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Individual School Information - I-L

 Most Recently Updated August 2018 

You will find an article on 2018 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 2017 Appeals Outcomes hereFor Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2017 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.  

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

 No appeals 2017 

Aggressively academically successful. In competition with Maidstone Girls Grammar, it works hard to absorb as many academically able girls in Maidstone district as possible, including through the Appeals process. At Open Evenings the school still falsely and unlawfully claims that girls need to put it first on their preference list to be offered a place. Has one of the highest drop out rates in the county after GCSE 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 2017 
2014 192 179 0 9 217
2015 192 200 11 0 241
2016 210 198 6 0 244
2017 192 181 2 0 237
2018 240 210 0 25  

 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
 
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. 
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a 
2015 n/a n/a 99%
2016 -0.3 4 n/a
2017 0.73 (WAA) 68.6 n/a

Isle of Sheppey Academy Now Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey.  

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 ". 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. 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?'

  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2014 210 160 0 35
2015 210 183 0 0
2016 210 192 4 0
2017 210 178 0 0
2018 210 205 11 0

 No appeals heard 2014-2017 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a 
2015 n/a n/a
2016 n/a
2017 0.08 (A) 39.8 n/a

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.  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
2014 155 197 53
2015 155 213 79
2016 155 232 97
2017 180 262 102
2018 180 300 125

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 18 5
2015 17 6
2016 39 2
2017 26 9
 For 2017 appeals all nine successes were from the 24 who had passed the Kent Test
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a 
2015 n/a n/a
2016 n/a
2017 0.52(WAA) 76.6 n/a
 
At A level, the Judd was comfortably top of the Achievement Grades, although progress from GCSE was average at -0.04, the discrepancy underlining the high levels achieved by pupils entering the Sixth Form. 
 
King Ethelbert School Academy, Birchington. Is an Academy in the Coastal Academies Trust led by Dane Court Grammar. New buildings completed under BSF. Has had a roller coaster ride with regard to OFSTED: 2009 - Outstanding; 2013 - Requires Improvement; 2014 - Good. Heavily oversubscribed each year, fourth most oversubscribed non-selective school in Kent 2018. Rightly popular but pressure also comes from families trying to avoid two other schoools in Thanet. 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2014 160 195 48
2015 160 231 80
2016 160 151 72
2017 160 278 128
2018 150 284 139

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 13 4
2015 28 0
2016 12 1
2017 40 4
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a 
2015 n/a n/a
2016 n/a
2017 -0.36 (BA) 38.5 n/a

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 Principal is Mrs Mary Boyle, previously head of The Bradbourne School for Girls, 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
2014 240 225 49  246
2015 240 238 62  273
2016 255 265 67  252
2017 240 210 33  219
2018 241 181 25  

 Recent sharp fall in popularity, probably both from successful grammar school appeals and the recovery of Orchards Academy in Swanley. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 2 0
2016 12 10
2017 0 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)
2014 n/a n/a 
2015 n/a n/a
2016 n/a
2017 -0.2 (BA) 41.3 n/a
Leigh Academy, Dartford. Lead school in the large and assertive Leigh Academies Trust, which most recently at the time of writing (August 2018) is 'exploring' a takeover of the Williamson Trust.  Back in 2013 was the most oversubscribed school in Kent but, as the data below shows, this has dwindled to nothing, the main cause probably being the opening of the Trust's own new school,, the Inspiration Academy at Leigh UTC, above. 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
2014 240 291 106
2015 240 304 125
2016 240 243 49
2017 240 242 41
2018 256 210 0

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

There are 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
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  53%
2015 n/a n/a 43%
2016 n/a
2017 -0.29 (BA) 42.5 n/a

 

Leigh University Technical College

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
2017 -0.42 (BA) 39.5

 

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
2014 180 232 75
2015 180 174 34
2016 180 151 15
2017 180 173 25
2018 192 144 5

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

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

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2015 n/a n/a 52%
2016 n/a
2017 -0.4 38.5 n/a