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How to use the maps

Type either the name or postcode of a state secondary school into the search bar to bring up school area maps for a particular school. Postcode searches need to be in the format KT15 3HW.

For a wider search, type the postcode area into the search bar, for example KT15. This brings up all schools in that postcode area and their collective school area maps. This can be a useful way of finding schools, before then narrowing your search.

The blue dots show the schools that match your search. Hovering over a dot brings up information about that school, including its name and postcode.

The coloured areas show where pupils live. Areas are coloured according to local level of young HE participation (POLAR3) in Map 1, and by the gap in young HE participation in Map 2. Hovering over an area brings up more information about the young participation classification.

To pan across a map, left click and drag.

To zoom into a map double-click on the desired area or use the zoom ‘+’ and ‘-‘ controls in the top left hand corner of the map.

To return a map to its original size, click the ‘home' button in the top left hand corner of the map.

Note: The search function is currently quite limited and we are exploring options to improve the functionality.

About the maps

The schools included on the maps are state-maintained secondary schools that taught Key Stage 4 (GCSE-level) pupils in 2013-14. They include academies, free schools, city technology colleges and state-funded special schools.

A particular school’s area is displayed on the maps by typing the school name into the search bar. For school names that refer to multiple schools across the country, all those schools will be shown on the map. To narrow it down, try simply zooming into the particular school or searching again using the school’s postcode, found by hovering over a school on one of the maps.

For each school, local areas are identified at 2001 census ward level. A ward is included in a school’s area where more than 5 Key Stage 4 pupils from the school’s 2013-14 cohort lived there. Schools that have widely dispersed Key Stage 4 pupils or fewer than five Key Stage 4 pupils may not have any areas defined on the map.

In Map 1, the ward areas are colour coded according to how likely a young person in that ward is to participate in higher education, based on POLAR3. POLAR3 classifies local areas based on the proportion of young people that participate in higher education aged 18 or 19. Those areas that have the lowest rates of participation are considered the most disadvantaged and are coloured red on the map. Those with the highest rates of young participation are coloured dark blue. 

In Map 2, the ward areas are colour coded according to the local gap in young participation. Gaps are identified by looking at young participation in the context of GCSE level attainment and observing where the rate of participation in a local area is different from the level expected. Those areas where participation is significantly below the expected level are considered the most disadvantaged and are coloured red on the map. Those with rates of participation above the expected level are coloured dark blue.

There are some differences between Map 1 and Map 2 worth noting. The local participation rates presented on Map 1 and Map 2 will differ slightly, where Map 1 looks at the young HE participation rate of all young people and Map 2 considers state school pupils only. Additionally, for wards outside of England there is no gap participation information available.

Hovering over a school brings up the school’s name and school type. Hovering over an area brings up information about the area’s name and further information about its POLAR3 participation rate or participation gap. 

Related work

It might be interesting to look at the full picture of how local young participation varies across the UK, or how gaps in young participation vary across England. 

Page last updated 13 June 2016