King Edward VI Church of England Voluntary Controlled Upper School
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Grove Road
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3BH
11 - 16
Voluntary controlled school
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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This school is larger than the average-sized secondary school and has grown over recent years owing to the addition of Year 7 and Year 8 pupils in 2016. There have been significant leadership changes over the last two years. These include a new headteacher, a second deputy headteacher, a change of assistant headteacher, new heads of college, new subject leaders and a new chair of governors. Following agreement in 2015, the school’s sixth form will cease to admit Year 12 students from the end of this academic year and will close in 2020. The school will become an 11–16 school. A new sixth-form centre run by Suffolk Academies Trust will Inspection report: King Edward VI Church of England Voluntary Controlled Upper School, 5–6 March 2019 Page 10 of 13 open adjacent to the school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils known to be entitled to the pupil premium is below average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below average, as is the proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan. A few pupils are educated in off-site, registered alternative provision at West Suffolk College, Olive Academy, Albany PRU and Hampden House PRU. A specially resourced provision for pupils with SEND opened in September 2016. It caters for seven pupils who have hearing impairments. All pupils are placed by the local authority and have education, health and care plans. King Edward V1 is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School and received its most recent section 48 inspection in January 2019. The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) report judged the impact of collective worship and overall effectiveness to be good.

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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.

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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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  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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