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Individual School Information - St

(updated March 2019) 

You will find an initial article on 2019 allocations here, an article on 2019 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 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. 2019 GCSE performance data is currently provisional before final data is published in January.

St Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury. OFSTED March 2017- Good again.  Part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership.  Increasingly oversubscribed year on year, partly at the expense of Archbishops which has lost popularity, but there is an overall shortage of places in Canterbury since the closure of Chaucer. Oversubscription criteria place emphasis on Catholic background but most practising Christians have qualified in previous years.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 180 154 5
2015 180 172 24
2016 180 207 46
2017 190 224 58
2018 190 248 79
2019 180 223 66

The oversubscription data for 2017 to 2019 make St Anselm's one of the most popular non-selective schools in Kent.

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 3 3
2016 11 11
2017 14 11
2018 28 10
2019 20 5

Uses a KCC Independent Appeal Panel, and as in recent years some grammar schools have admitted  high numbers on appeal, most of those persevering to appeal had been awarded places or through the waiting list.  However, pressure on places caught up for 2018.  

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  52  
2015 n/a n/a 53  
2016 0.27 48.6
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.15 (A) 41.9 19% -0.16(BA)
2018  -0.09(A) 43.0 27%  -0.10(A)
2019 (P) -0.03 (A) 42.9 29%  

Consistently strong academic performance. 

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St Augustine Academy, Maidstone. OFSTED February 2018 - Good again. The Academy has a Christian ethos and is part of the Woodard Academies Trust. The academy has had plenty of vacancies in previous years,  but is now full, with first choices increasing again for 2019. Word of its progress is clearly getting around. There were just 89 pupils taking GCSE in 2018. However, whilst popularity was maintained for 2019 entry, GCSE performance slumped again, possibly a factor in the high number of fixed term exclusions, at 237 sixth highest in the county, as the school attempts to improve matters. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 150 85 0  22
2015 150 113 1  0
2016 150 128 9  -3
2017 150 120 0 0
2018 160 131 25 0
2019 150 163 41

2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission

 

Appeals for School Places
Appeals Heard Upheld
2018 16 16
2019 22 6

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  44  
2015 n/a n/a 34  
2016 -0.23 48.3
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.17 (A) 38.7 18%
No
entrants
2018  -0.26(BA) 36.4 17%  n/a
2019 (P) -0.56 (WBA) 34.6 14%  

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St Edmund's Catholic School, Dover. Popularity fell for several years as parents voted with their feet until OFSTED in 2013 when the school was placed in Special Measures. I have written an article commenting on this report and subsequent events.  OFSTED October 2014 - improvement to Requires Improvement.  My own thought is that this was actually a Good Report for a school, judged RI, and must have been close to Good overall.  Academy, part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership. Like each of the Dover non-selectives suffers because of the high proportion of ablest students creamed off to grammar school through the Dover Test. Good attainment score for 2016. No fresh Ofsted until April 2019, Requires Improvement, three years after academisation. Ofsted Stuck School. Has abandoned Sixth Form,after struggling for numbers. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
Vacant
places
2014 155 48 91
2015 155 66 73
2016 120 74 15
2017 120 82 5
2018 120 88 15
2019 120 98 0

 2014 - 2019 all first preferences offered. Popularity improving as a result of OFSTED and performance compared to others. 

2014 - 2016 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  51  
2015 n/a n/a 44  
2016 0.06 45.3
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.07 (A) 39.7 12% -0.55(A)
2018 -0.53(WBA) 34.8 21%  n/a
2019 (P) -0.42 (WBA) 33.0 17  

 

 

(pre Academy Here)
 Inspection Type Outcome 
Apr 2019 Full  Requires Improvement
Sponsored Academy July 2016
Feb 2015   Monitoring  Effective Action
Oct 2014  Full   Requires Improvement
May 2014 Monitoring Reasonable Progress
Jan 2014 Monitoring Reasonable Progress
Oct  2013 Monitoring  Reasonable Progress
Apr 2013 Monitoring
Local authority statement
action fit for purpose
School improvement plan 
fit for purpose.
Jan 2013 Full Special Measures
Sep 2009 Full Satisfactory
Oct 2006 Full Satisfactory

 

 

 

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Saint George's CofE Foundation School, Broadstairs. Has become an all through school, recruiting at primary school level now through to Year 3. This development will be popular with parents as it offers priority for entry to secondary school, although surprisingly struggled to fill Reception for 2016 entry. OFSTED April 2015 - Good school for the third time, in spite of disastrous GCSE results in 2014 and 2015. In spite of this, popularity increased further for 2015, becoming the most oversubscribed school in the county on allocation in March 2015 through to 2018. Appeal success very difficult. GCSE performance for 2019 very low for such a school. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2014 217 285 93
2015 217 345 150
2016 217 359 161
2017 217 397 186
2018 217 393 196
2019 217 390 182

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 2 1
2015 68 13
2016 44 37
2017 65 12
2018 54 4
2019 65 12
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  22  
2015 n/a n/a 12  
2016 0.24 47.6
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.03 (A) 41.8 39% -0.33(BA)
2018 -0.12(A) 39.8 20%  -0.44(A)
2019 (P) -0.42 (BA) 39.0 20%  

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St George's CofE School,  Has become an all through school for 2019 entry, also admitting children into Year R and Year 1Gravesend.  OFSTED May 2013 found the school to be Good, with outstanding leadership which clearly drove rapid improvements following a disastrous period. Lead school of the Aletheia Anglican Academies TrustPopularity continued to rise for 2014 entry. 23 first choices turned away.  Headteacher retired Christmas 2014, to be replaced by Associate Deputy Head who has carried on the good work.  Most recent OFSTED February 2017 found the school continues to be Good.  Heavily oversubscribed. Good GCSE, strong A Level. 

Was second most popular school in Kent (to St George's Broadstairs) in 2016 turning away 123 first choices, 17 most popular in 2018.  Difficult to win an appeal. Introducing Primary section for September 2018, admitting 30 children into both Reception and Year 1, to expand to an intake of 60. This will prove highly successful as pupils will have priority for secondary section when they reach age 11. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2014 180 181 23
2015 180 215 63
2016 180 276 123
2017 180 245 81
2018 210 234  51
2019 180 248  93

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 17 4
2015 22 12
2016 57 3
2017 6 0
2018 16 3
2019 22 1
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C(inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2015 n/a n/a 51  
2016 0.23 45.6
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.07 (A) 39.7 12% -0.1(A)
2018 -0.04(A) 42.0 32% 0.21(AA)
2019 0.1 (A) 43.8 30%  

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St Gregory's Catholic School, Tunbridge Wells.  Now an Academy and part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership. Oversubscribed.  Priority to Catholics and then other Christians.  OFSTED October 2013 - Outstanding, up from Good.  Not surprisingly after this, popularity soared as school expanded.  In recent years, it appears that most who persisted were probably awarded places one way or another, as there is considerable churning in West Kent. Strong GCSE performance. Has expanded by two forms of entry 2018 and 2019, but still oversubscribed. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2014 180 171 26
2015 210 235 69
2016 210 209 34
2017 210 215 37
2018 240 232 58
2019 240 223 35

 Two extra classes added for 2018 and 2019 entry but still oversubscribed. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 14 5
2016 0 0
2017 11 7
2018 24 7
2019 16 7

 All 10 appeals submitted for 2016 were offered places before a hearing. With its own appeal panel, the seven upheld for the past three years appears a pattern?

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  72  
2015 n/a n/a 64  
2016 0.22 50.9
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.4 (AA) 49.8 55% -0.24(BA)
2018 0.37(AA) 47.2 41%  0.12(A)
2019 0.14 (A) 47.5 47  

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St John's Catholic Comprehensive School, Gravesend. Voluntary Aided. Completely new buildings in 2010 through BSF.  Own Independent Appeal Panel. OFSTED June 18 - Good, again. Sound GCSE performance. Popularity soared 2019 entry. One of my favourite schools, through its passion and national reputation  for Military History and Remembrance, interests of my own. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2014 180 153 6
2015 180 165 17
2016 180 195 40
2017 195 167 9
2018 195 219 56
2019 180 244 68

2014 - 2018 no appeals heard for school admission, although appeals registered; slippage will be due mainly to successful appeals to grammar schools. 

APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2019 18 2

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  64  
2015 n/a n/a 55  
2016 0.02 48.4
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.14 (A) 41.3 28% 0.17(AA)
2018 0.01(A) 41.4 31% -0.13(A) 
2019 (P) 0.4 (AA) 42.2 23%  

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St Simon Stock Catholic School, Maidstone. OFSTED Good November 2016. Successful and regularly heavily oversubscribed school giving priority to Catholic and then other Christian families.  High performer at GCSE: second best non-selective Kent school for Progress, 2018. Initial numbers fall with high number of successful appeals to grammar school in Maidstone, but no successful appeals in three years, although one in 2019.  Now an Academy and part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership. From 2017 admission, the school removed priority for religious connections other than Catholicism. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2014 165 163 21
2015 165 158 21
2016 180 184 36
2017 180 225 72
2018 180 199 44
2019 180 185 35

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 2 2
2015 6 6
2016 1 0
2017 30 0
2018 15 0
2019 13 1

 For 2016, there were originally 5 appeals submitted, but four withdrew. A similar pattern will  have occurred up to 2018, school having changed to a KCC Appeal Panel. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  67  
2015 n/a n/a 66  
2016 0.53 53.5
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.54 (WAA) 50.2 44% 0.15(AA)
2018 0.50(WAA) 46.1 32% -0.04(A) 
2019 (P) 0.65 (WAA) 50.7 44%  

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