The WREN School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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61-63 Bath Road
RG30 2BB
11 - 19
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School Description

The WREN (West Reading Education Network) School is a free school for pupils aged 11 to 18. It opened in September 2015 and currently has pupils in Years 7 to 9. It can accommodate 168 pupils in each year group. Year 7 is currently full, and there is a waiting list for pupils wanting to join the school in September 2018. The school was founded by members of The WREN School Academy Trust. The trust board consists of members and trustees (who fulfil the role of governors). More than a third of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is well above the national average. Almost half of pupils are from minority ethnic groups. Approximately a fifth of the total number of pupils are believed to speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who require support for a special educational need is above average. A smaller percentage of pupils have an education, health and care plan than is the case across schools nationally. Inspection report: The WREN School, 19–20 June 2018 Page 8 of 11 A higher proportion of pupils join the school after the start of Year 7 or leave the school before the end of Year 11 than is typical. The school has very recently secured approval to join Excalibur Academies Trust in October 2018, after working closely with the trust since the school’s inception. Colleagues from the Excalibur Academies Trust visit regularly to support developments in leadership and teaching in the school. This was the school’s first inspection. It was carried out close to the end of the school’s third year of operation. The school is currently based in temporary accommodation with limited outside space. Pupils carry out some of their PE lessons off site. The school is due to move into purpose-built premises in September 2018. Leaders make occasional use of alternative provision to help meet the needs of a very small group of pupils who have specific additional needs. At the time of the inspection, pupils were accessing alternative provision at Cranbury College and Freiston Hall in Lincolnshire.

The WREN School Catchment Area Map

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

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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