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:
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.
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.
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.
The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Following that inspection, pupils’ progress, achievements, behaviour and attitudes slipped. Since your appointment in September 2015, you have not shied away from taking decisive action, and at times difficult decisions, to improve matters. You have worked with governors to ensure recovery, to stabilise staffing and to live up to the school’s aim. This is to ‘provide a well-rounded education in which all children have the opportunity to realise their full potential as human beings, intellectually, socially, physically, spiritually and morally’. Supported well by your re-energised leadership team, you have raised expectations of staff about what pupils can achieve in lessons. As a result, the school is on track to build on the improvements in pupils’ achievements seen in school currently and in the 2016 Year 11 and sixth form examination results. You have effectively tackled most of the areas that required improvement at the last inspection. Mathematics was an issue then and it remains so due to the dip in 2015. Nevertheless, changes made are ensuring that more pupils are making good progress from their starting points. Presentation of pupils’ mathematics work is of a suitable standard. You are taking action to ensure that presentation and handwriting is of a consistently good standard in pupils’ work books across other subjects. Pupils’ personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development remains a strength. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They are courteous and friendly, and show consideration towards each other, adults and visitors. Pupils move around the spacious site at break and lunchtimes in a mature fashion. As a result of the high expectations you have, and the work to ensure that staff carry out the school’s behaviour policy consistently, pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning in lessons are usually good. Actions taken to help pupils take responsibility for their own behaviour as part of the school’s ‘character’ work to develop their readiness for their future lives, contribute successfully to the improvement in behaviour. You, other leaders and governors are acutely aware of what is working well and what needs to improve, because of the very regular and robust systems developed to check the impact of the school’s work. For example, you know that last year too many disadvantaged pupils, particularly those of lower ability, did not make good enough progress in mathematics and English. Improvements in the way teachers identify and then meet the learning needs of such pupils are diminishing the differences between their and other pupils’ progress in lessons successfully. You are aware that there is still work to do to make sure all pupils make good progress from their starting points. To tackle this, you are working with teachers to ensure that all teaching is as good as the best. Your resolute focus on improving the quality of teaching has raised the bar of expectations and is contributing to the improved progress pupils are making in lessons. Leaders conduct regular checks on the quality of teaching, pupils’ work in books and pupils’ assessment data and are consequently well informed about the quality of teaching and its impact on pupils’ learning and progress. Teachers appreciate the feedback, challenge and support they receive from the senior team. Tenacious governance arrangements ensure that you and your team are held to account robustly for the collective impact of your work and, importantly, supported in your shared ambition to provide an outstanding quality of education and care. Safeguarding is effective. You and other leaders have made sure that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Records for pupils who are at risk are detailed and of high quality. Leaders are vigilant in supporting pupils and their families when facing significant challenge in their lives. They work in a timely way with other agencies to ensure that pupils at risk of harm are protected. Staff training is up to date and in line with recent Department for Education requirements. Staff have a good understanding of how to recognise and respond to concerns. This includes concerns such as female genital mutilation, child sexual exploitation or risks from extremist or radical views. Inspection findings The proportion of Year 11 pupils gaining five good GCSEs including English and mathematics dropped significantly in 2015. Your determined actions resulted in a 19% point improvement in 2016. The proportion of these pupils making expected progress from their broadly average starting points into school also increased from below that found nationally to just above. There was little variation in the progress of boys and girls. This represented significant improvement on the previous year. The gap between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils, although as you accept still too wide, narrowed by the equivalent of half a GCSE grade. Actions taken to raise teachers’ expectations of what pupils can do and improve the quality of teaching are starting to make their mark. The impact of this work is more evident in the increasing proportions of pupils currently on track to make more than expected progress. Assessment information shows this will be above average this year rather than broadly average in 2016. Current tracking information about pupils’ progress across year groups and groups of pupils, as well as reviews of pupils’ work books, show that this is not just as a result of a focus on Year 11. While much work has gone on to improve the presentation of pupils’ written work, there are still occasions where teachers’ expectations are not high enough. Work to improve the accuracy of teachers’ assessment information about pupils’ current progress is having a marked impact in the way teachers use this in lessons to plan learning. Work set usually helps pupils move on quickly from what they already know and understand, or deepens and broadens their skills and knowledge. Assessment information identifies pupils at risk of falling behind. Additional activities in class, or interventions provided during the school day help pupils to catch up and move them on to their next steps effectively. You know that some pupils are still not challenged to achieve their best in all lessons. Consequently, you are working with other leaders to rectify this. Pupils who access the deaf or hearing impaired or visually impaired provisions continue to achieve well. Appropriate adaptations are made where needed and pupils are included in all aspects of school life. Well-deployed adults ensure that pupils are stretched, challenged and supported to progress well in their learning. The relatively weaker progress made by pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities requiring additional school support, evident last year, triggered a robust response. Changes were made to the leadership of special educational needs. Alongside the strong pastoral support, you and the governors have ensured a stronger focus on academic achievement. Actions are effectively diminishing the difference between the progress these pupils make and others, and reducing their previously much higher than average persistent absence rates. Pupils develop the qualities that will stand them in good stead as they move towards adulthood. They develop a strong sense of right and wrong and empathy and care for others. They gain a good understanding of faiths and cultures other than their own and the qualities of respect and tolerance of others’ views. Their charitable work to support others less fortunate than themselves is notable. The dip in pupils’ performance at key stage 4 was replicated at the end of the sixth form in 2015. Changes, including new leadership, are having the desired effect. In 2016, Year 13 students made good progress from their starting points into the sixth form. Good-quality teaching, the businesslike atmosphere, strong pastoral support and the good range of courses enable students to thrive. Their personal, social, moral and cultural development continues to be well promoted. There are many opportunities for students to take leadership roles in the school and they become good role models for younger pupils. Such responsibilities contribute well to skills they need as adults. Virtually all move onto their chosen destinations successfully, including many to Russell Group universities.
The King's Academy Reviews
BY PARENTS, FOR PARENTS
“Lack of school heating is beyond belief”
10 December 2017AUTHOR: AngryMums
Please can someone explain how you can expect any kind of educational output from students in a cold school in winter. Apparently the corridors are heated but not the classrooms. After speaking to another parent, she confided that there just is not enough money to heat the school. How can this be?! Just because the principal is ex Army, does not mean he can run a school like a 'boot camp'.
“I had much higher expectations”
01 September 2016AUTHOR: A Parent
I had much higher expectations for this academy. Firstly, not only is the percentage of students leaving Year 11 with 5 GCSEs is very poor, the so-called principal has caused over 40 teachers to leave the academy - many of which were liked by the students because of their excellent teaching style and friendly manner. In my opinion the school was much better before this principal took control.
GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!
2015 GCSE RESULTSImportant information for parents
Due to number of reforms to GSCE reporting introduced by the government in 2014, such as the exclusion of iGCSE examination results, the official school performance data may not accurately report a school’s full results. For more information, please see About and refer to the section, ‘Why does a school show 0% on its GSCE data dial? In many affected cases, the Average Point Score will also display LOW SCORE as points for iGCSEs and resits are not included.
Schools can upload their full GCSE results by registering for a School Noticeboard. All school results data will be verified.
We respect your privacy and never share your email address with the reviewed school or any third parties.
Please click on the link in the confirmation email sent to you.
Your review is awaiting moderation and we will let you know when it is published.
Our Moderation Prefects aim to do this within 24 hours.