Necton VA Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
196
AGES
4 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Voluntary aided 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
(30/11/21)
Full Report - All Reports
67%
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

School Road
Necton
Swaffham
PE37 8HT
01760722975

School Description

Pupils are happy and feel safe at Necton VA Primary School. All the parents who gave us their views agreed. Pupils can explain what they would do if they had any concerns or worries. They said that bullying rarely happens at their school. If it did occur, they are confident that adults would sort out any problems quickly. Pupils live up to the high expectations that staff have of them. Pupils show respect and courtesy to their teachers and other pupils. As one pupil said, ‘The best thing about Necton is all the teachers who are kind and helpful.’ Most pupils’ behaviour is positive. In a few cases, where pupils need extra help to improve their behaviour, staff provide support. Pupils work together well and learn effectively. They are attentive and listen to the opinions of others. Pupils value being rewarded for their positive behaviours with merit badges, five-star learner awards and class reward systems. Pupils enjoy the various extra-curricular activities, trips and opportunities offered to them. They would like more opportunities, but understand the limitations that the COVID-19 pandemic brings. As one school council pupil said, ‘I like pottery club. School council is looking at how we can increase clubs but stay safe with COVID.’ What does the school do well and what does it need to do better? Since her arrival in January 2019, the headteacher has worked effectively with leaders and governors to provide stability and high-quality provision in the school, following a period of staffing changes. The headteacher and her team have focused collectively on creating a curriculum which builds pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding over time. Subject leaders have carefully selected what they want pupils to know and remember. Curriculum plans provide the detail of the subject-specific language and knowledge that pupils need to know. Planning is designed to help pupils build on their previous learning. The curriculum also offers vibrant and high-quality practical opportunities, especially, but not exclusively, in subjects such as music and science. Staff provide highly effective support for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Staff are well trained in matching activities and resources to meet pupils’ individual needs. The special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) swiftly identifies pupils who need extra support. Teachers and support assistants adapt their planning effectively. As a result, pupils with SEND achieve well in the same curriculum as their peers. Leaders prioritise reading and promote a love of books. Phonics teaching begins as soon as children start the school. In early years, children learn to identify initial letter sounds, such as those for their own names. Staff training has ensured a consistent quality of phonics teaching. Books selected to teach children to read are Inspection report: Necton VA Primary School 30 November and 1 December 2021 2 well matched to the sounds that they are learning. This quickly develops their confidence in using phonics, and improves their reading fluency. Adults ensure that pupils who are at risk of falling behind receive the precise support they need in order to keep up. Adults deliver the curriculum confidently in most subjects. They make regular checks on pupils’ learning to identify gaps. This is so that pupils get the right support and that work is well suited to their needs. However, in a few subjects, teachers’ subject knowledge is less secure. Here, teachers’ use of assessment does not routinely identify how well pupils have retained knowledge of the content being delivered. When this happens, pupils do not achieve as well as they should. Pupils are well supported through the school’s personal social and health education (PSHE) curriculum. This promotes pupils’ understanding of how to keep healthy, whether physically or emotionally. Pupils are encouraged to share their views in many ways, such as through the school council, eco council or values council. Pupils were keen to tell inspectors about the different opportunities they have, such as discussing the role of Parliament, democracy and law with their local MP. They also join in ‘Refugee Week’, to raise awareness of challenges faced by children around the world. These activities contribute effectively to pupils’ preparation for life in modern Britain. Governors know the school well and are actively engaged in its development. They provide leaders with support and challenge, and carry out their statutory duties to continue the improvement of the provision. Most staff feel that leaders support their workload and well-being appropriately.

Necton VA Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 65% Agree 35% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>65, "agree"=>35, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 26 responses up to 30-11-2021
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