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Individual School Information - O-R

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. 

 Oakwood Park Grammar School.  Became an Academy in 2011. OFSTED February 2019 - Good.  It rarely fills at 150 students, as there is a surplus of grammar school places in Maidstone, but  then has a high proportion of successful appeals. The school has been  prepared to go up to 180 after such appeals. 2018 GCSE sound, but Ofsted found 16-19 programme Outstanding.

 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

 The school looks for a considerable number of boys each year through the appeals process to make up numbers.  

 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
 
Third highest proportion of successful appeals in Kent for 2018.
 
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 after less than two years.. Well done Oasis!  March 2017 Ofsted again, 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. 

 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 -2019 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 2019 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) . OFSTED July 2016 - Good A member of the Kemnal Academies Trust. First choices well up for 2019. 

 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 10 places for successful appeals.

 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

2014 - 2017 no vacant places. Regularly heavily oversubscribed, soared for 2017 and 2018, possibly as Simon Langton Girls in Canterbury less popular following controversy.  

For 2018 qualified pupils living up to 7 miles and more were offered places. For 2019, the distance has fallen to 5.838 miles. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 27 12
2015 43 7
2016 22 12
2017 48 18 
2018 34 15
2019 33 15

Usually attracts a large number of appeals.

2017: 5 of the 22 children assessed selective before appeals had appeals upheld.
2018: 9 of the 14 children assessed selective before appeals had appeals upheld
2019: 8 of the 15 children assessed selective before appeals had appeals upheld
 
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. 

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 (previous Ofsted Good in 2012), 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 (Provisional). Controversial plan to open a new secondary school in Thanet in 2019, vetoed at the last moment which would have seriously damaged RHA intake. At time of writing (Feb 20) no final decision.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
prefs
Vacant
places
Local
Authority
Allocations
2016  200 102 4 56
2017 200 85 -31 89
2018 200 98 0 50
2019 250 92 19 88 
2020 300 106 49 109

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, because of lack of spaces in all Thanet schools, but surely the school would have been wiser to resist and focus on improving standards. 2019 further decline in first choices. In the event, there were 197 places taken up, 53 spaces in October 2019.

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 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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