St Joseph's Catholic High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
983
AGES
11 - 18
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
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How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(4/12/18)
Full Report - All Reports
64%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths



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Shaggy Calf Lane
Slough
SL2 5HW
01753524713

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last 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. Your principled and determined leadership underpins a culture of impressive pastoral care and excellent academic standards. You are determined to provide high-quality education for all pupils regardless of their ability or circumstance. You are tenacious in your pursuit of excellence, while balancing your drive with the wellbeing of staff and pupils. Therefore, staff at the school trust and respect you and your leadership team. Morale is high at your inclusive school. Everyone at the school works together to support the strong Catholic ethos, which is the bedrock of the school. You and your leadership team are ambitious for pupils and carefully consider their best interests in everything you do. However, your planning goes beyond ensuring that pupils leave with good examination results. Pupils’ well-being, spiritual and personal development, including their mental health, has a high priority and is very well catered for at your school. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They are courteous and respectful towards each other and teachers. They wear their uniform smartly and take good care of their school environment. Pupils are proud of their school and told inspectors that they appreciate the wide variety of clubs and activities on offer. In lessons, we saw pupils work very hard and keep going when tasks were difficult. Pupils respond effectively to their teachers’ regular and encouraging feedback. Pupils’ work is exceptionally well presented and is of a consistently high standard. Nearly all pupils’ attendance is excellent, and leaders are determined in supporting the very few pupils whose attendance needs to improve. One pupil, voicing the opinions of a group of pupils, said, ‘The teachers are really good and happy. They make learning fun. You can always go to teachers for help.’ Leaders monitor the quality of teaching closely and check how well it contributes to pupils’ strong progress. As a result, you, together with senior leaders and governors, have an accurate view of the school’s many strengths and the very few areas where improvement is possible. For example, you know that, overall, pupils, including those whose circumstances make them vulnerable, continue to make very rapid progress. You also know the very few subjects, for example business studies, where progress is not quite as good as the best. Pupils’ progress is tracked meticulously so that teachers can provide prompt and effective help for pupils who are at risk of falling behind. For example, pupils in Years 7 and 8 who find reading difficult have reading mentors who give them extra help during tutor time. Leaders’ current credible assessment information shows that these pupils rapidly improve their reading ability. Governors provide strong challenge and support to you and other leaders. They visit the school regularly and analyse pupils’ progress thoroughly. As a result, they have a good understanding the school’s many strengths and areas where further improvement is possible. For example, they share with you an ambition to improve school buildings, for example by widening corridors and building more classrooms. Governors take a professional and reflective approach to their roles, for example by regularly attending relevant and up-to-date training. They are ambitious for the school and are working with you on exciting plans to expand your multi-academy trust to include more Catholic schools. Pupils, parents and carers speak highly of the school, and nearly all parents who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, said that they would recommend the school to other parents. One commented that, ‘My daughter is doing her first A-levels year at Saint Joseph’s and she started in year 7. We love this school; a very good environment and awesome teachers.’ Safeguarding is effective. Safeguarding is a strength of the school. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. All records are detailed and of a high quality. Before appointing staff, leaders carry out all the required employment checks. These are then recorded meticulously on the school’s single central register. All staff and governors receive regular training on how to keep children safe from abuse, sexual exploitation, radicalisation and extremism. There is a strong culture of vigilance and support to ensure that pupils are kept safe.

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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 2020, 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 areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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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.

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