Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
1417
AGES
11 - 18
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
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Can I Get My Child Into This 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

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 areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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
(2/10/18)
Full Report - All Reports
61%
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

Surley Row
Emmer Green
Reading
RG4 8LR
01189015800

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You have established a strong culture where professional learning supports all staff to aspire to continually improve their practice. As a result, pupils thrive and enjoy their lessons. You have set high expectations and have created a very cohesive staff team whose members appreciate your efforts to support their workload in order to provide a well-rounded education for all pupils. Parents also expressed confidence in your leadership and the way the school is developing. One parent who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, summed up the views of many in concluding: ‘This is a school that supports children to achieve their full potential and has excellent pastoral care.’ You are ably supported by the leadership team, which has improved many of the school’s systems and procedures. Teachers make good use of assessment information to plan work that meets the needs of all pupils and as a result, the school has shown steady improvement over the last few years. Leaders recognise that some subjects need further support to meet the high standards of the best lessons available in the school. Middle leaders appreciate the ‘coaching for excellence’ programme and feel that this is having a positive impact on improving teaching across the school. Inspectors noted the work teachers have done on shaping a more challenging curriculum for pupils in Years 7 to 9. However, in some subjects, the barriers faced by disadvantaged pupils were limiting progression for a small number of pupils.

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