Merchants' Academy
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
1192
AGES
3 - 18
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Academy sponsor led
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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
(26/2/20)
Full Report - All Reports
35%
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

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

Gatehouse Avenue
Withywood
Bristol
BS13 9AJ
01173015000

School Description

Pupils are safe and well cared for at Merchants’ Academy. They enjoy a wide range of activities and experiences that enhance their learning in classrooms. For example, workshops led by the school’s sponsors develop pupils’ awareness and understanding of engineering. Pupils receive good-quality careers guidance and participate in work experience placements with well-respected employers. This is helping them to aim higher in possible future careers. Teachers have increasingly high expectations of pupils. In the primary phase, pupils follow teachers’ instructions quickly. Pupils show respect for one another. As a result of the increased emphasis on religious education and personal, social and health education, pupils appreciate different faiths and cultures. This translates into their positive relationships. The quality of education pupils receive is improving but it is still not good enough. The subjects and topics that pupils study have been reviewed. New plans are being developed to ensure that pupils learn a wider range of knowledge. However, teaching is not ensuring that pupils remember what they have been taught. In key stage 4 and the sixth form, pupils can now choose from a wider range of courses and qualifications. However, attendance remains low and pupils do not routinely catch up on the work they miss. Around school and in class, pupils are generally calm. However, where the curriculum plans are not matched well to pupils’ needs, pupils ‘switch off’ quickly. Pupils move around the buildings in an orderly manner. Bullying is rare.

Merchants' Academy Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 39% Agree 35% Disagree 10% Strongly Disagree 13% Don't Know 3% {"strongly_agree"=>39, "agree"=>35, "disagree"=>10, "strongly_disagree"=>13, "dont_know"=>3} Figures based on 31 responses up to 06-03-2020
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Figures based on 31 responses up to 06-03-2020

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Figures based on 31 responses up to 06-03-2020

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Figures based on 31 responses up to 06-03-2020

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Figures based on 31 responses up to 06-03-2020

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Figures based on 31 responses up to 06-03-2020

Responses taken from Ofsted Parent View

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