Chancellor's School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
1190
AGES
11 - 18
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?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(26/9/18)
Full Report - All Reports
76%
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) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 5% of schools in England) Below Average (About 25% of schools in England) Average (About 48% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 5% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

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% of pupils who achieved 5+ GCSEs grade 9-4
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% of pupils who achieved GCSE grade 5 or above in both English and maths
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% of pupils who achieved 3 A levels at AAB or higher

These results over time show historic performance for key exam results. We show pre-pandemic results as the fairest indicator of whether performance is up, down or stable

Pine Grove
Brookmans Park
Hatfield
AL9 7BN
01707650702

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. You provide purposeful leadership guided by your desire that all pupils achieve well at Chancellor’s School. You are supported by a well-respected and effective senior leadership team that ensures that pupils receive a broad and rich quality of education, both inside the classroom and through the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities that are available to them. You and other leaders are rightly proud of the improvements made to the school since you became headteacher. You are committed to supporting all pupils whatever their needs and ensuring that all ‘achieve, enjoy, excel’. Pupils are well behaved and have positive attitudes to learning. They are grateful for the high-quality support they receive from adults in the school. Pupils enjoy school and attendance is high. Pupils say that the school encourages them to be independent. In the Ofsted survey of pupils’ views, almost all of those who responded said that the school encourages them to respect people from other backgrounds and to treat everyone equally. Parents and carers are also very positive about the school. They say that their children are taught well and make good progress at Chancellor’s School. Leaders and governors have a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. You have rightly identified the achievement of sixth-form students as a strength of the school. Development plans are focused on the right priorities for improvement, and leaders provide extensive support to colleagues to help them achieve these. For instance, you have introduced the Chancellor’s ‘DNA’ model to improve teaching. This model identifies the strands crucial to providing high-quality teaching. It is leading to improvements in the quality of learning. Governors provide you with good support and bring a wealth of expertise to the school. They bring knowledge of education, law, finance and business, which they use to support the school well. They also offer robust accountability to you and other leaders. Governors know the school well and contribute effectively to school development planning. They make sure that they have up-to-date training from the local authority governor support service so that they have the skills to carry out their statutory duties effectively. Safeguarding is effective. Leaders have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and work effectively. An open and supportive culture of safeguarding exists within the school and this is underpinned by strong record-keeping and timely interventions. Leaders are tenacious in following up all necessary checks on staff. Staff take swift action to support pupils at risk. Staff report and follow up concerns with a range of agencies in a timely way. Leaders work exceptionally well with external agencies. Pupils are taught how to stay safe in a variety of ways, including through assemblies. For example, on the day of the inspection, the theme for assembly was ‘be safe’. Pupils in Years 7 to 11 follow a ‘how to thrive’ curriculum. This includes topics such as the use of social media, e-safety, equalities, anxiety and body image. Sixth-form students say that they value extended learning days as these allow them to explore issues of personal safety, including gang crime, drugs and relationships. Pupils say that they feel safe at the school, and most parents agree that their children are safe and happy at school. Inspection findings I pursued a number of lines of enquiry to ascertain if the school continues to be good. My first question related to how effectively you and your leaders ensure that all groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, make consistently good progress. This was because in 2017, at the school, these two groups of pupils did not make as much progress from their starting points as pupils did nationally. Since the previous inspection you and other leaders have put in place a number of strategies to support disadvantaged pupils. In some classes, disadvantaged pupils’ needs are recognised and addressed by teachers well. In these classes, disadvantaged pupils make good progress. However, this is not consistent in all classes. Leaders are aware that not all of their strategies have been successful. As a result, you have chosen new approaches which you believe will be more effective. These include a ‘pupil premium first charter’ to train and support staff to make sure that disadvantaged pupils make good progress, and ‘challenge the gap’ staff mentors to personalise support for disadvantaged pupils. Peer mentors work with disadvantaged pupils both inside and outside of lessons.

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