Denbigh School
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths

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Burchard Crescent
Shenley Church End
Milton Keynes

School Description

The school is a larger-than-average-sized comprehensive with a bigger-than-average sixth form. It is a national teaching school and along with St Paul’s Catholic School is the lead school in the Tommy Flowers SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training). In March 2011, the predecessor school with the same name converted to become an academy. The predecessor school was graded outstanding when it was inspected in May 2009. In September 2014, Denbigh School was established as the lead school for the Enigma Maths Hub, working across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Inspection report: Denbigh School, 15–16 January 2019 Page 10 of 14 Oxfordshire. It provides professional development for mathematics teachers from early years to post-16. In 2017, the school became the lead school in a new multi-academy trust (MAT), known as The Denbigh Alliance multi-academy trust. The other school in the MAT is in the process of being built and is scheduled to open in 2020. There have been changes to governance structures following the creation of the MAT. The school has a chair of trustees and a chair of the local governing board. Both these appointments have been made in the last 18 months. The headteacher was appointed in 2014. The school has a vertical tutoring system and is split into five houses, each one led by a head of house. In September 2015, the school increased its pupil admission number from 200 to 260. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is below the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below average. The proportion with education, health and care plans is broadly in line with the average. A lower-than-average-proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. Just over half of the pupils are White British and the other half come from 15 of the 17 ethnic minority groups. The school makes use of two alternative providers: four pupils are currently placed at Bridge Academy and four at Milton Keynes College.

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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2020, 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 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.

Denbigh School Reviews

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"> Excellent School if your child is academic.Has consistently been the top Secondary School in Milton Keynes for the past 5+years regarding GSCE results and is the highest rating from Ofsted.
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