Higher Failsworth Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
420
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
(11/10/17)
Full Report - All Reports
58%
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

Stansfield Road
Failsworth
Oldham
M35 9EA
01616812645

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. This is because you and your senior colleagues know the school well. You analyse the performance of pupils and staff regularly, in order to identify and address any weaknesses. For example, you traced the underperformance in writing at key stage 1 to inconsistencies in the quality of teaching. As a result, you took decisive action, which is already leading to improvement in this area of your work. You have also worked successfully to stimulate the interest and raise the standards of boys who were making slow progress in the early years. The governors have provided strong support with this. Results for disadvantaged pupils have improved and are now more closely in line with those of other pupils in the school. You agreed that it would be helpful to identify more precise targets against which the impact of the additional funding for disadvantaged pupils can be assessed. You provide a very rich and varied curriculum for your pupils. You agreed that there is now a need to develop more precise measures of pupils’ progress in subjects other than English and mathematics. Following the last inspection, you have made several revisions to your marking policy. However, when we examined pupils’ books, you and I found that it is not being applied consistently. Provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral and social development is a strength of your school. Every pupil takes part in a play each year and many enjoy regular success in local speech, drama and music festivals. Pupils take their leadership roles as prefects and members of the school and eco-councils very seriously. They are very enthusiastic about the wide range of sporting activities available to them. Members of the local community also commended the regular involvement of your pupils in charity work. The behaviour that I saw around the school was consistently good. I was particularly impressed by the high levels of concentration shown by children in the early years as they took part in a discussion. They took turns to present their views and to develop their ideas, in response to skilful questioning from the teacher. Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Your records are up to date and detailed. The pupils I met said that they are happy and safe at the school. They also feel safe on the way to and from school. They know that, if they have worries or concerns, the staff will help them. There have been some incidents of bullying and namecalling but these are dealt with effectively. None of these pupils had encountered any racism in the school. Through the Bikeability programme, they learn how to keep themselves safe on roads. They also know how to keep themselves safe when using the internet and social media and are clear about what to do if they come across unsuitable material. All pupils in Years 5 and 6 receive swimming lessons, so that they are safe in and near water. Pupils know what to do and where to go in the case of a fire and your records show that fire practices are held regularly. You have succeeded in making the staffing of the school more diverse and representative of the local community. Your records show that you deal vigorously with derogatory name-calling, including homophobic remarks. Where you have had concerns about the possible radicalisation of pupils, you have worked closely with the police. You also liaise regularly with a range of external agencies to support families who need additional help. All the parents who spoke to me, and almost all those who responded to the online questionnaire, said that their children are happy and safe at the school. I was repeatedly told about how approachable the staff are and how much the children enjoy coming to school. All staff and governors have received the necessary training in safeguarding. The staff I spoke to knew how to identify possible signs of child abuse and were very clear about what they should do if they had any concerns. Inspection findings Since the last inspection, standards in the early years have been below average, although they have improved. A line of enquiry for the inspection was to know the reasons for this and to establish whether recent improvements are set to continue. You showed me that children enter the Nursery with knowledge and skills that are below and sometimes well below what is typical for their age.

Higher Failsworth Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 74% Agree 22% Disagree 3% Strongly Disagree 1% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>74, "agree"=>22, "disagree"=>3, "strongly_disagree"=>1, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 68 responses up to 22-05-2018
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