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Individual School Information - C

 

updated October 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 exclusion rates hereFor 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.  

The Canterbury Academy . (previously The Canterbury High School). Is in Federation with Canterbury Primary School, and several sporting centres providing excellent facilities, together forming (slightly confusingly) The Canterbury Academy (a multi-academy trust), set up in 2010. Children at Canterbury Primary (Previously Beauherne Primary) have priority for admission after Children in Care and 15% of places going to children with musical ability. Progress 8 within normal limits.  The school has a unique and massive Sixth Form. As well as a high proportion of internal students for a non-selective school staying on at 58% in 2020, each year Canterbury High admits students from a wide range of other schools, including grammar schools,  totalling 185 for 2020 entry. These included seven from Simon Langton Girls, six from Barton Court, five from Highworth Grammar in Ashford, and five from Dover Boys Grammar. In addition, there were 19 from St Anselm's, 18 from Folkestone Academy, and 15 from the Abbey school, as well as 16 students as part of an overseas programme, homeschooled students, several having moved from other countries,  and others from colleges, and re-starting Year 12. The Canterbury Academy has been named in The Cricketer Magazine’s top 100 senior schools for cricket. for 2021, the list mainly includes some of the country's top private schools, along with Simon Langton Boys and The Judd grammar schools in Kent. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 210 258 76
2017 210 214 33
2018 210 214 35
2019 210 220 33
2020 240 205 5
2021 210 238 87
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016-2019 No appeals
2020 5 5
2021 25 6
 For 2020 entry, there were appeals, but numbers were less than five, so KCC who managed them, do not release individual data. 2020 and 2021 Appeals were 'Paper-Based'. 
 
Although oversubscribed, the school expects to lose some students to grammar school appeals. As a result, if unsuccessful, it is worthwhile persisting with an application and appeal, as frequently such efforts prove successful. 
 
  
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2017 -0.04 (A) 42 23% -0.22(BA)
2018 -0.48(BA) 38 25% -0.38(BA) 
2019 -0.51 (WBA) 37.5 25% -0.34(BA,114,D+,58) 
 
 
CANTERBURY OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2017 Full Good
May 2016 Monitoring Effective Action
Oct  2015 Full Requires Improvement
Apr 2012 Full Good

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Castle Community College (Deal), now renamed Goodwin Academy.
 
Castlemount School, Dover. Historic building destroyed by fire, believed to be arson in 1973. Rebuilt. Closed 1991.  
 
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Charles Dickens School, Broadstairs.   Had a chequered Ofsted history (see below) until in March 2017 the school became an academy, sponsored by Barton Court Academy Trust. The school is one of four in Thanet, all heavily oversubscribed as families try and avoid two unpopular schools. The school regularly has one of the highest exclusion rates in the county.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs 
not offered
2016 232 164 30
2017 232 198 33
2018 210 214 35
2019 232 219 77 
2020 232 191 37
2021 232 117 21
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 15 8
2017 27 5
2018 27 6
2019 32 7
2020 24 6
2021 24 6
 
The 2020 & 2021 appeals were paper based. 2020 - 5 places offered before the appeals were heard, and 4 withdrawn. 
2021 2 places offered before appeals were heard.
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2016 -0.14 44.8
2017 -0.21 (BA) 36.8 19% 0.22(A)
2018 -0.66(WBA) 33.9 16%  n/a
2019 -0.90 (WBA) 34.3 14%  n/a

Progress 8 in 2019, fifth lowest in Kent, the last year for which GCSE and A Level results were published. 

  

CHARLES DICKENS OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jun 2019 Full Requires Improvement*
Apr 2016 Monitoring Effective Measures
Dec 2015 Monitoring Effective Measures
Apr 2015 Monitoring Reasonable Progress
Dec 2014 Monitoring Plans Fit for Purpose
Sep 2014 Full Special Measures
May 2011 Full Good

 * After Academisation

A chequered Ofsted history began with Special Measures September 2014, from Good in May 2011 - see article. In a Monitoring Inspection in December 2014, OFSTED found rapid improvement, casting doubt on the original finding, see article. February 2015, OFSTED found further Reasonable progress.  OFSTED April 2016: Effective Action to remove SM.  There were 5 monitoring visits by OFSTED before academisation and the Good Report in 2019

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Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School (The Federation of Ramsgate Grammar Schools - not to be confused with Chatham Grammar in Medway). The two Thanet grammar schools become a Federation in the light of falling rolls in Thanet in September 2009. The combined sixth form of some 500 students provides scope for new teaching options and specialisms. The Federation became a single academy in 2012 with both single sex and co-educational lessons in the main school and a fully co-educational sixth form, Mrs Liddicoat having been promoted to become Chief Executive, after a previous disastrous appointment left suddenly.   Numbers well up in recent years, with 2020 a bumper year as the pass rate in Thanet soared following a high HTA pass rate following the Kent Test, with some local children denied grammar places. In some years it has added an extra form when selective numbers were high, as can be seen from the census figures below

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st Pref
Not Offered
Vacant
places
Year 7 Census 
Following Year
2016 180 145 0 26 180
2017 180 142 0 23 205
2018 180 168 0 0 195
2019 180 154 0 5 210
2020 180 179 29 0 240
2021 180 161 0 16 195

 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 113 47
2017 104 66
2018 82 54
2019 130 18
2020 78 6
2021 93 27
 
For 2019 entry an amazing 130 appeals, partly brought about by parents trying to avoid local unpopular non-selective schools.  For 2018 the school was indirectly attacked by a neighbouring grammar school headteacher for admitting such a large number through appeals upheld, blaming it on the appeal panel for 'forcing' the school to admit the extra numbers. The consequence was the large fall in the success rate for 2019!
For 2020, three appellants were grammar qualified but none of these were successful.  2020 Appeals were 'Paper-Based'. A much higher proportion of Thanet children were found of grammar school ability, hence the oversubscription and the low number of successful appeals. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2016 0.19 65.0  
2017 -0.23 (BA) 58.2 74% -0.33(BA)
2018 -0.02(A) 61.4 80% -0.40(BA)
2019 -0.08 (A) 62.9 83%  -0.40(BA,241.C-,215)

 

OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2018 Short Good 
Sep 2014 Full Good

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Chaucer Technology College Canterbury. CLOSED IN JULY 2014.  See article for 2014 update.  

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Community College Whitstable - now The Whitstable School

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Cornwallis Academy, Maidstone.  Sponsored by the Future Schools Trust.  This was formed from the Cornwallis School, previously a heavily oversubscribed successful secondary school in south Maidstone. The Academy was rebuilt at a cost of some £31 million. The Academy places great emphasis on technology. The Academy linked up with the failing Senacre and Oldborough Manor Schools and is now federated with their replacement the New Line Learning Academy (NLL), under one Governing Body. Details are here.   OFSTED June 2013 Good.  Issued with Warning Notice November 2015 by DfE, along with NLL relating to poor standards. It was planned that both schools should be re-brokered to Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust. for September 2019, but this was scrapped after performance at both schools finally improved. Recent improvements in GCSE to eighth highest n/s in Kent 2019, Above Average and three consecutive Good Ofsted's most recently in 2017, but very unpopular. Has been hit in 2021 by the opening of the new School of Science and Technology, Maidstone. Had the sixth-highest fallout rate in Kent between allocation of places in Year Seven in 2020 and the October Census that year, losing 30% of its potential pupils (NLL was fourth).  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
LAAs
Vacant
places
2016 255 196 0 4 6
2017 255 162 0 11 10
2018 255 127 0 11 54
2019 255 144 0 50 0
2020 255 152 0 48 6
2021 210 85   7 77

Popularity has slumped in recent years

2014 - 2018 - no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2016 -0.04 45.2  
2017 (BA) -0.5 35.4 19% -0.35(BA)
2018 -0.13(A) 39.3 29%  -0.24(BA)
2019 0.17 (AA) 43.8 38%  -0.13(A,98,D+,33)

 

CORNWALLIS OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2017 Full Good
Jun 2013 Full Good
Mar 2010 Full Good

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Cranbrook School. Day and Boarding Grammar School, with entry at 13+ only until 2017 when it offered 30 Year Seven places. Became an academy in 2007. Latest Social Care inspection of the boarding provision was in May 2018 where it was found to be Outstanding again.  

The school's introduction to admitting children was tapered over several years to counter local pressures, fought hard against by the prep school parents, and offered 30 year 7 places for the first time in September 2017.  Because of high demand, the school now takes in 60 children at age 11. 38 day pupils are admitted at Year Nine (2022 entry) following a Cognitive Ability Test, with closing date for applications in line with the National Closing Date for Yer Seven entry of 1st November (2022). There are also 52 boarding places for Year 9 entry in September 2022: 34 boys and 18 girls places. Sharp increase in applications for 2021, possibly as the controversy has settled down. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS At YEAR 7
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2017 30 52 24
2018 60 75 17
2019 60 74 17
2020 60 71 21
2021 60 102 44
 
Recent Appeals heard by Appeals.com  Panel, 2020 & 2021 Video Conference.
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES (year 7)
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2017 10 0
2018 16 2
2019 26 1
2020 31 2
2021 33 4
 
For 2018 appeals, one of the 6 children who had been found selective had their appeal upheld.
For 2019 appeals, one of the 8 children who had been found selective had their appeal upheld. 
For 2020 appeals, one of the 9 children who had been found selective had their appeal upheld
For 2021 appeals, three of the 22 children who had been found selective had their appeal upheld
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
(year 9)
Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 0 0
 
2019 3 0
2020 7 0
2021 8 1

 

I did not collect Year 9 data for 2017 and 2018

In 2020, all seven Year nine appeals were from grammar qualified children

In 2021,  five of the eight appeals were from grammar qualified children of whom one was successful. Another was offered a place before the appeals.

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2016 n/a 66.4  
2017
Low
Coverage
63.1 67% 0.09(A)
2018
Low
Coverage
68.4 87% -0.12(BA)
2019 Low Coverage 65.6 86% 0.24(AA,140,B,138) 

Low coverage as 11 plus entry has not reached GCSE. 

Consistently strong GCSE performance.

 

OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2017  Full Good
Jun 2013 Full Good
Mar 2010 Full Good

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