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Individual School Information - T-V

(updated February 2017) Update in progress, data up to date now. 

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 2017 Appeals Outcomes hereFor Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2017 GCSE scores go to here for explanation. 

Thamesview School, Gravesend.  Usually oversubscribed, like all Gravesham secondary schools, although may have vacancies after grammar school appeals.  OFSTED November 2014 - Good (yet again). GCSE performance consistently sound. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 150 143 5 0
2015 150 124 0 1
2016 150 140 17 0
2017 180 162 3 0
2018 180 154 14 0

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
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%

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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). OFSTED June 2007 - Outstanding. 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

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

For 2017, all four successful appeals were from the 47 girls who had passed the Kent Test

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
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%

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. OFSTED October 2016:  Requires Improvement(third in a row).  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 the number of vacancies will increase.

 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
2014 - 2017 all first preferences offered
2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
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%

 

Low Progress 8 and Attainment 8 GCSE outcomes for 2017,  does not appear to have impacted on rising numbers. 

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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 Sevenoaks Grammar annexe, which was opened in September 2017. OFSTED June 2015 - Good, . although like other new schools, is it valid with no public examinations and running at half size. As it is not possible to report on whether or not the school meets the government’s current floor standards - how can Ofsted judge the school to be good?  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. 

 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

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
6
5

2014 - 2016 no published results available

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Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School.  Once again, in November 2011, the school was found Outstanding by OFSTED. 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 will get in. girls attracting Pupil Premium living in the parishes will have priority, as will 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. Awards 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
2014 140 142 6
2015 140 157 27
2016 140 134 9
2017 145 142 21
2018 140 160 22

Governors Places score at 358 under the new Kent Test in 2015. For 2016 entry, Governors places score was 352 on Kent Test, falling to 347 after re-allocation.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 26 7
2015 27 7
2016 25 6
2017 26 6
2018 26 6

 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. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
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%

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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. OFSTED January 2017 - Good. GCSE 5 A*-Cs down from usual high standard to 93% in 2014.  Popular Headteacher, John Harrison, retired at Christmas 2016, the Deputy becoming Acting Head for 2017. A new Headteacher, Amanda Simpson, has been appointed for September. 

 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

2014 - 2017 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 the Judd expands, and changed its own admission rules to give priority to West Kent boys, but rising demand for places in the district will see demand rise again for 2017. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 50 43
2015 51 28
2016 40 37
2017 75 32

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 to admit seven forms of entry, as happened for 2016 entry, where the final intake was 199 boys. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
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%

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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. OFSTED June 2012 - Good.   Now an academy, Part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership.  

 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

2014 - 2017 no vacant places; 13 first choices turned away for 2014 entry, 14 for 2015. Consistently above government floor target of 40% for 5 A-Cs at GCSE, 44% in 2014. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 8 8
2015 8 3
2016 11 0
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
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%

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Valley Park School, Maidstone.  Is now an Academy along with its Federated partner, Invicta Grammar School. Part of the Valley Invicta Academies TrustOFSTED April 2013 - second consecutive Outstanding inspection. By far the most popular school in Maidstone, third most oversubscribed non-selective in Kent 2016 (second in 2015).  For 2015 entry, the school has changed its main admission criteria from distance to give priority to children for whom it is the nearest school. All children offered places on distance grounds for 2015 entry came into this category, the furthest distance being just 1.365 miles. 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 is opening a new Six Form entry non-selective school next year, the Maidstone School of Science and Technology which is going to cause a shake up in Maidstone school admissions. 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 preferences
not offered
2014 240 265 50
2015 240 358 145
2016 270 371 116
2017 270 424 179
2018 270 435 183

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
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
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%
 
Consistently strong GCSE performance adds to popularity. 
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