Sidmouth College
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
796
AGES
11 - 18
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
(18/10/16)
Full Report - All Reports
61%
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

Primley Road
Sidmouth
EX10 9LG
01395514823

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Following the inspection in 2012, the performance of the school declined. However, there has been a steady trend of improvement over the last three years. The points for improvement identified in the report, following the 2012 inspection, have been addressed well. The overall achievement of pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, was strong in 2016. The clear direction and strong leadership you have provided since you took on the post of principal at the start of this school year have given impetus to increasing the pace of improvement. You have been supported well by other senior leaders and by governors. Your self-evaluation is accurate. You precisely identify what is working well and those areas of the school that need to be strengthened. Working with governors, you have clearly defined the priorities for the school and have already put in place the required actions. The arrangements now in place for tracking pupils’ progress, and checking the effectiveness of teaching and support for pupils, will enable you to sharply monitor and evaluate the impact of these actions. The very large majority of current pupils in all year groups and in a wide range of subjects, including English and mathematics, make strong progress. Previous differences between the achievement of disadvantaged pupils in the school and other pupils have reduced significantly. Disadvantaged pupils now achieve well across a wide range of subjects, including English and mathematics. In most subjects, the most able pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, are expected to achieve at a higher level and rise to this challenge well to produce work of a high quality. However, this is not the case in all classes and in all subjects, such as in science. The achievement of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities rose significantly in 2016. However, these pupils are still not progressing as rapidly as they could. You had already made this a priority for the school and the work undertaken this year has led to further improvements. In some subjects, including mathematics, pupils in Year 7 classes are repeating work covered in primary school without teaching taking this to a higher level or developing a deeper understanding. Plans are in place to review the Year 7 curriculum for all subjects, particularly in English, mathematics and science, and to involve your partner primary schools in this. The sixth form has improved and continues to improve. The achievement of students in the sixth form rose markedly in 2016. The weaknesses evident in the 2015 outcomes, the achievement of female students and of those with low prior attainment (average GCSE grade C), have been addressed. Both these groups are currently making much improved progress. There is still variation in the progress made by students with similar starting points in a minority of subjects. The governance of the school is strong. Governors are very well equipped to provide you with the essential balance of support and challenge. They do both robustly. Their understanding of the strengths and weaker features of the school is impressive. They are relentless in pursuing their own evidence to better hold you to account. For example, in science, they analysed the information you provided and wanted to know why some classes in each of Years 7 to 9 were doing better than others. Their forensic analysis identified weakness in teachers’ ongoing assessment of pupils’ progress. This reduced confidence in the information fed into assessment review points. Improvements have recently been made to address this. Safeguarding is effective. Governors and the school’s leadership team have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are up to date, meet requirements and are fit for purpose. All records are detailed and of good quality. You and other leaders, supported very well by governors, teachers and other staff, have created an effective culture and harmonious community that keeps pupils safe and well looked after. Pupils and sixth-form students are fully involved in creating and maintaining this culture. Effective procedures ensure that the safety, welfare and all-round development of pupils are paramount to prepare them well for the next steps in their lives. Governors’ attention to safeguarding is strong. They help ensure that it permeates the life of the school. The very well-informed link safeguarding governor has frequent meetings with the designated safeguarding lead to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of arrangements and of staff training. Regular detailed and evaluative reports are provided for the full governing body. Every visit by a governor to the school involves them asking questions of pupils, teachers and leaders about safeguarding. Governors are prepared well for this by the lead governor. Governors have an impressive understanding of the need to keep the procedures for the safe use of computers and other technology, and the pupils’ use of the internet and social media, up to date. While they know that currently there are no pupils educated partly or wholly off the school site, they monitor this aspect of safeguarding very carefully. The overwhelming majority of parents believe that the school keeps their children safe and cares for them well. Pupils enjoy coming to the school and this is shown in their good attendance. Pupils are clear about what they need to do to keep themselves safe. Teachers also strongly agree that pupils are safe. Frequent analysis of all relevant information, such as absence data and records of any incidents of poor behaviour, is undertaken by senior staff and governors. They identify any potential safeguarding or child protection concerns. The views of pupils are gathered constantly and discussed at weekly meetings of senior leaders. All staff are fully aware of all aspects of safeguarding as a result of regular and effective training. They have a good understanding of how to spot the ‘triggers’ that can lead to concerns about individuals and groups of pupils or sixth-form students. They are secure in their understanding of the ‘Prevent’ duty and are alert to the dangers of extremism and radicalisation. Inspection findings Leaders have a very clear understanding of what is working well in the school and what has led to the improvements in pupils’ achievement over the last three years. They are also clear about what still needs to be done. The positive impact of the actions they have taken can be seen in the achievement of current pupils. The achievement of disadvantaged pupils, including those who are among the most able, has improved significantly in all year groups and across a wide range of subjects. Disadvantaged pupils in Years 7 to 9 are making strong progress so that, where necessary, they are catching up with other pupils. The achievement of pupils who join the school with low prior attainment has improved across a wide range of subjects. These pupils now achieve well –as seen, for example, in their work in English and mathematics. The achievement of current pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities shows that the improvements made up to the end of last year have continued and that the pace of improvement is more rapid. While some of these pupils could still do better, teachers are much more aware of the need to set higher expectations. The progress of these pupils is checked frequently and, if necessary, adjustments to the support they receive are made. Good use is being made of teaching assistants to support these pupils in lessons.

Sidmouth College Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 45% Agree 41% Disagree 10% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>45, "agree"=>41, "disagree"=>10, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 58 responses up to 13-05-2019
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