Saint John Bosco College
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
741
AGES
11 - 18
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Voluntary aided school
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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.

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  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
(9/5/17)
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60%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths



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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) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 5% of schools in England) Below Average (About 25% of schools in England) Average (About 48% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 5% 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
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% of pupils who achieved 3 A levels at AAB or higher

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

Parkham Street
Battersea
London
SW11 3DQ
02079248310

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. The school has been through a time of significant change and upheaval over the past few years. At the time of the previous inspection, two schools merged to become Saint John Bosco College, which was housed in temporary accommodation. In October 2015, the school finally moved into its purpose-built premises in Wandsworth. You acknowledge that these changes have at times proved very challenging, particularly in maintaining the confidence of parents and the community. Consequently, the school is still far from full and pupils, often with complex needs, frequently arrive in-year from other schools and localities. Since your appointment as acting headteacher in January 2017, you have taken swift action to identify and address specific areas that require immediate attention. To do this effectively, you reviewed the roles and responsibilities of school leaders. The newly formed leadership team has clear priorities: that teaching is of a consistently high standard across the school; that pupils attend regularly; and that a higher number of pupils apply to join the school at the start of Year 7. Even in the short time that you have been in post, there have been some significant improvements in these areas. However, you are not complacent. You know that far more needs to be done to ensure that all pupils, irrespective of their starting points or the subject they are studying, are supported to make consistently good progress. You, your leaders and governors have a detailed plan for school improvement that is already proving effective for current pupils. You work closely with the local authority and diocese to ensure that these actions are validated and appropriate. Your drive and determination to make Saint John Bosco College a school of choice in the wider community is already proving successful. Saint John Bosco is a Catholic college, but admits pupils from a wide range of faiths and cultures and these differences are embraced and celebrated. You have established an ethos based on Saint John Bosco’s educational philosophy of learning through ‘reason, religion and kindness’. As this is a small school, staff know each and every pupil and relationships are consequently highly positive. Pupils mix well in this harmonious environment and benefit from personalised support and guidance. This includes pupils who attend Savio, the specialist autistic unit, who seamlessly mingle with all pupils and have access to mainstream provision for much of the day. The school’s vision that ‘it is not enough for young people to be loved, they must know that they are loved’ permeates the school’s culture. Consequently, pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is given high priority across the school. Governors are passionate about the success of the school, both in the Catholic diocese and the local community. They have an accurate understanding of the strengths of the school and the areas that require rapid and sustained improvement. They have confidence in the current leadership team’s ability and capacity to deliver these improvements. Governors are knowledgeable and well trained. They use information provided by the school to inform their searching questions. Governors work closely with the local authority and the diocese to ensure that they meet all of their statutory responsibilities. They are resolute in their vision for the school and the priorities for future improvement. Safeguarding is effective. You and your staff are well aware of the potential risks facing young people in the wider community and the complex needs of some. Consequently, staff are well trained, know their statutory responsibilities and are highly vigilant in ensuring that all pupils are kept safe both in and out of school. In particular, staff are acutely aware of the potential for gang affiliation, knife crime, child sexual exploitation, grooming and female genital mutilation. Consequently, regular information is shared with both staff and pupils on how they can keep themselves safe. All staff have received training in the ‘Prevent’ duty on preventing pupils from being radicalised by extremists. You have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and records are detailed and of a high quality. You check carefully on staff’s suitability to work at the school and keep comprehensive records. You work closely with external agencies and ensure that pupils and their families receive wraparound care where appropriate. You regularly check on the quality of safeguarding by encouraging external validation of your provision. Pupils explained that they felt safe and happy at school. They socialise well together, respect each other’s differences and are polite to visitors. They know whom they could turn to should they have a concern and are confident that it would be dealt with quickly and effectively. Inspection findings You and your leadership team have prioritised strategies to raise pupils’ achievement. These include whole-school initiatives and specific actions arising from analysis of some pupils’ weak performance in the 2016 GCSE examinations. In particular, you are focused on ensuring that teaching is of a consistently high quality across the school. Information provided by school leaders and work in pupils’ books indicate that current pupils are making good progress over time. This includes the most able, disadvantaged and those pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Your analysis of the 2016 outcomes identified some groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, who underperformed. It also sets the data in the context of a range of issues affecting the cohort, including a number of transient pupils who arrived at the school late on during the GCSE course and a number whose attendance and engagement at school were extremely low. Equally, some pupils did not have data for the tests at the end of key stage 2, and therefore, their good progress was not included in the national headline figures. Lessons learned from this analysis are informing your current actions. You and other leaders are actively seeking to remove potential barriers to learning for particular pupils, including poor literacy and numeracy, attendance and engagement. Whole-school strategies are now in place to tackle each of these areas. Pupil premium and special educational needs funding is used effectively to provide a range of specific support for pupils. Leaders and governors are now vigilant in ensuring that the planned spending of these funds has measurable outcomes, linked to pupils’ progress. You know where there is very effective teaching and where further direction is needed. Support from middle and senior leaders is available for staff whose teaching is not of the consistently high standard expected. A mentoring and coaching programme encourages teachers with a range of expertise to share ideas and experiences and is highly valued by staff. Since January, you have taken a more formal approach to those staff whose practice does not improve following a support plan. In this way, you are moving closer to establishing consistently good or better teaching across all subject areas. Staff know every pupil’s academic, social and emotional needs. These are discussed at regular progress monitoring meetings to ensure that all pupils have the required support and guidance. Pupils, particularly those in the older years, appreciate the help and guidance they receive.

Saint John Bosco College Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 50% Agree 36% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 7% Don't Know 7% {"strongly_agree"=>50, "agree"=>36, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>7, "dont_know"=>7} Figures based on 14 responses up to 11-06-2019
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