Lucas Vale Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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Thornville Street
3 - 11
Community school
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School Description

Lucas Vale Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. There are three classes in Year 4 and two classes in all other year groups. The early years consists of two Reception classes and a full-time Nursery class which offers both parttime and full-time places. Since the last inspection, there have been significant changes to the membership of the leadership team, governors and teachers. Following the retirement of her predecessor, the current executive headteacher took up her post in September 2016. She is a national leader of education. A new assistant headteacher, a special educational needs coordinator and a school business manager joined after to make up the leadership team, with the head of school. Following the departure of the previous head of school in July 2018, the executive Inspection report: Lucas Vale Primary School, 12–13 March 2019 Page 8 of 11 headteacher stepped in to lead the school. A new head of school was appointed in the autumn term and officially took up her post from January 2019. From November, she was released from her base school and worked with the executive headteacher, for two days a week. A new, experienced chair of governors, brokered by the local authority, was appointed in November 2018. Many new governors have joined the school since the departure of the previous headteacher. The school is in a hard federation with Grinling Gibbons Primary School and a soft partnership with Fairlawn and Haseltine primary schools. Grinling Gibbons and Lucas Vale have a joint governing body. A head of school is responsible for the day-to-day management and leadership of Lucas Vale. The executive headteacher works across all four schools. Most pupils are from Black African and Caribbean backgrounds. The proportion who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is above average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below average. The school runs a breakfast and after-school club. The school benefits from good support from Lewisham Learning, a schools-led partnership established by school leaders and the local authority which delivers school improvement to all Lewisham schools. Recently, senior leaders and new governors have received strong support from the director of Lewisham Learning, and a commissioned package of external consultant support brokered by the local authority. The school is also benefiting from the support provided by the other three schools within the hard and soft federation.

Lucas Vale Primary School Catchment Area Map

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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.

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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  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.

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