The Canterbury Academy
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The board of directors and the executive principal of the Canterbury Multi-Academy Trust oversee the Canterbury High School and the Canterbury Primary School on the same site. The latter is inspected separately. The board also oversees the area-wide alternative curriculum provision and youth commission. An on-site pre-school and nursery facility is indirectly linked with the multi-academy trust but is inspected separately. The executive principal, who retires from his full-time position in December 2017, has gradually been handing over his role during the last two years to ensure a smooth Inspection report: The Canterbury Academy, 11–12 October 2017 Page 10 of 14 transfer of leadership. At the same time, other leaders have been moving up into their new roles. The Canterbury High School uses three off-site facilities: – Phoenix House (Herne Bay), where a very small number of pupils at risk of permanent exclusion study life skills programmes and are supported to return to mainstream school. – Riverside Youth Centre, for pupils in Years 9 to 11 whose learning needs, in addition to English and mathematics, are best suited by taking practical, workrelated subjects. – The Chaucer site, which temporarily houses some of the studio space for sixthform students in the performing arts college, and physical education lessons for Phoenix House pupils. The school’s off-site alternative provision is under the auspices of the Canterbury MultiAcademy Trust. However, the majority of pupils attending Phoenix House are enrolled at other schools. They access this alternative curriculum provision as the Canterbury Multi-Academy Trust provides it for all schools in the area on behalf of the local authority. The school also shares some of its on-site facilities with pupils in a local special school. Several on-site, separate buildings have industry-standard facilities and equipment, used, for example, by performing arts, sports, construction, and hair and beauty courses. The Enterprise and Employability College houses several of these facilities, as does a new, as yet unnamed, building. There are extensive outdoor facilities for sports, including a multi-million pound, purpose-built sports centre with an integrated fitness suite and a tennis centre. The academy is open for pupils and students from 8am to 6pm and many of its facilities, including the Riverside Youth Centre, are shared with the community, largely, but not exclusively, outside of school hours. The school’s partnership with the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys contributes to ‘A grammar school band for boys and girls’. The partnership, in its sixth year, is wellembedded with groups of high-attaining pupils from both schools learning together in some subjects. The senior vice-principal of Langton continues to work full-time at Canterbury Academy. The school has continued to grow in the last two years and is now much larger than the average-sized secondary school. The sixth form, one of the largest in Kent, increased to over 700 in 2016, but is just under 600 this year. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is average overall, and the proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is well above average. This is due to the school having a specialist-resource-based provision for up to 30 pupils needing support for speech, language and communication needs. They are integrated into mainstream lessons for much of the time. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is well above that seen nationally. Each year, around 40 pupils in Year 7 are eligible for catch-up funding, which is for pupils who did not attain the expected standards (scaled score below 100) in English and/or mathematics at the end of primary school.

The Canterbury Academy Catchment Area Map

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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 areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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.

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