Heathfield Community College
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
1477
AGES
11 - 18
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
(10/3/20)
Full Report - All Reports
78%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths



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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 12% of schools in England) Below Average (About 20% of schools in England) Average (About 37% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 14% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 5% of schools in England) Below Average (About 25% of schools in England) Average (About 48% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 5% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

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% of pupils who achieved 5+ GCSEs grade 9-4
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% of pupils who achieved GCSE grade 5 or above in both English and maths
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% of pupils who achieved 3 A levels at AAB or higher

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

Cade Street
Heathfield
TN21 8RJ
01435866066

School Description

Pupils are thriving at this school. They benefit from an excellent all-round education. Pupils achieve highly in the subjects they study and grow into confident and responsible individuals. Pupils enjoy coming to school and they are proud of it. Pupils conduct themselves very well and live up to leaders’ high expectations of behaviour. They show respect and courtesy to their peers and the adults that work with them. Around the school, the atmosphere is warm and friendly. Bullying is extremely rare and dealt with promptly, if it does occur. Many pupils take advantage of the extensive range of clubs and activities provided outside of their regular lessons. Pupils have numerous opportunities to develop leadership and have their say in how the school is run. The school’s newspaper, radio and TV stations showcase a wide range of pupils’ talents, interests and contributions to the local community. Pupils feel safe at school. They are exceptionally well cared for. Parents and pupils praise the very high quality of pastoral care that the school provides. One parent’s view reflected those of many, commenting via the Ofsted Parent View survey, ‘This is a fantastic school with high academic standards and excellent pastoral care.’ What does the school do well and what does it need to do better? Leaders have developed an innovative and ambitious curriculum for all pupils. Leaders have carefully considered what pupils should learn and the order in which things are taught. For example, the English texts have been selected because they are progressively more challenging in their themes and vocabulary. In science, pupils gain secure knowledge because the curriculum has been carefully planned, so that key concepts are revisited regularly. Pupils’ subject learning is enhanced through an extensive out-of-lesson offer. For example, pupils benefit from whole days going into depth in a subject. Leaders check carefully that pupils take advantage of the wide range of additional learning opportunities that are available to them. Leaders go out of their way to ensure that the most disadvantaged pupils have the same opportunities as other pupils. Pupils have an excellent grounding in a range of academic subjects. High proportions of pupils study the English Baccalaureate subjects in key stage 4. In addition, the flexible structure of the curriculum ensures that very high proportions of pupils continue to study arts and technology subjects. As a result of the effective curriculum in key stages 3 and 4, pupils are really ready for their next steps and have a broad range of skills. Teachers use their expert subject knowledge to plan and deliver activities in a logical order that helps pupils build on what they have learned before. They use probing and often very challenging questions to make sure pupils know and remember what has been taught. For example, in history, Year 9 pupils were able to analyse information about vaccination because they remembered previous learning and could relate it to modern day examples. However, teachers could raise their expectations further and check pupils’ understanding even more thoroughly in modern foreign languages. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) receive excellent support. Staff have the same high ambitions for these pupils as they do for others. Technology is used very effectively to enhance pupils’ learning. Well-considered approaches enable pupils to access the curriculum and support them to organise and present their work. Staff have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour. They establish clear routines and boundaries. These go hand in hand with well-planned teaching and, all together, they mean that pupils behave very well in class. Pupils are very well prepared for the next steps in their education, employment or training. Pupils are very successful in public examinations at the end of key stage 4 in almost all subjects. Pupils with SEND and lower prior attaining pupils achieve exceptionally well. Pupils benefit from a comprehensive careers information and guidance programme, including curriculum days that focus on careers in specific subject areas, such as the arts. The sixth form is very successful. Sixth-form students participate enthusiastically in lessons. For example, Year 13 English literature students were engrossed in debating Shakespeare’s portrayal of characters in Othello. Students achieve well in a wide range of A levels. They are fully involved in the life of the school. They organise many events, such as the mentoring programme to help younger pupils with their learning. After sixth form, a high proportion of students successfully enter further education, employment or training. Leaders do not rest on their laurels and are constantly striving to improve the school further. Staff are overwhelmingly positive about leaders’ concern for their workload and well-being. Inspection report: Heathfield Community College 10–11 March 2020 2 In discussion with the headteacher, we agreed that reviewing the continued impact of the wider curriculum on pupils’ subject learning and personal development (including their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development) may usefully serve as a focus for the next inspection. This would include inspectors looking again at modern foreign languages.

Heathfield Community College Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 66% Agree 30% Disagree 2% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>66, "agree"=>30, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 279 responses up to 12-03-2020
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Figures based on 279 responses up to 12-03-2020

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Figures based on 279 responses up to 12-03-2020

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Figures based on 279 responses up to 12-03-2020

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Figures based on 279 responses up to 12-03-2020

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Figures based on 279 responses up to 12-03-2020

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Figures based on 279 responses up to 12-03-2020

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Figures based on 279 responses up to 12-03-2020

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Figures based on 279 responses up to 12-03-2020

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Figures based on 279 responses up to 12-03-2020

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Figures based on 279 responses up to 12-03-2020

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Figures based on 279 responses up to 12-03-2020

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Figures based on 279 responses up to 12-03-2020

Responses taken from Ofsted Parent View

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