St Denys Church of England Infant School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
263
AGES
4 - 7
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Voluntary controlled school
SCHOOL GUIDE RATING
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?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(3/10/19)
Full Report - All Reports
92%
NATIONAL AVG. 93%
Happiness Rating

Ofsted Parent View

25.8:1
NATIONAL AVG. 20.7:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
4%
NATIONAL AVG. 8.2%
Persistent Absence
1.9%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.9%
Pupils first language
not English
12.9%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.8%
Free school meals
8%
NATIONAL AVG. 12.6%
Pupils with SEN support
Laud Close
Ibstock
LE67 6NL
01530260004

School Description

Pupils are happy and are kept safe at this inclusive school. The school’s ethos of, ‘each one of us is different, each one of us is special’, is evident. Pupils describe their school as, ‘fantastic, amazing and glorious!’ Staff expect pupils to work hard and behave well. Incidents of poor behaviour or bullying are rare. Pupils told inspectors that adults treat them fairly. The St Denys ‘bees’ encourage pupils to be, for example, kind, optimistic and curious. This ensures that pupils are developing strength of character. Singing is particularly celebrated. Pupils’ favourite assembly song is, ‘I won’t give up, I won’t give in.’ Pupils are polite. Many cheerily greet visitors and hold doors open, allowing adults to pass. Pupils develop their artistic and sporting talents through various after-school clubs. Pupils in Year 2 enjoy an annual residential visit to Sherwood Forest. The majority of parents and carers are positive about the school. One parent typified this, saying, ‘The school has enabled my child to flourish and built their individual confidence.’ What does the school do well and what does it need to do better? Leaders have made sure that subjects are well planned and sequenced. For example, in science, pupils in Year 2 have a good understanding of what humans need to survive. This builds on their prior learning about parts of the body in Reception, and the senses in Year 1. It is helping pupils to know more and remember more. Teachers use assessment to find and fill gaps in pupils’ knowledge. Mathematics is also well designed. For example, teachers plan activities for pupils to improve their problem-solving skills. Teachers encourage pupils to explain and justify their answers. Teachers appreciate the support and training they receive from the mathematics subject leader. Typically, subject leaders’ plans do not show the key words that pupils should know and understand by the end of each topic or year. The teaching of early reading and phonics is strong. There is a consistent approach that starts in early years. Adults have received good training. They ensure that pupils often revisit previously learned sounds and words. Pupils’ reading books are at the right level of challenge. Adults quickly spot those pupils who fall behind and give them the help they need to catch up. This has helped results in the Year 1 phonics check to rise recently. The curriculum is ambitious for all pupils. This includes disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Staff make sure that pupils who attend the communication and interaction unit are fully integrated into the main school. There are helpful links with the speech and language and autism Inspection report: St Denys Church of England Infant School, Ibstock 3–4 October 2019 2 outreach teams. Staff use the training they receive for pupils with SEND well. Leadership in early years is strong. There are useful links with local nurseries. This means that staff know children and their families well before they start. Children are kept safe in a well-resourced and stimulating environment. Relationships between adults and children are warm and positive. Children behave well and take part enthusiastically in a range of activities. The early years curriculum is well planned. There are the same high aspirations for all children. Staff are aware of the Year 1 curriculum and prepare children well for it. Rates of attendance throughout the school are high. Persistent absence is low, and pupils arrive on time. Pupils are increasingly well prepared for life in modern Britain. For example, they understand voting and the rule of law. Not all pupils have a strong enough knowledge of faiths and cultures that are different from their own. Senior leaders are sensitive to staff workload. The governing body has a good range of skills and experience. Governors are beginning to hold school leaders to account. They do not yet have a good enough understanding of the curriculum and how it is sequenced and planned.

St Denys Church of England Infant School Parent Reviews



87% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 66% Agree 26% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 8% {"strongly_agree"=>66, "agree"=>26, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>8} Figures based on 38 responses up to 07-10-2019
Strongly Agree 68% Agree 21% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 8% {"strongly_agree"=>68, "agree"=>21, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>8} Figures based on 38 responses up to 07-10-2019
Strongly Agree 37% Agree 39% Disagree 13% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 11% {"strongly_agree"=>37, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>13, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>11} Figures based on 38 responses up to 07-10-2019
My Child Has Not Been Bullied 63% Strongly Agree 5% Agree 3% Disagree 16% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 11% {"my_child_has_not_been_bullied"=>63, "strongly_agree"=>5, "agree"=>3, "disagree"=>16, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>11} Figures based on 38 responses up to 07-10-2019
Strongly Agree 45% Agree 45% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 3% {"strongly_agree"=>45, "agree"=>45, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>3} Figures based on 38 responses up to 07-10-2019
I Have Not Raised Any Concerns 39% Strongly Agree 16% Agree 21% Disagree 3% Strongly Disagree 16% Don't Know 5% {"i_have_not_raised_any_concerns"=>39, "strongly_agree"=>16, "agree"=>21, "disagree"=>3, "strongly_disagree"=>16, "dont_know"=>5} Figures based on 38 responses up to 07-10-2019
Strongly Agree 0% Agree 0% Disagree 100% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>0, "agree"=>0, "disagree"=>100, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 10 responses up to 07-10-2019
Strongly Agree 37% Agree 39% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 5% Don't Know 11% {"strongly_agree"=>37, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>5, "dont_know"=>11} Figures based on 38 responses up to 07-10-2019
Strongly Agree 53% Agree 39% Disagree 3% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 5% {"strongly_agree"=>53, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>3, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>5} Figures based on 38 responses up to 07-10-2019
Strongly Agree 37% Agree 47% Disagree 11% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 5% {"strongly_agree"=>37, "agree"=>47, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>5} Figures based on 38 responses up to 07-10-2019
Strongly Agree 50% Agree 42% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 8% {"strongly_agree"=>50, "agree"=>42, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>8} Figures based on 38 responses up to 07-10-2019
Strongly Agree 42% Agree 50% Disagree 5% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 3% {"strongly_agree"=>42, "agree"=>50, "disagree"=>5, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>3} Figures based on 38 responses up to 07-10-2019
Strongly Agree 42% Agree 37% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 13% {"strongly_agree"=>42, "agree"=>37, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>13} Figures based on 38 responses up to 07-10-2019
Yes 87% No 13% {"yes"=>87, "no"=>13} Figures based on 38 responses up to 07-10-2019

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