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Individual School Information - T-V

updated September 2019 

You will find 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 2018 Appeals Outcomes hereFor Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2018 GCSE scores go to here for explanation. 

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 consistently sound.  

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

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2015 150 124 0 1
2016 150 140 17 0
2017 180 162 3 0
2018 180 154 14 0
2019 180 136  6  0

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
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  54  
2015 n/a n/a 53  
2016 -0.25 43.5
Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.25 (BA) 39.1 27% N/A
2018 -0.47(BA) 38.2 23%  
2019 P -0.77 (WBA) 35.8 22%  

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Tonbridge Grammar School (for girls). Academy. 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, so as an Outstanding school has not yet met the requirement of  another OFSTED since 2007! 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
'Inners' points
cut off above
pass
'Outers' points
cut off above
pass
2014 173 207 44 41 44
2015 173 234 77 36 55
2016 173 308 142 46 61
2017 180 325 151 52 75
2018 180 276 103 49 74
2019 180 284  111 51 73

 2017 first score in area, second score governor place
1st round 372/395
2nd round 372/389
Waiting list 370/387

2018
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
 

 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
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress 
2014 n/a n/a  97  
2015 n/a n/a 99  
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 P 0.62 (WAA) 76.0 99%  

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.  

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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 the gloss has come off this, and first preferences have recovered. Although no vacancies on allocation, Ashford grammars take a large number on appeal so there will be vacancies . 

TOWERS OFSTED RECORD
Sep 2014 Requires Improvement
Oct 2016 Requires Improvement
Jan 2019 Good

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2014 243 105 123
2015 243 129 79
2016 243 127 67
2017 243 162 37
2018 243 211 0
2019 243 223 0
2014 - 2019 all first preferences offered
2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
 A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  41  
2015 n/a n/a 32  
2016 0.01 45.3
Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.41 (BA) 39.1 26% -0.11(A)
2018 -0.38(BA) 35.7 25% 0.01 (A)
2019 P -0.48 (BA) 36.3 26%  

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Trinity School, Sevenoaks. 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. 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. 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.  

TRINITY OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2015 Good
Oct 2018
Short
Good

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 120 124 38
2015 120 184 82
2016 120 156 52
2017 180 174 13
2018 180 233 81
2019 180 257 104 

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
Grade 5
Eng & Maths
2018  0.15(A)  48.8  47%
2019 P 0.23 (A) 51.1 55%

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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. 

TWGGS OFSTED RECORD
Feb 2007 Good
Nov 2011 Outstanding

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 140 142 6
2015 140 157 27
2016 140 134 9
2017 145 142 21
2018 145 160 22
2019 145 114 2

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 26 7
2015 27 7
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
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
 A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  97  
2015 n/a n/a 99  
2016 0.82 73.5
Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.89 (WAA) 72.1 96% 0.01(A)
2018 0.93(WAA) 73.8 98% -0.06 (A)
2019 P 0.97 (WAA) 73.7 95%  

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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 has now increased its intake in recent years. 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. 

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 timeframe, the exact phasing is to be determined in close consultation with the school, contractor and KCC.  

TW BOYS OFSTED RECORD
Apr 2008 Good
Jan 2013 Good
Jan 2017
Short
Good

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 180 146 36
2015 180 76 0
2016 180 95 12
2017 210 122 26
2018 240 126 5
2019 210 77 1

In 2017, the final intake in September was 220  after appeals.  In 2018 it was 232.

 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
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
 A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  93  
2015 n/a n/a 97  
2016 0.25 64.9
Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.18 (A) 63.3 90% -0.2(BA)
2018 0.39(AA) 64.3 88% -0.12 (BA) 
2019 P -0.02 (A) 60.5 81%  

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Turner Free School

 The school opened in September 2018 for 120 Year 7 pupils on the site of the now defunct Pent Valley School.  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

 2018 initial allocations were outside the Kent scheme as usual for a new school.

APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2018  2  2
2019 0 0

 

 Ursuline College, Westgate-on-Sea.  This Catholic School has a background as a girls private school, but is now a mixed state school. Strongly catholic, with conservative discipline.   Now an academy, Part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership.  Has expanded twice in response to massive pressure on places in Thanet schools. 

URSULINE OFSTED RECORD
June 2012 Good
Apr 2017
Short
Good

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 120 114 13
2015 128 109 14
2016 128 96 5
2017 150 103 14
2018 180 100 8
2019
180
152
23

 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
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
 A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  44  
2015 n/a n/a 44  
2016 -0.33 42.7
Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.35 (BA) 38.4 27% -0.17(A)
2018 0.04(A) 42.6 34% 0.16 (A) 
2019 P -0.18 (A) 41.1 27%  

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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 TrustOFSTED April 2013 - second consecutive Outstanding inspection. By far the most popular school in Maidstone, having been consistently one of the three most oversubscribed non-selective schools in Kent (second in 2018) 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.

Valley Invicta Trust planned to open a new Six Form entry non-selective school in 2017 on the same site and adjacent to Invicta Grammar School. This is to be called the Maidstone School of Science and Technology, but its start has been caught up in planning issues relating to congestion on nearby roads, most recently seen through a Public Enquiry.  The school website hardly encourages faith it is going to happen!   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.   

VALLEY PARK OFSTED RECORD
Apr 2010 Outstanding
Apr 2013 Outstanding

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 240 265 50
2015 240 358 145
2016 270 371 116
2017 270 424 179
2018 270 435 183
2019
240 431 186

Furthest Distance offered on allocation in miles                                        

 

2019

2018

2017

Valley Park

1.342

1.257

1.962

The school has expanded rapidly since 2012 when it had just 180 spaces. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 5 5
2015 9 4
2016 24 9
2017 60 8
2018 67 6
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
 A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  56  
2015 n/a n/a 59  
2016 0.21 48.6
Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.27 (BA) 41.9 30% 0.08(A)
2018 0.22(AA) 45.2 30% 0.22 (AA)
2019 P 0.11 (A) 45.0 27%  
 
Consistently strong GCSE performance adds to popularity. 
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