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  • The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School
    Greenford Road
    UB6 9AW
  • Head: Mr Michael Kiely
  • T 020 8575 8222
  • F 020 8575 9963
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Ealing
  • Pupils: 1,859
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 4th July 2018
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 15th October 2014
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Parents speak of an ‘amazing PE department’ with ‘dedicated staff who work tirelessly’. Everything except swimming (15 minutes' walk away) takes place on site, either on their all-weather floodlit playing field behind the school, sports hall or gym. Students told us of ‘interactive’ and ‘buzzy’ lessons, and although that certainly wasn’t the case in some classrooms we visited we didn’t spot one inattentive student. Parents also complimentary of the teachers... 

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Tourism at an English Comprehensive School (BTEC Certificate Level 2)

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Since 2010, Michael Kiely (50s), BEd (University of London) and MA in education (UC Berkeley). Joined the school in 1985, becoming a deputy head in 1997. Before that, he taught at alma mater Drayton Manor, as well as Chiswick Polytechnic and Featherstone High School, Ealing.

His two brothers went to Cardinal Wiseman and he was a hair’s breadth from attending himself; his mum even bought the blazer. But grammar school it was to be, not that he has many fond memories of it: ‘It wasn’t set up for people like me who were bright but didn’t know how to engage and that always stuck with me,’ he says, the early seeds of his future teaching career clearly being sewn (although at the time, he had his sights on becoming a...

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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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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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