The Gilberd School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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Brinkley Lane
11 - 16
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School Description

This school is larger than the average-sized secondary school and has grown over recent years. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils known to be entitled to the pupil premium is below average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below average, as is the proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan. A few pupils are educated in off-site alternative provision at the Colchester Institute. The school recently formed the Alpha Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) with Colchester County High School for Girls. This is shortly being joined by Manningtree High School. The MAT is also due to open a free school soon to meet the growing number of pupils requiring secondary school places in north Colchester. The headteacher has been appointed as executive headteacher across both schools. Inspection report: The Gilberd School, 21–22 November 2018 Page 9 of 11 Information about this inspection The inspection team observed pupils’ learning in 57 lessons, covering a wide range of lessons and all year groups. Some observations were carried out jointly with members of the senior leadership team. Tours of the school were made with the headteacher and inspectors independently checked the quality of teaching and the behaviour of pupils in lessons. Observations of pupils’ behaviour in the dining halls at breaktimes were made, as were observations of pupils around the site. The internal seclusion rooms were visited and checked. The inspection team looked carefully at the quality of work in pupils’ books to assess progress and teaching over time. The inspection team considered the 314 responses to the online parental questionnaire, Parent View, together with 70 written responses, the 104 responses to the pupil questionnaire and the 104 responses to the staff questionnaire. The inspection team met with the chair of the governing body, three other governors, the headteacher, senior leaders, a group of middle leaders, pastoral leaders, a group of teachers and four different groups of pupils. Inspectors observed a wide range of school activities, including assembly, form time and pupil leadership activities. The inspection team analysed and scrutinised the school’s self-evaluation documentation, which included evidence from governors’ minutes, school policies and progress information. Inspectors examined policies and procedures for the safeguarding of pupils in the school. Inspection team Adrian Lyons, lead inspector Her Majesty’s Inspector Nicola Hood Ofsted Inspector Simon Bell Ofsted Inspector Duncan Cooper Ofsted Inspector Anne Pepper Ofsted Inspector Inspection report: The Gilberd School, 21–22 November 2018 Page 10 of 11 Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance ‘Raising concerns and making a complaint about Ofsted’, which is available from Ofsted’s website: If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email [email protected]

The Gilberd School Catchment Area Map

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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

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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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