Apley Wood Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
420
AGES
4 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Foundation school
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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2021, ONS

This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

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NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(15/11/18)
Full Report - All Reports
63%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics



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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 8% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 5% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 7% of schools in England) Average (About 64% of schools in England) Above Average (About 9% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 11% of schools in England) Average (About 58% of schools in England) Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

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% pupils meeting the expected standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)
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% pupils meeting the higher standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)

These results over time show historic performance for key exam results. We show pre-pandemic results as the fairest indicator of whether performance is up, down or stable

Pool Farm Avenue
Apley
Telford
TF1 6FQ
01952386180

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. The effective work of school leaders helps pupils to succeed. You ensure that curriculum plans are based on developing the core skills. These skills help your pupils to make good progress. Pupils are excited and engaged by the topics that they study. Pupils are resilient and are not afraid to work hard and persevere. They have a mature attitude to their learning and reflect on what has been taught. As one pupil told me about history, ‘We learn about the past and how it has influenced the present.’ Parents’, pupils’ and staff’s views of the school are positive about the improvements that you have made since the previous inspection. Pupils spoke with enthusiasm about the school. They behave well and feel trusted and are expected to work hard. The range of visitors and educational experiences that you organise for pupils has added to the well-developed curriculum. For example, a theatre group worked with Year 3 pupils to produce a ‘play in a day’ to encourage healthy eating. This was shared with parents as part of a celebration assembly. You have developed a character education programme and this encapsulates your vision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. The programme is helping pupils to be well prepared for life in modern Britain. You have successfully addressed the areas for improvement at the previous inspection. Leaders have invested in effective training to ensure that subject coordinators have a good understanding of their subjects. More pupils are now reaching the expected standard across the curriculum. By the end of key stage 2, the proportion of pupils achieving both the expected and higher standard in reading, writing and mathematics is in line with the national average. However, weaknesses in the match of work to the needs of lower-attaining and disadvantaged pupils are preventing these pupils from catching up. You have high expectations of staff and have developed leaders from the teachers you employed at the early stages in their careers. Staff spoke positively about the training they receive to develop them as subject leaders. Working with staff to help them learn the skills of subject leadership has ensured that the school and others in the teaching alliance benefit. The checks that you carry out on what is happening in classrooms help you to hold teachers to account. Leaders have an accurate understanding of strengths and areas for improvement. This knowledge is used to draw up sharply focused improvement plans. You have ensured that there are effective opportunities for pupils to develop their writing skills across the curriculum. However, further work is needed to ensure that pupils apply their mathematical skills across the curriculum. Safeguarding is effective. You and the leadership team have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. The inclusion mentor works hard in providing quality support for vulnerable pupils and their families. You provide appropriate challenge to external agencies about their decisions of how to support your pupils and pupils are safe and well looked after. Staff are trained appropriately to ensure that they are aware of how to keep pupils safe. You know the specific challenges facing your community and have suitable support in place for those who need it. Governors visit school frequently to check on the work of leaders. Your ‘Pupil Safeguarding Board’ allows learners to take an active role in communicating important safety messages to other pupils. Through assemblies and presentations your pupils learn to keep themselves safe. Staff feel supported to deal with the challenges that pupils face. Attitudes to school life are built on trust and pupils told me that they feel safe. Inspection findings You have developed a group of effective subject leaders. They are well trained and supported to fulfil their roles. Leaders, through a programme of coaching, mentoring and shadowing experienced colleagues, have ensured that teachers have the skills to evaluate their own practice. Leaders are able to target support and training where it is needed. All leaders demonstrate dedication, enthusiasm and a determination for pupils to achieve well. As a result of leaders’ actions to develop the foundation subjects, more pupils are reaching the expected standard. You and the leadership team have established an effective assessment system that allows you to check and monitor the progress that pupils are making in all subjects. Leaders use this information to plan support which helps pupils catch up. These actions are leading to pupils making good progress. For example, the proportion of pupils attaining the expected and higher standard in all core subjects is in line with the national average. Where pupils are in danger of falling behind, leaders use the assessment information to target specific support for learners. The additional money received for disadvantaged pupils, to help them make good progress, is monitored well by leaders and evaluated carefully. Leaders know how well these pupils are doing and can evidence the positive effects of the additional support given. Leaders relentlessly pursue the requests that the school makes to external agencies for additional support for learners. Consequently, the school is doing all it can to get the help that learners need in a timely fashion. The assessment information gathered by the school is also used well by pupils. Pupils talk confidently about what they have learned and what they need to do to improve. For example, pupils are able to self-select targets to work on. They use these to help shape their own areas for development and have an excellent understanding of what they need to do to improve their work. Pupils’ attitudes to school are good and you have worked hard to develop strategies that encourage all pupils to be ready to learn. This means that throughout the day, pupils engage in activities that focus them. They concentrate well and work together to solve problems. Pupils’ personal development and their understanding of how to keep themselves safe are well developed through the curriculum and by the character education programme. You have ensured that safety, rights and responsibilities, well-being and relationships education are well embedded. Consequently, pupils’ mature understanding of these issues is preparing them well for the next stage in their education. Across the foundation subjects pupils are able to practise and apply their writing skills and this is improving standards in literacy. However, the opportunities for the application of skills in mathematics are less well developed. Leaders’ checks on what is happening in classrooms help them to evaluate the work of the school. Leaders and governors understand what is working well and improvement plans are sharply focused on appropriate further actions. For example, you have identified a focus on accelerating progress for disadvantaged pupils to help more of them reach the expected standards. The staff encourage pupils to ‘convince me’ through their responses to specific questions and challenges in mathematics. These opportunities provide pupils with effective practice in reasoning and explaining their thinking about mathematical concepts. This is helping more pupils reach the higher standards. However, the work given to lower-attaining and lower-attaining disadvantaged pupils is not closely matched to their needs. As a result, these pupils are not making enough progress to catch up and close the gap between their attainment and that of other pupils nationally.

Apley Wood Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 56% Agree 41% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 1% Don't Know 1% {"strongly_agree"=>56, "agree"=>41, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>1, "dont_know"=>1} Figures based on 78 responses up to 10-02-2020
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