Balderstone St Leonard's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
98
AGES
3 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Voluntary aided 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, ONS
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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 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?

Good
NATIONAL AVG. 2.09
Ofsted Inspection
(12/09/2023)
Full Report - All Reports
71%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
% 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 9% of schools in England) Below Average (About 9% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 6% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 9% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 9% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 6% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 8% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 11% of schools in England) Average (About 59% of schools in England) Above Average (About 11% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 9% of schools in England)
Commons Lane
Balderstone
Blackburn
BB2 7LL
01254769150

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. This is a welcoming school where the Christian beliefs that the team and other staff value so highly shine out. The school adviser says of the school, ‘an ethos of love and care shines out’. This was apparent during the inspection, where I observed the nurture and care which extend across the ‘school family’. Both you and the deputy headteacher work in a highly effective manner to provide a good quality of education for the children at Balderstone St Leonard’s. You receive support from the church and from a dedicated board of governors who are well informed and provide a broad range of skills to support school improvement. You benefit from a highly supportive and hard-working staff team. All members of staff who responded to Ofsted’s online survey said that they were proud to be members of staff and felt that the school was well led and managed. The parents and carers with whom I spoke, and all those who responded to Parent View, Ofsted’s online questionnaire, hold the school in high regard. A typical parental view was, ‘The staff work above and beyond their role and actually overwhelm me with their love of helping each and every child to develop in their own unique way. The staff truly know our children.’ Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and they are polite, thoughtful and caring. Pupils value the broad range of opportunities provided for them to represent their school in positions such as school councillors and British values ambassadors. Your ‘salt and light’ group works with staff and the church to develop further the religious aspects of school life. A representative comment from pupils was, ‘Everybody has a voice.’ Following the last inspection, inspectors asked leaders to develop pupils’ reading skills. Leaders have addressed this issue in a most effective manner, ensuring that pupils enjoy regular access to a wide range of literature across the curriculum. As a result, pupils’ most recent published performance information shows that attainment is above that seen nationally at both the expected and higher levels by the end of key stage 2. Additionally, inspectors asked leaders to ensure that information about pupils’ progress is used effectively to make sure tasks are hard enough for pupils, and they receive precise information about what teachers expect of them. Through focused monitoring of teaching and learning in English, mathematics and science, and regular feedback to staff, leaders are addressing this issue and pupils’ performance is of a high standard. However, you are aware that further work is necessary to ensure that pupils receive the same high level of challenge in subjects in the wider curriculum. During the inspection, we discussed areas where further work is needed in your ongoing school improvement. In writing, pupils do not always have enough opportunities to practise their skills across other subject areas. Additionally, leaders are not ensuring that pupils’ outcomes in the wider curriculum subjects reflect the high standards seen in English, science and mathematics. Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team ensures that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. The school’s policies and procedures are up to date and staff and governors understand their role in keeping pupils safe. The school site is secure. Vigilant staff ensure that visitors are checked on entry and provide them with valuable information relating to health and safety. Pupils have a secure understanding of how to keep themselves safe both in the wider world and online. This is because they have many opportunities to learn about personal and online safety. Pupils have a clear understanding of, and respect for, equality and diversity. A typical comment reflecting the views of others spoken with during the inspection noted, ‘We are inclusive here. Our school is a family. It emphasizes equality.’ Older pupils contribute effectively to safety in school by supporting younger pupils both in school and in the playground. The say that they are proud to act as positive role models.

Balderstone St Leonard's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School Parent Reviews



unlock % Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>78, "agree"=>14, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 50 responses up to 12-09-2023
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>86, "agree"=>6, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 50 responses up to 12-09-2023
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>78, "agree"=>10, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>2} UNLOCK Figures based on 50 responses up to 12-09-2023
My Child Has Not Been Bullied Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"my_child_has_not_been_bullied"=>74, "strongly_agree"=>8, "agree"=>6, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>10, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 50 responses up to 12-09-2023
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>78, "agree"=>16, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 50 responses up to 12-09-2023
I Have Not Raised Any Concerns Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"i_have_not_raised_any_concerns"=>20, "strongly_agree"=>54, "agree"=>18, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 50 responses up to 12-09-2023
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>78, "agree"=>11, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>11, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 10 responses up to 12-09-2023
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>58, "agree"=>36, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>4} UNLOCK Figures based on 50 responses up to 12-09-2023
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>70, "agree"=>20, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 50 responses up to 12-09-2023
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>72, "agree"=>16, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>10, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 50 responses up to 12-09-2023
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>74, "agree"=>20, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>4} UNLOCK Figures based on 50 responses up to 12-09-2023
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>80, "agree"=>12, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 50 responses up to 12-09-2023
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>68, "agree"=>22, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>2} UNLOCK Figures based on 50 responses up to 12-09-2023
Yes No {"yes"=>90, "no"=>10} UNLOCK Figures based on 50 responses up to 12-09-2023

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