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Individual School Information - B

(updated February 2019)

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. 

Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury. Mixed.  OFSTED March 2014 -Outstanding.  Major expansion of premises taking place. Took over Charles Dickens School in Broadstairs, as a sponsored academy.  Consistently one of the lowest Sixth Form staying on rate of any Kent grammar school: 2016, - 77%; 2017 - 76%. Many of  the Sixth Form leavers may have been attracted to Simon Langton Boys which has a large (and successful) mushroom Sixth Form. School has looked several times at an annexe or more recently a complete move to Herne Bay, but has settled for a major expansion on site after the latter proved unpopular and funding became available. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 128 89 1 0
2015 150 121 0 14
2016 150 106 0 19
2017 150 105 6 0
2018 150 124 13 0
2019 150 126    
 
 For 2017 entry, cut off distance was 9.1 miles, shrunk considerably for 2018 entry to 6.286 miles.
The fall in popularity of Simon Langton Girls has increased pressure on places at age 11 over the past three years. 
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 68 14
2015 54 35
2016 74 30  
2017 49 9
2018 74 7
 For 2018, 6 of the successful appeals were from the 16 appellants qualified for grammar school
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  97  
2015 n/a n/a 94  
2016 0.28 64.6
Grade 5 or above
in Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.55(WAA) 65.44 88%  -0.22(BA)
2018 0.14(A) 64.5 83%  -0.15(BA)

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Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells. OFSTED June 2012 - Outstanding.  Sponsored by and Lead School of the Tenax Schools Trust.  Heavily oversubscribed with pupils from families with strong Christian affiliation. Check oversubscription criteria carefully.  Consult them closely, as there are subtle interpretations of the broad categories. Clearly it helps to be an educated intelligent Christian! Pressure on non-selective places in Tunbridge Wells has seen KCC finance capital expenditure for two additional forms of entry. However, as there is no geographical basis for admission priority, many of these have gone to children from East Sussex which does not ease pressure. 28 Sussex places awarded in 2018, plus one from Bromley!  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 240 296 83
2015 224 261 63
2016 270 249 20
2017  270 289  50 
2018 270 283 49
2019 240 347  
Always heavily oversubscribed. Admission number will rise to 270 for 2019 entry.  
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 41 3
2015 12 1
2016 9 1  
2017 37 1
2018 2 2

One of the most difficult schools in Kent at which to win an appeal. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  78  
2015 n/a n/a 72  
2016 0.51 56.7
Grade 5 or above
in Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.76 (WAA) 57.3 65%  0.55(WAA)
2018 0.97(WAA) 57.8 68%  0.18 (AA)

 Highest performing non-selective school in Kent, at both Attainment and Progress, having topped the GCSE table for years. 

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Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne. Has just about filled over past two years Appeals organised by Independent Appeal Panel Administrator.  OFSTED November 2016 - Good. Lower end of Attainment tables for Kent grammar schools.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st Prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 120 84 0 34
2015 150 105 0 38
2016 120 99 0 15
2017 120 116 0 0
2018 120 102 0 2
2019 120 94    

 2014 - 2018 all first preferences offered

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 35 31
2015 51 33
2016 44 24
2017 40 4
2018 37 10

 For 2018, no appellants were initially selective. As well as those whose appeals were upheld, five more boys were found to be of grammar school ability, but placed on a waiting list. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  91  
2015 n/a n/a 94  
2016 0.14 63.9
Grade 5 or above
in Eng & Maths
 
 2017 0.01 (A) 60.6 75%   -0.49(BA)
2018 -0.03(A) 60.1 78%  -0.39(BA)

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Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, Hythe. OFSTED May 2016 - Good. Closure of Pent Valley School in Folkestone has led to increased pressure on places for 2016 to 2018 admission, although now loses brightest children to the Folkestone grammar schools, which admit through their own Test as well as the Kent Test.  Turner Free School in Folkestone which did not recruit through the Kent Admissions process in its first year, 2018 will have affected preferences, which explains fall for 2019 when TFS is counted in. . 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2014 235 214 13
2015 235 234 51
2016 252 278 62
2017 288 305 52
2018 235 340 134
2019 235 277  
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 25 25
2016 12 1
2017 14 1
2018 8 0
 
 2018: Eight places offered on allocation before appeals
 
 
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 43  
2016 -0.09 62.0
Grade 5 or above
in Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.05 (A) 40  29%  -0.23(BA)
2018 -0.32(BA) 38.5 20%  -0.28(BA)
 
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