Thames Ditton Junior School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
376
AGES
7 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Foundation 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
(6/3/18)
Full Report - All Reports
85%
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

Mercer Close
Thames Ditton
KT7 0BS
02083983039

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. „A place to learn, a place to grow‟ is the motto underpinning the school‟s work. You, your staff and governors have created a vibrant learning community that provides a nurturing and caring environment for pupils. A large number of parents and carers commented on the friendly and approachable manner of all staff. One parent reflected the views of many by writing, „Thames Ditton Junior School is a warm and welcoming school where children flourish.‟ You provide the school with a clear direction so that staff and governors work closely together to secure the best possible learning experiences for pupils. You have created an ethos based on values including determination, respect and honesty. One of the strengths of the school is the rich and vibrant curriculum that stimulates pupils and inspires them to do their best. This is reflected in high-quality displays in classrooms and around the school. The quality of pupils‟ art is high and shows a depth of teaching that fully develops pupils‟ talents and skills. Pupils behave very well in classrooms, in the playground and when moving around the school. You and your staff have a thorough knowledge of individual pupils and ensure that they progress well socially as well as academically. This is reflected in another of the many comments made by parents: „As well as providing a good level of academic teaching, I believe the school strongly promotes personal development, emphasising the strong core values and helping to create well-rounded pupils.‟ You, together with other leaders and governors, know the school well. You have an accurate understanding of the strengths of the school and know exactly where further improvements are needed. You have taken action to ensure that the good quality of teaching and learning is maintained. You have introduced a programme of peer observation where teachers visit each other‟s classrooms to share ideas and learn from each other. As part of the Ember Learning Trust, this activity has been extended so that all staff and governors visit each other‟s schools to develop a shared approach to school improvement. This supports all schools within this cooperative partnership to improve further. Pupils are happy and they enjoy school. They particularly appreciate the rich and stimulating curriculum and the wide variety of additional activities that enrich their experience of school. They say that they have trips and visits and that there are plenty of after-school clubs available for them. Pupils say they feel safe in school and that adults listen to them and take their concerns seriously. They have positive attitudes to learning and want to do well. Pupils are very well mannered, polite and friendly. They say that they are all treated equally and fairly and that there is no discrimination. One parent wrote, „At dinnertime yesterday, my son said, “You should write something really nice because I LOVE my school”.‟ You have addressed the areas for improvement identified at the last inspection. You have developed a culture of self-improvement in which teachers are reflective and continuously seek new ways of developing their skills. You have further developed the role of subject leaders so that they are accountable for the quality of teaching and learning in their subjects. You know, however, that more needs to be done. You know that pupils, particularly girls, need to make more progress in mathematics and actions have been put into place to achieve this. In the 2017 national tests, disadvantaged pupils in year 6 did not achieve as well as other pupils. You and your leaders are taking steps to diminish remaining differences. However, the current system for recording and tracking pupils‟ outcomes does not demonstrate the in-year rates of progress pupils make. Consequently, it is difficult to check pupils‟ progress and intervene early enough when their progress is slow. Safeguarding is effective Staff and governors have an acute understanding of the need to keep pupils safe in school. They undertake regular training to keep themselves up to date with all new requirements. There are clear systems in place for staff to record any concerns they may have that a pupil may be at risk from harm. The designated safeguarding lead diligently follows up these concerns with the appropriate authorities to ensure that pupils and their families receive the help and support they need. All visitors to school are carefully checked, and systems to check the suitability of staff to work with children are detailed and well maintained. Safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and records are efficiently kept.

Thames Ditton Junior School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 76% Agree 23% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>76, "agree"=>23, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 212 responses up to 06-03-2018
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Figures based on 212 responses up to 06-03-2018

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Figures based on 212 responses up to 06-03-2018

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Figures based on 212 responses up to 06-03-2018

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Figures based on 212 responses up to 06-03-2018

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Figures based on 212 responses up to 06-03-2018

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Figures based on 212 responses up to 06-03-2018

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Figures based on 212 responses up to 06-03-2018

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Figures based on 212 responses up to 06-03-2018

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Figures based on 212 responses up to 06-03-2018

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Figures based on 212 responses up to 06-03-2018

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Figures based on 212 responses up to 06-03-2018

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