Pippins School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
188
AGES
3 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Foundation 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
01753 475 111, 01753 787670

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
(31/1/17)
Full Report - All Reports
70%
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

Raymond Close
Rodney Way
Raymond Close, Rodney Way
Slough
SL3 0PR
01753682937

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection You have established a strong leadership team that is ambitious and has high expectations for all staff and pupils. You are supported by an effective governing body that shares your aspirations. You have a very clear understanding of what the school does well and you are taking effective steps to address what needs to be improved further. Leaders’ roles and responsibilities are well defined, thus enabling them to take an effective role in leading their particular area of expertise. Together with key leaders and governors, you have successfully addressed the areas for improvement identified in the previous inspection. You have introduced topics or themes that are of interest to all pupils and this inspires them to write confidently and independently. Pupils across the school make good progress in writing. You are aware that more needs to be done to ensure that the new curriculum for mathematics is fully embedded to accelerate pupils’ progress in this subject. You also recognise that, when leaders check teachers’ work, they need to look at how well they strengthen pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding. As a leadership team, you provide good support to teachers and encourage them to try out new ideas and to share the best practice that exists. Staff know their pupils and they plan lessons that are imaginative and help pupils to learn well. For example, in a Year 6 English lesson, pupils debated whether or not the remains of the Titanic should be salvaged and put on display. This generated some lively discussion, as well as enabling pupils to consider the moral issue of such action. This contributed very well to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Inclusion is a real strength of the school. Pupils say that everyone is welcome, regardless of background, and this is down to the culture and ethos you have created. Parents I spoke to commented on the family atmosphere and that everyone belongs here. Relationships between adults and pupils are respectful and, consequently, pupils are enthusiastic learners who want to do well. Pupils feel happy and safe in school. They attend regularly and work hard in lessons. Safeguarding is effective. Pupils’ safety, care and welfare are fundamental to the school’s work. There is a strong culture of safety within school so that all adults understand their moral as well as professional responsibility for keeping pupils safe. Leaders work closely with families to provide support for those pupils and families whose circumstances may make them more vulnerable. School leaders provide high-quality training for staff and provide them with written information, as well as the child protection policy to help them understand the practical aspects of keeping children safe. At the time of this short inspection, there were three members of staff who joined the school very recently who were about to receive their formal training. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and records are detailed and of high quality. The child protection policy is up to date and has helpful guidance and information. This helps staff to understand exactly what to do should a concern about a child be raised. All adults who visit the school are carefully checked and leaders apply rigorous procedures when recruiting new staff. Inspection findings The main areas of focus for this inspection were how well the new leadership team has maintained the quality of education since the previous inspection and whether or not pupils were making good progress, especially at key stage 1. I considered how effective teaching is and examined boys’ outcomes in writing across the school. I also looked at the attendance of disadvantaged pupils. Leaders have high aspirations and share a determination that every pupil should learn and flourish, both academically and personally. To this end, leaders have built teachers’ skills and confidence so that teachers try new ideas and provide rich learning experiences that help pupils to achieve well. Leaders visit classrooms regularly, providing feedback to teachers to help them to improve their practice. However, notes from these observations show that some leaders focus on what the teacher is doing and not how well pupils are learning. Leaders’ feedback does not always consider the factors that hold back learning, including whether or not activities present the right level of challenge. Pupils currently in the school make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Children in the early years get off to a good start and make good progress from their starting points, particularly in reading and writing. This is because staff have established rich and stimulating environments which inspire children to learn. For example, the Reception class teacher created a scenario in which a dinosaur had destroyed part of the classroom overnight. Children then set about finding clues, including footprints and dinosaur eggs, to track the creature down. This generated much enthusiasm and encouraged children, especially boys, to produce some good-quality writing about the dinosaur. Teaching across the school is effective. Most teachers have embraced the challenges of the new curriculum and are providing activities that enable all groups of pupils to progress well. Pupils build on these skills in Year 1 and continue to make good progress. Teachers have established good working relationships with pupils and this inspires pupils to work hard. Teaching assistants offer pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities good support so that they make similar progress to other pupils. Teaching is less effective in those classes where teachers provide pupils with work that is at too low a level. This is particularly the case in some classes where teachers do not yet have a secure understanding of the new curriculum, particularly in mathematics. School leaders have taken action to improve boys’ writing skills. They have introduced topics that engage boys’ interest. For example, in Year 5, pupils have been studying poems written by war poets as part of their study of the first world war. This stimulated boys to produce some very thoughtful writing which, in turn, made a valuable contribution to the promotion of their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Consequently, boys’ outcomes in writing are improving rapidly. Pupils’ attendance is good overall. School leaders have worked closely with parents to help them understand the value of good attendance. Consequently, all groups of pupils attend school regularly and few are late for school. Next steps for the school Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that: the new curriculum for mathematics is fully embedded in all classes so that work in each year group builds progressively on what pupils already know and can do they focus specifically on how effectively teaching develops pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding when they observe in lessons.

Pippins School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 55% Agree 36% Disagree 9% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>55, "agree"=>36, "disagree"=>9, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 11 responses up to 08-02-2019
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