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Thursday, 02 November 2017 21:01

Kent and Medway Secondary & Special School OFSTED Outcomes 2016-17

This article describes a highly successful set of Kent secondary school OFSTED outcomes for the School Year 2016-17, along with Medway secondary and Special School results.

80% of the 20 non-selective schools inspected in Kent were assessed as Good, with over twice as many secondary schools inspected as last year. This is running well above the national average of 59% Good or Outstanding assessed up until March 2017, the latest period for which national figures are available, and the 57% of 2015-16. All three grammar schools inspected were found Good.

In Medway, three of the five schools inspected were Good. No schools failed their OFSTED in either Authority, as against 14% across the country.  

Special Schools have regularly been the highest performing sector in the county but this year just two out of four were assessed as Good, the other two Requiring Improvement.  Just one in Special School in Medway was assessed, Bradfields Academy, which was found to be Outstanding.

Looking forward into the 2017-18 Inspection cycle, I also outline the recent powerful report on Canterbury Academy here, whose previous Inspection I described as ‘OFSTED putting the boot in’ . This is not for the first time in a Kent non-selective school, as Inspectors attempt to place them in a one size fits all model, which makes the above assessments even more remarkable……

A previous article reported on all local OFSTED Reports  between September and  Easter.

You will find further details and the latest Local Authority and National outcomes below. Secondary school outcomes and further details about each school, including admission outcomes, appeals, and GCSE performance are shown for Kent and Medway. I reported on last year’s OFSTED performance for secondary schools here.

The following links will take you to further details about individual: Kent Secondary Schools; and Medway Secondary Schools, although some sections are in process of updating.

Kent County Council in its reporting, identifies just 61% of 51 schools achieving Good or Outstanding levels. However, it achieves this low result by omitting schools, previously identified as good, which had a 'Short Inspection'. Including these, there is a total of 141, a very different figure. To me the KCC process appears seriously flawed, and not adopted by government in spite of a KCC claim to the contrary. I remain comfortable with my own calculation in line with the government process, which confirms the excllent results achieved.  
 
Non-Selective Schools
I have been challenged many times about my support for the good performance of the large majority of Kent’s non-selective schools and why they buck the doom merchants who argue they are destined to failure. The fact remains that the main key to success for any school is leadership from the top, for you can find excellent leaders in all types of Kent schools, although there is a worrying and increasing shortage of such leaders, and it is more difficult to find the best leaders for many non-selective schools. There is no evidence that academisation improves performance. 
Kent & Medway Secondary OFSTED Outcomes Sept 2016 - July 2017
  Outstanding

Good

Requires
Improvement
Inadequate Total Up Down
Kent Grammar 0 3 0 0 3 0 0
Kent Grammar %   100        
Kent Non-Selective 0 16 4 0 20

1

0
Non-Selective %   80 26    

4

 
Kent Total 0 19 4 0 23 1 0
Kent Total %   83 17      4  
Medway 0 3

2

0 5 0 1
Medway %   60 40 0     20
Medway
Academies
0 3

2

0 5 0 1
Medway
Academies %
0 60 40 0      20
National %
Sep - March 17
4 55 27 14      
National %
2015-16
 5 52 32 12      
 
 
Kent Secondary Schools
You will find a summary of the 2016-17 position for Kent schools written by Mr Patrick Leeson, Director of Education, here, although it omits the most recent Inspections of schools that have become academies and not been re-inspected, following government practice. The Kent schools affected include two secondary schools who were judged Inadequate in their most recent Inspection, but have since become Sponsored Academies: Charles Dickens School in Broadstairs, now part of the Barton Court Grammar School Trust; and Swadelands school, now renamed The Lenham School, having been taken over by the Valley Invicta Academy Trust.
‘Good’ Non-Selective schools:
Local Authority Schools: Dartford College of Science & Technology; Northfleet School for Girls; & Northfleet Technology College.

Academies: The Abbey School; Ebbsfleet Academy; Hayesbrook School; Homewood School; Leigh UTC; Marsh Academy; Mascalls Academy; St Anselm’s RC School; St George’s CofE School, Gravesend; St Simon Stock Catholic School; Spires Academy (up from Requires Improvement); Ursuline College; Wilmington Academy. I

‘Requires Improvement’ Schools: in Kent these are all academies: Dover, Christ Church Academy; High Weald Academy, Cranbrook; Oasis Isle of Sheppey Academy; and Towers, Ashford. 

I commented on the OFSTED Report of Leigh UTC in my previous article.

Spires Academy in Sturry, inspected in May, appears to have emerged from a dark period, having been run by the controversial Executive Head of Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls, now resigned, during which it  was issued with a Warning Notice from government over unacceptably low standards. It has now been taken over by the E21C Academy Trust in Bromley.

Apart from Sturry, the performance of all other Kent secondary schools inspected this year (nearly a quarter of the total) has remained unchanged, with the three grammar schools, Borden, Norton Knatchbull and Tunbridge Wells Boys also all assessed as Good.
Medway Secondary
Whilst just five schools have been inspected this school year, all non-selective, they represent a high proportion of Medway’s 17 secondary schools to be chosen. Three were assessed as Good: Brompton Academy; The Howard; and Strood Academy. All three are oversubscribed, Brompton being one of the most popular in Kent or Medway. Two schools Require Improvement: Robert Napier; and St John Fisher Catholic School which is the only secondary non academy in Medway, down from Good.
Special Schools
Four Kent Special Schools were inspected this year with Grange Park, Wrotham, and Laleham Gap, Thanet, remaining Good since their previous inspection.

Nexus Foundation Special School in Tonbridge, was found to Require Improvement, having changed its name from Ridgeway School, which had previously been Kent’s only Special School in Special Measures. Presumably the name change is an attempt to shake off the school's poor reputation.

The Valence School, a residential special school, all children also having with physical difficulties, was also assessed as ‘Require Improvement’, but down from ‘Good’, in a critical report. This will inevitably have been influenced by a Social Care OFSTED Inspection in March that failed the school’s Boarding provision.

Four of Medway’s five Special Schools are academies, along with one Free Special School, and Bradfields Academy has become one of three to hold an Outstanding OFSTED performance, up from Good, in the only Medway Special School Inspection this year.  

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