Four Acres Academy
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
448
AGES
2 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Academy converter
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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, 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?

Good
NATIONAL AVG. 2.09
Ofsted Inspection
(17/10/2023)
Full Report - All Reports
48%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
0%
NATIONAL AVG. 8%
% pupils achieving the higher standard in reading, writing and mathematics
103
READING
NATIONAL AVG. 105
80 (lowest)
100 (expected)
120 (highest)
Average scaled score
100
MATHS
NATIONAL AVG. 104
80 (lowest)
100 (expected)
120 (highest)
Average scaled score
DATA
GUIDE

1.3
Reading progress score
-0.6
Writing progress score
-1.6
Maths progress score
85%
NATIONAL AVG. 93%
Happiness Rating
19.7:1
NATIONAL AVG. 19.9:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
36.1%
NATIONAL AVG. 17.7%
Persistent Absence
7.6%
NATIONAL AVG. 22.0%
Pupils first language
not English
64.5%
NATIONAL AVG. 25.9%
Free school meals
19.6%
NATIONAL AVG. 13.5%
Pupils with SEN support

Progress Compared With All Other Schools

- 0.6 Writing Progress Score Well Below Average (About 9% of schools in England) Below Average (About 9% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 6% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 9% of schools in England) + 1.3 Reading Progress Score Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 9% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 6% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 8% of schools in England) - 1.6 Maths Progress Score Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 11% of schools in England) Average (About 59% of schools in England) Above Average (About 11% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 9% of schools in England)
Four Acres
Withywood
Bristol
BS13 8RB
01179030474

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since becoming an academy. The school’s core values of ‘respect, aspiration, opportunity, nurture, resilience and enjoyment’ are borne out in all aspects of school life. This was demonstrated clearly in the Christmas performances where pupils eagerly performed with confidence and pride. The strong leadership at all levels, including governors, ensures that staff have the highest expectations of their pupils’ learning and welfare. Leaders have a secure understanding of the school and are honest in identifying those areas which still need further work. You work closely with the Pickwick Teaching Schools Alliance and this ensures that the leadership is challenged appropriately. The school improvement plan is used well as a detailed framework for future developments. You and your deputy headteacher keep a close eye on how well pupils are learning through regular meetings with teachers where they are held to account for individual pupil progress. Subject leaders play a valuable role in maintaining the good-quality education that the pupils receive. They have a clear grasp of what is working well and know what areas need further improvement. Governors are justifiably proud of the school and always put the best interests of the pupils at the heart of their decision making. They use their professional expertise well to challenge the work of the school. Regular visits to the school inform their own strategic view of how well the school is doing. The close working relationships you have established with parents and the wider local community enhance the work of the school. The recent introduction of a technology programme, shared between home and school, has successfully increased parental involvement in children’s learning. Parents appreciate the opportunities a regular forum provides for them to have their voice heard. They enjoy fund-raising for the school and find sessions such as ‘stay and read’ help them to support their children’s reading skills. Safeguarding is effective. The leadership has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and records are detailed and of high quality. Leaders are sensitive to the challenges and needs of the local community. Staff have completed all the appropriate training, in line with current legislation, and apply this training effectively to their daily work. There is a strong culture of safeguarding in the school. The work of leaders, the family support worker and the special educational needs coordinator ensures that vulnerable pupils’ social, emotional and academic needs are well catered for. They make timely referrals and work closely with specialist agencies to minimise children’s risk of harm. Pupils report that they feel safe and know that adults in school will help them if they have a worry or concern. They fully understand the importance of e-safety and are appreciative of the advice they receive from their local police community support officer (PCSO). Using a wide range of rewards and sanctions, leaders have successfully improved overall attendance rates. They are fully aware that there still remains a very small, but stubborn, minority of families who fail to send their children to school regularly. Leaders aim to rectify this through the changes to the school timetable which are being introduced next term. Inspection findings To ascertain that the school remained good, a key line of enquiry was about how the school was improving the proportion of pupils passing the phonics screening check at the end of Year 1. You are fully aware that over the past two years, results in the Year 1 phonics screening check have declined. Children make good progress in reading and writing in the foundation stage. However, staff turbulence has affected the consistency and precision of the teaching of phonics in Year 1. You have addressed this by retraining teaching staff and providing opportunities for them to observe best practice in other schools. You and your leaders have also ensured that there is a more structured approach to the teaching of phonics and a greater parity with the way that the children are taught these skills in Reception. 2 Although phonics is taught in discrete sessions, there is now a greater focus on making it part of a wider toolkit to support the teaching of reading. You and your staff have also worked hard to engage the parents more in helping their children to learn to read. In particular, the ‘stay and read’ project, where parents stay for a short session to share books with their children and promote the love of reading, has been a resounding success. I also wanted to check how well the children were progressing in Nursery and Reception. This is because the proportion of children who met a good level of development in the most recent end of key stage assessments was below the national average. The proportion of children reaching a good level of development by the time they leave Reception has been steadily improving over the past four years. Children do particularly well in their personal, social and emotional development and gain confidence using their physical skills. Nevertheless, you are fully aware that there is an inconsistency in the progress made across all the areas of learning and this limits some children reaching a good level of development. You are putting in place procedures to check that there is a greater consistency of progress across the areas of learning. Given that the proportion of pupils who reached a higher level than expected in the most recent Year 6 national tests for reading, writing and mathematics was below average, I explored how the school was ensuring that the most able were being fully challenged. You are fully aware of the need to maintain the challenge for your most able pupils. Teachers know who these pupils are but recognise that, until recently, they did not always pitch the level of learning high enough. You have swiftly responded to the findings of a recent external review. Changes have been made to the curriculum and teaching staff have a better awareness of ensuring that it provides breadth, depth and revision which suitably stretches and challenges the most able. Teachers report that the greater emphasis on talking about their learning is successfully extending these pupils’ vocabulary. Coupled with this, exciting visits and trips are planned to widen their experiences and contribute to a greater depth of learning for these pupils. There is also a sharpened focus on using the school’s feedback policy to challenge and motivate the pupils as learners. My final line of enquiry was the decline in the progress made by Year 6 pupils in mathematics, as highlighted by the most recent national test results. You recognise that although pupils are confident using and applying their mathematical skills in different situations, they lack the ability to access key multiplication facts quickly enough, especially in test situations. You are rectifying this by ensuring that pupils learn to use and apply their multiplication skills quicker. The popular annual themed enterprise competition, where classes plan a project, such as to make an item within a budget which can be sold at a festival, has been recognised as an effective way to further develop the pupils’ multiplication skills.

Four Acres Academy Parent Reviews



75% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 60% Agree 25% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>60, "agree"=>25, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 48 responses up to 17-05-2024
Strongly Agree 54% Agree 29% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 2% {"strongly_agree"=>54, "agree"=>29, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>2} Figures based on 48 responses up to 17-05-2024
Strongly Agree 40% Agree 33% Disagree 17% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 4% {"strongly_agree"=>40, "agree"=>33, "disagree"=>17, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>4} Figures based on 48 responses up to 17-05-2024
My Child Has Not Been Bullied 63% Strongly Agree 4% Agree 15% Disagree 4% Strongly Disagree 13% Don't Know 2% {"my_child_has_not_been_bullied"=>63, "strongly_agree"=>4, "agree"=>15, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>13, "dont_know"=>2} Figures based on 48 responses up to 17-05-2024
Strongly Agree 42% Agree 35% Disagree 15% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 2% {"strongly_agree"=>42, "agree"=>35, "disagree"=>15, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>2} Figures based on 48 responses up to 17-05-2024
I Have Not Raised Any Concerns 27% Strongly Agree 33% Agree 19% Disagree 10% Strongly Disagree 8% Don't Know 2% {"i_have_not_raised_any_concerns"=>27, "strongly_agree"=>33, "agree"=>19, "disagree"=>10, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>2} Figures based on 48 responses up to 17-05-2024
Strongly Agree 24% Agree 29% Disagree 14% Strongly Disagree 29% Don't Know 5% {"strongly_agree"=>24, "agree"=>29, "disagree"=>14, "strongly_disagree"=>29, "dont_know"=>5} Figures based on 21 responses up to 17-05-2024
Strongly Agree 42% Agree 35% Disagree 13% Strongly Disagree 2% Don't Know 8% {"strongly_agree"=>42, "agree"=>35, "disagree"=>13, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>8} Figures based on 48 responses up to 17-05-2024
Strongly Agree 52% Agree 35% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>52, "agree"=>35, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 48 responses up to 17-05-2024
Strongly Agree 50% Agree 27% Disagree 15% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 4% {"strongly_agree"=>50, "agree"=>27, "disagree"=>15, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>4} Figures based on 48 responses up to 17-05-2024
Strongly Agree 50% Agree 33% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 2% Don't Know 8% {"strongly_agree"=>50, "agree"=>33, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>8} Figures based on 48 responses up to 17-05-2024
Strongly Agree 52% Agree 29% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 2% Don't Know 10% {"strongly_agree"=>52, "agree"=>29, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>10} Figures based on 48 responses up to 17-05-2024
Strongly Agree 48% Agree 25% Disagree 13% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 8% {"strongly_agree"=>48, "agree"=>25, "disagree"=>13, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>8} Figures based on 48 responses up to 17-05-2024
Yes 75% No 25% {"yes"=>75, "no"=>25} Figures based on 48 responses up to 17-05-2024

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