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Individual School Information - M

Updated February 2020: Data Updated to Secondary Transfer March 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 here For 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 2019 Appeals Outcomes hereFor 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 KS5 Progress heading for 2019, you will find a figure 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. 

Maidstone Grammar School.MGS Is a Foundation school so one of a small minority of secondary schools still under the aegis of Kent County Council. OFSTED January 2019: Good, down from Outstanding, a shock for this prestige school, but reflected performance. Was significantly oversubscribed until 2017, when a major new building investment allowed the school to open a permanent additional form of entry, thus creating a surplus of selective boys’ places across Maidstone,

Its oversubscription criteria include residence in a named parish, with priority from 2019 entry to high scoring boys being clarified to read an aggregate Kent Test score of 360; then other local boys who are grammar qualified. As parents know Kent test scores before applications are made, it is clearly important that those scoring less than 360 should include Oakwood Park Grammar on their list, as some families living apparently close to the school can lose out.

Performance at GCSE was shocking with Progress 8 at -0.12 in 2018, the same as the struggling non-selective school, New Line Learning Academy,, also in Maidstone. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 

  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 175 208 38
2017 205 193 0
2018 205 208 11
2019
 205
214 29
2020 205 245 60

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 37 8
2015 51 12
2016 53 15
2017 21 11
2018 30 10
2019 68 18
 
Pre- 2017, the large majority of successful appeals went to boys who were already grammar qualified.
Uses a KCC Appeal Panel 
2019 Appeals: four were already grammar qualified
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 0.16 65.7    
2017 0.16 64 n/a -0.46(BA)
2018  -0.12(A) 62.2 88%  0.00(A)
2019 0.17 (A) 65.4 91  0.12 (AA,168,B-,166)

 Progress 8 scores were not flattering in 2017, coming in the bottom third of grammar schools in the list, although higher (15/32 in the Attainment 8 Table). However, for 2018 they declined further, in both  tables (to 29/32 in Progress 8, 26/32 for Attainment 8)), which must be very worrying for such a prestige school. At A Level Progress, second lowest grammar school performer in 2017, but improved in 2018 and 2019.

MGS Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jan 2019 Full Good
Sep 2013 Full Outstanding
Feb 2008 Full Outstanding

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Maidstone Grammar School for Girls. Is a Foundation school so another of the small minority of secondary schools still under the aegis of Kent County Council. Regularly undersubscribed, struggling to compete with Invicta Grammar, although the two had see-sawed in popularity in previous years.  Its Outstanding OFSTED dates back as far as 2009, way beyond the normal span. It may be because of its good academic performance, although it has a reputation for putting girls under pressure, with a high fall out rate at the end of Year 11. An article I wrote in 2017 highlighted its illegal and private selection system to try and recruit the highest performers to the Sixth Form, which was condemned by the Ombudsman, after the school was caught out lying about it. 

Popularity has plummeted in recent years, in spite of three changes of headteacher, most recently in 2015.  Very high rate of successful admission appeals up to and including 2019, probably to cover up for this. For 2019 allocation, the lowest number of first choices for many years. Something needs to change!  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacancies
2016 180 146 34
2017 180 116 42
2018 180 134 31
2019 180  109  58
2020 180 111 55

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 29 22
2015 65 46
2016 75 55
2017 76 53
2018 91
45 
2019 114 75
 
Consistently one of the highest proportion of successful grammar school appeals in the county, as it tries to build up its numbers; 70% in 2017, 66% of a much higher number in 2019. The increase fits a pattern  for some Kent grammar schools,were there is pressure on popular n/s schools. Uses a KCC Appeal Panel
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 0.39 67.4  
2017 0.58 64 n/a -0.07(A)
2018 0.59(WAA) 68.7 93%   -0.09(BA)
2019 0.84 (WAA) 69.7 96%  -0.05, A,160,B-,148

 

MGGS Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2009 Full Outstanding
Jan 2006 Full Good

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 The Malling School, Foundation School. OFSTED May 2015 Good for the second time. Has had a chequered history in the past but is now on the up, one of the most oversubscribed schools in Maidstone and district. Has the largest and most sought after SEN Unit in the County, the Tydeman Centre which is in great demand, taking in children with Speech and Language difficulties and ASD. Whilst this has a negative effect on academic performance it appears good for the school as a whole. Performance still not strong, as weaker cohorts arrive at Year 11.

Was linked with Holmesdale School which provided Malling with support,  but roles are reversed and the Federation was dissolved as Malling has flourished and Holmesdale plunged into Special Measures and beyond.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st
prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2014 180 83 0 60
2015 180 86 0 49
2016 180 137 0 12
2017 180 159
15
0
2018 180 214  57  0
2019  180
167   43  0
2020 159 169 31  

The school’s strong progress can be tracked by its increasing popularity year on year.  

Appeals for School Places
Appeals Upheld
2018 9 9
2019 11 0

 The first for many years. KCC Appeal Panel

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 -0.03 44.8  
2017 -0.3 36 n/a No Entries
2018  -0.81(WBA) 32.2 17% 
2019 -0.64(WBA) 36.7 23%

 Still working through the lower ability intake when the school was very unpopular. However, it needs to see improvement for 2020. 

Some SEN Unit children tend to underperform academically, but are counted in with the whole school for performance purposes, so attainment levels in particular will be dampened. 
 
 Malling  Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jun 2019 Full Requires Improvement
May 2015 Full Good
Jun 2012 Full Good
Apr 2009 Full Good
 
The school had a change of headteacher six months before the 2019 inspection, the previous head having been in post for ten years. 
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 Maplesden Noakes School Maidstone. Became an Academy in 2012. Increasingly heavily oversubscribed as popularity of schools in Maidstone polarises and population is rapidly increasing. Normally sound academic performance. Proposal to expand from 180 to 240 for 2021.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 180 106 10
2017 180 187 77
2018 180 227 80
2019 180 222 67 
2020 210 253 88

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 8 8
2016 0 0
2017 34 13
2018 37 4
2019 45 6
 
Number and success rate of appeals clearly varies according to popularity that year. 
Uses a KCC Appeal Panel
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths)
KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 0.08 49.6  
2017 -0.12 43.1 n/a 0.07(A) 
2018  -0.07(A)  40.6  21%  -0.36(BA)
2019 -0.08(A) 40.8 20% -0.37,BA,104,D+,60

 

 Maplesden Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2018 Short Good
Sep 2013 Full Good
Full Good

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The Marsh Academy, New Romney, previously Southlands School, where I nearly became headteacher in the 1980's after a scandal involving the previous head led to his departure! Serves the very rural Romney Marsh. It was one of the early old style old style Academies, opened in 2007, and completely rebuilt in 2011 with Sixth Form on seperate site. It struggled for some years under sponsors Tonbridge School, who clearly did not understand the issues of a very rural state school, the assumption being that rich independent schools catering for highly able and wealthy pupils have skills which transfer to the management of state schools. They were supported by Microsoft and KCC. Tonbridge School has now stepped back after discovering, as have other private schools at other academies, that it is somewhat of a challenge and the school is now run by The Skinners Company which has recently transformed the now highly successful Skinners Kent Academy. Still has sponsor governors from Tonbridge, Microsoft and KCC. Went through a period a few years ago of being managed by senior staff at Folkestone School for Girls. Loses a lot of able Marsh children to the Folkestone grammar schools, which select an additional high proportion of pupils through the Shepway Test. Popularity has picked up sharply since the closure of Pent Valley School in Folkestone causing pressure all round the Shepway District, especially at Brockhill Park in Hythe, previously a popular destination for Marsh children.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not
offered
Vacancies
2015 180 125 0 30
2016 180 129 0 24
2017 180 178 20 0
2018 180 171 12 0
2019 180  151  0 3
2020 180 154 7 0

Dip in first choices for 2019 may be due to opening of new Turner Free School in Folkestone

  No appeals heard 2014-19

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 0.04 44.1  
2017 -0.15 38 n/a -0.47(BA)
2018  -0.65(WBA) 33.2  11%   
2019 -0.5(BA) 35.4 14% 0.19(A, 23,C-,15)

 

Has had a very small sixth form for several years, but Year 12 has expanded to 91 students for 2019 (46 in 2018). Some students will take vocational courses only. 

Marsh Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2017 Short Good
Apr 2013 Full Good
Sep 2011 Monitoring Satisfactory Progress
Jun 2010 Full Satisfactory

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 Mascalls School Paddock Wood. Became an academy in 2011. Popular school with a rural hinterland, loses some able pupils to Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells Grammars, but still has a comprehensive intake. Regularly oversubscribed, but considerable churning particularly as it offers places to TW n/s pupils initially unable to get into schools local to them, so all applications pursued have been successful in recent years with no appeals needed. Significant rise in first choices 2019. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2016 240 201 0 7
2017 240 206 8 0
2018 240 217 27 0
2019  240  242   29 0
2020 240 182 0 1

No appeals heard 2014-19

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths)
KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 0.0 45.6    
2017 0.07 48.7 n/a  0.06(A)
2018  0.01(A) 42.5  30% -0.30(BA)
2019 0.04(A) 45.4 36% 0.07(A,98,C, 59)

Consistent strong academic performance for a non-selective school. 

Mascalls Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2016 Short Good
May 2012 Full Good

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Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend. OFSTED Jun 2013 - Outstanding. Became an Academy in February 2012.
Now starting to pick up an increase in numbers from London applicants. Mayfield introduced its own admission test for September 2015 entry to serve as an alternative to the Kent Test. Girls can be considered via either process and I can see little disadvantage in taking both tests. The only possible downside is that both results will be quoted if there is an appeal although, as there is no way of knowing at the time of testing whether either or which test will reflect poorly, this should not discourage parents from entering girls for both assessments.  The Mayfield Test comprises: A computer-based test focusing on verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning and an English paper to assess reading and writing skills. For 2018 admission girls were required to achieve EITHER 100.15 in the computer test and a score of 10 in the English, OR 97.07 in the computer test and 15 in the English. I am afraid I don't have any idea of the standard being sought. Is exanding PAN to 210 for 2021.
 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs not offered
Vacancies
Mayfield
Test
Offers
2016 145 139  1 0 12
2017 170 170 22 0 17
2018 180 183 11 0 21
2019  180  167  39 0 35
2020 180 173 8 0 13

The school attracts a considerable number of lower preference choices, including many from from London and Essex, which are mainly rejected on distance grounds.

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 No Record
2015 25 43
2016 40 26

2017 

37 13
2018  42  13
2019 44 16
The school uses its own appointed Independent Appeal Panel.
For 2018 Admission, just one of the 14 girls assessed selective before appeals had appeal upheld, suggesting priority given to local girls.
For 2019 Admissions 5 of the 17 grammar assessed girls offered places. Several of these were from Ebbsfleet. . 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 0.07 65.1    
2017 0.23 62.8 n/a -0.26(BA)
2018 0.33(AA)  65.8  85%   -0.41(BA)
2019 0.41(AA) 65.8 88% -0.56(WBA,143,C-,118)
 
 Unusually for a grammar school, seven of the 143 Year 11 pupils did not take enough GCSEs to qualify for Progress 8, and 25 students did not take three A Levels. Lowest performing grammar school in A Level Progress and second lowest in three A Level performance in Kent, 2019.
 
Mayfield Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jun 2013 Full Outstanding
Jan 2011 Interim Good
Feb 2008 Full Good
 
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Meopham SchoolOFSTED January 2019 - Outstanding, see article on its meteoric rise here. 
After a number of disastrous years, unpopular and failing academically, Meopham was taken over by Swale Academies Trust in 2012, and, under good leadership has never looked back, although the subject of several strange decisions. In 2016, the Trust made the bizarre proposal that the school should consult on converting to a grammar school, which created headlines and may simply have been a PR exercise. Now academically outstanding, but has reduced its intake for 2018 back to its original PAN  creating large oversubscription. At the time of writing, has moved into new buildings which will no doubt increase its popularity further, and may be the reason for the smaller intake.
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs not offered
2016 160 96 5
2017 170 146  19
2018 140 154  55
2019  140  226 75
2020 170 233 76

  Furthest Distance offered on allocation in miles                                        

 

2019

2018

2017

Meopham School

3.185

3.982

4.999

No appeals heard 2014-18

APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Upheld
2019 29 8

  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths
KS5
Progress
2016 0.48 43.4    
2017 0.57 44.7 n/a -0.25(A)
2018 0.46(AA) 48.1  57%  -0.24(A,17,D,1)

For coverage of excellent GCSE results, 2018, see here. Meopham was second highest Kent non-selective school for Progress 8 'Well Above Average' and seventh highest for Attainment 8 in 2017. For 2018, third highest Progress 8 and again seventh for Attainment 8.

Meopham Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jan 2019 Full Outstanding
Jan 2018 Short
Good recommend
consider Outstanding
Nov 2014  Full Good
Jan 2012 Full  Special Measures