Tottington High School
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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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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)

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

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

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Most of the areas for improvement cited in the last inspection report have been tackled successfully and work continues on the others. You lead the school well. In recent years, you have introduced a much sharper emphasis on promoting a culture of improving pupils’ progress. Ways of supporting this drive for improvement have now been incorporated into the school’s culture and organisation. The leadership team have worked well together to drive this agenda in all subjects and in all year groups. Teachers have a good understanding of their pupils’ learning needs and how best to secure and accelerate their progress and strengthen their aspirations. You have established rigorous self-evaluation which accurately recognises key strengths and areas for improvement. In particular, you have promoted very robust staff appraisal and performance management. Both are now having a positive impact on the progress of current pupils and the school’s performance. Effective communication between the leadership team, middle leaders and other staff is ensuring that no stone goes unturned in the pursuit of further improvement. Comprehensive school information indicates that current pupils are making good progress in all year groups. Checks on pupils’ progress and the school’s performance are thorough and are used regularly by staff to highlight pupils who need additional support. Careers guidance is a strength of the school. Governors are both challenging and supportive and know the school very well. Parents are well informed about their child’s progress. An air of purposeful learning permeates the school. Pupils want to learn and to do well; they have strong aspirations and ambitions. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They are polite, courteous and inquisitive and enjoy expressing their views. They listen well. In recent years, you have promoted a strong and successful emphasis on pupils contributing their views. This is having an increasingly positive impact on pupil communication skills, their self-confidence and their contribution to school improvement. You have encouraged a very healthy air of competition and endeavour by the formation of a house system. Good relations between staff and pupils enhance this welcoming, lively and developing school community that you lead. You place a strong emphasis on the social and cultural development of pupils. The pupils leave the school as well-rounded individuals with ambition and self-confidence. You recognise the need to improve aspects of teaching, learning and improvement planning still further. You have a very clear view of where the school needs to improve and how to achieve your shared ambition with staff for it to become an outstanding school. Safeguarding is effective. School leaders have ensured that safeguarding arrangements are effective. Records are detailed and of high quality. Governors monitor safeguarding arrangements effectively. Pupils spoken with said that they felt safe in school. Inspection findings  The leadership team has a very strong focus on improving pupils’ progress, which they communicate effectively to staff and pupils alike. Staff appraisal and performance management systems are fine-tuned so they have maximum impact on improving teaching and ensuring that pupils make good or better progress. These systems are supported by staff and used well by them to develop their skills as teachers, and as a means of regular reflection on their practice and development needs.  Teaching and learning have been strengthened since the last inspection. There is a wealth of information to inform leaders and teachers about pupils’ progress. Teachers use this information well to plan lessons. Records and checks on pupil progress are good and are used to plan ways to help pupils further. Pupils respond well to challenging and well-planned learning activities. In a few lessons and subjects, however, the most-able pupils are not stretched or challenged to achieve their best.  Leaders are quick to recognise and tackle weaknesses. For example, the belowaverage attendance of pupils with special educational needs was quickly recognised in 2014 and action plans speedily implemented. As a result, the 2         attendance of these pupils has improved significantly and is now in line with the high levels of attendance across the school. Over the last two years, gaps in progress and attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers have narrowed significantly. Additional government funding to support these pupils (the pupil premium) has been better focused on well-designed interventions for individual pupils. Teachers are far better informed and are adept at using school information effectively to tackle gaps in progress and attainment. Middle leaders have embraced their accountability and responsibility for pupils’ progress and for the quality of teaching and learning within their areas. In some weaker faculties, the appointment of new leaders is beginning to have a positive impact on teaching and learning, resulting in pupils making faster progress. In resistant materials, a link with a support school has focused on achieving improved outcomes. The leadership team acknowledges that further work is required in some faculties to eliminate variability in the performance of subjects and the effectiveness of improvement planning. Current information shows that pupils in Years 10 and 11 are making good progress in English and mathematics. Modern foreign languages, arts and humanities subjects also show improving trends in Key Stage 4. Leaders have identified pupils’ slower progress in a few subjects in Key Stage 4 and have action plans in place to tackle this. Reading recovery programmes are effective in Key Stage 3. Weaknesses observed in the progress of some pupils in Year 8 were quickly identified and additional arrangements for literacy support were put in place. A strong reading culture pervades the school and many pupils are interested to share their views on their current reading with adults and peers alike. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make good progress. The leadership team has developed robust systems to evaluate the quality of teaching and leaders’ interventions are starting to have an impact in weaker subjects. While there is no inadequate teaching, some still requires improvement. Leaders also recognise the need to increase further the amount of outstanding teaching across the whole curriculum. Pupils spoken to said they felt confident in their teachers and safe in school. Many said that they enjoyed coming to school. A number of pupils in Year 7 spoke positively of their dedicated teaching and play area and how this had contributed to their successful transition to the secondary school. Some parents also supported these comments in their responses to Ofsted. Heads of year effectively monitor the welfare and academic progress of their pupils. Excellent support structures and strong links with external agencies ensure that vulnerable pupils make good progress. The introduction of a house system has added a positive and competitive edge to extra-curricular activities and the enrichment curriculum. Fixed-term exclusion rates have been reduced.

Tottington High School Parent Reviews

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“Excellent School”

"> My son has just left this school. I cannot fault this school in any area at all. The communication and support of the staff to patents is superb. The discipline is spot on and most important keeping the pupils focust on learning is spot on. My son has just done his last exams and the support from the teachers has had a huge impact on him feeling confident in sitting them and doing his best.
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