Dukesgate Academy
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
232
AGES
3 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Academy sponsor led
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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
(12/2/19)
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90%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics



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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 8% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 5% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 7% of schools in England) Average (About 64% of schools in England) Above Average (About 9% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 11% of schools in England) Average (About 58% of schools in England) Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

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% pupils meeting the expected standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)
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% pupils meeting the higher standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)

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

Earlesdon Crescent
Little Hulton
Salford
M38 9HF
01617992210

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. There have been some significant changes in the school’s leadership and management since the previous inspection. The school joined United Learning Multi-Academy Trust on 1 February 2019. The school was previously part of Salford Academy Trust. Almost all members of the local governing body have been appointed since the previous inspection. The new multi-academy trust has maintained this local governing board. The school appointed two assistant headteachers to increase leadership capacity. Leaders, governors and staff share an ambitious vision for the pupils at Dukesgate. They have established a culture where there are ‘no excuses’. Every child at this school is treated as an individual. Staff personalise the school’s offer to help each pupil overcome any barriers to their learning, whether academic, social or personal. As a result, pupils make good progress from their starting points across the school. Dukesgate is a warm, welcoming, happy school. Pupils are polite, kind and considerate. They listen attentively to their teachers, get on well with their classmates and are keen to lend a hand around school. Pupils take pride in their work. They take care with their handwriting, set their work out neatly and try hard with the work their teachers set them. Pupils take part in a wealth of exciting opportunities which enhance their school life. The Year 6 residential trip tested pupils’ mettle with some challenging activities, such as the high-wire walk. Younger pupils enjoyed learning about life in Roman Britain during their visit to Chester. Pupils take part enthusiastically in after-school clubs, such as choir and gymnastics. Pupils are proud to represent their school, for example playing in inter-school rounders matches. The early years environment is a hive of activity. The school’s youngest children embrace the wealth of opportunities both indoors and outdoors. Children settle quickly into Nursery and Reception classes. These young children get off to a good start. High-quality phonics teaching helps children develop their early reading and writing skills well. Children grasp mathematical concepts and language through a wide variety of play experiences. By the time they move into Year 1, most children have made strong progress to reach a good level of development. Staff morale is good. Staff enjoy coming to work. They value the training and support that they receive to help them do their jobs effectively. Staff have enjoyed the opportunities to shape the school’s curriculum, improve the effectiveness of their teaching and enhance pupils’ progress. They feel that changes made by leaders have freed them up to focus on those tasks which make the most positive difference to the pupils. Parents and carers are valued partners in their children’s education. They receive regular updates about their children’s progress. They are confident that staff will listen and act on any concerns they may raise. The school’s head of inclusion and headteacher know pupils and their families well. They go ‘above and beyond’ to make sure that those families who are struggling get the help they need. At the previous inspection, inspectors asked leaders to build on good teaching and raise pupils’ achievement. Leaders and teachers have identified and implemented the approaches which are most likely to work well for their pupils. The assistant headteacher has provided training and support for all teachers and support staff. This training has helped staff understand why and how they are expected to make changes. Staff and pupils testify to the positive differences that the new approaches are making. These changes have helped to improve the quality of teaching so that pupils are making stronger progress across the school in recent years. Inspectors also asked leaders to develop long-term planning to make sure skills and knowledge are taught in depth and build on what has gone before, across the full range of subjects. Senior leaders and subject leaders have worked together to revise and improve the school’s curriculum. A wealth of training and support has helped teachers feel more confident and competent to deliver the broad body of knowledge set out in the school’s new curriculum plans. Pupils are engaged and enthused by what they are being taught. There is still more work to do to further refine and improve the school’s curriculum design. As teachers implement the new plans, some refinements are required to make sure that pupils progress in their knowledge across all subjects. Leaders have focused their energies on the design of assessments for reading, writing and mathematics. It is early days in the development of assessment in other subjects. Now that teachers are implementing the new curriculum plans, leaders are turning their attention to designing reliable, well-thought-out assessments of pupils’ learning. Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Leaders make sure thorough checks are carried out on all staff before they take up employment. These ensure that staff are suitable to work with children. Comprehensive training makes sure that staff know their roles and responsibilities. The designated safeguarding leader work closely with families and external agencies to make sure that the school’s most vulnerable pupils get the help and support they need. Pupils are adamant that bullying is rare. They are confident that any incidents are dealt with swiftly and effectively by staff. Pupils told me that, ‘Our headteacher does not allow bullying.’ Teachers make sure that pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe. Good relationships mean pupils have a trusted adult in whom they can confide any worries or concerns. Parents, staff and pupils agree pupils are well cared for and safe. Inspection findings My first line of enquiry for the inspection looked at whether the local governing body provides an appropriate balance of support and challenge and so expedites the school’s improvement. The local governing body has kept a close eye on the school’s performance. Governors have made sure that there has been a relentless focus on pupils’ performance, despite turbulence as the school has moved from one trust to another. The governors gather a wealth of evidence to reassure themselves about the school’s effectiveness. They make frequent visits to school, talking to staff and pupils as well as scrutinising reports from leaders. They do not shy away from challenging leaders when required. As a result, they expedite the school’s improvement. My second line of enquiry considered whether leaders’ actions to improve pupils’ creativity and expression in writing had raised standards in this subject. Across school, teachers use high-quality texts to provide models for pupils’ own writing. Teachers have selected texts which engage and enthuse all pupils, particularly boys. Pupils are making good use of their learning across the curriculum to produce high-quality pieces of writing. For example, Year 6 pupils used their historical knowledge of the early twentieth century to inspire their writing based on the poem, ‘The highwayman’. In Year 4, pupils drew on their learning in science to write accurate explanations about how sound travels. This increased enthusiasm for writing has improved standards across the school. More pupils are working at and above the standards expected for their age than previously.

Dukesgate Academy Parent Reviews



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