The McAuley Catholic High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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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 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.

How Does The School Perform?

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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths

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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

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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

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School Description

Older pupils have seen the school improve over the last few years. They say that behaviour is improving. Parents and staff speak positively about the caring ethos and the consideration given to teachers’ workload. We agree. The progress made since the last inspection should be celebrated. Pupils say that there is someone they can turn to if they are being bullied or have worries. Pupils feel safe in and around the school, despite some pushing and shoving in narrow corridors. Inconsistency is a thread that runs through many aspects of the school’s work. Some teachers have higher expectations of pupils than others, especially when managing behaviour. Generally, pupils say they feel respected and well cared for. They value the older ‘buddies’ they can talk to if they have a worry, as well as talking to teachers. The headteacher has helped to build a culture which aims to develop pupils in every sense. The ‘7-Year Pledge’, from Years 7 to 13, aims to develop well-rounded individuals ready for the next stage of their lives. This aims to go beyond passing examinations. This is what makes this school distinctive.

The McAuley Catholic High School Reviews

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“Lack of communication”
"> In my opinion, the curriculum is confusing. There is also a lack of communication and there are poor sanitary & hygiene conditions in the girls toilets.
"> I have 2 children that both went to Macauley, I chose the school as I myself went there and so did my siblings. By the time my eldest was at the end of year 7 I wished I had chosen another school. The school claim to have an antibullying policy but when it comes to reporting things you get nowhere. It is not available to print off the website, constantly under review, and when you go into the school the teacher belittle you, I actually had a "head of year" shout in my face during a meeting regarding the disgusting treatment of my child over the years. The school also refuse to deal with issues that happen on the school bus even though that is a prime time for cowards to bully other children. It eventually led to my child being put in isolation during year 11 and GCSE's. How this sends a message to bullies I do not know and in fact this just made it worse as they thought she was hiding. It then led to my child fearing no other option but to drop out before her exams as she wasn't been taught anything anyway. My child did manage to achieve 9 A-C grades by revising herself at home but when she was forced to attend exams with the other children she was attacked twice. So she has to spend weeks in isolation before the exams, but not the actual exam. Logic. As a result not another member of my family or friends would send a child to this school as, in my experience, it is absolutely atrocious.
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