The Petchey Academy
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Post 16
11 - 18
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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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Ofsted Inspection
Full Report - All Reports
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
Attainment 8 score
Results in 8 core subjects
Progress 8 score

Secondary Data
Explained for parents
A level average point score
Average A level result
A level progress score
GCSE to A level
Happiness Rating

Ofsted Parent View

Pupil/Teacher ratio
Persistent Absence
Pupils first language
not English
Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support

Progress Compared With All Other Schools

- 0.32 GCSE Progress Score 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) - 0.02 A level Progress Score 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

2017 2018 2019 61% 63% 56%

% of pupils who achieved 5+ GCSEs grade 9-4
2017 2018 2019 44% 47% 38%

% of pupils who achieved GCSE grade 5 or above in both English and maths
2017 2018 2019 20% 13% 20%

% 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

School Video

School Prospectus

Shacklewell Lane
E8 2EY
020 72751500

School Description

This is an average-sized secondary school. It opened to Year 7 students in September 2006 and moved into new premises in September 2007. A sixth form (University Gateway) opened in September 2011. In 2011, the academy saw its first full set of GCSE examination results. The academy meets the current floor standards for attainment and progress. There are more boys than girls. The proportions of students known to be eligible for free school meals or who speak English as an additional language are both well above the national average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is above average, and the proportion of students having a statement of special educational needs is well above average. Students’ mobility is a little above average. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is well above average with considerable diversity. The academy specialises in health, care and medical science. It has gained several awards including Every Child Matters (ECM) Gold, Inclusion Award and National Healthy School Status.

The Petchey Academy Parent Reviews

Average Parent Rating

“Support and excellent teaching provided at The Petchey Academy.”

I write as a parent who feels both lucky and grateful for the support and excellent teaching provided at The Petchey Academy. My son has attended since September and I have been so impressed with the care given to make him settle and enjoy life at the academy. His confidence has steadily improved as has his personal organisation. His good behaviour and progress is really recognised and praised which is very encouraging for him. He is rising to new challenges in a social environment he naturally finds challenging. Most of all, he seems to be enjoying his learning and his general school experience. I feel I have found a school that listens and responds to children and parents. I love that the whole environment is encouraging, positive and caring in it's ethos. Every visit I have to the school truly impresses and touches me! I think the school's communication all round is excellent and I feel very happy to have such confidence in the school.
72% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 38% Agree 46% Disagree 9% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 1% {"strongly_agree"=>38, "agree"=>46, "disagree"=>9, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>1} Figures based on 69 responses up to 31-12-2018
Strongly Agree 42% Agree 39% Disagree 9% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>42, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>9, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 69 responses up to 31-12-2018
Strongly Agree 33% Agree 42% Disagree 13% Strongly Disagree 7% Don't Know 4% {"strongly_agree"=>33, "agree"=>42, "disagree"=>13, "strongly_disagree"=>7, "dont_know"=>4} Figures based on 69 responses up to 31-12-2018
Strongly Agree 29% Agree 48% Disagree 14% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 3% {"strongly_agree"=>29, "agree"=>48, "disagree"=>14, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>3} Figures based on 69 responses up to 31-12-2018
Strongly Agree 32% Agree 42% Disagree 16% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>32, "agree"=>42, "disagree"=>16, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 69 responses up to 31-12-2018
Strongly Agree 28% Agree 41% Disagree 22% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 7% {"strongly_agree"=>28, "agree"=>41, "disagree"=>22, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>7} Figures based on 69 responses up to 31-12-2018
Strongly Agree 30% Agree 38% Disagree 19% Strongly Disagree 4% Don't Know 9% {"strongly_agree"=>30, "agree"=>38, "disagree"=>19, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>9} Figures based on 69 responses up to 31-12-2018
Strongly Agree 29% Agree 32% Disagree 13% Strongly Disagree 10% Don't Know 16% {"strongly_agree"=>29, "agree"=>32, "disagree"=>13, "strongly_disagree"=>10, "dont_know"=>16} Figures based on 69 responses up to 31-12-2018
Strongly Agree 38% Agree 38% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 13% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>38, "agree"=>38, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>13, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 69 responses up to 31-12-2018
Strongly Agree 26% Agree 41% Disagree 13% Strongly Disagree 17% Don't Know 3% {"strongly_agree"=>26, "agree"=>41, "disagree"=>13, "strongly_disagree"=>17, "dont_know"=>3} Figures based on 69 responses up to 31-12-2018
Strongly Agree 38% Agree 35% Disagree 19% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 3% {"strongly_agree"=>38, "agree"=>35, "disagree"=>19, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>3} Figures based on 69 responses up to 31-12-2018
Yes 72% No 28% {"yes"=>72, "no"=>28} Figures based on 69 responses up to 31-12-2018

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News, Photos and Open Days from The Petchey Academy

Last update: 12 November 2021

Our Open Mornings give prospective parents the opportunity to meet with the Headteacher and see inside the academy.



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  • Politeness
  • Positivity
  • Participation
  • Perseverance

The 4 Petchey Ps encapsulate the ethos on which the academy was built, and the mindset and behaviours we aim to install in our students.

We are a non-denominational school and students of all religious and cultural backgrounds are respected and welcomed. Knowledge and understanding of diversity is developed and celebrated through academy-wide events in a climate of respect and inclusion.


GCSE Results 2019 (Key Stage 4)

Largest number of students ever get 10 or more GCSEs at top grades!

  • 30% of all passes were at excellent grades 6-9
  • A record breaking 30 students achieved between 10 and 12 GCSEs at grades 5-9 (17.5% of the year group) with over 2/3 of them achieving grades 6 or above in all - this is more than is 3 times the number of students in 2018.
  • The Sciences were amongst the top performing subjects once again this year with 100% of Biology results at grade 5 or above and 92% of results in both Chemistry and Physics at grades 5 and above.
  • Economics and Mandarin Chinese had their best years ever with 92% and 85% of results at grades 5 or above respectively
  • 42% of our students achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above
  • 58% of our students achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above
See our full results here >>

The Petchey Academy provides all our students with the best possible quality of education. Our curriculum is designed to lay the foundation for a successful future. 

The Core Principles:

  • Challenge and ambition 
  • Knowledge-rich 
  • Breadth and depth 
  • Inspiration 
  • Coherence
  • Readiness 
Find out more about life at The Petchey Academy
Meet the Head: Omar Deria

Omar Deria is an experienced leader with a proven track record of academic success. As the headteacher and deputy headteacher of schools in Newham, he transformed previously underachieving schools into among the top-performing academically in the country. He is a native East Londoner with a passion for social mobility.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

My own experiences at school inspired me to become a teacher but not in the way you may expect. I did not have an entirely positive experience at school. It was a different time where professional standards were not as exacting as they are today. It was clear I was a child with potential, but like so many of my peers, it went unrecognised and unsupported in my school. I became a teacher to become the change I wanted to see in the world. I knew that teaching could be better. That children like me, and my friends deserved better. I am fortunate to work alongside leaders in the Community Schools Trust who share the same vision.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

My proudest moment as a headteacher came when I was asked to sit on a panel of education leaders to discuss how we can increase diversity in education leadership. It has always been my belief that an institution’s leadership should reflect the community it serves. The multi-academy trust I work for, The Community Schools Trust, bucks the trend when it comes to diversity in leadership. Over half of staff in senior leadership positions come from Black and Global Majority backgrounds. The UK average is around 10%. As a headteacher from a Black African background, I hope to set a strong example for my peers and the young people in our community. You can’t be what you can’t see, so by having people of colour in positions of prestige and authority, you are hopefully inspiring the next generation.

What does a successful school look like to you?

A successful school helps every child fulfil their potential. That means strong behaviour boundaries where children feel safe and supported in a welcoming, orderly learning environment. At the heart, it means excellent teaching. A great teacher leaves an indelible mark on a young person’s life. It also means a strong focus on academic attainment. In disadvantaged communities, the stakes are very high. If the school system fails a child, and they leave without strong GCSEs or A-Levels and slip through the cracks, the consequences are far more serious than in a middle-class area

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

Belief. As a teacher and a leader, I have worked in disadvantaged communities throughout my career. The children at these schools do not lack talent or ambition. The key component they are often missing compared to their more affluent peers is a belief they can succeed. At my previous school, we matched and often exceeded the schools in middle-class areas for exam results. The missing ingredient was the social skills and confidence to compete on a level playing field later in life when it comes to university applications and job interviews. We brought in an etiquette coach to help students feel more confident in unfamiliar formal situations to address this. We ran cultural capital classes; we encouraged them to read outside of their studies.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Inclusive. Academic. Ambitious. Aspirational. Orderly.