James Brindley School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school

Bell Barn Road
B15 2AF
2 - 19
Academy special converter
4 1 1 2 3 4
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School Description

James Brindley School converted to become an academy in the spring term 2013. The school has 11 centres catering for pupils with a wide range of needs, mainly related to medical or mental health conditions. The centres are spread across Birmingham. The school also runs a home-teaching service. Around 200 pupils are registered only at James Brindley. They attend one of three teaching centres: Dovedale, Parkway and Northfield. There are few primary-aged pupils and more than half the pupils are in Key Stage 4. Around a third of pupils who are single registered have a statement of special educational needs. Around three quarters are White British, and a quarter are from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds. A small number are looked after. Not quite half are eligible for the pupil premium. Dovedale has pupils from key stages 2 to 4, and caters for pupils with autistic spectrum Inspection report: James Brindley School, 17–18 January 2017 Page 10 of 13 disorder. Northfield and Parkway are for pupils with medical needs; Northfield for key stage 3 pupils and Parkway for key stage 4. Until September 2016 Northfield and Parkway each had key stage 3 and 4 pupils. Most of the other pupils are dual registered with their main school. These pupils are either in hospital or are resident in a specialist centre for a period of time. There are a few post-16 pupils at any one time at the hospitals and some of the specialist centres. Occasionally, very young children, who would be in the early years, will be at one of the hospitals. The school has around 200 pupils at any one time at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, smaller numbers at Heartlands Hospital and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, and sometimes pupils at the Queen Elizabeth, and City Hospitals. The residential specialist centres, Larimar, Newbridge, Ardenleigh and Willows, each cater for pupils with a range of mental health needs. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic groups who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, or who are looked after in the hospitals and specialist centres, varies from one week to another. The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about the allocation and impact of the pupil premium and sports funding, the SEN information report, information about governors, equality objectives and the school’s complaints policy on its website. Some of this information does not comply because it is incomplete, or is out of date. The school does not comply with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish.

James Brindley School Catchment Area Map

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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.

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  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.

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