Willowcroft Community School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
492
AGES
2 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
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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, 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?

Good
NATIONAL AVG. 2.09
Ofsted Inspection
(26/09/2018)
Full Report - All Reports
62%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics



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Mereland Road
Didcot
OX11 8BA
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School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You and your deputy headteacher work extremely well together. You both radiate utter devotion to Willowcroft pupils, determined to see them all succeed. Collectively, you evaluate the school’s strengths and weaknesses meticulously, leaving no stone unturned. You both have a deep-seated understanding of the needs of the families the school serves, holding these firmly at the centre of your work. As a result, you can pinpoint precisely what the school needs to do to continue to improve and, most significantly, serve its community well. The school’s ambition of ‘working together, we will bring the school to the heart of the community’ is fully exemplified by your work. The school’s population contains a significant proportion of disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. Pupils join the school with skills and understanding below those seen typically. You know that the school serves a high proportion of vulnerable pupils. Your work is characterised by ceaseless energy and effort to support pupils and their families to the utmost extent. Consequently, following the closure of the local children’s centre, you have forged strong links to outside agencies such as professionals in health care. One parent, echoing the views of many, commented: ‘Whenever I have had concerns about my children or problems that they may be facing, I have been taken seriously. They [the staff] go out of their way to resolve any problems or put extra support in place. The children’s well-being and education is their top priority.’ Over the last two years, you and your governors have monitored attendance closely and introduced new incentives to encourage pupils to attend routinely. However, you acknowledge that these measures, such as rewards, have not had a strong enough impact, particularly on those pupils who are persistently absent. Your dedication to encouraging pupils to attend repeatedly shines through. This year, you have adapted the school’s policy and included new, more stringent measures. Parents are fully versed in your raised expectations, and initial signs, albeit very early on in the academic year, are promising. Nevertheless, not content with this early success, you are determined to reduce further the rate of absenteeism for some pupils.

Willowcroft Community School Parent Reviews



unlock % Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>75, "agree"=>21, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 56 responses up to 08-10-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>77, "agree"=>21, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 56 responses up to 08-10-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>48, "agree"=>45, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>4} UNLOCK Figures based on 56 responses up to 08-10-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>70, "agree"=>23, "disagree"=>5, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 56 responses up to 08-10-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>52, "agree"=>43, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>4} UNLOCK Figures based on 56 responses up to 08-10-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>41, "agree"=>46, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>9} UNLOCK Figures based on 56 responses up to 08-10-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>55, "agree"=>41, "disagree"=>2, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>2} UNLOCK Figures based on 56 responses up to 08-10-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>38, "agree"=>21, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>36} UNLOCK Figures based on 56 responses up to 08-10-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>55, "agree"=>41, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>2} UNLOCK Figures based on 56 responses up to 08-10-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>57, "agree"=>29, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>9} UNLOCK Figures based on 56 responses up to 08-10-2018
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>50, "agree"=>34, "disagree"=>9, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>5} UNLOCK Figures based on 56 responses up to 08-10-2018
Yes No {"yes"=>95, "no"=>5} UNLOCK Figures based on 56 responses up to 08-10-2018

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