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Individual School Information - S

(updated April 2017)

An explanation of how Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are calculated, and further information on the performance of all Kent schools can be found here.

The PAN is the Published Admission Number and refers to the number of places available in the year group for each school.

For grammar schools, the number of first preferences is for children who are grammar qualified.

2017 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools here.

 

Sandwich Technology School.  Heavily oversubscribed. OFSTED July 2015 - Good.  Has worked through departure of previous outstanding head (retired summer 2014). For 2015 admission, the collapse of Castle Community College in Deal saw its popularity rise further with 46 first choices rejected, up again in 2016.  Not sure why this has fallen for 2017.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2014 255 216 8
2015 255 272 46
2016 255 284 77
2017 265 238 18

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 2 2
2016 20 6
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  42
2015 n/a n/a 44
2016 -0.39 43.4 n/a

Just above government floor standard in 2014 and  2015. 2016 Progress 8 disappointing. 

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Simon Langton Girls Grammar School, Canterbury.  Added an additional 10 places up to 165 for 2014 entry but still a few grammar qualified first choices rejected.  OFSTED July 14 - Good, down from Outstanding.  School has encountered serious controversy over recent months. Head teacher resigned, facing disciplinary action in March 2017, my most recent article here. Executive Headteacher of Simon Langton Boys appointed interim Executive Head of SLGSG until summer 2018. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2014 165 164 7 0
2015 165 137 0 26
2016 170 152 0 7
2017 170 121 0 39

 Effect on popularity of controversy clear in 2017 allocations, lowest yet. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 28 13
2015 26 22
2016 32 21
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  98
2015 n/a n/a 95
2016 0.28 67.0 n/a

7 vacancies for admission on allocation for September 2016, but PAN increased by 5 to 170.  22 of 26 appeals upheld for 2015 (at 85% highest for a grammar school in Kent), 21 out of 32 for 2016 (at 67% third highest).  This proportion has been high for years which may contribute to the low proportion of girls staying into the Sixth Form from Year 11 at 92% for 2016, the other factor being the extreme popularity of Simon Langton Boys at this stage.  

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Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Canterbury. Intake of 120 but will take in up to 8 boys on appeal. The school gives priority to boys with 20 or more marks over the Kent pass mark, living within 9 miles of the school. OFSTED November 2013 - Outstanding (up one). Has been oversubscribed over the past few years.  Popularity rose for 2014 entry, partly because of uncertainty around now aborted Barton Court Grammar move to Herne Bay, 45 first choices rejected. Typically 134 additional boys and girls joined the Sixth Form from other schools for September 2016, second highest influx in the county. Progress and Attainment strong for 2016, with Outstanding reputation and performance in Sixth Form.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2014 120 158 45
2015 120 133 17
2016 120 140 24
2017 120 165 51

Sharp rise in popularity for 2017. All those boys who were offered places, apart from the exceptions such as siblings, were high scorers according to the criteria and living within 6.35 miles of the school, so many disappointed families including all those boys who did not reach and aggregate of 340. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 30 8
2015 21 5
2016 30 8
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  93
2015 n/a n/a 98
2016 0.41 68.0 n/a

Has own Independent Appeal Panel, uniquely in Kent of five members in recent years. Consistently takes no more than 8 students on appeal, bringing numbers up to 128 (four classes of 32). Typically for 2016 admission, all 8 successful appeals were from the 22 appellants who had passed, but lost out on distance grounds. Only exceptional appellants at this stage, who are appealing on non-selection grounds appear to stand a chance, although the school continues to encourage many to go through the process. 

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Sir Roger Manwood's School, Sandwich. Kent's only boarding grammar school from the age of 11 for just six new boarders each year, out of an intake of 120/150. Usually oversubscribed, but has large classes after successful appeals.  OFSTED April 2012 - Outstanding.  Took in an additional form of entry, May 2015, and again for 2016 which left it with four vacancies before appeals will have filled the school.  GCSE performance for 2015 still low for a grammar school at 93%. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 120 142 29 1
2015 150 139 0 4
2016 150 175 32 0
2017 150 138 0 6
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 27 18
2015 34 19
2016 40 10

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  92
2015 n/a n/a 93
2016 0.09 65.9 n/a

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Sittingbourne Community CollegeOFSTED December 2013 - Good.  Part of the Swale Academies Trust, with Westlands, a highly successful Academy in the same town.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st places
not offered
2014 210 96 1
2015 230 134 17
2016 240 155 17
2017 270 178 2

2014 - 2017 no vacant places on allocation.

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  22
2015 n/a n/a 40
2016 -0.23 41.0 n/a

GCSE attainment recovered over past two years.

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Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells. Super selective, One of most popular grammar schools in county  selecting on high scores alone so, because of its location near the county border takes a high proportion of ooc boys. 45 boys from ooc in 2016, mostly from East Sussex and Bromley. Became an academy February 2014, sponsored by the Skinners' Company and added an additional 30 places, decision public only at allocation in March for September 2014.  Initial cut off for entry September 2015, Kent Test requirement of an aggregate score of 364 after new Kent Test was introduced.  This fell to 359 just before appeals. For 2016 the required score was again 364, rising to 371 for 2017. OFSTED June 2007 - Outstanding

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2014 145 219 94
2015 150 228 95
2016 150 232 113
2017 155 268 143

Fourth most oversubscribed grammar school in Kent 2016 and in 2017.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 37 5
2015 29 5
2016 51 7

 2016 appeal figure exceptional as the number of successes is normally 5. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  100
2015 n/a n/a 99
2016 0.66 71.7 n/a

 Very high performing at GCSE Progress and Attainment, and at A Level

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Skinners' Kent Academy, Tunbridge Wells. This new Academy opened in September 2009, subsequently moving to new premises, replaced the perpetually failing Tunbridge Wells High School. Popularity soared under the new leadership and the school remains very popular. It is sponsored by The Skinners' Company.  OFSTED June 2016 was Outstanding

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st places
not offered
2014 180 199 49
2015 180 218 72
2016 210 186 9
2017 180 214 74

Increase in oversubscription for 2017 partly due to reduction in PAN. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 9 9
2015 31 8
2016 0 0
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  48
2015 n/a n/a 56
2016 0.35 45.8 n/a

 Sound GCSE performance. 

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Spires Academy, Sturry near Canterbury. The new Spires Academy replaced the peristently failed Frank Montgomery School in Sturry and opened in September 2009. Its admission number was 120, smaller than most recommendations for secondary school sizes. There is further information here. The school is sponsored by Crown Imperial and Holiday Extras, two Kent businesses, and Kent County Council.  The school moved into new purpose-built premises for September 2012, costing £13.2 million. Numbers picked up in 2013 entry, due to allocations from other schools, swelled by 92 students from the closing Chaucer Technology School, but still 30% vacancies before these imports.  Just about filled on allocation in March 2014, and was two first preferences oversubscribed for 2015.  GCSE performance at the school has plummeted from a respectable 49% for 5 A*-Cs in 2012, to 17%, the second lowest outcome in the county in 2015, excluding the two closed or closing schools.  Served with Government Pre-Warning Notice over standards in October 2015. Was run by Executive HT from Simon Langton Girls, but Government concerns over poor standards under her leadership. She has now resigned. Unclear what will happen next, but I anticipate it will be taken over by an Academy chain.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st places
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 120 86 0 2
2015 120 90 2 0
2016 150 97 0 0
2017 150 69 0 6

2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission. Of the four non-selective schools in Canterbury, it was the only one not to be oversubscribed with first choices for 2016 entry. It was the only one to have spaces before KCC filled it with 21 children who did not apply for the school. It attracted just 97 first choices, 65% of the total, lower than any of the other three schools. For 2017 entry, as well as the six vacancies, there were 39 LACs. Parents are clearly voting with their feet. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  35
2015 n/a n/a 17
2016 -0.28 40.1 n/a

The 40.1 Attainment 8 represents a far higher standard than previous GCSE results would suggest. 

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Swadelands School, Lenham.  The school has now been renamed as The Lenham School.  

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Swanley College of Technology.  See Orchard Academy

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