Sunnydown School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Special school
PUPILS
88
AGES
11 - 16
GENDER
Boys
TYPE
Community special school

Can I Get My Child Into This 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?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(19/10/21)
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93%
NATIONAL AVG. 87%
Happiness Rating

Ofsted Parent View

8.1:1
NATIONAL AVG. 16.6:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
16.9%
NATIONAL AVG. 13.7%
Persistent Absence
3.4%
NATIONAL AVG. 17.2%
Pupils first language
not English
20.5%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.8%
Free school meals
Portley House
152 Whyteleafe Road
Caterham
CR3 5ED
01883342281

School Description

Pupils are highly respected and nurtured. Staff care deeply about them. The much-valued pastoral team is always on hand. For some pupils, attending Sunnydown means that they can enjoy school for the first time. Pupils’ opinions matter. One significant example of this is the positive ‘restart’ system, ‘REST’, designed and used by pupils as a strategy to get the time and space they need to ready themselves for learning. The school has a calm and friendly atmosphere. Pupils’ perceptions about bullying are paramount for staff. Adults have received recent additional training. They take issues that arise seriously and tackle them effectively. Beyond the school’s ‘traditional curriculum’, it prioritises supporting pupils to develop diverse skills, qualities and attributes. The wonderful and intricate landscaped garden and industrious cycle repair workshop are just two of the visible markers of the curriculum offer beyond traditional subjects. This school is largely successful and often transformative in its aim to empower its pupils. Its work to improve pupils’ resilience and develop their character, confidence and selfesteem is deeply embedded. However, academic expectations and opportunities for some pupils could be higher and broader. Some parents and carers believe this to be the case, and inspectors agree.

Sunnydown School Parent Reviews



86% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 62% Agree 31% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>62, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021
Strongly Agree 69% Agree 28% Disagree 3% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>69, "agree"=>28, "disagree"=>3, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021
Strongly Agree 55% Agree 31% Disagree 10% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>55, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>10, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021
My Child Has Not Been Bullied 52% Strongly Agree 10% Agree 21% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 10% {"my_child_has_not_been_bullied"=>52, "strongly_agree"=>10, "agree"=>21, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>10} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021
Strongly Agree 34% Agree 41% Disagree 17% Strongly Disagree 7% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>34, "agree"=>41, "disagree"=>17, "strongly_disagree"=>7, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021
I Have Not Raised Any Concerns 3% Strongly Agree 66% Agree 14% Disagree 14% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 0% {"i_have_not_raised_any_concerns"=>3, "strongly_agree"=>66, "agree"=>14, "disagree"=>14, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021
Strongly Agree 72% Agree 17% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>72, "agree"=>17, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021
Strongly Agree 41% Agree 41% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 7% Don't Know 3% {"strongly_agree"=>41, "agree"=>41, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>7, "dont_know"=>3} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021
Strongly Agree 48% Agree 31% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 10% {"strongly_agree"=>48, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>10} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021
Strongly Agree 45% Agree 34% Disagree 17% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>45, "agree"=>34, "disagree"=>17, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021
Strongly Agree 45% Agree 34% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 10% Don't Know 3% {"strongly_agree"=>45, "agree"=>34, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>10, "dont_know"=>3} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021
Strongly Agree 28% Agree 38% Disagree 21% Strongly Disagree 10% Don't Know 3% {"strongly_agree"=>28, "agree"=>38, "disagree"=>21, "strongly_disagree"=>10, "dont_know"=>3} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021
Strongly Agree 66% Agree 24% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>66, "agree"=>24, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021
Yes 86% No 14% {"yes"=>86, "no"=>14} Figures based on 29 responses up to 17-12-2021

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