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Individual School Information - W-Y

Updated July 2018. 

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. 

Walmer Science College NOW CLOSED The school has now amalgamated with Castle Community College, which was 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. Sadly for the children, almost as soon as they joined Castle, the latter plunged from OFSTED Outstanding to Special Measures!!

Weald of Kent Grammar School Tonbridge. Academy. Last full Inspection was in 2007, when the school was found Outstanding, followed by a brief Inspection that confirmed this in 2011.  After considerable controversy, an annexe set in Sevenoaks to increase provision of girls' grammar school places in West Kent opened in 2017, most recent comment here .  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)
2015 175 163 29 0 179
2016 230 190 33 0 239
2017 265 225 44 0 297
2018 295 258 27 0   
2019 265 263      

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

 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
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a   99%  
2015 n/a n/a  99%  
2016  0.54  69.4
% Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.52 (WAA) 62 95%  0.04(A)
2018 (P) 1.01 (WAA) 71.0 99%  

 The school features in my article on GCSE performance 2018 with top Progress 8 performance in the county. 

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Westlands School Sittingbourne. Lead school for the extensive Swale Academies Trust. OFSTED  2012 - Outstanding. 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 are massaged away, some encouraged to Swale Community Academy, also part of the Swale Academies Trust . This changed in 2017. The considerable movement in Sittingbourne after Year 11 allocation has been exacerbated by a high proportion of children going off to grammar school on appeal, although this may fall for 2018 entrance. Controversial issue on leaders' remuneration in 2017.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies

Number in Year 7 following Oct

2015 285 287 66 0 301
2016 285 319 91 0 314
2017 285 301 67 0  314
2018 285 322 92 0   
2019 285 361      

The final column here identifies the large number of unsuccessful applicants who vanish without going to appeal, notably 2016!

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

 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 2016, 17 appeals are recorded as being filed. Of these 6 were offered a place, 11 withdrawn. None were heard. For 2018, 24 requests for appeal filed. All were offered places in advance.

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a   43%  
2015 n/a n/a 60%  
2016  0.27 (AA) 47.7
% Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.09 (A) 43 31%  -0.15(A)
2018 (P) -0.21 (BA) 39.6 31%  

The school reports that this will improve for the final version after 60 pupils are removed from the data.

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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. 
 
 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2015 210 118 55
2016 210 88 67
2017 210 110 46
2018 210 124 47
2019 210 158  

2014 - 2017 - no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  39  
2015 n/a n/a 28  
2016 -0.1 44.0
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.21 (A) 37.1 23% -0.15(A)
2018 (P)  2-0.40 (BA) 37.8 22%  

Wilmington Academy. Became an Academy September 2010, converting from the failed Wilmington Enterprise College which was placed in Special Measures in 2009. Federated with the highly successful Leigh Academy (above). 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
Vacancies Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2015 200 242 94 0 200
2016 240 212 27 0 238
2017 240 191 6 0  237
2018 240 231 29 0   237
2019 240 203      

Popularity still strong but below the heady days of 2015.  

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

  

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 Accidentally Deleted   
2015 n/a n/a  
2016
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.02(A)
2018 (P)  0.06 (A) 43.3 30%  

 

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Wilmington Grammar School for Boys. 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 is changing its character, although still large number of ooc boys, mainly siblings, and parts of Bexley regarded as local. . OFSTED Nov 2017: Good again. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Out of County Offers Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2015 150 129 21 79 152
2016 150 124 49 32 150
2017 150 113 43 60 149
2018 150 150 77 30   
2019 150 176      

 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.

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

 The school sticks rigidly to its five form entry so appeal success is very difficult. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a   98%  
2015 n/a n/a  96%  
2016  0.07 (A)  62.2
% Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.08 (A) 61.4 90% -0.02(BA)
2018 (P) 20.38 (AA) 64.8 93%  

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Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. 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)
2015 150 115 20 105 150
2016 150 123 34 91 155
2017 150 140 58 57  151
2018 150 147 60 69   
2019 150 148      

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

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a   99%  
2015 n/a n/a  99%  
2016  0.54  69.4
% Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.45 (AA) 65.1 90% -0.18(BA)
2018 (P) 0.23 (A) 63.8 88%  

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Wrotham School. popular rural school always heavily oversubscribed, but takes some additional children after appeals each year. OFSTED May, 2015 - GOOD. PAN increased by 10 to 140 for 2015 admission, which left just 3 first choices not being offered places.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2015 140 110 3 0 122
2016 140 147 21 0 139
2017 140 156 29 0  143
2018 145 134 24 0   
2019 145 187      

 Surge in applications for 2019 may reflect 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

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

PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a   
2015 n/a n/a 57%  
2016  -0.07 (A)  46.7
% Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.07 (A) 45.3 39%  0.05
2018 (P) 0.15 (A) 42.6 32%  

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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 recent troubles have seen a sharp downturn. The temporary accommodation appears to have become permanent and is now been modernised including new buildings. 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. 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, which has certainly been successful, with the Towers School in neighbouring Kennington especially hard hit. OFSTED  Jun 2015 - Good, although based on just two year groups. Recent problems at the top saw the headteacher depart suddenly summer 2017, a temporary replacement appointed and now a new permanent head is in place.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2015 90 149 74 0 90
2016 90 31 51 0 92
2017 90 146 64 0  94
2018 90 90 14 0   
2019 90 144      

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

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% Level 5 or above
Eng and Maths)
2018 (P) 0.30 (AA) 46.8 48%

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