Priory Junior School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
341
AGES
7 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
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 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
(20/6/17)
Full Report - All Reports
62%
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

Longsands Road
St Neots
PE19 1TF
01480226730

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. You and your staff ensure that the classrooms and corridors are vibrant and welcoming. The high-quality displays of pupils’ work, especially their art work and different aspects of writing, are a strength of the school. Your clear plan to ‘be the best you can be’, permeates through the school’s calm and purposeful atmosphere. Since the previous inspection, there have been a number of changes in leadership and teaching staff. New and experienced staff use the professional development opportunities that you provide for them to improve their skills effectively. Leaders are more accountable for their roles and responsibilities and the impact of their work is clearly evident. You have ensured that leaders and teachers have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour, presentation of work and academic achievements. Teaching, learning and assessment are improving, which is enabling all groups of pupils, including disadvantaged and middle-attaining pupils, to make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics throughout the school. Staff morale is high and they are proud to be members of the school. One staff member commented the school has, ‘a calm and supportive atmosphere where everyone is working towards improving progress for the children’. Governors know the school’s strengths and areas for development. They talk knowledgeably about the impact of the school’s actions to improve teaching and learning, and pupils’ outcomes. As a result, you, your leaders and governors have good capacity to further improve the school. Your pupils are very proud of their school. They show respect to each other and to all adults in the school. They behave well in lessons and around the school because of the high standards of behaviour that all staff expect of them. Pupils speak enthusiastically about their interesting learning, exciting educational visits and various sporting opportunities. You are rightly proud of the school’s gold sports award and the success of the recent cross-country running event your staff organised, in which over 70 schools participated. Pupils I spoke with say they feel safe in school and that you provide many opportunities for them to learn about being safe. Year 5 pupils spoke enthusiastically about their recent trip to the fire station to learn about fire safety. Parents are extremely positive about the school. They praised the support your staff provide for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Parents particularly appreciate the variety of clubs, the enriched learning opportunities and the ‘Parent Do Days’. The latter enable parents and children to share learning experiences together, for example designing Escher patterns to support the understanding of tessellations. The views of many parents are summed up by one family’s statement, ‘Our children have been given great opportunities whatever their strengths and individual needs, bringing great success and academic achievement during their school-life’. You are building strong professional links with local schools and learning centres to extend the development of leaders’ and teachers’ skills. This is resulting in greater learning opportunities for pupils. We observed your pupils working together with others from local schools, enthusiastically searching for historical artefacts using clues and map-reading skills, to produce a timeline. Additionally, these links are supporting pupils’ smooth transition to your school from the local infant schools and to their secondary destinations at the end of Year 6. Your focus on improving pupils’ writing skills since the previous inspection has been successful, so that writing is now a strength of the school. In 2016, the progress your pupils made at the end of Year 6 was significantly above the national average and a greater proportion reached the higher standard. Pupils’ books and displays show that they have many opportunities to improve their writing skills across the curriculum to deepen their understanding. This includes writing and research about the heart, rainforests and Ancient Egypt. However, there are fewer examples of cross-curricular opportunities to develop pupils’ understanding of mathematical concepts. Currently, you are focusing on improving teaching and learning in mathematics and reading to improve pupils’ progress and raise standards. You have successfully implemented new teaching and learning strategies, including various effective interventions to accelerate the progress pupils make. However, these new approaches have yet to help Year 6 pupils reach higher standards.

Priory Junior School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 77% Agree 19% Disagree 2% Strongly Disagree 1% Don't Know 1% {"strongly_agree"=>77, "agree"=>19, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>1, "dont_know"=>1} Figures based on 96 responses up to 12-07-2019
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Figures based on 96 responses up to 12-07-2019

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Figures based on 96 responses up to 12-07-2019

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Figures based on 96 responses up to 12-07-2019

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Figures based on 96 responses up to 12-07-2019

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Figures based on 96 responses up to 12-07-2019

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Figures based on 96 responses up to 12-07-2019

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Figures based on 96 responses up to 12-07-2019

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Figures based on 96 responses up to 12-07-2019

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Figures based on 96 responses up to 12-07-2019

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Figures based on 96 responses up to 12-07-2019

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Figures based on 96 responses up to 12-07-2019

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