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Individual School Information - T-V

updated 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 schoolshereFor 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. 

Thamesview School, Gravesend.  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.  

 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

2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission

 

Appeals for School Places
Appeals Upheld
 2018 1 1

 2019 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. Regularly wins accolades for being one of the top schools in the country. 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. With the Weald of Kent Grammar opening its annexe in Sevenoaks for 2018, the number of local girls' grammar places continues to rise. Has selected on high scores in two categories, currently 135 girls in local area,35 'outers' and 10 top scoring Pupil Premium (check details).  The school became an academy in 2012,  with three consecutive Outstanding Ofsteds. 

 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

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

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 13 7
2015 38 10
2016 62 8
2017 51  4
2018 39  2
2019 30 3

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

 
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 at just 87% in 2016 (over half of Kent grammar schools have a net increase admitting students from other, often non-selective schools), up to 91% in 2017. The actual figure will be lower than this as there will be girls joining the Sixth Form form from other schools, replacing some who had left. 

 Just 135 of the 171 students in Year 11 qualified under the Progress 8 rules to have their exam outcomes counted in the statistics. This is a very low proportion for a grammar school, and may indicate a school policy relating to the curriculum. 

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 three years partly due to population growth. A leap in 2020 is a sign of increased confidence in the town. Although no vacancies on allocation, Ashford grammars take a large number on appeal so there will be vacancies .  Exploring combining with Brockhill Park in Hythe to form the South East Kent Academy Trust.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2016 243 127 67
2017 243 162 37
2018 243 211 0
2019 243 223 0
2020 285 226 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). Is the school losing its way?

 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

2014 - 2017 no vacant places

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 3 2
2015 26 1
2016 11 11
2017 6 5
2018
26
7
2019 22 7

2018 saw first GCSE cohort.

 PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
2018  0.15(A)  48.8  47%
2019  0.21 (A) 51.2 55%

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. 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, 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. 

 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

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 25 6
2017 26 6
2018 26 6
2019 30 8

 Runs its own Independent Appeals Panel, which tends to award fewer than 10 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

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. Currently working through an application to set up an Annexe in Sevenoaks, on the same site as the Weald of Kent Annexe

Freedom of Information Act relating to Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys: The County Council has tendered the works (premises expansion) with an expected completion date of September 2020. The contractor tenders are currently being analysed and once appointed a firm start date and sequence of works will be agreed in consultation with the school and County Council. Similarly, whilst we expect the building to be built and completed to a staggered time frame, the exact phasing is to be determined in close consultation with the school, contractor and KCC. 

Lost 30% of Year 11 before entry to Sixth Form in 2019.   

 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  

 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.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 50 43
2015 51 28
2016 40 37
2017 41 14
2018 75 32
2019 61 27

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. The normal high rate of success is also indicative of the changing population over this period, the school often looking (or being asked) to admit additional forms of entry.

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
Vacancies
2019 180 149 0 0
2020 180 178 28 0

 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

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

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 Ursuline College, Westgate-on-Sea. Became an academy 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

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 8 8
2015 8 3
2016 11 0
2017 22 3
2018 14 1
2019 24 3
 
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 is opening a new Six Form entry non-selective school in September 2020 on the same site and adjacent to Invicta Grammar School. This is to be called the Maidstone School of Science and Technology. 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

 

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
 
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
Jan 2015 Monitoring*
Continues High
Standard
Apr 2013 Full Outstanding

 * No Notice Inspection following two complaints which were discounted.

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