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Individual School Information - O-R

updated December 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. 

Oakwood Park Grammar SchoolOFSTED December 2011 - OutstandingIn spite of the school's Outstanding status (although seven years old and would not be repeated with disappointing GCSE results) it rarely fills at 150 students, but  has a high proportion of successful appeals. The school has been  prepared to go up to 180 after such appeals.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2014 150 67 
2015
150
55
49
2016
160
95
0
2017 160 70 65
2018 160 85 41
2019 160 60

 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
 
Third highest proportion of successful appeals in Kent for 2018.
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Scores
2014 n/a n/a  94  
2015 n/a n/a 91  
2016
-0.09
61.1
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.26 (BA) 57.4 83% 0.01(A)
2018(P) 0.19 (A) 63.2 84%

 GCSE performance at 5 A*-Cs dipped in the past years from the grammar school norm of 98 - 100% to 94% in 2014, and lowest grammar in Kent, 2016. Lowest Kent grammar school at Progress 8 in 2017.  Out of bottom quarter in both, 2018. 

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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, most recently here, with back links, revealing a worrying level of criticism including high off-rolling of students pre-GCSE.  Although 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. Sounds tricky!

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
preferences
Vacant
places
Local
Authority
Allocations
2014 390 220 96 33
2015
390
202
82
68
2016
390
214
65
53
2017 390 203 98 47
2018 390 167 99 70
2019 390 174    

2014 -2016 all first preferences offered and no appeals for school admission.

The school always has vacancies and for 2015 68 children who had not applied to the school were given places on allocation, the highest number in Kent apart from the closing Marlowe Academy. For 2017 the figure was 47, fourth highest in the county, the 98 vacancies referring to the situation after these children were allocated to the school 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Scores
2014 n/a n/a  19  
2015 n/a n/a 25  
2016
-0.55
37.4
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.42 (BA) 34.3 12% 0.34
2018(P) -0.86 (WBA) 28.4 12%  

One of lowest performing schools in Kent for 2016 GCSE. Slumped 2018 second lowest in both Progress 8 and Attainment 8. 

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Orchards Academy, Swanley.  Coincidentally the second school I was headhunted for back around 1983 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
Vacant
places
2014 120 75 0 23
2015
120
94
1
0
2016
120
84
0
8
2017 120 74 0 25
2018 120 75 0 23
2019 120 110    

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Scores
2014 n/a n/a  54  
2015 n/a n/a 51  
2016
0.44
48.5
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.19 (A) 40.9 20% No entrants
2018(P) 2-0.23(A) 37.3 14%  

GCSE 5 A*-Cs consistently above government floor standard, rising to 54% for 2014 still sound at 49% in 2015. 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. . 

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Pent Valley Technology College, Folkestone. Now closed.

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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham. One of five 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
2014 140 158 14
2015 140 147 8
2016 140 154 21
2017 140 184 48
2018 140 175 44
2019 140 174  

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

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

Usually attracts a large number of appeals. With an intake of 140, there tend to be around ten successful appeals both from children who have passed, living some distance from the school, and those who have not passed, but with a strong case.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Scores
2014 n/a n/a  97  
2015 n/a n/a 95  
2016
0.06
64.2
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.09 (A) 63.3 86% 0.03(A)
2018(P) -0.3(BA) 58.9 81%  

GCSE 5 A-Cs just below the norm for grammar schools at 97% in 2014, falling further to 94% for 2015. 2016 and 2017 also a little below average.  Progress 8 lowest grammar in the county for 2018.

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Royal Harbour Academy, Ramsgate. Opened in September 2015. Based on previous successful Ellington and Hereson School, 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. There may be problems with the school's application to become an academy as described here. 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).

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
Local
Authority
Allocations
2014 (E&H)  120 102 5 0 0
2015 (E&H) 120 113 25 0 0
2016 (RHA) 200 102 0 4 56
2017 (RHA) 200 85 0 -31 89
2018 200 98 0 0 50
2019 200 92      

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 struggling badly to establish itself with parents. For 2016, there were 56 Local Authority Allocations, for 2017 there were an astonishing 89 taking the school 31 children over PAN. There must have been considerable KCC pressure to admit the extra pupils, because of lack of spaces in all Thanet schools, but surely the school would have been wiser to resist and focus on improving standards. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Scores
2014 (E&H) n/a n/a  28  
2015 (E&H) n/a n/a 23  
2016 (RHA)
-1.14
31.8
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -1.21 (WBA) 25.4 5% No entrants
2018(P) -0.67(WBA) 30.5 12%  

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. Slight progress for 2018. 

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