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Individual School Information - St

(updated March 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 tohere for explanation. 

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 180 227  

The oversubscription data for 2017 and 2018 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

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, and I anticipate 2019 will be as challenging.  

 
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)

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.

 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    

2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission

 

Appeals for School Places
Appeals Heard Upheld
2018 16 16

 

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

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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.  Still had nearly half its places, 73, empty on allocation in March 2015, even before grammar school appeal. Planned Admission number reduced from 155 to 120 for September 2016.  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 as less than three years since academisation. Has abandoned Sixth Form,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  

 2014 - 2016 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

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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. 

 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 217 391  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 2 1
2015 68 13
2016 44 37
2017 65 12
2018 54 4
 
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)

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St George's CofE School, Gravesend.  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 210 248  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 17 4
2015 22 12
2016 57 3
2017 6 0
2018 16 3
 
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)

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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.

 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 210 223  

 Two extra classes added for 2018 entry but still oversubscribed. Information to follow.

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

 All 10 appeals submitted for 2016 were offered places before a hearing. 

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)

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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. 

 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  

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

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) 

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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 last three years.  Now an Academy and part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership. For 2017 admission, the school has 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  

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

 For 2016, there were originally 5 appeals submitted, but four withdrew. A similar pattern will  have occurred for later years, 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) 

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