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Individual School Information - B

(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 schools here For 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 the A Level Progress heading for 2019, you will find a set of data 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. 

Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury. Mixed. Became a converter academy in 2011.  Worryingly, the school lost 10% of its Year 12 students last year 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.  Major expansion of premises taking place 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. Also loses some potential Sixth formers each year, attracted to Simon Langton Boys which has a large (and fairly successful) mushroom Sixth Form. 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
 
 For 2017 entry, cut off distance was 9.1 miles, shrunk considerably for 2018 entry to 6.286 miles. 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 68 14
2015 54 35
2016 74 30  
2017 49 9
2018 74 7
2019 64 12
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.
 
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 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 little geographical basis for admission priority, at least 40 of these have gone to OOC children, mainly from East Sussex in most years which increases  pressure. 39 East Sussex places awarded in 2020.  Academically by some way the strongest performing n/s school in Kent year on year, both at GCSE and A Level.   

 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
 
 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

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)
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 seven 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

 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

 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.

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 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
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 25 25
2016 12 1
2017 14 1
2018 8 0
2019 19 1
 
  
 
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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