St Nicholas Church of England Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
139
AGES
5 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Voluntary aided 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
(30/1/18)
Full Report - All Reports
77%
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

Idmiston Road
Porton
Salisbury
SP4 0LB
01980610401

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. St Nicholas C of E Primary School is a happy, welcoming school that fosters a love of learning. Pupils are diligent and enthusiastic. Parents typically describe the school as ‘an amazing school with great staff that know my child well’. As your self-evaluation states, ‘Children love this school and this school loves its children.’ St Nicholas C of E Primary is a thriving school. Pupil numbers are rising. A number of pupils join the school later than in the Reception Year. You and your team have recently implemented thorough assessment procedures when pupils join so that teachers can quickly ascertain what pupils know, can do and understand. This is helping to identify where pupils need additional support to catch up or further challenge so that they can achieve the highest standards. You lead the school with a relentless ambition on behalf of the pupils. There have been a number of changes in staffing and to governance. Governors have been proactive in taking part in training and are increasingly holding you and your team to account. You have not shied away from difficult decisions and have been unremitting in tackling any underperformance in teaching and leadership. As a result, pupils are effectively supported and challenged to achieve well. In particular, more pupils make good progress to reach the highest standards in reading, writing and mathematics by the time they leave in Year 6 compared with the national average. Most pupils leave the school well prepared for the next stage in their education. However, you recognise that some pupils with lower starting points are not catching up quickly enough, particularly in mathematics. You have worked with determination to review the many strengths of the school along with the aspects that require further work. You have developed a staff team that shares your drive to engender a love of learning. An able team of middle and senior leaders, nurtured by you, has supported the drive for further improvement. You have been effective in remedying weaknesses identified at the previous inspection. The deployment of staff and effective training has ensured that teaching assistants now work effectively to support pupils. You have also secured improvements to the outdoor environment for children in Reception. It is now safe and attractive, and the activities set up allow children to play purposefully as they delight in practising the skills they have learned in class. Safeguarding is effective. A strong culture of safeguarding is evident in the school. You and your leadership team have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and of a high quality. All involved in the school community are committed to keeping pupils safe. For example, governors have taken effective action to improve the security of the school site. You make sure that all necessary checks are made to confirm that those who wish to work with children are suitable. Training for safeguarding and child protection is up to date, enabling staff and governors to discharge fully their duties. Pupils are confident that any concerns they have are followed up. Pupils enjoy school and attend well. Their overall attendance has improved significantly in the past year to be better than the national average. Your strong emphasis on pupils’ personal development encourages their positive behaviour, with respect and courtesy as the norm. Pupils are insistent that there is no bullying in school. They are confident that teachers sort out any problems quickly. Parents who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, were unanimous in saying that they feel their children are safe and well cared for. Inspection findings My first line of enquiry focused on how leaders support pupils who struggle to read accurately. The teaching of phonics is a strength of the school. In 2017, every child in Year 1 met the expected standard in the phonics screening check. Children are provided with a highly effective start to developing their phonics knowledge in the early years. However, outcomes at key stages 1 and 2 in 2017 show that previously low-attaining pupils did not make the progress they needed to catch up in reading. You are working effectively to remedy this weakness. You have reviewed the reading resources being used in the school to ensure that all genres provide interesting reading material for all readers. In addition, you have ensured that all reading material is aligned to the phonics scheme as well as the national curriculum.

St Nicholas Church of England Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 82% Agree 14% Disagree 4% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>82, "agree"=>14, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 28 responses up to 30-01-2018
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Figures based on 28 responses up to 30-01-2018

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