The Featherstone Academy
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
PUPILS
398
AGES
11 - 16
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Academy sponsor led
SCHOOL GUIDE RATING
Not Rated

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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
(23/3/22)
Full Report - All Reports
43%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
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 12% of schools in England) Below Average (About 20% of schools in England) Average (About 37% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 14% 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

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

Pontefract Road
Featherstone
Pontefract
WF7 5AJ
01977722805

School Description

Staff understand the community that they serve. Leaders use this knowledge to plan a curriculum that develops pupils as individuals as well as enabling their academic success. Staff share leaders’ vision. Everyone is pulling in the same direction for pupils at The Featherstone Academy. Pupils are supported to become resilient learners. They enthuse about their ‘Applied Resilience’ programme. Younger pupils get the freedom to learn new skills and try new things. For example, some pupils choose to learn Latin, some develop their sports leadership skills, and others deepen their understanding of engineering. Pupils value this dedicated time to develop their personal interests. As one pupil put it, ‘it gives us diversity of learning’. This work builds their confidence and supports their learning across the curriculum. Pupils feel safe. They know that the door is open if they want to talk to pastoral staff about any issues. Year 7 pupils feel well supported to settle into the school. Leaders swiftly clamp down on any bullying that occurs. Leaders set a high bar for what they expect of pupils. Lessons are generally calm and orderly. Pupils say that behaviour has improved over time. However, some pupils told inspectors that occasionally behaviour can disrupt learning in some subjects. A small minority of pupils find it difficult to consistently reach the school’s high behaviour expectations.

The Featherstone Academy Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 21% Agree 28% Disagree 34% Strongly Disagree 10% Don't Know 7% {"strongly_agree"=>21, "agree"=>28, "disagree"=>34, "strongly_disagree"=>10, "dont_know"=>7} Figures based on 29 responses up to 20-05-2022
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Responses taken from Ofsted Parent View

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