The John of Gaunt School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
1136
AGES
11 - 18
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.

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  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
(15/5/18)
Full Report - All Reports
55%
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) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 5% of schools in England) Below Average (About 25% of schools in England) Average (About 48% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 5% 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
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% of pupils who achieved 3 A levels at AAB or higher

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

Wingfield Road
Trowbridge
BA14 9EH
01225762637

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You lead a highly inclusive school which benefits pupils and the local community. You and your team are committed to the success of every pupil and the school’s ethos is supportive and caring. The following parental comment is typical of many: ‘All staff are very caring, and we have always felt that they have fantastic working relationships with pupils and parents.’ You and your leadership team evaluate the school’s work honestly and accurately. This is also true of the governing body. Governors are highly skilled and committed to the continuing improvement of the school. They work as a team and hold you and your colleagues to account with rigour and professionalism. The priorities set for further development are well chosen. Your willingness to respond to criticism and your carefully considered plans for the future have created a positive and open culture in the school. You therefore have the strong support of colleagues. You are fully aware of areas of weakness and clear about what needs to be done to bring about the necessary improvements. For example, you shared inspectors’ judgements that the performance of disadvantaged pupils and those with low prior attainment needs to improve. You are also committed to improving attendance and reducing persistent absence still further. Since the last inspection, you have maintained a strong focus on the quality of teaching. The development and training of staff have been a priority for you and your team, and this has had an impact on the progress made by pupils across the school. Middle leaders are now more accountable for their actions and they have responded well to changes aimed at driving up standards. For example, the recent introduction of ‘Talk for Writing’ has been well received, and its impact was evident in lessons visited by inspectors. Students make good progress in the sixth form and appreciate the support they are given by their teachers. Despite its relatively small size, the sixth form offers a broad range of subjects and a wide range of enrichment opportunities. Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and records are accurate. The school has a strong culture of safeguarding. Staff are well trained and understand the risks pupils face, including sexual exploitation and the dangers of radicalisation and extremism. Pupils say that they feel safe at school. The school’s commitment to safeguarding is demonstrated by the fact that it has developed a secure online record-keeping system which is being used by many schools in the local area. It is a comprehensive package which enables staff to identify issues quickly and to spot trends in pupils’ behaviour. Governors have a thorough understanding of safeguarding and they attend regular training sessions. They work alongside the leadership team to ensure that pupils are kept safe. Inspection findings Inspectors agreed several lines of enquiry with you at the start of the inspection. The first of these focused on the progress of disadvantaged pupils and those with low prior attainment. Pupils’ progress overall was broadly average in 2017 but the progress of disadvantaged and low prior attaining pupils was significantly below average. You and your team are fully aware of this and a number of significant improvements are now in place. The school’s tracking systems indicate that pupils are currently making faster progress. This is particularly evident in Year 10, where progress measures for both disadvantaged and low prior attaining pupils are expected to be in line with national averages by the end of the year. You acknowledge, however, that there is further work to do. Pupils achieve well in English. Inspectors saw evidence of good progress in books. ‘Talk for Writing’ has recently been introduced and is having a strong impact. The department’s focus on redrafting is working well across the ability range and enables weaker pupils to learn more effectively. In 2017, results in GCSE mathematics were disappointing and not as strong as in previous years. Steps have been taken to provide additional support and teachers are confident that pupils are better prepared for the demands of the new examination specifications. Work seen by inspectors in lessons confirms this view. Progress in science is less secure as a result of the turbulence in staffing in the department in recent years. A new team is now in place and the school is confident that standards are set to rise. There is now a regular focus on practical activities to engage pupils in their learning and a thorough and supportive revision programme is in place for pupils in Year 11. The progress of pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities is improving, particularly in the lower school, where new systems are in place to support pupils in the classroom. A new reward system has recently been introduced and this is helping to encourage and inspire them. The Year 7 catch-up programme is very effective. The second line of enquiry focused on the effectiveness of the curriculum in meeting the needs of all pupils. A number of changes have been introduced in recent years and these are now proving to be successful. The two-year key stage 3 curriculum works well. It is built around ‘learning cycles’ with regular assessments to check pupil progress. At the end of every learning cycle, teachers check learning using the ‘GEM’ model – Gaps, Embedding, Mastery – and this is now being used increasingly widely across the school. A transition group has been introduced into Years 7 and 8 and this is helping to enable vulnerable pupils to make faster progress and to integrate more effectively into the school. Pupils in this group are taught English and mathematics by one teacher, following a primary school model. They join mainstream classes for all other subjects. The curriculum is now responsive to the needs of pupils at all levels. Key stage 3 pupils are being equipped with the skills they need to access the new GCSE specifications. At key stage 4, the choice of GCSE courses is tailored to the needs of individual pupils. Alternative provision is used for a small number of disengaged students at Include, the off-site provision for pupils in danger of permanent exclusion managed by a group of local secondary schools. You also work with Wiltshire College and Larkrise Farm. This provision is monitored closely by the school and its effectiveness evaluated regularly. Sixth-form students have a good choice of A levels and easy access to a wide range of other courses at nearby schools and colleges. Efforts are made to ensure that all needs are met. For example, the school collaborates with Clarendon Academy to offer a greater choice of A-level subjects. Students have good access to independent advice and guidance, and they are very positive about the support they receive. Inspectors also considered the effectiveness of school leaders in monitoring the quality of teaching. A robust and effective system is in place and this has helped to improve accountability at all levels. However, there are still some inconsistencies in the quality of teaching. Leaders are aware of this and work hard to support less effective staff and share good practice across the school. The school makes good use of external advisers and welcomes objective criticism. This has enabled changes to be made and a culture of complacency to be avoided. Judgements are carefully moderated and teaching strategies regularly shared with other schools. Leaders acknowledge that further progress is needed to improve attendance and to reduce persistent absence. In recent years, attendance figures have been below national averages and persistent absence well above. Attendance overall has improved this year but the figures for disadvantaged pupils remain stubbornly low.

The John of Gaunt School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 35% Agree 45% Disagree 12% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 1% {"strongly_agree"=>35, "agree"=>45, "disagree"=>12, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>1} Figures based on 77 responses up to 14-08-2019
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