Northfield School and Sports College
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

11 - 16
Community 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 2020, 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 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.

How Does The School Perform?

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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)

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

Thames Road
TS22 5EG

School Description

Following a period of decline, the school is beginning to improve again. The new headteacher, staff and governors know the school well. Together, they are working tirelessly to bring about the changes needed to help current pupils achieve more than others have over the past three years. However, it is too soon to see the full effect of their actions on pupils’ learning. Nearly all pupils enjoy coming to the school and behave in a positive way. In lessons, most pupils are happy to answer questions. Low-level disruption is rare. There are a handful of pupils who do not do as the teachers require at the first time of asking. Similarly, there are a small minority of teachers who do not follow the school’s behaviour management policy regularly or accurately. This frustrates pupils. Most pupils say that bullying is not a problem in the school. A sizeable number of staff are available for pupils to speak to if they are worried about something. Pupils can also call upon the help and guidance of specially trained staff or advisers if they need to talk about a concern. Parents and carers spoken to were very supportive of the school, especially when describing the care and support for pupils’ personal development. Initiatives such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Year 7 school (a school within a school) help pupils to develop leadership skills or make a smooth transition to ‘big school’.

Northfield School and Sports College Reviews

Average Rating:


“Requires improvement”
"> Was a good school, teachers leave, young inexperienced staff. Now in my opinion it is a failing school under current Head and would not recommend if you want your child to do well. Can see Ofsted putting into special measures. Speaks volumes when staff do not stay, management team poor. Avoid this school.
“"Requires Improvement" Certainly does!”
"> Previously a very good school. In 2008 Ofsted rated it Outstanding. But since the new Headteacher was appointed in 2010 subsequent Ofsted inspections have down-graded the school to Grade 2 in 2011 and Grade 3 (Requires Improvement)in 2014. In the Summary of Key Findings Ofsted stated: "This is a school that requires improvement. It is not good because students do not make good progress. Teaching is not always effective and too much requires improvement." In a parental questionnaire which formed part of the 2011 inspection, Ofsted noted that 23% of respondents felt that lessons were disrupted by bad behavior and 13% felt the school did not respond to their concerns. Many of the people in senior positions are much younger (and so less experienced) than in equivalent posts in other schools. This view is supported by anecdotal evidence from parents I've spoken to who have or have had kids at the school.
“"Requires Improvement"”
"> Had a good reputation under the previous head teacher. The school has gone from Outstanding in 2008 to Requires Improvement (in the latest inspection in 2014). A number of teachers who have left. Couldn't recommend the school under the current management regime.
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