Pressures on girls’ grammar schools have been far less, with Weald of Kent offering places to all girls on the waiting list in the selective area of West Kent, and indicating to the appeal panel that it was willing to admit a further 30 suitable girls on appeal. Wilmington Girls Grammar probably filled on appeal, but I believe there are likely to be spaces at Mayfield Grammar in Gravesend. Tonbridge Grammar, TWGGS, and Dartford Grammar are all full.
Elsewhere in Kent, there are still likely to be places at Harvey (boys) and Folkestone School for Girls in Folkestone, Barton Court (mixed) in Canterbury, and both schools in the Ramsgate Federation – Clarendon House and Chatham House. The Federation has recently announced it is losing its Executive Head, David Smart, after just three years in Ramsgate, who is retiring after holding four headships in 14 years. You can see where the greatest pressures are from the oversubscrition list I published in March
Two grammar schools in Medway, Chatham Boys and Chatham Girls, are still accepting late applicants and if, for example, you live in Kent and are without a grammar school place, you are able to enter your child late for the Medway Test.
For non-selective schools I published a list of the most popular non-selective schools in the county back in March. There has since been enormous movement in some areas such as Sittingbourne, where Westlands School has taken nearly all children on its waiting list, which will have had a serious effect on numbers at Isle of Sheppey Academy. The same has happened at Hayesbrook Boys in Tonbridge, likely losers Skinners Kent Academy. Across the county, successful appeals at grammar schools and more popular non selective schools will have left some schools really struggling for numbers, as we move to a situation where schools look more and more to their own interests. I seriously wonder how some of these schools can remain viable - several academies appear to be surviving solely on the additional funds they are attracting, but this surely cannot last. Other schools who may have more than half their places unfilled in September include: Angley School in Cranbrook; Chaucer Technology College in Canterbury; Dover Christ Church Academy; Marlowe Academy in Ramsgate; New Line Learning Academy in Maidstone; Pent Valley Technology College in Folkestone; Walmer Science College.
Medway is still in the grip of sharply falling rolls at secondary level, with over half of the non-selective schools having vacancies back in March; their position will have worsened since then following movement through waiting lists and appeals to grammar and other more popular schools. Here, Bishop of Rochester Academy and St John Fisher RC School look most vulnerable.