Thames Primary Academy
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
439
AGES
2 - 11
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 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
(3/5/18)
Full Report - All Reports
68%
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

Severn Road
Blackpool
FY4 1EE
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School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You and your staff continue to provide a harmonious learning community. Parents and carers told me that their children ‘can’t wait to get here each day’ and that they would attend at weekends if they could. Pupils reiterated this enthusiasm for school life. You and your deputy headteacher have an accurate and reflective view of the school’s strengths and priorities. Together, you are determined to improve the school further. You have high expectations of what you and your staff can achieve, while being mindful and realistic about staff workloads. Governors provide a good balance of support and challenge. Since the previous inspection, you and the governors have implemented a number of changes throughout the school. For example, you have restructured your senior leadership team and all teachers now have a responsibility for a subject area. You have instilled a strong sense of collaboration among all staff and, as a result, morale is high. You have also invested in refurbishing the interior of the school, which provides a highly stimulating environment for pupils and staff alike. At the previous inspection in 2014, inspectors asked the leadership team, including governors, to raise achievement, particularly in writing and for the most able pupils. You and your senior leadership team have embedded transparent systems and procedures for checking the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. You hold staff to account, using precise targets that are linked to accelerating pupils’ progress. Pupils have more opportunities to write at length across different subjects and through topics. As a result, pupils’ outcomes in writing have improved significantly and are in line with national expectations for their age by the time they leave school. This demonstrates good progress from their starting points. Teachers plan activities to meet the range of abilities of pupils and adapt work in lessons as needed. The senior leadership team and subject leaders closely monitor the progress of individual pupils and groups of pupils. As a result, teachers are able to plan bespoke support for individuals and groups of pupils who occasionally fall behind with their work and for those who are capable of achieving even more. Consequently, more pupils reached the higher standards by the end of key stage 2 in 2017 and this pattern is continuing across year groups. As an inclusive school, you work tirelessly to reduce any barriers to learning that pupils may have. For example, pupils have access to a range of therapies and opportunities to develop their social and emotional skills in readiness for learning. The ‘Allstars’ curriculum is proving effective for pupils who will be moving to special schools at the end of Year 6. Teachers and teaching assistants ensure that pupils are always given clear guidance about what they need to do to improve their work, and staff check that pupils respond to this advice. Pupils enjoy building their confidence and ability to check their own work as they move through the school. You and your staff continue to ensure that children get off to a good start in the early years. Parents told me how happily their children settled into Nursery and Reception classes. Staff ensure thorough transition arrangements into the school, which help pupils to settle quickly into their learning. You and your senior leadership team have led significant improvements to the quality of teaching, learning and assessment since the previous inspection. As a result, the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standards in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of each key stage was in line with that seen nationally in 2017 and much higher than previously. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage in their education because they develop a strong work ethic during their time at Thames. Safeguarding is effective. Your designated safeguarding leader, together with the deputy designated safeguarding leaders, ensures that all safeguarding arrangements meet requirements. She makes sure that staff fully understand their duty and follow systems and procedures for logging concerns. You ensure that all necessary checks are made on the suitability of staff to work with children. When I arrived at the start of the inspection, the effectiveness of procedures to check on those visiting the school was clear to see. During the inspection, you responded vigilantly to ensure that the entrance to the school was well staffed in response to the power cut which meant that the electric gates had to be operated manually. You make sure that the promotion of safeguarding throughout the school has a high profile. You provide staff with regular training that is up to date so that they and members of the governing body understand the current guidance. You and the deputy designated safeguarding leaders are prompt in making referrals to the local authority. Together, you diligently follow up all concerns and make sure that pupils are kept safe. You work well with a range of external agencies to secure expertise to support pupils’ welfare, as and when necessary. You and your staff provide exceptional care and support for pupils and their families. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and records are detailed and of high quality. Inspection findings As part of this inspection, I looked at how effectively you and your staff are taking action to sustain the improvement in outcomes in reading seen in 2017. You have a consistent approach to the teaching of phonics in Reception, key stage 1 and, when necessary, for older pupils. The senior leader who has responsibility for reading throughout the school ensures that staff have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to teach phonics and reading effectively. In addition to regular high-quality training, your reading champion provides teachers and teaching assistants with weekly ‘masterclass’ sessions to share and review their practice. This ensures that consistency and high expectations are maintained. As a result, pupils’ outcomes in the phonics screening check in Year 1 in 2017 were higher than the national average. Teachers and teaching assistants provide learning activities linked to improving reading that precisely meet the needs of individual pupils. You have invested wisely in new books which are now engaging boys as much as girls. The progress of disadvantaged pupils is improving and is similar to that of others in school. Pupils are becoming competent, confident readers. Their improving vocabulary is also having a positive impact on the quality of their writing. You are aware that teachers and teaching assistants need to continue the drive to move boys on with their reading so that even more reach the expected and higher standards by the end of key stage 1. Teachers use assessment information efficiently to identify pupils who are falling behind. Highly trained support staff provide the help pupils need to catch up quickly. The school’s own assessment information indicates that the vast majority of pupils are making accelerated progress from their starting points. Younger pupils who need more encouragement to read are allocated older ‘reading buddies’ as role models and this is proving effective. Pupils told me that they enjoy the opportunities they have to read a wide range of literature. Pupils in key stage 2 were genuinely disappointed when the teacher had to stop reading the story because it was the end of the school day. Workshops for parents on phonics and reading help them develop the skills they need to support their children at home. Despite this opportunity, some parents remain reluctant to listen to their children read.

Thames Primary Academy Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 78% Agree 7% Disagree 11% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>78, "agree"=>7, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 27 responses up to 06-05-2018
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