Blackwood Comprehensive School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)

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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 Pupil Level Annual School Census
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the Pupil Level Annual School Census collected by the Welsh Government. The data tells us where pupils lived at the time of the last Pupil 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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School Description

Pupils at Blackwood Comprehensive School are friendly, courteous, well-rounded young people who convey strong pride in their school and their personal achievements. There is a highly inclusive ethos in the school and wide-ranging provision and support for pupils’ well-being and their social and moral development. As a result, they develop successfully as responsible, well-informed citizens who know that their individuality will be celebrated and respected by the school community. Effective teaching means that pupils make good progress in their knowledge, understanding and skills in many lessons. In a few cases, pupils make particularly strong progress. Their oracy skills are a notable strength, as is the pride with which they present their work in their books. Most display excellent attitudes to learning and behave very well. Their enthusiastic participation in extra-curricular activities and leadership opportunities is of particular note. Leaders’ belief that pupils’ well-being is an important precursor to learning permeates all aspects of the school’s work. All leaders take pupils’ views into account on a regular basis and the school has developed a range of valuable provisions to meet the evolving needs of vulnerable pupils. There is a well-established culture of safeguarding pupils and most feel safe and secure in school. The school has robust procedures to monitor attendance and helpful processes to support pupils with low attendance. However, despite improvements in attendance from last year, it remains a cause for concern, particularly for pupils eligible for free school meals. The central importance of high-quality teaching is strongly emphasised and is at the heart of the school’s approach to the curriculum. The school has a clear vision for Curriculum for Wales. Staff within the school and across partner primary schools have worked collaboratively to develop an authentic, purposeful curriculum and plan for appropriate progression. The programme of professional learning around teaching has been successful in promoting core principles that are evident in lessons. The programme also introduces staff to a menu of additional strategies, but they have the freedom to choose what is right for their pupils and subject. Teaching is of consistently good quality in many lessons. Many teachers use assessment information effectively to plan lessons and they provide helpful feedback to pupils. Staff across the school work extremely effectively as a team. Their attitudes and their work reflect their commitment to the pupils and the school’s values, as well as a clear sense of shared accountability. The skilful way in which the headteacher balances caring, compassionate leadership with a highly reflective, strategic and evaluative approach has inspired and influenced the work of other leaders. The consistently strong leadership skills demonstrated by many leaders at all levels is a notable feature. There is a culture of regular, rigorous self-evaluation leading to effective action planning and supported by purposeful professional learning. Governors are supportive of the school and are beginning to improve their understanding of the school’s work and their role. However, mainly because many of the governors are new, they lack a detailed knowledge of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and therefore do not provide sufficient challenge. 2 A report on Blackwood Comprehensive School May 2023 Recommendations R1 Improve attendance, especially that of pupils eligible for free school meals R2 Strengthen the role of governors as critical friends of the school What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection. Estyn will invite the school to prepare a case study on its work in relation to selfevaluation and developing pupils’ digital skills for dissemination on Estyn’s website.

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