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Individual School Information - O-R

updated January 2021. 

You will find an initial article on 2020 allocations here, an article on 2020 oversubscription and vacancy 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 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 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. 

 Oakwood Park Grammar School.  Became an Academy in 2011. OFSTED February 2019 - Good.  Filled on allocation for the first time in some years for 2020, the number of successful appeals falling sharply as a result. It loses some boys to Maidstone Grammar after the appeal process but census data shows it has finished up around its PAN figure of 160 in each of the past four years.  2018 GCSE sound, and Ofsted 2019 found 16-19 programme Outstanding. For 2020, there was a 74% staying on rate into the Sixth Form, Oakwood picked up another 59 students from other schools, one of the largest numbers across the county, including 20 girls from Maidstone Girls and 11 from Invicta Grammar Schools. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2016
160
95
0
2017 160 70 65
2018 160 85 41
2019 160 60 41
2020 160 80 0

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 45 36
2015 100 73
2016 72 55
2017 96 78
2018 89 68
2019 127 73
2020 85 20
 
Third highest proportion of successful appeals in Kent for 2018 when offers were low, but had fallen sharply by 2020. All but one appeals were initially N/S and 25 boys were placed on the waiting list. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Scores
2016
-0.09
61.1
   
2017 -0.26 (BA) 57.4 83% 0.01(A)
2018 0.17 (A) 63.3 84% 0.16(AA)
2019 0.1 (A) 61.7 89% 0.08(A,155,C+,93) 

 GCSE performance at 5 A*-Cs dipped in 2016 and 2017.  

At A Level in 2019, a very low proportion of A Level candidates for a grammar school took three A Levels - 93 out of 155.

 Oakwood Park Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2019 Full Good
Dec 2011  Full Outstanding
Nov 2008 Full Good

 

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Oasis Academy Hextable.  Now closed.

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Oasis Academy Isle of SheppeyChequered life for as long as I can remember. That is, back to 1983 when I was headhunted to run the then 13-19 school, but did not apply in the end after I had explored it! Became an Academy in 2009, sponsored by Dulwich College who failed to make it a success. In September 2009 after years of controversy over the change of age and ways to convert, it changed from 13-18 to become a two site 11-18 school with 18 forms of entry, the largest school in the country at that time.  After yet another Principal was removed, the highly respected David Day was appointed just before OFSTED in 2011  which failed it with Notice to Improve although finding it now had capacity to improve. In February 2013, new buildings were opened on both sites. OFSTED a month later found it considerably improved, although classifying it as Requires Improvement. This was not enough and Dulwich College gave up the task it had proved inadequate for and the academy was handed over to the Oasis Group. Mr Day was of course removed in spite of the improvements he was making. OFSTED returned in March 2015, and again found it Requires Improvement, the main criticisms being the achievement of students and the quality of teaching. I have updated the story several times in news items, including here, with back links, revealing a worrying level of criticism including high off-rolling of students pre-GCSE.  Although the headteacher had clearly failed as performance declined, he was promoted on the back of it to become Executive Principal of Leigh Academy Trust's Crown Woods Academy. Looks as if he was moved on from there after less than two years. Well done Oasis!  New head appointed Easter 2017 previously Deputy Head, introduced highly controversial new disciplinary process as school become one of Kent's three Tough Love Academies. introduced March 2017 by new Headteacher. May 2017: Major concerns developing overlarge number of Year 11 pupils leaving to attend Swale Pupil Referral Unit, and high proportion of others leaving for Elective Home Education. This head lasted just a year before being moved on. Next headteacher was again previously Deputy Head, after schools looked hard and failed to find an external candidate for the second time.  No change of Tough Love Policy, indeed probably an intensification. 

School has been bedevilled by running two equivalent schools on the two sites (excellent for moving difficult or vulnerable children from site to site). 2018 saw a radical new plan announced to run one site as an academic school, the other as vocational. This was rapidly scrapped as the school realised that because of falling rolls it could contain all its main school pupils on one site, with Sixth Form and disciplinary cases on the other. 

2017-18: Highest number and second highest proportion of Home Education and second highest number and proportion of Fixed Term Exclusions in Kent. 2018-19 highest number and proportion of Fixed Term Exclusions in Kent, at 1025, over 500 more than the second placed school in Kent.  Fell sharply for 2019-20 (did my article have an effect?) to 425, still the highest number, but fourth highest percentage. 

For September 2020, the school acted to strengthen its leadership team, bringing in an Executive Principal to oversee the work of Principal Tina Lee, rather then remove her as has been past practice.  The link leads to an extensive analysis of the current situation, although by January 2021, the senior leadership team had swollen to the largest I have ever seen for a single school. As well as the Executive Principal and the Principal, the next in the hierarchy are the two Associate Principals (one of whom is on his fourth job in six years and now doubles as an Education Consultant). Then come the Vice Principal and a further eight Assistant Principals, in a section on the website called 'Meet the Staff', although no others are mentioned. All this from a teaching staff of under 60 full time.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
preferences
Vacant
places
Local
Authority
Allocations
2016
390
214
65
53
2017 390 203 98 47
2018 390 167 99 70
2019 390 175 88 79
2020 390 161 66 101

2014 -2020 all first preferences offered and no appeals for school admission.

The school always has vacancies and for 2017 to 2019 was in the highest four vacancy rates in the county. The October 2020 census reported there were 251 pupils in Year Seven, with 139 vacancies as pupils found alternative schools in Sittingbourne, or took Elective Home Education. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Scores
2016
-0.55
37.4
   
2017 -0.42 (BA) 34.3 12% 0.34
2018 -0.80 (WBA) 29.2 12% 0.5(A)
2019 -0.57 (WBA) 32.7 10% -0.52(BA,29,D,14)

One of lowest performing schools in Kent for 2016 GCSE. Slumped 2018 second lowest in both Progress 8 and Attainment 8. 2019 some improvement in GCSE relative to other Kent schools.  

OFSTED INSPECTIONS
 
Inspection Type
Outcome
Jul 2019 Full Requires Improvement
Oct 2018 Monitoring  Effective Action
Mar 2017 Full Requires Improvement
Mar 2015 Full Requires Improvement
Jul 2014 Monitoring Effective Action 
Oct 2013
Monitoring
Standards & Progress
Not Good Enough
Jul 2013
Monitoring
Effective Action
Mar 2013 Full Requires Improvement
Jun 2012 Monitoring Satisfactory Progress
Dec 2011
Full
Notice to Improve
(Inadequate)

 

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Orchards Academy, Swanley.  Became an academy in 2010. Coincidentally the second school I was headhunted for back around 1983 when it was known as Swanley Technology College, but refused! At that time it had some 1500 students but has been shrinking ever since under mixed leadership, recently losing out to the more popular Knole Academy in Sevenoaks. Starting to improve in recent years, it has received a real fillip with the closure of the Oasis Academy Hextable (above). A member of the Kemnal Academies Trust. First choices well up for 2019 but down again for 2020 as Knole recovers. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
LAAs
Vacant
places
2016
120
84
0
0
8
2017 120 74 0 0 25
2018 120 75 0 0 23
2019 135 112 0
2020 130 99 0 17 0

2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Scores
2016
0.44
48.5
   
2017 0.19 (A) 40.9 20% No entrants
2018 -0.24(A) 37.4 15% 0.5(A)
2019 -0.09 (A) 39.7 21% No entrants

One of highest performing non-selective schools in Kent for Progress 8, in 2016. Not regarded as a fashionable school perhaps because of history, but clearly on the up since 2015, aided by the closure of Oasis Academy Hextable.  

 Orchards Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jul 2016 Short Good
Feb 2012 Full Good
Dec 2008 Full Satisfactory

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Pent Valley Technology College, Folkestone. Now closed.

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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham. Became an academy in 2012. One of four mixed grammar schools in Kent. OFSTED March 2015 - Outstanding.  The first grammar school in the country to expand its PAN in 2012, from 120 to 140. This leaves around 15 places for successful appeals each year.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs 
not offered
2016 140 154 21
2017 140 184 48
2018 140 175 44
2019 140 174 36
2020 140 156 20

 Regularly oversubscribed, numbers soared for 2017 and 2018, possibly as Simon Langton Girls in Canterbury less popular following controversy.  

Queen Elizabeth's Cut
Off Distances for Admission
 
Distance 
2018 5.481 miles away
2019 5.838 miles away
2020 6.51 miles away

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
Selective Appeals
Upheld
2016 22 12  
2017 48 18  5 out of 22
2018 34 15 9 out of 14
2019 33 15 8 out of 15
2020 40 15 3 out of 12

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Scores
2016
0.06
64.2
   
2017 0.09 (A) 63.3 86% 0.03(A)
2018 -0.32(BA) 59.2 81% 0.26(AA) 
2019 -0.09 (A) 61.5 79% 0.17(A,97,B-,94)

GCSE Progress 8 lowest grammar in the county for 2018. A Level progress, best in county! But 13% of pupils left half way through A Level course, 2017-18, highest in Kent. Second highest at 8% in 2019. Highest in 2020 at 6%. This starts to look like a policy. 

QEGS Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Mar 2015 Full Outstanding
Jan 2013 Full Good
Apr 2010 Full Good

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Royal Harbour Academy, Ramsgate. Opened in September 2015. Ofsted Special Measures June 2018, Requires Improvement January 2020. Based on previous successful Ellington and Hereson (PFI) schools which subsequently combined together with failed Marlowe Academy which was closed in July 2015. The Marlowe premises are now used for the lower school which has not proved popular with E&H parents.  The school became part of the Coastal Academies Trust, headed up by Dane Court Grammar and King Ethelbert School on 1st April 2014, although it is not an academy itself, because of the PFI issue, although it did apply. Ellington and Hereson had been very popular for years, pressure brought about by parents trying to avoid Marlowe!  Royal Harbour has become one of the two Thanet schools to avoid, along with Hartsdown (2019), as demonstrated by the high number of Local Authority Allocations (below). Second lowest GCSE Progress 8 and Attainment 8 in Kent for 2019. Controversial plan to open a new secondary school in Thanet in 2019, vetoed at the last moment which would have seriously damaged RHA intake. Unfortunately for the school, this has been reinstated raising concerns about Royal Harbour's viablity.

For 2014 entry, there were 5 first choices turned away, and 25 for 2015, before the takeover of Marlowe was announced, which created sufficient spaces to accommodate all who wanted to go there. The new school is still struggling badly to establish itself with parents. There must have been considerable KCC pressure to admit extra pupils in 2019 and 2020, because of lack of spaces in all Thanet schools, but surely the school would have been wiser to resist and focus on improving standards. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
Intake
Number 
1st
prefs
Vacs LAAs
Yr 7
October
Census
2016 200 102 0 56 167
2017 200 85 -31 89 181
2018 200 98 0 50 175
2019 250 92 9 88 197
2020 300 102 49 109 196

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Scores
2016 (RHA)
-1.14
31.8
   
2017 -1.21 (WBA) 25.4 5% No entrants
2018 -0.63(WBA) 31.1 14% Too few Entrants
2019 -1.19(WBA) 28 12%  No entrants

Academically, Marlowe was a disaster throughout, its 6% 5 A*-Cs in 2015 being one of the lowest percentages of success in the country. Ellington slipped over its last three years, from 43% in 2013, to a very worrying 23% in 2015. Along with nearby Hartsdown Academy shared the county's lowest GCSE Attainment 8 and Performance 8 results in 2016. Improvement for 2018. Second lowest Progress 8 and Attainment 8 nationally for GCSE in 2019.

RHA Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jan 2020 Full Requires Improvement
Feb 2019 Monitoring Effective Action 
Jun 2018 Full Serious Weaknesses
Oct 2016 Monitoring Effective Action 

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