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Individual School Information - T-V

updated February 2021 March 2021 Allocations added

You will find an initial article on 2021 allocations here, an article on 2021 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools hereFor Grammar School Preferences, only grammar-qualified children 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 2021 Appeals Outcomes here and exclusions here. For Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2019 GCSE scores go to here for an explanation. 2020 GCSE and A-Level outcomes were not published, nor will they be for 2021

In the Individual performance table, under the A-Level 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. A gap between the number of students taking one and those taking three A-Levels can be indicative of the number of vocational courses being offered.  

In general, the number of first choices for N/S schools fell for 2020 entry, because the delay in the Kent Test due to Covid,  saw KCC offering six choices for one year only,  instead of the usual four. This allowed parents room to include a grammar school, often in first place, without knowing the Kent Test outcome. 

Thamesview School, Gravesend.  No Sixth Form. As a PFI school, unable to academise. Usually oversubscribed, like most Gravesham secondary schools, although may have vacancies after grammar school appeals.  GCSE performance had been consistently sound up to 2019, when it took a nosedive, along with its popularity with families who clearly spotted a trend.  KCC is planning to expand its intake to 210. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
LAAs
Vacant
places
2016 150 140 17 0 0
2017 180 162 3 0 0
2018 180 154 14 0 0
2019 180 136  6 0 0
2020 180 96 0 40 2
2021 180 106 0 32 1

2016 - 2021 no appeals for school admission

 

Appeals for School Places
Appeals Upheld
 2018 1 1

 2019, 2020 No Appeals

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2016 -0.25 43.5    
2017 -0.25 (BA) 39.1 27% N/A
2018 -0.47(BA) 38.2 23%  
2019  -0.79 (WBA) 35.8 22% No Entrants

 

THAMESVIEW OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2018 Good
Nov 2014 Good
Sep 2011 Good

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Tonbridge Grammar School (for girls). Became a Converter Academy in January 2011. Is committed to the International Baccalaureate throughout the school, still an unusual choice for a state school, so you should satisfy yourself this is right for the girl. Regularly wins accolades for being one of the top schools in the country, with its very high Bacc results. Loses a high proportion of girls after GCSE, with just 64% staying on, although it picks up 42 students from other schools to replace them. 

With the Weald of Kent Grammar opening its annexe in Sevenoaks for 2018, the number of local girls' grammar places continues to rise. Selects on high scores in two categories, currently 135 girls in local area,35 'outers' and 10 top scoring Pupil Premium (details here).  The school became an academy in 2012,  with three consecutive Outstanding Ofsteds, most recently in 2019.  

Joined the West Kent Single Academy Trust Alliance in 2021, offering a very different experience from the other four all N/S schools. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
'Inners' points
cut off above
pass
'Outers' points
cut off above
pass
2016 173 308 142 46 61
2017 180 325 151 52 75
2018 180 276 103 49 74
2019 180 284 111 51 73
2020 180 281 105 50 69
2021 180 313 143 47 70
 
Allocation of Places
Places awarded at TGS, after qualifying girls in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care,  are allocated to those girls with highest aggregate scores in the Kent Test, divided into two categories. There are up to 135 Area Places ( resident in Tonbridge & Malling Borough, Tunbridge Wells Borough and Sevenoaks Districts) and 35 Governor Places (resident elsewhere). There are also up to ten places allocated to girls attracting Pupil Premium. The large majority of the 35 Governor places go to girls living outside Kent, mainly in nearby Bromley, the remainder from further afield in Kent.  If girls offered places subsequently decline them, they are offered to the next highest scorer on the list.  
 
 
Tonbridge Grammar School 
Out of County Places Allocated
Year
OOC
Allocated
Bromley
Allocated
2017 33 31
2018 30 12*
2019 30 17
2020 29 23
2021 29 20

*In 2018, five of the governor places were offered to girls living in Greenwich and another four in Redbridge. 

2018 first score in area, second score governor place
1st round 369/394
2nd round 365/405
waiting list 363/392

2019
1st round 371/393
2nd round 368/400
waiting list 367/388

2020
1st round 380 (tie-breaker at 1.847 miles)/ 399 (no tie-breaker needed). Increase in aggregate pass score of 9 points from 2019, hence rise in cut off scores. 
2nd Round: in area - 378 (tie break distance  2.662 miles)/ out area ‘Governor’ places - 401
 
2021: 1st Round: Area places (applicants living in Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks), 379 (distance tiebreaker 7.763 miles);  Governor places (applicants living outside the above areas): 402 (distance tiebreaker 18.267 miles). 
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 62 8
2017 51  4
2018  39  2
2019 30 3
2020 11 1
 2021 20
 
For 2017, all four successful appeals were from the 47 girls who had passed the Kent Test
For 2018, the two successful appeals were both from the 39 who had previously been found selective.
For 2019 two of the successful appeals were from the 26 who had previously been found selective
For 2020 all appellants were offered a Video Conference hearing. Two preferred a paper-based one. The successful appeal was one from the six girls who had previously been found selective. Three further girls were offered places before the appeals took place. 
For 2021 all appellants had a Video Conference hearing. The three successful appeals were all from the 14 girls who had previously been found selective. Three further girls were offered places before the appeals took place. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress 
2016 0.75 76.7
Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.89 (WAA) 77.9 99% Bacc
2018 0.84(WAA) 78.2 98% Bacc
2019  0.63(WAA) 76.3 99% Bacc

Low staying on rate into Sixth Form typically just 64% in 2020, probably caused by the compulsory Sixth form offer of International Baccalaureate,  but the 53 leavers were replaced by 42 girls joining from other schools. The low figure for 2019 Progress Eight will probably be down to girls taking the Intermediate IB. 

Tonbridge Grammar Ofsted Record
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2019 Full Outstanding
Jun 2010 Interim Outstanding
Jun 2007 Full Outstanding

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Towers School, Ashford. Now an Academy. Was hit badly in terms of intake with the opening of the Wye Free School. However first preferences have recovered over the past few years partly due to population growth. Although no vacancies on allocation, Ashford grammars take a large number on appeal so there will be empty spaces.  Exploring combining with Brockhill Park in Hythe to form the South East Kent Academy Trust.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st Prefs
Not offered
Vacant
places
2016 243 127 0 67
2017 243 162 0 37
2018 243 211 0 0
2019 243 223 0 0
2020 285 226 0 0
2021 285 213 4 0
 
2014 - 2019 all first preferences offered
2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
 A Level
Progress
2016 0.01 45.3  
2017 -0.41 (BA) 39.1 26% -0.11(A)
2018 -0.38(BA) 35.7 25% 0.01 (A)
2019  -0.50 (BA) 36.3 26%  0.12(A,18,C,8)

 

TOWERS OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jan 2019 Full Good
Oct 2016 Full Requires Improvement
Sep 2014 Full Requires Improvement

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Trinity School, Sevenoaks. A Free School set up in September 2013, moved into new premises in September 2016 on the same site as the new Weald of Kent Grammar annexe, which was opened in September 2017. There was an initial small intake of 120 pupils. Heavily oversubscribed with first choices, so expanded to 180. For further information go to here.  The school offers up to half its places to 'Christian families, defined as families where at least one parent / carer and the student consistently attend a Christian Church at least twice per month for a period of at least two years', most of the rest after the common exceptions awarded on distance grounds, the catchment area each year being tight around the school.  The school's first headteacher, Matthew Tate, having set the school on a good start, left in August 2016, to go on to Hartsdown Academy where he struggles. Competes with Knole Academy, the established school in Sevenoaks, which has increased rapidly in popularity following the departure of its previous head, so applications have fallen sharply (although still just in the 2020 list of most oversubscribed schools), but appeals are up.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2016 120 156 52
2017 180 174 13
2018 180 233 81
2019 180 257 104 
2020 180 207 56
2021 180 157 36

2014 - 2017 no vacant places

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 11 11
2017 6 5
2018
26
7
2019 22 7
2020 15 1
2021 10 0
 
2020 Appeals by Video Conferencing. 12 other appellants were offered places before appeals, as places became vacant following grammar school appeals. 
2021 Appeals by Video Conferencing. 9 other appellants were offered places before appeals, with five withdrawing following grammar school appeals. 
 PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
2018  0.15(A)  48.8  47%
2019  0.21 (A) 51.2 55%

2018 saw first GCSE cohort. No students reached Sixth form age in 2019. 

TRINITY OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2018
Short Good
Jun 2015 Full Good

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Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School.  One of the minority of Kent secondaries, not an academy, but classified as Foundation, giving it some independence from KCC and responsible for staffing. Priority for places given to grammar qualified girls in named West Kent parishes,  but not all have got in in the past.  Girls attracting Pupil Premium living in the parishes will have priority (see below) as do 14 girls awarded Governors Places for high performance in the Kent Test who would not otherwise qualify on distance grounds, but are also in the named parishes. Academically high performing school with results at GCSE and A-Level comparable with local super-selective schools. High expectations of students but fifth equal highest staying on rate into the all-girls Sixth Form at 82% in 2020, picking up six girls from Tonbridge Grammar, suggests no problem with pressure.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2016 140 134 9
2017 145 142 21
2018 145 160 22
2019 145 114 2
2020 145 144 29
2021 145 165 39

TWGGS Cut Offs for Admission
 
Distance in
Named Parish
Score for Governors
Places
2018 1.896 miles 359
2019 18.113 miles N/A  (all passes offered)
2020 4.953 miles 366

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 25 6
2017 26 6
2018 26 6
2019 30 8
2020  37 4
2021 42 5

 Runs its own Independent Appeals Panel, which tends to award around six places on appeal. In years when the school is well oversubscribed, and this can include some second choices, a very strong case is needed for girls who are initially non-selective. No appeals success for girls not qualified through Kent Test in 2018 or 2017.  But for 2019 entry, all appeals were from previously non-selective girls

For 2020, 3 of the 4 children previously found selective were offered places,  In addition to the one initially non-selective girl offer a place, four more were placed on the waiting list. The likelihood is that some of these four will have been offered places, as there is considerable movement in West Kent grammar schools, with some pupils moving to private schools. All appeals were by video conferencing as in 2021.

For 2021, all five successful appeals were from the 12 who had been previously found selective. Another two were offered places before the appeals and seven withdrew.

PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
 A Level
Progress
0.82 73.5  
0.89 (WAA) 72.1 96% 0.01(A)
0.93(WAA) 73.8 98% -0.06 (A)
0.97(WAA) 73.8 95%  0.11(AA,163,B+,161)

 

TWGGS OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2011 Full Outstanding
Feb 2007 Full Good

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Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys. Usually oversubscribed with first choices initially, but there is a fall off in the number of boys actually taking up places. Priority given to boys in named West Kent parishes.  The school increased its intake in recent years, but has cut back to its PAN of 210 for 2020 admissions (although this may be effectively reversed after appeals). No vacant places on allocation in March, although there is considerable 'churn' in boys' grammar school places in West Kent, due to boys taking up places in private schools and the super-selectives. Pressure eased as Judd and Skinners super selectives have expanded, and changed their own admission rules to give priority to West Kent boys. Opened an Annexe in Sevenoaks for 90 boys in 2021, on the same site as the Weald of Kent Annexe. This will considerably ease the journeys for new entrants, with many current students currently travelling form Sevenoaks and beyond. 

Lost 30% of Year 11 before entry to Sixth Form in 2019. Year 12 was 90% of Year 11 roll, from a small year group, with numbers increasing sharply subsequently. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Year 7
Census
October
2016 180 95 12 199
2017 210 122 26 220
2018 240 126 5 232
2019 240 77 1 227
2020 210 81 17 222
2021 300 99 8  

FOI requests from third parties have produced the following from KCC:

 For 2019, there was a cut off distance of 13.38 miles in the named parishes, rising to 14.9 in 2020. This is at the very furthest extent of the named parishes, to the north of Badgers Mount. However it still excludes boys living much closer in Kent outside these parishes, for example at Matfield, less than five miles away.  

In three out of the five years requested the last place offered at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys was to a child who lived outside their priority area; 2018, 2019 and 2021. That means that every application for a child within their priority area that named, and was eligible for, that school was either offered a place there or at a school that they named as a higher preference. The distance that they lived from the school, therefore, had no effect on the decision to offer them a place. As such, there is not public interest case for releasing the distance data for any of the relevant children in those years. In 2017 and 2020, however, the last place offered was to a child living in the school’s priority area. In 2017, the last distance offered was 11.102 miles and, in 2020, it was 13 miles. These are straight line distances as described by the school’s admissions arrangements.

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 40 37
2017 41 14
2018 75 32
2019 61 27
2020 66 18
2021 70 44

Unusually, the school is still fully county maintained, and so under the control of KCC, so appeals success rates can reflect county's response to pressure on places in West Kent. The number of appeals is high, with both oversubscription and non-selective cases heard. 

2020 Unusually just two of the 11 previously grammar assessed boys had their appeals upheld. All appeals were 'Paper-Based'. 2021, no grammar assessed boys denied places who appealed. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
 A Level
Progress
2016 0.25 64.9  
2017 0.18 (A) 63.3 90% -0.2(BA)
2018 0.39(AA) 64.3 88% -0.12 (BA) 
2019  0(A) 60.9 82%  0(A,156,B-,155)

 

Tunbridge Wells Boys Ofsted Record
 
Inspection
Type
 Outcome
Jan 2017 Short Good
Jan 2013  Full Good
Apr 2008  Full Good

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 The school opened in September 2018 for 120 Year 7 pupils on the site of the now defunct Pent Valley School and is now seeing new buildings erected.  This is at the expense of Folkestone Academy which has some 70 pupils in Year 7 fewer than for 2017, but is also run by the same Trust, Turner Schools. I have written extensively on the scandal of the Trust and its schools, most recently here. 
 
INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2019 180 149 0
2020 180 178 28
2021 180 143 36

 2018 initial allocations were outside the Kent admissions co-ordination scheme as usual for a new school.

APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
Appeals Heard Upheld
2018 2 2
2019 0 0
2020 7 5
2021 37 6

 For 2020 & 2021, all appeals were' Paper-Based'.

New schools are not inspected by Ofsted for at least three years.

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 Ursuline College, Westgate-on-Sea. Became an academy in January 2015. This Catholic School has a background as a girls' private school but is now a mixed state school. Strongly catholic, with conservative discipline.    Part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership.  Expanded twice in response to massive pressure on places in Thanet schools, but withdrew 30 places in 2020 in spite of continued pressure, perhaps because of fall in first preferences.   Top-heavy in leadership with Executive Principal, Academy Principal and five Vice Principals. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2016 128 96 5
2017 150 103 14
2018 180 100 8
2019
180
152
23
2020 150 130 24
2021 150 118 32

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 11 0
2017 22 3
2018 14 1
2019 24 3
2020 0 0
2021 21 5
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
 A Level
Progress
2016 -0.33 42.7  
2017 -0.35 (BA) 38.4 27% -0.17(A)
2018 0.04(A) 42.6 34% 0.16 (A) 
2019 -0.17 (A) 41.3 28%  -0.96(WBA,60,E+26)

The lowest average A Level Progress Grade in the county in 2020. 

URSULINE OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Apr 2017 Short Good
June 2012 Full Good

 

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Valley Park School, Maidstone.  Is an Academy along with its Federated partner, Invicta Grammar School in the expansive Valley Invicta Academies TrustBy far the most popular school in Maidstone, having been consistently one of the three most oversubscribed non-selective schools in Kent (first again in 2020) The school has an unusual main admission criteria giving priority to children for whom it is the nearest school, rather than allocating on distance from the school. Plenty of concerns from parents who lost out as a result, but rules followed, so read them carefully! There is a local house price premium because of popularity.The school has strong Academic Performance at both GCSE and A Level.

Valley Invicta Trust opened a new Six Form entry non-selective school in September 2020 on the same site and adjacent to Invicta Grammar School called the School of Science and Technology Maidstone. This is a reflection of Maidstone's current rapid growth, with the Trust schools present popularity suggesting both schools are likely to be very popular, at the expense of others. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 270 371 116
2017 270 424 179
2018 270 435 183
2019
240 431 186
2020 270 418 172
2021 270 243 55

 

Furthest Distance offered on allocation in miles                                        

2019

2018

2017

Valley Park

1.342

1.257

1.962

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 24 9
2017 60 8
2018 67 6
2019 59 5
2020 5 5
2021 4 4
2020: a remarkably small number of appeals for the most oversubscribed school in the county, as explained here.  
2021, originally a remarkable 73 appeals were lodged, but the overwhelmingly large majority were offered places at VP or at Maidstone grammar schools. 
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
 A Level
Progress
2016 0.21 48.6  
2017 -0.27 (BA) 41.9 30% 0.08(A)
2018 0.22(AA) 45.2 30% 0.22 (AA)
2019 0.11(A) 45.1 27% 0.7(WAA,108,C+,38)
 
Consistently strong GCSE performance adds to popularity. 
2019, highest A-Level Progress in Kent, Second highest Attainment amongst Non-Selective schools. 
VALLEY PARK OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
March 2020 Full Good
Jan 2015 Monitoring*
Continues High
Standard
Apr 2013 Full Outstanding

 * No Notice Inspection following two complaints which were discounted.

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