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Individual School Information - B

last updated January 2021, September 2021 Allocation data included

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. 

Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury. Mixed. Became a converter academy in 2011.  Worryingly, the school lost 10% of its Year 12 students in 2019 before going into the Upper Sixth, the highest proportion in Kent, as it was in 2017, and third highest in 2018. This pattern is suggestive of off-rolling to improve A Level performance, which would be unlawful, but perhaps in response to this analysis, the percentage dropped sharply to 2% for October 2020 . A major expansion of premises took place  in 2020.  Lead school of the Barton Court Academy Trust which took over Charles Dickens School in Broadstairs, as a sponsored academy , and is opening the new Barton Manor School on the site of the closed Chaucer Technology School next year. Amongst the lowest staying on rates into the Sixth Form for 2019 at just 68%, losing extensively to Simon Langton Boys which has a large (and fairly successful) mushroom Sixth Form, but attracted in an additional 21 students from other schools. October 2020 saw a similar pattern. The school has looked several times at an annexe including a complete move to Herne Bay, but settled for a major expansion on site after the latter proved unpopular and funding became available. Was unsuccessful again in a bid for an annexe in the 2019 round for expansion of grammar schools. Competes with the two  Canterbury Simon Langton single sex schools, Boys (heavily oversubscribed) and Girls (plenty of vacancies).  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2016 150 106 0 19
2017 150 105 6 0
2018 150 124 13 0
2019 150 126  0 5
2020 150 125 1 0
2021 150 98 0 29
 
 Number of first choices has dropped sharply for 2021 entry, leaving 29 vacancies, the highest for the past six years. I anticipate a high success rate at appeal for 2021! Has a new headteacher changed the school? 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2016 74 30  
2017 49 9
2018 74 7
2019 64 12
2020 63 7
2021  66  26
For 2018, 6 of the successful appeals were from the 16 appellants qualified for grammar school
For 2019, all appeals were from children initially non-selective. Another 26 were found selective but placed on a waiting list.
For 2020, three grammar qualified children were offered places before the appeals. All other appeals were from non-selective children. Appeals were paper-based, organised by BC's own administrator. 
For 2021,, five grammar qualified children were offered places before the appeals. All other appeals were from non-selective children. Another 6 were found selective but placed on a waiting list. Appeals were paper-based, organised by BC's own administrator. 
 
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)
2019 0.09 (A) 62.9 87%  0.02(A,81,B-,72)

Barton Court Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2020 Full Good
Mar 2014 Full Outstanding
Mar 2009 Full Outstanding

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Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells. Became a Converter Academy June 2011. No OFSTED inspection since its 2012 - Outstanding.  Sponsored by and Lead School of the Tenax Schools Trust.  Heavily oversubscribed with pupils from families with a strong Christian affiliation. Check the oversubscription criteria carefully 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, the school opening a 21 new state of the art classroom block, as well as a multi-use hall in March 2021. However, as there is little geographical basis for admission priority, many of these have gone to OOC children (51 in 2021), mainly from East Sussex which increases pressure on the rest of the system, as explained here and elsewhere on the site.  Academically by some way the strongest performing n/s school in Kent year on year, both at GCSE and A-Level. Bennett's outstanding position in the educational scene is no doubt aided by the CEO of the Tenax Trust, Ian Baukham CBE, one of the most influential school leaders in the country. 

Not surprisingly, by some way the highest staying on figure of any Kent N/S school into the Sixth form in 2020, at 72%, although had room for just 8 students from other schools.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
OOC Allocations
2016 270 249 20 47
2017  270 289  50  48
2018 270 283 49 29
2019 300 347 78  40
2020 300 350 85 41
2021 300 309 80 51
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 41 3
2015 12 1
2016 9 1  
2017 37 1
2018 24 1
2019 39 3
2020 32 0
2021 51 4

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

2020 & 2021 appeals were organised by Education Appeals Dotcom and conducted by video conferencing.

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)
2019 0.88 (WAA) 54.2 56%  0.06(A,155,B-,134)

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

Bennett Memorial Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jun 2012 Full Outstanding
Apr 2007 Full Good

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Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne. Became a converter academy January 2012. Has just about filled in recent years. Appeals organised by Independent Appeal Panel Administrator.  By some way the lowest Progress 8 and Attainment 8 of any grammar school in Kent, 2019.  Headteacher moved on to become Head of School at Barton Court, January 2020.  He is succeeded by Ashley Tomlin, currently Principal Deputy Head of the 2000 pupil Thomas Tallis School in Greenwich, one of at least nine heads including five in Kent grammar schools,  who once worked for me at Gravesend Grammar.   

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st Prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2016 120 99 0 15
2017 120 116 0 0
2018 120 102 0 2
2019 120 94 0 16
2020 120 116 9 0
2021 159 91 0 38

 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
2019 37 15
2020 45 8
2021 50 24
 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. 
For 2019, no appellants were initially selective
For 2020, 4 of the 6 selective appeals were upheld. Along with the other two, 13 boys initially non-selective were placed on the waiting list.
For 2021, no appellants were initially selective
2020 & 2021 appeals were paper based run by an independent appeals organiser.
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)
2019 -0.43 (BA) 55.5 68% -0.37(BA) 

Borden Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2016 Short Good
Nov 2013 Full Good
Oct 2008 Full Good

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Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, Hythe. Became a converter academy in September 2011. Plans to join with the Towers School, Ashford to form the SE Kent Academy Trust. Underperforming Folkestone Academy increasing pressure on Brockhill numbers which peaked in 2018.  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.  In 2018 the new Turner Free School in Folkestone which did not recruit through the Kent Admissions process in its first year, will have eaten into preferences, which explains fall from 2019 on when TFS is counted in but still heavily oversubscribed. Very difficult to win an appeal.   

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 252 278 62
2017 288 305 52
2018 235 340 134
2019 235 275 51
2020 256 276 54
2021 235 214 47
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2017 14 1
2018 8 0
2019 19 1
2020 17 0
2021
31 5
 
2020 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  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)
2019 -0.27 (BA) 39.0 20% -0.43(BA,70,D, 19) 
 
Brockhill Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2016 Full Good
Jan 2012 Full Good
Nov 2008 Full Good

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