemouth where he led the school’s specialist status, then Queen Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne as sole deputy head.

Entrance

At 11, 232 places applicants mostly from five local primary schools, but a significant number from outside the catchment area, including some from local prep schools; oversubscribed. As an academy, the admissions policy is set by the governors but applications are made through Wiltshire LA. Transition arrangements highly praised. At sixth form, applications are made direct to...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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

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:

regularly
most years
quite often
infrequently
sometimes, but not in this year


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