|Kent & Medway Grammar Schools Oversubscription|
|Judd||79||Sir Joseph Williamson's||58|
|Weald of Kent||29||Simon Langton Boys||45|
|Tunbridge Wells Girls||27||Tonbridge||44|
|Rainham Mark||29||Rainham Mark||37|
|Rochester||24||Sir Roger Manwood's||29|
|Sir Joseph Williamson's||23||Wilmington Boys||28|
|Wilmington Boys||21||Wilmington Girls||20|
You will find the comparable information for 2014 here. A further article on cross county movement will follow as time permits.
For the grammars not mentioned in this article, you will find further details of oversubscription levels and vacancies in the Kent Secondary Schools section of this website when I have entered them. This may take a few weeks.
Some individual schools
Dartford Grammar: Increased its intake by 30 to 180 but still only had a slight dip in disappointed first choices. It also changed its oversubscription criteria by shrinking the priority area for local children who qualified on a straight pass, and limiting the number of children who qualified in this way to 90. The effects of this decision are quite stark. The number of Kent children to be offered places has fallen from 122 to 110, whereas the number of high scoring out of county children, predominantly from SE London, has shot up from 28 to 70. You will find my comments about the Schools’ Adjudicator decision following complaints about this change, here.
Dartford Grammar Girls: Also changed its criteria to give more priority to high scorers irrespective of address, seeing the number of out of county girls offered places more than double to 40 out of 160.
Wilmington Grammar Schools: both the boys and girls schools changed oversubscription rules to give greater priority to local Kent children, which has produced a small increase in Kent numbers at both, whilst the girls’ grammar has increased its intake by 30 girls to 150, most of the increase being from London Boroughs.
Mayfield Grammar in Gravesend has struggled to attract girls in recent years, and introduced its own test for 2015 entry, to boost numbers. As this has coincided with a surge in popularity, it is now oversubscribed, although it only took 11 girls through the Mayfield Test.
The six West Kent grammars are all full, with the three girls’ schools all increasing sharply in popularity, as did Judd. Far fewer out of county offers than NW Kent at just 113 in total, with Tunbridge Wells Girls’ offering none. This figure will fall further next year, as Judd moves to give priority to West Kent residence for most boys.
The Dover and Shepway Tests see a large number of children gain entrance to the four grammar schools by the local test alone. Only The Harvey Grammar of the four admits a majority of its intake through the Kent Test, with the other three all around a third. Folkestone School for Girls, with an increased intake of 180, is admitting 118 girls who have not passed the Kent Test, but parents of the children who gain a grammar school place by this route will be very happy.
In Canterbury, Barton Court Grammar is increasing in popularity year on year with a surge in first choices to 121, also offering an additional 22 places bringing its total to 150. This is mainly at the expense of Simon Langton Girls, although Langton Boys’ popularity is also shrinking.
Grammar schools that have increased their Planned Admission Number are: Barton Court (22); Borden (30); Chatham & Clarendon (9); Dartford (30); Dover Girls (10); Gravesend (24); Highworth Girls (8); Rainham Mark (30); Rochester (30); Sir Roger Manwood’s (30); Skinners’ (5); and Wilmington Girls (30). Some of these have increased numbers, not necessarily because of popularity, but in order to encourage appeals. Schools approach the appeal process with very different expectations, according to policy including pressure on places or conversely the wish to expand. The Planned Admission number is not necessarily a guide to the number of appeals that will be successful.
Grammar schools with more than 15 vacancies before appeal are: Borden (boys, Sittingbourne); Chatham & Clarendon (mixed, Ramsgate); Chatham Boys; Chatham Girls; Highsted (girls, Sittingbourne); Norton Knatchbull (boys, Ashford); Oakwood Park (boys,Maidstone); Simon Langton Girls (Canterbury).
The other schools with vacancies are: Barton Court (mixed, Canterbury); Fort Pitt (girls, Chatham); Gravesend (boys); Maidstone Girls; and Sir Roger Manwood's (mixed, Sandwich).