Purbrook Infant School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

4 - 7
Community school
Not Rated

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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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Ofsted Parent View

Pupil/Teacher ratio
Persistent Absence
Pupils first language
not English
Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support
Aldermoor Road East

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You have accurately evaluated the school’s effectiveness in all areas and have an insightful understanding of the identified areas for continued improvement. You are highly ambitious to provide the best for your pupils. Leaders can confidently articulate your aims for the school. They speak with great clarity about their next steps. Parents are very supportive of the school. One parent said, ‘My daughter is in Year 1 and she enjoys school and looks forward to going. She comes home full of excitement and is keen to practise things they’ve learned at home.’ Governors have a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and appropriate areas for further development. They challenge and support the senior leadership team effectively. Governors carry out a range of useful tasks to monitor and evaluate the school’s effectiveness, including checking safeguarding arrangements. The governors are fully supportive of the school. Purbrook Infants is a very happy school, where pupils learn well together. Pupils’ conduct around the school and their behaviour in lessons are good. They learn in a well-organised, calm and highly supportive environment. Pupils engage well in their learning; they take pride in their work, which is presented well. One pupil said, ‘We do lots of fun learning.’ Pupils say that they are happy at school and value the staff. During breaktimes, pupils play together well, and adults ensure that they are safe. In a quiet part of the playground, a group of pupils sat in an enclosed shelter and read books, supported by an adult. This well-planned activity allows children who enjoying reading to be given an extra opportunity to enjoy books during some of their free time. Leaders have successfully addressed the areas for improvement identified at the last inspection. Teachers’ feedback to pupils’ work is clear and pupils know what to do to improve their work. You are currently further refining the approach so that pupils have more instant feedback on their work to help rectify any mistakes during the lesson. Pupils now have greater opportunities to develop their practical and problem-solving skills in mathematics to expand their breadth and depth of understanding. Staff use their time wisely to ensure that no time is lost between pupils moving to different activities. The targets for school improvement are clear and planned well, enabling leaders to evaluate the measurable outcomes. Safeguarding is effective. There is a strong culture of safeguarding at Purbrook Infants. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and records are detailed. Staff and governors undertake regular training so that they know how to keep pupils safe. Governors visit regularly, carefully reviewing and evaluating safeguarding policies and procedures. Pre-employment checks to ensure the suitability of staff are firmly in place. Pupils know how to keep themselves safe in the building and are well supported by the adults around them. They are aware of the potential dangers when using the internet. Pupils confidently told me that they know how to take part in fire practices, to keep themselves safe. Parents also agree that their children are safe at school. The school has effective systems in place to ensure that vulnerable pupils get the support that they need. Inspection findings During this inspection, we agreed to focus on: how effectively leaders ensure that pupils who are disadvantaged achieve well; how leaders ensure that boys achieve well in reading and writing at key stage 1; and how leaders ensure that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make good progress. In the lessons we visited, disadvantaged pupils were engaged and working well towards meeting their learning goals. Leaders’ well-chosen activities to engage disadvantaged pupils are ensuring that they are making good progress. The progress of pupils who are disadvantaged is carefully evaluated. Pupils who are disadvantaged are actively encouraged to attend an after-school reading club to give them more opportunities to develop their comprehension skills. Funding to support pupils who are disadvantaged is used effectively. The governing body holds leaders to account for the spending of the pupil premium funding and how the funding is used to benefit pupils. Leaders accurately provide well-planned writing support for the pupils. However, leaders recognise that this support must be sustained and developed so that the attainment differences, when compared to pupils nationally with similar starting points, are eradicated.

Purbrook Infant School Parent Reviews

Average Parent Rating

“Nurturing and inclusive.”

Both my children have attended this school, 10 years apart. They fantastic at supporting my son's special needs and rapidly implemented support for him. He is now doing so well and ready to leave his secondary school. My daughter is 5 and currently attends Purbrook Infant. They have nurtured my daughter's very able and inquisitive mind, allowing her to flourish. She loves school and enjoys reading.
97% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 75% Agree 23% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 2% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>75, "agree"=>23, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 64 responses up to 19-03-2019
Strongly Agree 69% Agree 30% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 2% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>69, "agree"=>30, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 64 responses up to 19-03-2019
Strongly Agree 50% Agree 45% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 2% Don't Know 3% {"strongly_agree"=>50, "agree"=>45, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>3} Figures based on 64 responses up to 19-03-2019
Strongly Agree 67% Agree 31% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 2% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>67, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 64 responses up to 19-03-2019
Strongly Agree 58% Agree 38% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 2% Don't Know 3% {"strongly_agree"=>58, "agree"=>38, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>3} Figures based on 64 responses up to 19-03-2019
Strongly Agree 39% Agree 47% Disagree 5% Strongly Disagree 5% Don't Know 5% {"strongly_agree"=>39, "agree"=>47, "disagree"=>5, "strongly_disagree"=>5, "dont_know"=>5} Figures based on 64 responses up to 19-03-2019
Strongly Agree 44% Agree 48% Disagree 2% Strongly Disagree 2% Don't Know 5% {"strongly_agree"=>44, "agree"=>48, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>5} Figures based on 64 responses up to 19-03-2019
Strongly Agree 41% Agree 30% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 2% Don't Know 28% {"strongly_agree"=>41, "agree"=>30, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>28} Figures based on 64 responses up to 19-03-2019
Strongly Agree 56% Agree 31% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 2% Don't Know 5% {"strongly_agree"=>56, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>5} Figures based on 64 responses up to 19-03-2019
Strongly Agree 55% Agree 34% Disagree 3% Strongly Disagree 2% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>55, "agree"=>34, "disagree"=>3, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 64 responses up to 19-03-2019
Strongly Agree 39% Agree 39% Disagree 14% Strongly Disagree 8% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>39, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>14, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 64 responses up to 19-03-2019
Yes 97% No 3% {"yes"=>97, "no"=>3} Figures based on 64 responses up to 19-03-2019

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