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Individual School Information - N

 Updated July 2019.
 

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 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. 

New Line Learning Academy, Maidstone. In spite of the fact that it has struggled to attract pupils since its formation, GCSE results in 2018 were the best ever, placing the school in the top quarter of Kent non-selective schools at both Progress 8 and Attainment 8. 

The Academy was formed from the amalgamation of the former Senacre School and Oldborough Manor School, in West Maidstone, and is now in new buildings costing some £31 million.  Originally sponsored by the Future Schools Trust, along with Cornwallis Academy, but now rebrokered to Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust.  OFSTED October 2015  - Requires Improvement (as in 2013 & 2015).  The academy has struggled to attract students since its formation; in March 2013 - just 122 places were offered out of 210 available, including 41 allocated by KCC (who did not apply).  Headteacher claimed on Radio Kent in March 2014 it was built to cater for future rises in number of Maidstone children over next 30 years! So far this has not happen. Must be worried about the impact of the new Free science and technology school to be run by Valley Invicta Trust and opening in 2020. The Future Schools Trust was served with a Warning Notice in 2017 about low standards in  both secondary schools. 

NLL and Cornwallis were scheduled to be  taken away from Future Schools and given to the Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust, but this has not happened. Will be hit by the opening of the new Maidstone School of Science and Technology in September 2020.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN  1st prefs Vacant places
Local
Authority
Allocations
2014 210 135 62  5
2015 210 86

62

35
2016 210 96 96 12
2017 210 75 61 50
2018 210 85 33 80
2019 180 85  0  79

2014 - 2018 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8 % 5A*-C (inc Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  37  
2015 n/a n/a 33  
2016 -0.53 37.4
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.3 (BA) 35.1 15% No significant
2018 -0.12(BA) 37.3 20% Sixth Form

GCSE results for 2018 good, in the top quarter of Kent non-selective Schools in Progress 8 and Attainment 8, and the same as Maidstone Grammar in Progress 8.  
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North School, Ashford. Since being rebuilt under a PFI Scheme, the school was initially heavily oversubscribed. March 2013 - still oversubscribed with 39 first choices oversubscribed, but OFSTED December 2013 placed the school in Special Measures. This decision was partly based on government information about GCSE 5A*-C pass rates that was misleadingly low and lack of support from KCC. The school was still oversubscribed for 2014 entry and expanded by 10 places to 225.  Taken over by Swale Academies Trust running a financial surplus of £121,277, its popularity dived again for 2015, although both Progress and Attainment picked up for 2016. Was the least popular school in Ashford, but numbers have picked up dramatically for September 2019. There is new controversy over KCC ending the School Support Contract with Swale Academy Trust at short notice at the end of the summer term 2019. The school is now running a deficit of £768,357 which will have to be paid back. 

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant places
Local
Authority
Allocations
2014 225 188 1 0 0
2015
215
122
0
48
13
2016 215 122 0 42 11
2017 215 142 0 32 15
2018
215
159
2
2
20
2019 215 207 0

2014 - 2018 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8 % 5A*-C (inc Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  36  
2015 n/a n/a 24  
2016 -0.34 42.9
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.36 (BA) 36.7 23% 0.44(WAA)
2018 -0.26(BA) 38.1 24%  

 In the bottom third of Kent non-selective schools at P8 and A8 for 2017 GCSEs.  KS5 (A Levels plus BTEC) best progress score in the county. 

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Northfleet School for Girls.  OFSTED February 2017 - Good.   GCSE performance data strong from 2014, with GCSE results consistently above government floor standard. Has been hit in numbers by the success of Meopham School, with its Outstanding Ofsted, but usually picks up some girls from Swanscombe due to unpopularity of Ebbsfleet Academy

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN  1st preferences Vacant places LAAS
2014 175 118 26 4
2015 175 92 36 6
2016 200 122 0 16
2017 210 100 66 13
2018 210 141 9 20
2019 210 126   0 17

2014 - 2018 all first preferences offered. Sudden slump in popularity for 2017 ;  corresponding with rise at Meopham

2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8 Attainment 8 % 5A*-C (inc Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  49  
2015 n/a n/a 49  
2016 0.01 47.2
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.29 (BA) 41.9 31%  0(A)
2018 -0.06(A)  42.9 32%  -0.10(A)

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Northfleet Technology College.  Completely rebuilt under BSF (Building Schools for the Future, a PFI scheme), so currently barred from becoming an academy. OFSTED January 2017 - Good.  Usually picks up some boys from Ebbsfleet area because of the unpopularity of Ebbsfleet Academy.  Fall in popularity from 2017 ;  corresponding with rise at Meopham. Current headteacher was previously deputy head at Northfleet Technology College.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant places
LAAs
2014 164 149 3  0 0
2015 164 156 20  0 0
2016 190 142 11  0 0
2017 194 139 0 16 0
2018 164 128 0 0 0
2019 164 110   0  0 9

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 3 3
2015 7 7
2016 2 2

 No appeals 2017 or 2018.

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8 % 5A*-C (inc Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  54  
2015 n/a n/a 48  
2016 0.34 49.6
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.45 (BA) 36.7 11% -0.77(WBA)
2018  2-0.43(BA)  36.4  15% 0.07 (A) 

GCSE results usually around the government floor standard, but exceptional for 2016 in both Progress and Attainment. Fourth highest performing NS school at Level C or better in English and maths 2016, at 70%. Slumped badly in 2017. 

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Norton Knatchbull School, Ashford. OFSTED November 2017 - Good again.  Ashford is expanding rapidly so school will fill in a couple of years without depending on appeals. Headteacher suddenly left for Christmas 2018 without new post 'to focus on her own career development'.  She is to be succeeded sometime in the summer of 2019  by Ben Greene, currently head of Bullers Wood Girls School, Chislehurst.

The official PAN has remained at 149 for some years, and then has been increased on allocation each March by a large figure.  This allows a high number of successful appeals and still remain within PAN, demonstrating there is a need for places. A KCC Report last summer states that: 'In 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 the Governors of Norton Knatchbull School (Academy) offered 180 places on National Offer Day.' This is untrue but has enabled the school to secure the offer of a £2 million grant from KCC to expand its PAN to 210.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant places
2015 180 111 0

59

2016 180 164 2

0

2017 180 125 0 23
2018 210
130 0 56
2019  210 157   0  40

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 42 32
2015 63 53
2016 60 29
2017 40 26
2018 66 46

Consistently high proportion of successful appeals historically, as the school aims to fill to capacity.  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8 % 5A*-C (inc Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  93  
2015 n/a n/a 95  
2016 0.15 65.2
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
-0.04(A) 
2017 0.21 (AA) 63.7 91%  
2018 0.16(A)  62.3  81%   -0.54 (BA)

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