Castle Donington College
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
PUPILS
562
AGES
11 - 16
GENDER
Mixed
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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
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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?

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NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(9/1/19)
Full Report - All Reports
64%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths



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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 12% of schools in England) Below Average (About 20% of schools in England) Average (About 37% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 14% of schools in England)
Mount Pleasant
Castle Donington
Derby
DE74 2LN
01332810528

School Description

The school expanded to include pupils in Year 10 in September 2017 and Year 11 in September 2018. The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is considerably below the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is average. A very small number of pupils attend alternative, off-site provision at Derby College.

Castle Donington College Parent Reviews



Average Parent Rating

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“Second to none”

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"> As a parent of two children, one of which attended this school from 2008-2012, the other is currently attending, I feel that it is only right that I express my experiences of both my children with both current and potential parents. May I be very clear: this school has performed its academic challenges and delivered to both of my children. At times this has not always been an easy task. Whether it be due to academic ability or ill health but at every level imaginable this school and its staff have exceeded their "contracted" education levels and bent over backwards "out of contract" to provide over and beyond, in order to assist, resolve or genuinely help either child or me as a parent. In the case of my eldest, after infant school, Castle Donington became very much the foundation to her present success. She is now in further education at Loughborough and training to achieve her goal of future employment with Her Majesties Customs and Excise. My youngest is nearly three parts through her first year there and we can see her development excel creating a similar foundation. This is without doubt due to the genuine time taken by all the staff to ensure her wellbeing. In short, she is not just being helped to provide a statistical pass. If you were in any doubt about this school, I genuinely hope this assists you with any decision.
“Secondary Education”

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"> Prefer the 11-16 system in Derby and surrounding areas. The system has been promised for a number of years here - it needs to happen. Loughborough schools are already offering 11-16 education.
“Positive impact”

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"> My daughter left the college last year after spending 4 years there. She was there whilst there were management difficulties. Even during this time the staff remained professional and caring throughout. When the new Principle took over (only a few months before she was due to leave), he made a positive impact on her remaining time there, getting to know the year 9s before they left. My son now attends and loves it, the teachers and all the college has to offer. The pastoral care is second to none and I truly feel the staff know my children. Recently Mr Mitchley (Principle) told me what a pleasure my child is to be around, how well thought of he is by the staff and how well he is improving - that's what every parent wants to hear. A big shout out to Mrs Johnson who can never do enough, Mr Mitchley for being a very approachable Principle and the office staff who are always willing to help on the end of the phone.
“Positive review”

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"> My son is in his second year at CDC and loves it. I have no complaints on his education or the school in general. The new head teacher is doing a great job to turn the school around after taking over. I'm sure when OFSTED revisit this year they will return to a 'good' school once again.
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"> Not sure which school the people who made the negative comments above went to but it was definitely not CDCC! This is a fantastic, well resourced school, with high standard of teaching. Since the new principal has come in he has changed this school for the better, pushing the school forward in the right direction.
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Strongly Agree 31% Agree 58% Disagree 9% Strongly Disagree 1% Don't Know 1% {"strongly_agree"=>31, "agree"=>58, "disagree"=>9, "strongly_disagree"=>1, "dont_know"=>1} Figures based on 80 responses up to 11-01-2019
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Figures based on 80 responses up to 11-01-2019

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Figures based on 80 responses up to 11-01-2019

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Figures based on 80 responses up to 11-01-2019

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Figures based on 80 responses up to 11-01-2019

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Figures based on 80 responses up to 11-01-2019

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Figures based on 80 responses up to 11-01-2019

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Figures based on 80 responses up to 11-01-2019

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Figures based on 80 responses up to 11-01-2019

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Figures based on 80 responses up to 11-01-2019

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Figures based on 80 responses up to 11-01-2019

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Figures based on 80 responses up to 11-01-2019

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