Astor Secondary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
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Astor Avenue
Dover
CT17 0AS
01304201151
Pupils
802
Ages
11 - 18
Gender
Mixed
Type
Academy converter
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(6/7/21)
Full Report - All Reports
33%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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Pupils at Astor College are very welcoming, friendly and lively. They are proud of their school and enjoy the wide choice of arts subjects that it offers them. Leaders are ambitious for pupils. However, the quality of education does not always live up to this aim. Historically, pupils have had gaps in their knowledge in some subjects and, as a result, did less well in examinations. More pupils join Astor later in their school career than is usually the case. Many of these pupils have missed parts of their education. Despite the efforts of leaders and teachers, some of these pupils do not catch up by the end of Year 11. Leaders make sure that pupils behave well. Relationships are strong between staff and pupils. As one Year 9 girl said: ‘Teachers can be strict, but only if you cross the line.’ Staff deal well with any bullying if it happens. Pupils feel safe and very well cared for. Parents rightly value this, especially when they have moved their child to Astor from another school. One parent summed up the view of many others, saying that the staff ‘have gone out of their way to support my son’.

Astor Secondary School Catchment Area Map

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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

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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 areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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.

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