Sturminster Newton High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
643
AGES
11 - 18
GENDER
Mixed
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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, ONS

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?

Good
NATIONAL AVG. 2.09
Ofsted Inspection
(13/06/2018)
Full Report - All Reports
54%
NATIONAL AVG. 38%
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 15% of schools in England) Below Average (About 18% of schools in England) Average (About 35% of schools in England) Above Average (About 16% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 16% 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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Bath Road
Sturminster Newton
DT10 1DT
01258472642

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Your leadership is successfully combining the school’s long-standing caring and compassionate ethos with a greater focus on ensuring that pupils achieve all that they are capable of. When you took up the headship in September 2015, you recognised that standards in the summer examinations were not good enough. You and your team have worked hard since then to improve them. Progress initially was slow. You had to address weaknesses in teaching and the curriculum. GCSE outcomes in 2017 remained below those of other schools, particularly in English and science. However, there are now clear signs that pupils currently in school are reaching higher standards. Governors and senior leaders are self-critical and have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. Plans to improve the school are well targeted and appropriate. You have made good use of support from the local authority and experienced headteachers in other schools to enhance your capacity. The last inspection report asked leaders to strengthen middle leadership. Improving the quality of leadership has been a central feature of your school improvement strategy. Middle and senior leaders now feel accountable for the quality of their work and the impact that it has on improving outcomes for pupils. Middle leaders meet with you or your senior colleagues very regularly to discuss pupils’ progress and the quality of teaching. There is an emphasis on checking the quality of teaching through visiting lessons and checking pupils’ books. Middle leaders then discuss the progress that pupils are making with their subject teams. They intervene effectively when progress is not good enough and they coach and support their colleagues in order to address any weaknesses. You are restructuring the middle leadership team and have appointed new middle leaders to the three core areas of English, mathematics and science. This has increased the momentum for improvement markedly. The core subject leaders are working together well. They understand what they need to do to raise standards and they have set about their task with real enthusiasm. As a result of this work, pupils are now making better progress than they have in previous years. You are aware, however, that there is more to do to ensure that all pupils achieve as well as they should. Safeguarding is effective. You have ensured that the school has a strong culture of safeguarding. Staff are well trained and understand what they must do if they become aware of any potential safeguarding concerns. There is an experienced team to oversee the school’s support for pupils who need help because they are vulnerable or at risk. This team ensures that staff are well briefed about any pupils who may need support when they join Year 7 from their primary schools. There are good relationships with local authority services to help protect those pupils who have challenges in their home lives. Teachers remind pupils regularly about potential risks to their safety, including online. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. The school’s record-keeping systems are good. All the appropriate checks are made before staff are appointed. Governors check these systems regularly to reassure themselves that they are compliant. Inspection findings This short inspection focused on leaders’ work to raise standards for all pupils, on the performance of disadvantaged pupils, on standards for the most able and on the quality of the curriculum. Senior and middle leaders are focusing on two aspects to raise the quality of teaching that pupils experience. First is a school-wide drive to ensure that pupils understand how to improve their work. Teachers are expected to provide feedback to pupils on their work. Pupils are then given time to read and respond to their teachers’ comments. Most pupils, but not all, do so. Where teachers and pupils work together in this way, the quality of pupils’ work improves over time. Sometimes, however, the feedback is ineffective because it is not sufficiently precise and so pupils do not understand how to improve their work. Teachers have been developing the effectiveness of their feedback this year and there has been a steady improvement in its quality. Leaders are aware, however, that there is more to do to ensure that all feedback is as good as the best. Secondly, leaders and teachers are raising their expectations of what pupils can achieve. In the past, too often teachers allowed pupils to settle for second best.

Sturminster Newton High School Parent Reviews



unlock % Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>44, "agree"=>40, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 62 responses up to 18-06-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>48, "agree"=>37, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 62 responses up to 18-06-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>32, "agree"=>40, "disagree"=>15, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>5} UNLOCK Figures based on 62 responses up to 18-06-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>40, "agree"=>40, "disagree"=>16, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 62 responses up to 18-06-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>24, "agree"=>47, "disagree"=>19, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>2} UNLOCK Figures based on 62 responses up to 18-06-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>24, "agree"=>58, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>5} UNLOCK Figures based on 62 responses up to 18-06-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>31, "agree"=>37, "disagree"=>21, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>3} UNLOCK Figures based on 62 responses up to 18-06-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>21, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>13, "strongly_disagree"=>13, "dont_know"=>23} UNLOCK Figures based on 62 responses up to 18-06-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>29, "agree"=>37, "disagree"=>16, "strongly_disagree"=>13, "dont_know"=>5} UNLOCK Figures based on 62 responses up to 18-06-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>35, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>21, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>6} UNLOCK Figures based on 62 responses up to 18-06-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>37, "agree"=>47, "disagree"=>13, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 62 responses up to 18-06-2018
Yes No {"yes"=>76, "no"=>24} UNLOCK Figures based on 62 responses up to 18-06-2018

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