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We watched pupils arriving quietly in happy groups, greeting and being greeted by staff; we observed a tutorial group being reminded of special activities in the near future in an atmosphere of relaxed concentration and fun. Not a grade-chasing school approaching league table results as if they were the Holy Grail. We witnessed a tremendously lively girls' cricket session overseen by the captain of England’s  women’s team and met a number of youthful, forthcoming and, yes, very friendly staff. We were charmed and startled by a girl asking if we would like to see her heart...

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Converted to an academy 2010.

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Since September 2018, Claire Smith who has worked at the Academy since 2011, progressing from director of sport, to college leader, to associate principal. Married with two young children, she was educated at Sheffield Hallam University and has been teaching since 2004.


Preference to looked after children, then those attending the linked primary school, then those living in the catchment area, then siblings.

About 50 per cent of year 11 pupils stay on for the sixth form. Grades required are a minimum of six grades 6s at GCSE with at least a 4 in maths and English. Pupils must achieve a minimum grade 6 in any subject they wish to take at A level. A large number of external candidates apply for entry into the sixth form; about 20-30 gain places....

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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