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Individual School Information - I-L

 Last Update: December 2020

You will find an initial article on 2020 allocations here, an article on 2020 oversubscription 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 2020 Appeals Outcomes here. GCSE and A-Level results for 2020 are not being published because of the nature of the assessments. For Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2019 GCSE scores go to here for explanation. 

In the Individual performance table, under the A Level Progress heading for 2019, you will find a set of data like this: -0.37(BA,104,D+, 60). This tells you that the school has a Progress performance level at A Level of -0,37, which is Below Average, 104 students took at least one A Level with an average Grade of D+, with 60 students taking three A Levels. A gap between the number of students taking one and those taking three A Levels can be indicative of the number of vocational courses being offered. 

Inspiration Academy at Leigh UTC. Th'is was a new school which opened in  September 2017, for details follow the link. It is on path to merge with the unpopular  Leigh UTC on its way, the website currently stating:  This is the very first school to work alongside a University Technical College with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at its heart'. In contrast to the UTC it initially proved very popular in its new premises helped, along with all other Dartford NS schools by the extreme unpopularity of Ebbsfleet Academy, which has now improved under new leadership.  Numbers have dipped after allocation partly because of this and the new Stone Lodge School in Dartford and the school accepted Local Authority Alllocations for the first time in 2020.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
LAAs Vacancies
2017
120
119
9
0 0
2018
140
150
10
0 0
 2019
140 124 12 0 0
2020 140 100 0 18 3
2021 140 76 0 17 0

 No appeals 2017 or 2020.  

 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, although it now appears to have reached capacity. 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. For September 2020 this figure had risen to 20%, with just 72% of Year 11 staying on.  It opened a national scandal after illegally expelling girls at the end of Year 12 in 2016, 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. This has now finished, I like to think as a result of my publicising the scandal. 
 
Very proud of its excellent GCSE and A Level performance, but the undue pressure placed on pupils to achieve this contributes to the high drop out rate after GCSE.  
 
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 
2016 210 198 6 0 244
2017 192 181 2 0 237
2018 240 210 0 25 253
2019 240 214 0 0 256
2020 240 225 0 1 255
2021 240 243 12 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
2020 79 22
 
For 2020, all appeals heard will have been 'Paper-Based'.
 
Up until 2018, all of the 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. The proportion has fallen sharply for 2019 and 2020. 
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2017 0.73 (WAA) 68.6   0.05(A)
2018 0.96(WAA) 72.4 97% -0.15 (BA) 
2019 0.83(WAA) 72.2 96%  -0.14(A,153,B-,144)

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 Church of England 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 was John McParland, previously head of the successful St Simon Stock RC School in Maidstone who retired in August 2020,  as one of the highest-paid headteachers in the county. .  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?'  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, heavily oversubscribed in 2020. 2018 highest Progress 8 score of any Kent non-selective school, but slipped considerably for 2019. Has a surprisingly low staying on rate into the Sixth Form.    

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2016 210 192 4
2017 210 178 0
2018 210 205 11
2019 210 233 14
2020 240 220 59
2021 260 163 2

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2020 34 3

 For 2020, all appeals heard will have been 'Paper-Based'.

 No appeals heard 2014-2019

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2017 0.08 (A) 39.8  -0.25(BA)
2018 0.22(AA) 40.3 24%  -0.27 (BA)
2019 0.11(A) 39.1 23% -0.24(BA,59,D+,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 for all pupils. Since 2016 entry, its oversubscription criteria cover two different areas, currently with 157 highest scoring boys being admitted from an Inner area, and 23 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 23 places for Outer which, I suspect are mainly out of Kent, it is unsurprising that the cut-off has risen so high. For 2020 it was 385 for Inner and 407 Outer.  
2021: 180 offers were made. The number of places available for the inner area is 157; the outer area is 23. The cut-off score for our inner area was 387  with the outer area being 408 (not all students on those scores being offered a place).

For 2020, the Year 12 intake was 230, with 90% of the 152 Year 11 boys staying on (third-highest rate in the county behind Skinners and Simon Langton Boys), and 93 boys and girls from other schools taking up places. The largest group were the 19 girls from Tonbridge Grammar, along with nine from Weald and five from TWGGS. There were 29 students from N/S schools showing that Judd is not as socially exclusive as some other schools including five from Claverham College, balanced by 24 from private schools, including six from St Leanard's Mayfield and five from Sevenoaks School. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 155 232 97
2017 180 262 102
2018 180 300 125
2019 180 330 173
2020 180 327 167
2021 180 338 183

 At the second round of Allocations for 2020, 12 inner places re-allocated, six outer. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
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
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2017 0.52(WAA) 76.6  -0.04 (A)
2018 0.64(WAA) 75.8 98% -0.04 (A)
2019 0.48 (AA) 76.0 98% 0.07(A,178,A-,174)
 
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 Birchington. Is an Academy in the Coastal Academies Trust led by Dane Court Grammar. New buildings completed under BSF. Heavily oversubscribed each year, second ( to Valley Park) most most oversubscribed non-selective school in Kent in 2020, turning away 144 first choices, fourth in 2018 and 2019. Rightly popular but some pressure also comes from families trying to avoid two other schools in Thanet. Has no Sixth  Form which does not appear an obstacle to recruitment. 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 160 151 72
2017 160 278 128
2018 150 284 139
 2019 150 266  122
2020 158 279 144
2021 158 172 56

 For 2020 admissions, the furthest applicant awarded a place on distance grounds lived 0.993 miles from the school, taking in Ursuline College, but well short of Hartsdown Academy, all three in a line. After reallocation, this extended to 1.099 miles. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 12 1
2017 40 4
2018 29 11
2019 37 5
2020 50 6
 
For 2020, all appeals heard were 'Paper-Based'.
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 -0.36 (BA) 38.5 -0.09(A)
2018 0-0.25(BA) 38.9 26%  N/A
2019 -0.38(BA) 39.3 22%  N/A
KING ETHELBERT OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2013 Requires Improvement
May 2014 Good
Nov 2018 Good

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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. The new headteacher appointed Christmas 2019 appears to have reversed the downward trend as shown by the sharp increases in unsuccessful first choices, and appeals.  For 2020 there were 52 out of county children offered places, 50 of them from Bromley. Has a Year 12 of 80 students, nearly 90% of whom are from within the school. 

Trinity Free School, also in Sevenoaks, opened in 2013, subsequently provided strong competition, although the gloss appears to be coming off it. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Pupils in Year 7 according to  October Census
2016 255 265 67  252
2017 240 210 33  219
2018 241 181 25 218
2019 270 238 56  280
2020 255 287 100 254
2021 250 276 102  

 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
2020 33 3
 In most years at Knole, perseverance on the waiting list and submitting an appeal appeared to be generally successful up until 2019, appeal requests being resolved before being heard. For 2020, 11 appellants were offered places before appeals were heard, presumably replacing children successful at grammar appeals elsewhere, and another 11 withdrew, probably for the same reason. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths)
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 -0.2 (BA) 41.3  -0.09(A)
2018 -0.44(BA) 38.0 22% -0.44 (BA)
2019 -0.33 (BA) 43.0 32% 0.18(AA,72,C,20) 
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 causes probably being the opening of the Trust's own new school, the Inspiration Academy at Leigh UTC, above, and now Stone Lodge School, along with the reversal of the unpopularity of Ebbsfleet Academy.   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.

Has a strong Year 12 of 111 students in 2020,  with 43 from other schools including six from Dartford Grammar. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs not offered
LAAs Vacancies
2015 240 304 125 0 0
2016 240 243 49 0 0
2017 240 242 41 0 0
2018 256 210 0 0 0
2019 240 250 45 0 0
2020 240 201 11 0 0
2021 240 147 0 10 0

 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
2020 4 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.  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 -0.29 (BA) 42.5 -0.23(BA)
 2018 -0.26(BA) 41.3 28% -0.54 (BA)
2019 -0.35 (BA) 42.1 37%  -0.41(BA,100,D,23)

  

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. It now admits pupils in Year Seven via the separately titled Inspiration Academy, although the title changes in some contexts to Inspiration Academy @ Leigh UTC. This is presumably an attempt to boost the numbers at the UTC. 

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
2019 150 40 63

 There have been no appeals, 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 -0.42 (BA) 39.5   0.02(A)
2018 -0.82* 33.2 17% 0.35(A) 
2019 -1.08 (WBA) 33.0 14%  0.52(A,14,C-,0)

* 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
1st prefs not offered
Vacancies
2016 150 52 0 74
2017 150 72 0 45
2018 150 90 0 15
2019 150 136 20
2020 150 142 26 0
2021 150 161 49 0

 No appeals up to 2019. For 2019 and 2020 this will have been because of the high number of pupils taken out in Maidstone by grammar school appeals.  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 n/a n/a n/a 0.21(A)
2018 -0.17(A) 36.6 25%  N/A
2019 -0.02 (A) 40.3 21%  NE

  

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. Had a Year 12 of 73 students in 2020, mostly from within the school, five coming from Ebbsfleet Academy. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 180 151 15
2017 180 173 25
2018 192 144 5
2019 180 158 6
2020 190 165 13
2021 180 124 9

 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
2020 0 0

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

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 -0.4 38.5 0.17(AA)
2018 -0.17(A) 41.7 29% 0.19(AA)
2019 -0.24 (A) 40.1 30% -0.09(A,64,C-,20) 

LONGFIELD ACADEMY OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2014 Good
Apr 2017 Good