Ferndale Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
625
AGES
3 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community school
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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
(10/11/20)
Full Report - All Reports
68%
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

Ferndale Avenue
Great Barr
Birmingham
B43 5QF
01213573326

School Description

This school is much larger than most primary schools. Pupils come from a range of backgrounds. Although one in four pupils speak English as an additional language, only a small number are in the early stages of learning English. Early years provision comprises a Nursery class for up to 78 three- and four-year-old children, and three Reception classes for four- and five-year-olds. The children in the Nursery attend part time or full time. The school has specially resourced provision for pupils with SEND. This provides for up to 10 pupils who have education, health and care plans and who are autistic or have complex communication needs. Across the school, the percentage of pupils with SEND is above that of most schools. Since the previous inspection in March 2014, there have been considerable staff changes. The headteacher joined the school in April 2016 and some other senior leaders joined in September 2016. Leaders and governors have commissioned additional support from external consultants, including one of the local authority’s school improvement advisers. Inspection report: Ferndale Primary School, 14–15 November 2018 Page 10 of 12 Information about this inspection Inspectors visited parts of lessons in every year group. Many visits were made jointly with the headteacher, deputy headteacher or assistant headteachers. Inspectors looked at samples of pupils’ work in books, assessment information and records of previous work, including work displayed on walls in classrooms and corridors. Inspectors considered a range of documentation including: leaders’ evaluations of the school’s effectiveness; the school’s improvement and strategic plans; assessment information and tracking data about pupils’ achievement, progress and performance; and some school documents and data relating to governance, teaching, attendance and safeguarding. Inspectors spoke to pupils during lessons. They met with three groups of pupils to hear them read and to discuss their work, behaviour and safety. Inspectors spoke to pupils during break and lunchtimes to ask them for their views about the school. Inspectors spoke to several parents to seek their views about the school and analysed the 126 responses to Parent View, as well as the 121 free-text comments. The lead inspector considered the 33 responses from staff and the five responses from pupils in Years 5 and 6 to Ofsted’s online surveys. Inspectors also talked to the staff team during the inspection to gauge their views about the support they receive. Inspectors held discussions with the headteacher, deputy headteacher and assistant headteachers. The lead inspector held a meeting with five governors, including the chair and vice-chair of the governing body. A meeting was held with a school improvement adviser from Sandwell local authority. The lead inspector also spoke with the school’s business manager to check safeguarding and staff vetting records. Inspection team Charalambos Loizou, lead inspector Her Majesty’s Inspector Clair McNeill Ofsted Inspector Gill Turner Ofsted Inspector Amarjit Cheema Ofsted Inspector Inspection report: Ferndale Primary School, 14–15 November 2018 Page 11 of 12 Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance ‘Raising concerns and making a complaint about Ofsted’, which is available from Ofsted’s website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/complaints-about-ofsted. If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email [email protected]

Ferndale Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 60% Agree 31% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 1% Don't Know 2% {"strongly_agree"=>60, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>1, "dont_know"=>2} Figures based on 131 responses up to 19-03-2019
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Figures based on 131 responses up to 19-03-2019

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Figures based on 131 responses up to 19-03-2019

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Figures based on 131 responses up to 19-03-2019

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Figures based on 131 responses up to 19-03-2019

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Figures based on 131 responses up to 19-03-2019

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Figures based on 131 responses up to 19-03-2019

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Figures based on 131 responses up to 19-03-2019

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Figures based on 131 responses up to 19-03-2019

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Figures based on 131 responses up to 19-03-2019

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Figures based on 131 responses up to 19-03-2019

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Figures based on 131 responses up to 19-03-2019

Responses taken from Ofsted Parent View

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