Samuel White's Infant School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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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.

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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.
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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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Ofsted Parent View

Pupil/Teacher ratio
Persistent Absence
Pupils first language
not English
Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support
Abbots Avenue
BS15 3PN

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. Based on the evidence gathered during this short inspection, I am of the opinion that the school has demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas. This may indicate that the school has improved significantly overall. Therefore, I am recommending that the school’s next inspection be a section 5 inspection. You were appointed as head of school in 2016. You have worked closely with the executive headteacher to continue to develop high-quality teaching and learning. Currently, your highly effective leadership skills are being used more widely across the county to support another federation. However, you maintain a strong focus on continuing to deepen the school’s curriculum and promote pupils’ achievement. Governors share leaders’ ambitions for the school. They meet regularly with senior and middle leaders to check the progress of the school’s planned improvements. Parents are positive about the breadth of experience the school gives their children. All parents who responded to the online survey, Parent View, would recommend the school. One parent expressed the beneficial influence of the school on her children by saying, ‘They have nurtured their academic, emotional, musical, nature-loving and artistic selves.’ The school’s vision is to inspire and celebrate learning. Teachers and leaders with strong subject knowledge plan imaginative ways for pupils to learn. Pupils share learning with children in other countries through the school’s European project and recent topics have taught pupils about children’s lives in Japan and China. The arrival of ‘T Rex’ in the school hall was the start of exciting and deep learning in history and science. At the previous inspection leaders were asked to promote pupils’ learning at a deeper level. Teachers help pupils to be curious about the world around them. For example, pupils, when learning about ‘super heroes’, investigated magnetism as a ‘super power’. You are proud of the school’s strong teaching in physical education and the ‘gold award’, which recognises pupils’ skills as leaders. Alongside their acquisition of a wide breadth of knowledge, pupils develop good basic skills. In the 2018 assessments, standards at the end of the Reception Year and at the end of Year 2 in reading, writing and mathematics were above the national average. A higher-than-average proportion of pupils also reached expected standards in the phonics screening check at the end of Year 1. The proportion of pupils reaching greater depth at the end of Year 2 was at or above the national average. Even so, you recognise that some of the most able pupils can still be challenged further to develop their learning. This priority is reflected in the federation development plan. Safeguarding is effective. The school’s procedures and policies for safeguarding are effective. They are kept under regular review by governors and leaders. All checks are made and efficiently recorded to ensure that the recruitment of staff and volunteers is carried out in line with best practice. Staff undertake a wide range of training, which enables them to identify signs that a pupil may be at risk of harm. Leaders have recently implemented a system which enables them to build a broad picture of risk by collating and analysing safeguarding concerns, behaviour reports and attendance information. As a result, they work particularly well with other agencies as part of the support for families in need of help. Pupils say they feel safe because their teachers and friends care for them. They value their ‘friendship tokens’ and are ready to share them with pupils looking for a friend. All parents who responded to Parent View agreed that their children feel safe in school. Leaders take extensive steps to check on the whereabouts of pupils who are not in school. The families of the very few pupils who do not attend regularly are challenged and supported to improve their children’s attendance. Inspection findings Some children, including the most able children, start school with a relatively weak pencil grip for writing. They quickly develop the style of letter formation promoted by the school. However, in recent years, few have gone on to exceed the early learning goal for writing. Teachers in the Reception classes promote children’s interest in writing through imaginative curricular links. As part of their project on post offices, children have written ‘jolly postman’ letters. Their parents have supported learning by writing back to the children. This is developing children’s confidence and enthusiasm for writing. Some of the most able children’s writing already shows features of the higher standard expected for their age. In recent assessments at the end of key stage 1, a smaller proportion of pupils reached greater depth in writing than did so in other subjects. Pupils are taught the skills of spelling and punctuation effectively. The most able pupils in Year 2 routinely use paragraphs to organise their writing. The school has recently invested in new stories to stimulate pupils’ interest in writing. Teachers link stories to other learning to deepen pupils’ understanding. However, reviews of pupils’ work showed that while some writing tasks develop pupils’ knowledge at the expected standard, they do not sufficiently challenge the most able to extend their ideas. The wider curriculum for science and history is motivating and pupils are enthusiastic about their new knowledge. In discussion, pupils from Year 2 talked animatedly about the life of Mary Anning, the palaeontologist, and her search for fossils. They demonstrated their scientific knowledge of dinosaurs by explaining that they were carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. The pupils relished using new vocabulary accurately. Teachers recognise that widening pupils’ vocabulary will support the deepening of pupils’ writing skills. When challenged to record their knowledge of science and history, the most able pupils extended their ideas and showed their deeper writing skills. This was particularly evident in Year 1 when pupils wrote about polar and jungle animals. Pupils in key stage 1 apply their mathematical skills through their topic work. Pupils regularly collect and sort information, recording it in tally charts and bar graphs. The older pupils use ‘decision trees’ to identify animals. These interesting activities are enabling all pupils, including the most able, to extend and deepen their mathematical reasoning and recording skills. The proportion of pupils in the school who are disadvantaged is low compared to the national average. Leaders are nonetheless highly ambitious for these pupils’ achievement. Careful use of resources and sharp target-setting are enabling pupils to make strong progress. Teachers have high expectations, including of the most able disadvantaged pupils, and their work shows that they are on track to reach the higher standards. Similarly, where pupils need to catch up to the expected level for their age, they are given effective additional help. Governors make regular checks to ensure that additional funding is used to successfully promote pupils’ progress. The inclusion leader has developed strong practice to ensure that pupils with SEND are included in whole-class teaching. She has planned pupils’ learning activities so that they can develop and practise new skills to help them catch up in their learning. Teachers are skilled in adapting tasks to develop pupils’ confidence and resilience so they are more able to tackle the classroom learning. The inclusion leader monitors the progress of pupils with SEND through discussions with teachers and visits to class. Leaders and teachers share a deep knowledge of pupils’ needs and this, together with precise targets, is enabling pupils with SEND to make positive progress. Next steps for the school Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that: teachers further develop pupils’ vocabulary and enthusiasm for writing so that more pupils, particularly the most able, reach greater depth. I am copying this letter to the chair of the governing body, the regional schools commissioner and the director of children’s services for South Gloucestershire. This letter will be published on the Ofsted website. Yours sincerely Wendy Marriott Ofsted Inspector Information about the inspection During this inspection I met with you and the executive headteacher. Together, we visited classrooms to talk to pupils about their learning. I also met with the inclusion leader to discuss the progress of pupils with SEND. I took account of the school’s latest assessments of pupils’ achievement and reviewed samples of pupils’ work in writing, science and history. I held a meeting with a group of governors and made a telephone call to the chair of the governing body. I held a telephone conversation with a representative of the local authority. I scrutinised a range of documentation, including the school’s self-evaluation, the federation development plan and external reviews of the school’s performance. I held discussions about safeguarding and reviewed the school’s procedures. I held a meeting with a group of pupils to take account of their views of the school. I spoke to parents at the start of the school day and took account of the 64 responses to Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View. I considered the views of staff through the 12 responses to the online staff survey.

Samuel White's Infant School Parent Reviews

99% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 79% Agree 20% Disagree 1% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>79, "agree"=>20, "disagree"=>1, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 71 responses up to 11-02-2019
Strongly Agree 80% Agree 20% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>80, "agree"=>20, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 71 responses up to 11-02-2019
Strongly Agree 68% Agree 27% Disagree 3% Strongly Disagree 1% Don't Know 1% {"strongly_agree"=>68, "agree"=>27, "disagree"=>3, "strongly_disagree"=>1, "dont_know"=>1} Figures based on 71 responses up to 11-02-2019
Strongly Agree 73% Agree 27% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>73, "agree"=>27, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 71 responses up to 11-02-2019
Strongly Agree 69% Agree 28% Disagree 1% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 1% {"strongly_agree"=>69, "agree"=>28, "disagree"=>1, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>1} Figures based on 71 responses up to 11-02-2019
Strongly Agree 55% Agree 31% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 1% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>55, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>1, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 71 responses up to 11-02-2019
Strongly Agree 61% Agree 37% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 3% {"strongly_agree"=>61, "agree"=>37, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>3} Figures based on 71 responses up to 11-02-2019
Strongly Agree 32% Agree 17% Disagree 4% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 46% {"strongly_agree"=>32, "agree"=>17, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>46} Figures based on 71 responses up to 11-02-2019
Strongly Agree 68% Agree 24% Disagree 1% Strongly Disagree 1% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>68, "agree"=>24, "disagree"=>1, "strongly_disagree"=>1, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 71 responses up to 11-02-2019
Strongly Agree 66% Agree 25% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 1% Don't Know 7% {"strongly_agree"=>66, "agree"=>25, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>1, "dont_know"=>7} Figures based on 71 responses up to 11-02-2019
Strongly Agree 56% Agree 31% Disagree 10% Strongly Disagree 1% Don't Know 1% {"strongly_agree"=>56, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>10, "strongly_disagree"=>1, "dont_know"=>1} Figures based on 71 responses up to 11-02-2019
Yes 99% No 1% {"yes"=>99, "no"=>1} Figures based on 71 responses up to 11-02-2019

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