Whitefield Schools
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school

Macdonald Road
E17 4AZ
2 - 19
Academy special converter
4 1 1 2 3 4
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School Description

Whitefield Schools caters for pupils who have severe or complex special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, and comprises three schools: – Margaret Brearley School for pupils aged three to 19 who have complex needs, including learning difficulties, physical impairment, sensory impairment and medical needs – Peter Turner Primary School for pupils aged three to 11 who have communication and interaction difficulties, including autism – Niels Chapman Secondary School for pupils aged 11 to 19 who have Inspection report: Whitefield Schools, 6–7 December 2017 Page 10 of 13 communication and interaction difficulties, including autism. The school also delivers some parts of its 16 to 19 programme at Waltham Forest FE College and hospitals, which are part of the Barts Health NHS Trust. Since September 2017, the Waltham Forest FE College programme is shared with Joseph Clarke, a school for children who have visual impairment and complex needs, which is part of the Whitefield Academy Trust. The trust offers an outreach service and a research and development centre to other providers. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. A small proportion of pupils are children looked after. One in two pupils are eligible for the pupil premium funding, which is well above the national average. Almost one in two pupils are from 15 of the 17 minority ethnic groups, the largest pupil groups are Black African, Pakistani and Black Caribbean. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is also well above the national average. The school does not make use of any other alternative provision. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. During this inspection, inspectors were aware that an allegation of a child protection nature was being investigated by the appropriate authorities. Ofsted does not have the power to investigate allegations of this nature. However, actions taken by the school in response to the allegations were considered alongside the other evidence available at the time of the inspection to inform inspectors’ judgements. at Inspection report: Whitefield Schools, 6–7 December 2017 Page 11 of 13 Information about this inspection When Whitefield Schools was inspected in January 2017, it was judged to have serious weaknesses. Subsequently, the school was inspected on one occasion. At this monitoring inspection, leaders and managers were judged to be taking effective action. As a result, inspectors deemed the section 8 monitoring inspection to be a section 5 inspection. Inspectors observed teaching and learning across the school, spoke to pupils and looked at work in their books. The majority of observations were conducted jointly with senior leaders. Meetings were held with senior and middle leaders, and a range of staff, including teachers, support staff and therapists. Inspectors met with the school council, spoke to parents informally at the beginning and end of the school day, and met with a group of parents. Inspectors met with the chief executive officer and the chair of the academy trust, accompanied by two other directors. Two telephone conversations were held with the divisional director and director for learning from the local authority. Inspectors took into account 33 responses to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, and examined the school’s staff and pupil surveys. A range of documents were looked at including the school’s information about pupils’ achievement, minutes of governing body meetings and records concerning pupils’ attendance, behaviour and safety. Inspection team Mary Hinds, lead inspector Her Majesty’s Inspector Sarah Murphy-Dutton Her Majesty’s Inspector Diane Rochford Ofsted Inspector Inspection report: Whitefield Schools, 6–7 December 2017 Page 12 of 13 Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance ‘Raising concerns and making a complaint about Ofsted’, which is available from Ofsted’s website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/complaints-about-ofsted. If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email [email protected]

Whitefield Schools Catchment Area Map

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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.

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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.

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