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Individual School Information - A

Updated September 2021
You will find an initial article on 2021 allocations here, an article on 2021 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools hereFor Grammar School Preferences, only grammar-qualified children 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 2021 Appeals Outcomes here and exclusions here. For Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2019 GCSE scores go to here for an explanation. 2020 GCSE and A-Level outcomes were not published, nor will they be for 2021

In the Individual performance table, under the A-Level 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. A gap between the number of students taking one and those taking three A-Levels can be indicative of the number of vocational courses being offered.  

In general, the number of first choices for N/S schools fell for 2020 entry, because the delay in the Kent Test due to Covid,  saw KCC offering six choices for one year only,  instead of the usual four. This allowed parents room to include a grammar school, often in first place, without knowing the Kent Test outcome. 

 The Abbey School, Became a Converter Academy August 2011. Faversham. OFSTED May 2017 - Good. Has been picking up in reputation over past five years. For more information go to: The Abbey School, Faversham Explained. The current headteacher, Dr Spellar, appointed in 2018, He was concerned about behavioural standards during Covid which saw exclusion rates soar, and brought in a controversial consultant to sort them out, attracting considerable media attention.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2016
210
164
0
0
2017 230 200 3 0
2018 210 199 12 0
2019 210 179 0 0
2020 210 169 0 0
2021 240 124 0 4

Had been picking up pupils from Whitstable, but with improvement there, first choices have fallen away. 

2014 - 2020 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  38  
2015 n/a n/a 46  
2016 -0.05 45.3
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 -0.41 (BA) 37.4 12% -0.77(WBA)
2018  -0.26 (BA) 36.6 18%  -0.52(BA)
2019 -0.40 (BA) 37.3 25%  -0.7 (WBA,21,D-,4)

 

Abbey School Ofsted Reports
 
Type of
Inspection
Outcome
Mar 2017 Short Good
May 2013 Full Good

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Angley School, Cranbrook. Now closed and re-opened as High Weald Academy

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The Archbishop's School, Canterbury.  Foundation School. Was the Canterbury school of choice some years ago but since 2016, when it received a Good Ofsted, has been plummeting downhill ever since. Its reputation lingered until 2018 when it was still oversubscribed, but by 2021 had all 98 Local Authority Allocations in Canterbury District and 30 fewer first choices than any other local school. The sudden drop in GCSE performance in 2019 fits the pattern of decline. The headteacher left the school mid-June 2019, deciding to 'step away', presumably paying the price for poor performance. 2021 allocations show the reputation of the school has plummeted even further, reflecting probable poor leadership with a new headteacher appointed from the KCC Advisory Service. This is underlined by the school's appearance in the table of schools making the highest proportion of exclusions in 2019-20, usually a sign of poor discipline in a school. Had the third-highest fallout rate in Kent between allocation of places in Year Seven in 2020 and the October Census that year, losing 40% of its potential pupils.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
LAAs Vacancies
Fall in Following
October
Yr 7 Census
2016 140 101 6 0 0 17
2017 150 125 17 0 0 8
2018 140 96 9 0 0 21
2019 140 64 0 38 0 47
2020 170 71 0 66 4 71
2021 185 33 0 98 1  

The school expanded its admission number to 170 to take ensure all Canterbury children were offered a place last year (as a County school it would have had no option), but as a result was filled with the 66 LAAS. In the event, 40% of the children offered places never turned up in September, the third largest figure in Kent, and just ahead of New Line Learning Academy, the previous school of the current headteacher. The 2021 data is even more extreme, with the admission number being raised to 185, but with 98 LAAs. A third of the 140 offers in 2019 found other schools before the October 2019 school census, probably not starting in September. The previous year, 21 of the cohort left after allocations. One can only speculate what Alasdair Hogarth, headteacher when the school was a heavily oversubscribed Outstanding school, would have thought of this, probably the most dramatic recent fall in popularity of any school in the county. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 4 2
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 0

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  48  
2015 n/a n/a 48  
2016 -0.31 45.2
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 -0.38 (BA) 38.3 19% -0.42 (BA)
2018 -0.33 (BA) 38.9 15%  -0.42(BA)
2019 -0.68 (WBA) 37.8 16% -0.66(WBA,48,D,21) 

 

Archbishop's School Ofsted Reports
 
Type of
Inspection
Outcome
Feb 2020 Full Requires Improvement
Jan 2016 Full Good
Feb 2014 Monitoring  Effective Action
Oct 2013 Full Requires Improvement
Feb 2012 Full Satisfactory

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Astor College (A Specialist College for the Arts), Dover.  Became a converter academy in June 2012. 10% of places awarded on ability in the visual arts if it was oversubscribed, which it hasn't been since then. . The school is the lead school of the Dover Federation of the Arts, in conjunction with Shatterlocks Infant School, Barton Junior School and White Cliffs Primary College of the Arts.  OFSTED March-July 2015, after a controversial series of events, when the school was initially placed in Special Measures, it was found to Require Improvement, down from Good.  Given full warning by the government as to its performance in October 2015. Run by controversial Chief Executive Chris Russell, although he retired from his seconded position as Executive Principal of the Duke of York's Royal Military School, also an academy in Dover, in December 2016 and has now retired leaving the school in a difficult place. The school suffers from the Dover grammar schools running their own selection tests, which took an additional 148 children away from the non-selective schools. I detect some improvement since then in terms of reputation, with the highest proportion of first choices for many years, in a year when N/S schools were hit as explained in the introduction to this page. Good staying on rate into the Sixth Form 2020. The school has attracted a strong contingent of foreign students in the Sixth Form in previous years, but this may have been hit by Covid and Brexit. the school regularly has one of the highest rates of fixed term exclusions in the county. 

Further information at Astor College Explained

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
LAAs
2016 210 109 86  0
2017 210 101 84  0
2018 210 120 9  0
2019 210 107 88  0
2020 210 90 63 34
2021 210 117 48 18

2018 58 LAAs; No admission appeals. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  35  
2015 n/a n/a 29  
2016 -0.22 40.8
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 -0.45 (BA) 32.8 9%  -0.26(BA)
2018 -0.76 (WBA) 33.4 13%  -0.49(BA)
2019 -0.81(WBA) 33.3 14% -0.31(BA,54,D,34) 

Progress 8 sixth-lowest in Kent in 2017, Attainment 8 Sixth lowest. Similar in 2018 and 2019. 

Astor College Ofsted Reports
 
Type of
Inspection
Outcome
Feb 2020 Full Requires Improvement
Nov 2018 Monitoring 
Effective Action on
path to Good
Sep 2017 Full  Requires Improvement
Jan 2016 Monitoring
Effective Action on
path to Good
Mar 2015 Full Requires Improvement

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Aylesford School - Sports College. Completely rebuilt around 2010 under a PFI scheme. Struggled for some years with performance and hence popularity, but has been improving over the past three years following a Management takeover by Wrotham School which appears to have been of benefit. However, the PFI difficulties have stopped it being academised at present.  The school has been oversubscribed in 2020 and 2021, for the first time for many years. It was previously dependent on numbers from Medway, coming down Bluebell Hill, but these have now been squeezed withthe increased popularity from local families. Looks as if a new Ofsted Inspection would be welcome!    

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Medway
Places
LAAs
Vacant
places
2016
180
120
0
22 7
32
2017 180 104 0 25 28 16
2018 180 80 0 20 46 24
2019 180 118 0 22 25 0
2020 180 144 19 10 0 0
2021 180 161 15 16 0 0
 
 
  
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 5 5
   
2021 12 1
 
No appeals 2016-20
According to KCC, there were appeals for admission in September 2020, but they were small in number, less than five, so data was not released. The appeals were 'Paper Based'. 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  37  
2015 n/a n/a 30  
2016
-0.56
41.0
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 -1.05 (WBA) 32.1 9% -0.33(BA)
2018 -0.66 (WBA) 35.3 12% low numbers
2019 -0.43 (BA) 37.3 18%  No entries

Once above government floor standards for GCSE, the school slipped for 2014 and  2015. Progress 8 and Attainment 8 both third lowest in Kent in 2017, as popularity has slumped.   

Aylesford School Ofsted Reports
 
Type of
Inspection
Outcome
Nov 2017 Full Requires Improvement
Jan 2014 Full Good
Mar 2013 Full Requires Improvement

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