St John's Church of England Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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PUPILS
200
AGES
4 - 11
GENDER
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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
(19/9/17)
Full Report - All Reports
52%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics



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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 8% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 5% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 7% of schools in England) Average (About 64% of schools in England) Above Average (About 9% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 11% of schools in England) Average (About 58% of schools in England) Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

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% pupils meeting the expected standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)
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% pupils meeting the higher standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)

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

Atherton Road
Hindley Green
Wigan
WN2 4SD
01942255396

School Description

The leadership team has maintained and improved upon the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. The school motto, ‘Achieving, Believing and Succeeding Together’, is well met. Excellent support from The Keys Federation Multi Academy Trust has enabled the school to develop in many areas since it was last inspected. You provide strong and purposeful leadership that staff, directors and parents value. You welcome support from experienced colleagues, such as the trust’s director of academy excellence. With other leaders and staff, you demonstrate well the vision, ambition and qualities of the trust’s ‘Spirit of Purpose’. As a result, the school is rapidly improving and moving towards the goals and pledges that the trust makes to its pupils and parents. These include providing a high-quality education that unlocks the potential of each pupil and develops their life skills. Leaders now need to ensure that the curriculum enables pupils to develop a secure understanding of fundamental British values and covers the full range of different people identified in the 2010 Equality Act. A real sense of togetherness characterises the school. The passion, commitment and enthusiasm that you and your staff bring to your roles are part and parcel of the everyday ethos. All staff who responded to the survey said that they are proud to work at the school. In the same way, all the parents I spoke to and all who commented on the parent survey were glowing in their praise of the school’s work. Parents of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are especially appreciative of the way their children are included and the support and care that they receive. Pupils are full of praise for their teachers. One pupil’s comment summed up the views of many: ‘Teachers are not just here to help you learn but to make sure you enjoy learning, and they do a very good job of it.’ At the last inspection, inspectors asked leaders to improve the achievement of the most able pupils. Leaders have addressed this effectively. Although the standards expected of all pupils are now much higher, leaders and teachers never lose sight of the need to stretch these pupils so that they can reach their potential. The most able pupils now achieve far better than at the time of the last inspection. However, leaders are not complacent. In line with your drive for excellence, you continue to prioritise raising the attainment and increasing the progress of the most able pupils. The school’s test and assessment information for reading, writing and mathematics shows that by the end of both key stages pupils have progressed at least as well as might be expected in relation to their prior attainment. This includes disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The most recent (2017) Year 6 tests and assessments show good improvements in all subjects, and particularly in reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar. The focus last year on improving pupils’ reading skills and increasing their enjoyment of reading has paid off. Proportions of pupils attaining the expected standard in the Year 1 and Year 2 phonics screening checks are consistently above average. Provision in the early years continues to be strong. Children are well cared for and provided with lots of exciting activities and resources that develop all aspects of their learning. By the end of Reception, the proportion of children attaining the good level of development needed to be ready for work in Year 1 is above average. Throughout the school, pupils’ good achievement is the result of quality teaching. Teachers assess pupils’ standards in all the subjects they study and track their progress. Subject and senior leaders review this information and report on it to directors. You provided teacher assessment information to show that pupils achieve well across the curriculum. Even so, you and other leaders are committed to deepening ever further pupils’ knowledge and skills in all subjects. You have identified this as an improvement priority, with a particular focus on mathematics this year. While there is no underachievement in mathematics, pupils’ standards and progress by the end of Year 6 are not quite as strong as in reading and writing. Leaders are driving this improvement well. The governance structure works very effectively. Members, directors and representatives of the school’s local advisory committee bring a wealth of experience to their role. They challenge and support school leaders very well and are proactive and successful in advancing the school’s development. Safeguarding is effective. There is a strong culture of safeguarding in the school. Checks on the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children are thorough. Staff training in this area is regular and effective. Staff are vigilant in raising any concerns about pupils’ welfare and safety. Child protection records, including communication with other professionals, are comprehensive. Pupils have a good understanding of how to keep safe, including when using the internet. The school’s website provides parents with useful information about safeguarding. Pupils have a clear understanding of bullying. They consider that this type of behaviour is rare. Pupils are confident that staff will act upon any bullying or other concerns they share, including anonymously via ‘worry boxes’. Pupils are well aware of the hurt caused by prejudiced-based behaviour and know that this is not tolerated. Pupils explained that they never hear pupils make racist comments, but do occasionally hear homophobic words or phrases. Pupils know the importance of reporting this behaviour and explained that when they have done so staff have dealt with issues immediately. This practice is appropriate. However, these incidents do not feature on your analysis of behaviour and reports to directors because they have not been reported to you. Inspection findings Leaders have high expectations of pupils’ attendance. Most pupils attend regularly and few are persistently absent. There are thorough processes to investigate absences. These include support for pupils and their families from the school’s learning mentor. Attendance data for the last two years show a higher than average proportion of persistent absence for some vulnerable pupils. Current rates of attendance and persistent absence show an improved picture. Only a small number of pupils’ attendance now falls below 90%. Of these pupils, some absence is due to health issues and thus unavoidable. Leaders are committed to providing an inspirational curriculum that deepens pupils’ knowledge and understanding and develops creativity, research and enquiry skills. Pupils’ good achievement in the range of subjects they study reflects the success of the curriculum on pupils’ outcomes and attitudes to learning. The trust’s specialist subject teams for art, music, physical education and sport and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) add strength to these areas of the curriculum. They also support the professional development of the school’s staff. A wide range of educational visits and visitors further enrich pupils’ learning. As part of the STEM curriculum, for example, pupils have visited universities and industry to inspire their interest and raise girls’ awareness of career opportunities in these subjects. School documents and policies recognise the legal duties to promote fundamental British values, equality and diversity. There is variability, however, in how well these duties are implemented. A strength is the provision for pupils to learn about religious and cultural diversity. Pupils also learn about how significant people, including activists such as Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, influenced political and social change. The work and influence of eminent artists, inventors, explorers and musicians are also woven into the subjects that pupils study. Women are included in these groups, but under-represented. The gender equality work of the STEM curriculum is commendable. However, pupils’ books, school displays and curriculum plans do not reflect a balanced view of the influence of men and women in the humanities, arts, science and mathematics. Even less well represented is the protected characteristic of sexual orientation.

St John's Church of England Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 75% Agree 8% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 8% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>75, "agree"=>8, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 12 responses up to 19-09-2017
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