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Individual School Information - I-L

 Last Update: October 2019

You will find an article on 2019 oversubscription and vacancy data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools hereFor Grammar School Preferences, only grammar qualified are counted. The PAN is the Published Admission Number and refers to the number of places available in the year group for each school. If additional places were offered, I have recorded this under PAN.  

A Report on 2018 Appeals Outcomes hereFor Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2018 GCSE scores go to here for explanation. 

Inspiration Academy at Leigh UTC. This was a new school which opened in  September 2017, for details follow the link. It is likely to grow into a very popular school, absorbing the UTC on its way. In contrast to the UTC it has already proved very popular in its new premises helped, along with all other Dartford NS schools by the extreme unpopularity of Ebbsfleet Academy.  Numbers will have dipped after allocation because of the new Stone Lodge School in Dartford.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2017
120
119
9
2018
140
150
10
 2019
140 124 12

 No appeals 2017 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2018 5 1
2019 0 0

No Ofsted Inspection yet

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Aggressively academically successful. In competition with Maidstone Girls Grammar, it has worked hard to absorb as many academically able girls in Maidstone district as possible, including through the Appeals process. At Open Evenings the school has falsely and unlawfully claimed that girls need to put it first on their preference list to be offered a place. Has the highest grammar drop out rate in the county after GCSE, at a net 11% in 2018 and became part of a national scandal after illegally expelling girls at the end of Year 12 on grounds their A Levels were not on course for high enough grades. See articles here and elsewhere. Has never acknowledged blighting the futures of the 22 girls illegally thrown out in 2016. 
 
Very proud of its excellent GCSE and A Level performance. 
 
Understandably very popular with families of high achieving and conformist girls. 
 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
Year 7 Census
Oct 
2015 192 200 11 0 241
2016 210 198 6 0 244
2017 192 181 2 0 237
2018 240 210 0 25 253
2019 240 214 0 0

 The leap in  numbers from allocation to enrolment in September is caused by the high number of successful appeals.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 49 40
2015 89 63
2016 65 39
2017 65 58
2018 64 49
2019 89 20
 
All of the high number and very high proportion of successful appeals will be for girls who have not passed the Kent Test. I have argued that the 89% success rate in 2017, the highest in Kent is bringing the appeal system into disrepute, although understandably the families of those girls whose appeal are upheld and go onto success at GCSE would disagree. Proportion has fallen for 2019. 
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2015 n/a n/a 99%  
2016 -0.3 4 n/a  
2017 0.73 (WAA) 68.6
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
0.05(A)
2018 0.96(WAA) 72.4 97% -0.15 (BA) 
2019 P 0.83 (WAA) 72.0 96%  

INVICTA OFSTED RECORD
Sep 2012 Outstanding

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Isle of Sheppey Academy Now Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey.

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John Wallis Academy Ashford. The new Academy opened in September 2010 moving into a new £8.6 million premises in September 2014. It is now an all age academy, from 3-19. The sponsors are: The Diocese of Canterbury, Benenden School, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent County Council. The  headteacher is John MacParland, previously head of the successful St Simon Stock RC School in Maidstone.  KCC described the proposal for the all aged Academy as "a systemic response to the historic repeated failing of education provision in south Ashford was planned ".  OFSTED January 2014: Good. At that time I wrote an interesting article entitled: 'Is this the best performing school in Kent: John Wallis CofE Academy, Ashford?'  Ofsted October 2018. Good again (Short Insp). Initially found it difficult to attract students due to poor reputation of predecessor schools. However, popularity has steadily climbed ever since and it is now the non-selective school of choice in Ashford. 2018 highest Progress 8 score of any Kent non-selective school.   

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2015 210 183 0 0
2016 210 192 4 0
2017 210 178 0 0
2018 210 205 11 0
2019 210 233 14 0

 No appeals heard 2014-2019 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2017 0.08 (A) 39.8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
 -0.25(BA)
2018 0.22(AA) 40.3 24%  -0.27 (BA)
2019 P 0.04 (A) 38.3 23%  

 

JOHN WALLIS OFSTED RECORD
Jan 2014 Good
Sep 2018 Good

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The Judd School The most selective school in Kent selecting on the aggregate score in the Kent tests. Since 2016 entry, its oversubscription criteria cover two different areas, with 135 highest scoring boys being admitted from an Inner area, and 20 from elsewhere. Placing Judd in the search engine for this website will produce numerous articles relating to admissions and appeals. The school has now increased its intake to 180 following a capital buildings grant from KCC to ease pressure on West Kent grammar school places. This will have been in return for the school agreeing to the priority for local boys.

The cut off aggregate score for 2016 was 362 for the Inner Area and 391 for the Outer, although not all boys on those scores were offered places, losing out on distance grounds. In 2017, it was 364 Inner and 400 outer; in 2018, again 364 Inner but 391 Outer.  In 2019 it was 376 Inner, 402 Outer. With just 20 places for Outer which, I suspect are mainly out of Kent, it is unsurprising that the cut-off has risen so high. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2015 155 213 79
2016 155 232 97
2017 180 262 102
2018 180 300 125
2019 180 330 173

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 18 5
2015 17 6
2016 39 2
2017 26 9
2018 39 10
2019 58 9
 For 2017 appeals all nine successes were from the 24 who had passed the Kent Test
For 2018 Appeals 9 of the 34 assessed selective were offered a place.
For 2019 Appeals 8 of the nine successful appeals were from the 55 boys already assessed selective.  
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2017 0.52(WAA) 76.6
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
 -0.04 (A)
 2018 0.64(WAA) 75.8 98% -0.04 (A)
2019 P 0.48 (AA) 75.8 98%  
 
At A level, the Judd was comfortably the top state school in the Achievement Grades in 2018, only behind Tonbridge School (private), although progress from GCSE was average for both at -0.04, the discrepancy underlining the high levels achieved by pupils entering the Sixth Form. 
JUDD OFSTED RECORD
May 2015 Outstanding

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King Ethelbert School Academy, Birchington. Is an Academy in the Coastal Academies Trust led by Dane Court Grammar. New buildings completed under BSF. Heavily oversubscribed each year, fourth most oversubscribed non-selective school in Kent 2018 and 2019. Rightly popular but some pressure also comes from families trying to avoid two other schools in Thanet.
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2015 160 231 80
2016 160 151 72
2017 160 278 128
2018 150 284 139
 2019 150 266  122

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 13 4
2015 28 0
2016 12 1
2017 40 4
2018 29 11
2019 37 5
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2017 -0.36 (BA) 38.5
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
-0.09(A)
2018 0-0.25(BA) 38.9 26%  N/A
2019 P -0.37(BA) 39.3 22%  
KING ETHELBERT OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2013 Requires Improvement
May 2014 Good
Nov 2018 Good

Knole Academy, Sevenoaks, opened in September 2010 combining the old Bradbourne and Wildernesse Schools. Instead of a complete new build as was originally planned, "The final decision made, having considered all the complexities, is to build a large extension on the space where the back car park is at Knole West (formerly The Bradbourne School) with the school's own sports hall, bigger and more acoustically friendly performance hall, and many other exciting learning spaces, which we hope will also benefit the community of Sevenoaks.  The advantage to this scheme means that we can retain the ex Bradbourne buildings, which are in good condition and have excellent facilities, including the £2 million extension opened in 2004 and paid for by Kent County Council.  Although a slightly smaller site than the ex Wildernesse site, the main advantages are that the existing buildings are in a good state of repair, the highway access is good and we will continue to make use of the extension which cost £2 million in 2004. Sponsors include KCC and Sevenoaks private school. Early publicity for the proposed Academy suggested it is also expected to cater for children of grammar school ability, who currently have no selective school in Sevenoaks, and the school has since made much of ever this. The previous head recently featured in the media and this website as the highest paid head in the County. Entering Knole in the search engine for this website will produce several articles on education provision in Sevenoaks.  OFSTED November 2015: Requires Improvement a shock to the school community, down from Good in 2012, but back to Good in 2017.

Trinity Free School, also in Sevenoaks, opened in 2013, and has provided strong competition ever since. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Pupils in Year 7 according to  Census
2015 240 238 62  273
2016 255 265 67  252
2017 240 210 33  219
2018 241 181 25 218
2019 270 238 56   

 A sharp fall in popularity, probably both from successful grammar school appeals and the recovery of Orchards Academy in Swanley, appears to have been reversed.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 2 0
2016 12 10
2017 0 0
2018 0 0
2019 2 0
 In most years at Knole, perseverance on the waiting list and submitting an appeal appears to be generally successful, appeal requests being resolved before being heard. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2017 -0.2 (BA) 41.3
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
 -0.09(A)
2018 -0.44(BA) 38.0 22% -0.44 (BA)
2019 -0.33 (BA) 42.9 32%  
KNOLE ACADEMY OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2012 Good
Nov 2015 Requires Improvement
Oct 2017 Good

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Leigh Academy, Dartford. Lead school in the large and assertive Leigh Academies Trust, which most recently carried out a takeover of the Williamson Trust.  Back in 2013 was the most oversubscribed school in Kent but, as the data below shows, this has fallen recently, the main cause probably being the opening of the Trust's own new school, the Inspiration Academy at Leigh UTC, above.  It is likely that all disappointed first choices will be offered places or else decamp to the new Stone Lodge School. Most recent news item, here

When oversubscribed, siblings take priority, then the school admits pupils across the ability range only from its catchment area, split into inner and outer areas, in the proportions 70/30. All applicants are tested for ability, then divided into five ability bands. Pupils are selected randomly from each band in the required proportions. Vacancies are made up from the waiting list.

OFSTED 2017: Good again.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2015 240 304 125
2016 240 243 49
2017 240 242 41
2018 256 210 0
2019 240 250 45

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 48 2
2016 11 2
2017 52 3
2018 0 0
2019 0 0

There are in any case few successful appeals, for it is very difficult to make a case against random selection. Appeals are organised by a commercial company, that appears to be very supportive of the school.  The lack of appeals for 2018 and 2019 reflect the sharp drop in first choices, with the opening of Inspiration Academy and now the new Stone Lodge School.  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  53%  
2015 n/a n/a 43%  
2016 n/a  
2017 -0.29 (BA) 42.5
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
-0.23(BA)
 2018 -0.26(BA) 41.3 28% -0.54 (BA)
2019 -0.35 (BA) 42 37%  

  

LEIGH ACADEMY OFSTED RECORD
Dec 2009 Outstanding
Mar 2013 Good
Nov 2017 Good

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Leigh University Technical College

Admits pupils at Year 10, and in spite of its title takes all pupils without selection by aptitude. Struggles to attract pupils, which have to be prised out of other schools at Year 10, easier in the case of Ebbsfleet Academy. 

Technical schools 'half full and perform less well'

Autumn Census
Year PAN Year 10 Year 11
2014 150 54 0
2015 150 56 54
2016 150 38 61
2017 150 73 38
2018 150 61 68

 There have been no appeals, 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2017 -0.42 (BA) 39.5   0.02(A)
2018 -0.82* 33.2 17% 0.35(A) 
2019 P -1.08 (WBA) 32.9 13.8  

* A note in the table states: Progress 8 score for The Leigh UTC (2018): Some schools start educating pupils partway through the 5-year period covered by Progress 8, which should be taken into account when comparing their results with schools that start at Key Stage 3. Progress 8 is not the most appropriate performance measure for university technical colleges, studio schools and some further education colleges. These establishments typically start educating pupils at age 14, with a focus on preparing pupils for their future careers by providing an integrated academic and professional education. Other headline measures, particularly pupil destinations, are more important for these establishments. The Leigh UTC's confidence interval is -1.25 to -0.4 

LEIGH UTC OFSTED RECORD
Feb 2017 Good

The Ofsted inspection was carried out in a half empty school, so difficult to see how this was arrived at. A visitor to the school later that year was shocked by the large number of teachers to small number of pupils ratio. One wonders what Ofsted will make of this level of GCSE performance next time round. 

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The Lenham School:  Previously the failed Swadelands School, now an academy sponsored by Valley Invicta Academy Trust since April 2018. Appears to have been transformed according to Performance and First Preferences.  Special Measures Ofsted under KCC control, is discounted according to the rules of academisation.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacancies
2015 150 74 26
2016 150 52 74
2017 150 72 45
2018 150 90 15
2019 150 136 26 

 No appeals up to 2019. For 2019 this will have been because of the high number of pupils taken out in Maidstone by grammar school appeals.  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2017 n/a n/a n/a 0.21(A)
2018 -0.17(A) 36.6 25%  N/A
2019 P -0.02 (A) 42.2 21%  

  

OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2012 Good
Dec 2015 Special Measures

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Longfield Academy OFSTED April  2018. Good again. Premises are a complete new build at an original cost of some £25 million. This completely replaced the previous 1960s buildings which were in an appalling condition. As I wrote some years ago: "Indeed it is apparent that the main reason for forming an Academy here is to secure new premises – the school is rural, not failing and in a good socio economic area – meeting none of the normal conditions for an old style Academy".  

Popularity has declined in recent years as nearby Meopham School, once a school to avoid, has become very successful and popular. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2015 180 174 34
2016 180 151 15
2017 180 173 25
2018 192 144 5
2019 180 158 6

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 30 29
2015 21 21
2016 3 3
2017 0 0
2018 0 0
2019 0 0

Uses a commercial company for appeals that appeared to deliver the schools needs. 

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2015 n/a n/a 52%  
2016 n/a  
2017 -0.4 38.5
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
0.17(AA)
2018 -0.17(A) 41.7 29% 0.19(AA)
2019 P -0.23 (A) 40.0 30%  

LONGFIELD ACADEMY OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2014 Good
Apr 2017 Good