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Individual School Information - W-Y

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. 

Walmer Science College NOW CLOSED The school amalgamated with Castle Community College, which saw the effective closure of Walmer Science College, brought about by poor leadership. Further information and comment here. There were no further intakes from September 2014 onwards. Now part of Goodwin Academy

Weald of Kent Grammar School Tonbridge. Academy. Became an academy in February 2011. Last full Inspection was in 2007, when the school was found Outstanding. After considerable controversy, an annexe set in Sevenoaks to increase provision of girls' grammar school places in West Kent opened in 2017 which is now thriving, catering for 120 girls, out of a total of 295 in 2019.  For details of how places are allocated to each site, consult the school website, Admission Rules, final section on document, where parents will be able to make a site preference.  There is no right to choose a site. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2016 230 190 33 0 239
2017 265 225 44 0 297
2018 295 258 27 0  301 
2019 295 263 27 0 314
2020 300 253 27 0  

For 2016 entry, the school expanded again in preparation for the Annexe opening in 2017, to 230 places.For 2017, with the grammar school annexe open, the Planned Admission Number rose to 265 (90 on the Sevenoaks site). Numbers of applications appear to increase inexorably. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 62 48
2015 50 6
2016 66 18
2017 76 49
2018 85 16
2019 96 19

 The 16 successful appellants in 2018 were all placed at the Sevenoaks site, which may have influenced decisions. Others found of grammar school ability by the Panel were placed on the waiting list. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2016  0.54  69.4
 
2017 0.52 (WAA) 62 95%  0.04(A)
2018  1.01 (WAA) 71.2 99% 0.10(AA)
2019 0.95 (WAA) 72.5 97% 0.12(AA,155,B,151)

 The school features in my article on GCSE performance 2018 with top Progress 8 performance in the county. Also features in Progress 8 and Attainment 8 tables for 2019

 
Weald of Kent Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Dec 2010 Interim Outstanding
Apr 2007 Full Outstanding
 

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Westlands School Sittingbourne. Lead school for the extensive Swale Academies Trust. OFSTED  Feb 2019 - Good. Became an Academy in 2010. The Trust is aggressively expansive. There is massive pressure for places at the Sittingbourne non-selective schools with residents of the Isle of Sheppey seeking places on the mainland, but historically no appeals as applications were massaged away, some encouraged to Swale Community Academy, also part of the Swale Academies Trust . This changed for 2017, but 51 out of 52 successes in 2019 was probably due to political imperative to prove the school had to take successful appeals. Controversial issue on leaders' remuneration in 2017. Fall of 12% in roll, Year 10-11 from 2017 to 19, suspicion of off-rolling?  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered

Number in Year 7 following Oct Census

2015 285 287 66 301
2016 285 319 91 314
2017 285 301 67 314
2018 285 322 92 328
2019 330 360 93 358
2020 330 369 96  

2019 intake swollen by successful appeals (see above and below), to be second largest intake in Kent. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 31 11
2018 0 0
2019 52 51

 The school has a way of massaging away those on its waiting list, that according to regular Freedom of Information Requests does not involve hearing appeals. For 2018, 24 requests for appeal filed. All were offered places in advance.

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
% Grade 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2016  0.27 (AA) 47.7
 
2017 0.09 (A) 43 31%  -0.15(A)
2018  -0.15 (BA) 40.5 31%  
2019 -0.1 42.4 39% -0.24(BA,51,D+,5) 
 
 Westlands Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2019 Full Good
Oct 2012 Full Outstanding
Jan 2011 Interim Outstanding
Feb 2008 Full Outstanding
 

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The Whitstable School
Changed its name from The Community College, Whitstable, in September 2018 . Was taken over by Swale Academy Trust in 2016, with the intention of becoming a Sponsored Academy. This did not initially happen as explained here, but the school became a Sponsored Academy in September 2018. Most recent Ofsted Inspection, February 2018, Good up from Requires Improvement. A previous headteacher was suspended October 2015 following poor provisional GCSE results, and subsequently left with a large pay-off from KCC. 
 
10 children left for Elective Home Education in 2017-18. Off-Rolling? But vanished for 2018-19 possibly as school stabilised under new leadership. 
 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
pref
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2016 210 88 0 67
2017 210 110 0 46
2018 210 124 0 47
2019 210 160 0 0
2020 210 246 47 0

2014 - 2017 - no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2016 -0.1 44.0  
2017 -0.21 (A) 37.1 23% -0.15(A)
2018  -0.42 (BA) 37.9 22%  -0.29(A)
2019 -0.14(A) 39.7 31% -0.35(BA,29,D,3)
 
Whitstable School  Ofsted Performance*
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2018 Full Good
Jan 2016 Monitoring Effective action
Jun 2015 Monitoring Effective action
Mar 2015 Full Requires Improvement
 
* As Community College, Whitstable
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Wilmington Academy. Became an Academy September 2010, converting from the failed Wilmington Enterprise College which was placed in Special Measures in 2009. Part of the thriving Leigh Academies Trust. OFSTED May 2017- Good again. For 2015 admission, this was the fifth most oversubscribed non-selective school in Kent on allocation in March, turning away 94 disappointed first choices, not only because of its own success, but the failure of nearby Oasis Hextable Academy, now closed. My memory goes back a few years to when I supported families in appeals to Hextable as they attempted to flee Wilmington. How times change! Very difficult to win an appeal, so numbers have fallen. 

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2016 240 212 27 238
2017 240 191 6 237
2018 240 231 29 237
2019 240 202 36 245 
2020 245 208 16  

Popularity still strong but below the heady days of 2015. 

Furthest Distance offered on allocation in miles                                        

2019
2018
2017
Wilmington Academy
2.542
2.512
3.013

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 36 0
2015 42 0
2016 2 0
2017 0 0
2018 0 0
2019 3 2

  

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 0.02(A)
2018  0.06 (A) 43.4 30% 0.13(A)
2019 -0.06 (A) 42.4 26% 0.45(A,12,D-,NE)

  

 Wilmington Academy  Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2017 Short Good
May 2013 Full Good
May 2012 Monitoring Good
 

 

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Wilmington Grammar School for Boys. Became an academy in August Part of the Endeavour Academy Trust with Wilmington Grammar Girls (see below) Heavily oversubscribed because of large number of applications from across the county boundary,but in 2015 changed oversubscription criteria to favour local boys along with 10% high scorers, and siblings include those of Wilmington Girls which has also changed its character to match, although still large number of ooc boys, mainly siblings, and parts of Bexley regarded as local. The sibling priority for OOC boys has now nearly worked through, hence the fall in OOC numbers.  Sharp increase in grammar qualified applicants again in 2019.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Out of County Offers Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2016 150 124 49 32 150
2017 150 113 43 60 149
2018 150 150 77 30  150 
2019 150 176 101 25 150
2020 180 138 64    

 2018 allocation data shows its increasing popularity, with many children previously placing it second choice to one of the Dartford Grammars. The high number of  first choices rejected will be mainly London children, although for 2018, Kent children living outside the defined priority area also lost out. More popular again for 2019.

Unusual in that PAN almost always coincides with October Census figures, so that small number of successful appeals covers some loss of  people boys dropping out, with other losses being brought up to PAN from Waiting List.. 

Furthest Distance offered on allocation in miles                                        

2019
2018
2017
Wilmington Grammar Boys
3.843
4.529
3.981

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 81 8
2015 94 11
2016 109 6
2017 86 6
2018 121 5
2019 114 8

 The school sticks rigidly to its five form entry so appeal success is very difficult. It appears as if after appeals, school replaces spaces arising only back to original PAN.

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2016  0.07 (A)  62.2
 
2017 0.08 (A) 61.4 90% -0.02(BA)
2018  0.37 (AA) 64.8 93% -0.09(A)
2019 0.35 (AA) 66.0 94% -0.09(A,120,C+,114) 
 
Wilmington Boys Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2017 Short Good
Mar 2013 Full Good
Oct 2010 Full Satisfactory
Sep 2007 Full Good
 

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Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. Became an academy August 2011. Academy part of Endeavour Trust with Wilmington Grammar School for Boys (above). Heavily oversubscribed because of large number of applications from across the county boundary,but in 2015 changed oversubscription criteria to favour local girls along with 10% high scorers, and siblings include those of Wilmington Boys which is changing its character, although still large number of ooc girls, mainly siblings, and parts of Bexley regarded as local. OFSTED Nov 2015: Outstanding, up from Good.  For 2018 entry, the distance for inners was just 3.3 miles. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Out of County Offers Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2016 150 123 34 91 155
2017 150 140 58 57  151
2018 150 147 60 69  150
2019 150 148 73  29
2020 180 133 36    

 Like Wilmington Boys, it looks as if it only replaces spaces arising after appeals back to PAN

Furthest Distance offered on allocation in miles                                        

2019
2018
2017
Wilmington Grammar Girls
1.896
3.346
2.719

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 82 8
2015 66 7
2016 110 14
2017 132 10
2018 86 6
2019 91 4

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2016  0.54  69.4
 
2017 0.45 (AA) 65.1 90% -0.18(BA)
2018 0.22 (A) 63.8 88% -0.19(BA)
2019 0.27 (AA) 65.4 91% -0.43(BA,124,C,115) 
 
 
 
Wilmington Girls Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2015 Full Outstanding
May 2012 Full Good
Jun 2009 Full Good
 

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Wrotham School. Became April 2013. Popular rural school always oversubscribed. Manages over nearby failing Aylesford School but this can't convert because of the PFI bind. In Jun 2018, the school had a short Ofsted Inspection which recommended a Full follow-up to consider offering Outstanding. Sadly for the school, the follow up in May 2019 did not agree and it was Good again. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2016 140 147 21 139
2017 140 156 29 143
2018 145 134 24 137 
2019 145 186 44 175
2020 175 161 26  

Loses children after allocation because of large number of successful appeals in Maidstone grammar schools.

Surge in applications for 2019 reflects problems at nearby Holmesdale School. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 23 13
2015 0 0
2016 4 0
2017 10 6
2018 0 0
2019 35 10

 Large number of successful appeals at Maidstone grammars, create spaces, hence limited need for appeals. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8 Att 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths)
KS5 Prog
Score
2016 -0.07(A)  46.7
 
2017 0.07(A) 45.3 39%  0.05(A)
2018 0.14(A) 42.7 33% -0.44(BA)
2019 0.11(A) 43.6 37% 0.12(A,52,C-,11) 
 
 Wrotham  Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2019 Full Good
Jun 2018 Short Good*
May 2015 Full Good
 

* See introduction to school above. 

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Wye School, Ashford. This new Free School for an intake of just 90 children opened in September 2013, and rapidly became very popular, although troubles in 2017/18 saw a sharp downturn which appears to have been reversed. The school now has permanent accommodation, including new buildings and has pupils through the whole age range to A Level. The proposal to focus on the academic curriculum of the English Baccalaureate indicated the philosophy of the proposers, although their website paints a highly ambitious programme, apparently catering for all interests and aptitudes (nothing wrong with that) which may be difficult to achieve in such a small school, although intake has now increased to 128.'Woven into the broad and balanced curriculum is the school’s theme of sustainability within the rural and built environment'. Part of the thinking behind the proposal may be for children to avoid the large and socially diverse non selective schools in Ashford and Kennington, with GCSE performance very strong. Problems at the top saw the headteacher depart suddenly summer 2017, a temporary replacement appointed and now a new permanent head has been in place for two years, presumably the reason for the recent upswing in popularity.    

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2016 90 31 51 92
2017 90 146 64 94
2018 90 90 14 85 
2019 128 143 41  126
2020 96 165 82  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2015 15 0
2016 14 0
2017 18 2
2018 18 2
2019 5 0

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths)
2018 0.30(AA) 46.9 48%
2019  0.33(AA) 49.6 50%

Strong GCSE performance in its first year, as featured in my 2018 article

 
 Wye Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Dec 2018 Short Good
Jun 2015 Full Good