The Victory Academy
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Post 16
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Magpie Hall Road
11 - 18
Academy sponsor led
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The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The academy is sponsored by the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT). The Victory Academy is smaller than the average-sized mixed secondary school. It is located in an area where there are a number of grammar schools which recruit the most able students. Consequently, a high number of pupils enter the school with low Inspection report: The Victory Academy, 26–27 September 2017 Page 10 of 13 prior attainment. The school shares expertise and accesses support and training from other schools within the trust. A small number of pupils and sixth-form students study at The Rochester Grammar School and Holcombe Grammar School. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils from multi-ethnic groups and who speak English as an additional language is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above the national average. There are much higher numbers of disadvantaged pupils compared to the national average. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The Inspection report: The Victory Academy, 26–27 September 2017 Page 11 of 13 Information about this inspection Inspectors observed pupils’ learning in 36 lessons across a range of year groups from Year 7 to Year 13. Eleven of these were jointly observed with senior leaders. Inspectors visited a number of other classes. Inspectors looked at a range of pupils’ work in lessons and a further selection of pupils’ books was scrutinised. Pupils’ behaviour was observed in lessons, around the school and during breaktimes. Inspectors held meetings with the chief executive officer, principal and director of secondary education for the trust as well as senior leaders, groups of middle leaders, teachers, governors and directors of TSAT. Inspectors took into account 44 responses to the confidential questionnaires received from staff and also met with individuals and groups of staff. The views of pupils were taken into account and inspectors met with groups of pupils including sixth-form students. Inspectors considered the views of parents taking into account 21 responses to the online Ofsted parent questionnaire, Parent View, including 18 free-text responses. Inspectors evaluated key documents including: the school’s strategic planning documents; minutes of meetings, including governor and board meetings; reports of attendance and behaviour; and records relating to pupils’ safety and academic progress. Inspection team Theresa Phillips, lead inspector Her Majesty’s Inspector Ann Fearon Ofsted Inspector Andrew Foster Ofsted Inspector Susan Derrick Ofsted Inspector Inspection report: The Victory Academy, 26–27 September 2017 Page 12 of 13 Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance ‘Raising concerns and making a complaint about Ofsted’, which is available from Ofsted’s website: If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email [email protected]

The Victory Academy Catchment Area Map

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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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