Great Paxton CofE Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
102
AGES
4 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Voluntary controlled 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
(4/7/17)
Full Report - All Reports
65%
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

Mount Pleasant
Great Paxton
St Neots
PE19 6YJ
01480472132

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. The school is continuing to improve. The proportion of children reaching a good level of development by the end of their Reception Year has risen over the past three years and was above the national average in 2016. In the same year, all Year 1 pupils met the required standard in their phonics test. By the end of key stage 2, a greater proportion of your pupils reach the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics than in other schools nationally. You have recently increased the leadership capacity at the school. You are ably supported by your deputy headteacher and the special educational needs coordinator in your drive to continue to improve the school. Together, you all lead the school well. You have ensured that staff changes and times of unplanned absences have not disrupted the learning opportunities for pupils. You have also gained the absolute support of your staff who relish being part of a team that shares a common goal to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to achieve their best. Since the previous inspection, you and your governing body have taken on the management of the on-site nursery in order to ensure its future stability. This exemplifies your belief that the school is at the heart of your community. Pupils told me how much they enjoy coming to school. The positive relationships between staff and pupils are evident in every classroom. This is a school where every pupil is known as an individual, not only because the school is small, but because of the values that underpin everything you do. Pupils are taught British values and are encouraged to develop their own ‘values for life’, such as compassion and forgiveness. The school is a harmonious place where staff and pupils listen to each other and embrace each other’s differences. Older pupils provide support for younger ones by acting as ‘peer mediators’ to help them resolve minor concerns or issues at break and lunchtimes. Pupils say that helping others, either with their learning or socially, ‘makes you feel good inside’. Pupils want to do well and the pride they take in their learning is clear from their well-presented workbooks and their positive behaviour in lessons. Pupils welcomed me as a visitor to their school and were keen to talk about their learning and what it was like to be a pupil at Great Paxton. Parents who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, were overwhelmingly supportive of the school, agreeing that their children are happy and well looked after. Since the previous inspection, you have increased the opportunities that pupils have to write at length as part of your drive to raise attainment in writing. This resulted in nearly a quarter of your Year 6 pupils reaching the higher standard in their national tests in 2016. The feedback that teachers give to pupils, especially in mathematics and writing, is increasingly effective in helping them to move their learning on quickly. Your teachers have a clear philosophy that pupils write best from experience and so they work hard to provide pupils with activities that stimulate their imaginations. This leads to some unusual experiences that your pupils have thoroughly enjoyed. For example, in order to develop understanding of the secrecy of diary writing, your pupils came to school in their pyjamas and wrote underneath duvets. Pupils also get many opportunities to share and celebrate their writing with parents. Your ‘friendship forest’ makes the perfect setting for pupils to read their stories and their poetry to their parents. In early years, writing clearly has a much higher profile, with examples of the children’s work displayed around the classroom as well as featuring in their learning journals. Your provision for the small number of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, or for those pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium funding, is well tailored to meet their individual needs. Because of this bespoke support, both these groups of pupils make good progress from their starting points. Safeguarding is effective. You ensure that staff are well informed and trained about new safeguarding guidance through regular training and updates. Staff understand their responsibilities and know what to do if they have any concerns. Pupils who spoke to me during the inspection said that they feel safe. Parents overwhelmingly agree that their children are kept safe in the school.

Great Paxton CofE Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 80% Agree 19% Disagree 2% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>80, "agree"=>19, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 59 responses up to 05-07-2017
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Figures based on 59 responses up to 05-07-2017

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Figures based on 59 responses up to 05-07-2017

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