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Individual School Information - E-F

Updated April 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 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 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. 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.  

 Ebbsfleet Academy.  Controversially replaced Swan Valley Community School in November 2013, although it had been ceremonially opened three months earlier! You will find the history of this project set out in several articles on this website with links back from here.  One of the major problems that these articles expose is that the school regularly made claims that were untrue. 

The school has been deeply unpopular with parents, in spite of the pressure on places in Dartford for at least the past four years. This could be partly due to Ebbsfleet being one of the few secondary schools in Kent with no Sixth Form. However, its strong disciplinary procedure as described in my article Tough Love Academies, which demonstrates the high proportion of pupils bailing out of the school from allocation through to Year 11. Many of these will not have chosen the school at all, but be part of the extraordinarily high number of LAAs given places each year they may have set out to avoid. Each year, I receive more enquiries from parents seeking to avoid Ebbsfleet Academy than any other school in Kent. 

Sponsored by the Brook Learning Trust which has had its own difficulties as seen through the link. The Trust's unenviable reputation is underlined amongst other statistics by its three schools having the top three percentage losses in the county between allocations in March 2019 and the Year 7 Census in October 2019. Hayesbrook 45%; High Weald 42%; Ebbsfleet Academy 41%.   

There is a recent article regarding resignation of controversial Principal Alison Colwell in 2019, here. She has proved an excellent self-publicist to cover up the school's failures, and is now to publish a book, The Secret Headteacher, about her career whose publicity blurb already contains too many falsehoods. 

However, a new Principal, Gurjit Kaur Shergill, here, appointed in September 2019, who has made a promising start, although she now has to work through the school's appalling reputation. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
prefs
1st prefs 
not offered
Local
Authority
Allocations
Vacant
places
2016 150 97 0 26 -8
2017 150 69 0 13 67
2018
150 69 0 67 3
2019 197 92  83  0
2020 150 67 0 31 29

For September 2017 admissions, the school was hit by the extension of the Leigh Academy UTC to accepting pupils from the age of 11; the extra places created contributing to the fall in LAAs. . 

Since opening in 2013, through to 2019 no appeals for school admission.

For 2019 entrance places offered, all the surplus and more vanished with the opening of the new Stone Lodge Secondary School in Dartford

The 2020 admission data represents a much truer picture now that Stone Lodge is part of the system. Will be hit further by new schools opening in Ebbsfleet over the next few years, until these schools fill with the new population. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
No Sixth
Form
2016
0.2
44.8
 
2017
-0.27 (BA) 
42.4
37%
No Sixth
Form 
2018  -0.39(BA) 41 27%
No Sixth
Form
2019 -0.33 (BA) 43.8 32% -0.41(BA,15,E,2) 

Surprisingly low annual Progress 8, give high Attainment 8 and higher level GCSE. 

Ebbsfleet  Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2019 Full Good
Sept 2016  Full Good
2011 Full Satisfactory
2009 Full Satisfactory

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Ellington & Hereson School, Ramsgate.  Has now taken over the site and the students of the closed Marlowe Academy, and been renamed Royal Harbour Academy.

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Folkestone Academy. Was set up by the Roger de Haan Academy Trust in 2007, to replace the Channel School in new premises designed by the Norman Foster Architects at a cost of £34 million, and is co-sponsored by Kings School Canterbury. It combined with a local primary school in 2013, to provide for pupils from 3 -18 years, now one of four such all-through schools in the county. Initially benefited from competing with the other non-selective school in town, Pent Valley Secondary which closed in July 2016 following poor leadership and unpopularity with families, but many aspiring families choose to look first at Brockhill School in Hythe. Suffers academically from high level of grammar school selection through the Shepway Test (see Folkestone School for Girls below), which picks up to another 200 of the highest performing non-selective (by Kent Test) children nationally. The school is advertising for its sixth new headteacher in just over three years. The school was then taken over by the controversial Turner Schools Trust  at Easter 2017, and formally re-brokered to them in December 2017. Turner Schools, is a new Academy Trust, having also taken over two primary schools and the replacement for Pent Valley, the Turner Free School, which opened in September 2018. I have written a series of articles about the troubles of the school and Trust, accessed via  the website search engine, a recent example being here. Sharp fall in GCSE performance, below. September 2019 saw yet another change of headteacher after what appears to be another Machiavellian set of manoeuvres. 2018 saw by far the largest rate of exclusions in Kent, falling for 2019 to the second highest, in spite of claims by one the schools gurus that exclusion shows a failure in teaching skill. The controversial Dr Jo Saxton, CEO of Turner Schools moved on in March 2020,as explained here

In 2020 the school carried out a Consultation to split the highly successful Primary Section away to become a separate school. presumably to get away from the reputation of Folkestone Academy. For those with a very long memory, Park Farm Primary School, where both my children received an excellent education under headteacher Peter Clawson, was subsumed into Folkestone Academy in 2009. Wisely it subsequently ran as a separate organisation from the dysfunctional secondary section. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
prefs
1st prefs 
not offered
LAAs
Vacant
places
2016 300 222 0 0 -2
2017 310 243 0 0 5
2018 270 216 18 0 0
2019 270 153  0 9 84
2020 270 127 0 23 86

Turner Schools reduced the school PAN for 2018, as the new Turner Free School admitted 120 pupils. The number of first choices that year was inflated as TFS applicants did not appear in official KCC figures. The reality of the sharp fall is shown in the 2019 and 2020 data . Turner Free School then increased its intake to 180 for 2019 admission, shooting FA in the foot. 

2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016
-0.44
39.6
   
2017 -0.22 (BA) 36.4  14%  -0.32(BA)
2018 -0.76(WBA) 31.3 13%  -0.03 (A)
2019 -0.61(WBA) 34.2 13% -0.33(BA,62,D+,19) 

The loss of the highest performing non-selective children who will have been creamed off by the Shepway Test  five years ago should have hit academic performance further in 2019 (see Folkestone School for Girls immediately below) but it didn't so perhaps there is some good emerging. 

For 2019 GCSEs, a very odd news item appeared for a few days in August, announcing that the school had performed 8% above the national average for improvement. This vanished shortly afterwards, and was clearly wrong. 

Folkestone  Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2015 Full Good
Jun 2013 Full Satisfactory
Mar 2010 Full Satisfactory

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Folkestone School for Girls  OFSTED October 2012 - Outstanding Introduced the Shepway Test for 2014 admission in conjunction with The Harvey Grammar School, an alternative way of gaining admission to the Kent Test. The Shepway test has two parts, a written piece of work and a multiple choice section set by CEM. The section for the written work is an hour-long, marked in-house by the Folkestone School for Girls. Pass mark is an aggregate score of the separate sections.

Has one of the lowest Kent grammar school staying on rates from Year 11 to the Sixth Form. In September 2018 this was 77%, and 79% in 2019. The school has had one of the lowest Kent grammar Sixth Form staying on rates from Year 12 to Year 13 in September 2016, at 85%, down further to 77% in 2018. Since my exposure of the illegal exclusion rate in Year 12, the loss rate fell sharply, along with the other culprits, in the case of FSG to 2% in 2018, although back up to 8% in 2019, second highest in Kent. 

From an FOI request for the 2019 Shepway Test: 462 children sat the Shepway Test that had not been assessed suitable for a Kent grammar after sitting the Kent Test. Of those, 205 were successful in the Shepway Test. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
prefs
1st prefs 
not offered
Shepway
Test
Offers
Vacant
places
2016 180 181 4 94 0
2017 180 183 7 92 0
2018 180 181 2 70 0
2019 180 191 14 102 0
2020 180 180 10 111 0
 
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 58 44
2015 46 29
2016 28 14
2017 29 8
2018 35 9
2019 31 9

The school operates its own Independent Appeal Panel. Appeals were heard over an extended period, results often being given some time later up until at least 2018. For 2018 appeals, both candidates who had been found selective by Kent or Shepway Test were offered places.  

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016
0.51
67.3
   
2017 0.66 (WAA) 65.5 76.6% -0.08(A)
2018 0.43(AA) 63.8 77%   -0.03(A)
2019 0.77 (WAA) 64.0 82% -0.2(BA,104,B-78) 

This level of performance might have been hit in 2019 when the first Shepway Test children reached GCSE. It wasn't! 

 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2012 Full Outstanding
Apr 2011 Interim Good
Mar 2008 Full Good

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Fulston Manor School, Sittingbourne. Always heavily oversubscribed, and difficult to win an appeal. Became an Academy in October 2011.  As an Academy Trust has taken over the two South Avenue primary schools. Now lead school in the Fulston Manor Academies Trust, with two primary schools.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
preferences
1st prefs 
not offered
2016 210 282 97
2017 210 291 102
2018 210 352 157
2019 210 342 120
2020 210 320 121

 Fourth most oversubscribed non-selective school in Kent for 2017, third in 2018, fourth in 2020.   

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 38 7
2015 46 6
2016 59 7
2017 47 6
2018 42 5
2019 76 6

 Uses an Independent Appeal Panel Administrator.  Increasingly difficult to win on appeal.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016
-0.27
46.3
   
2017 0.08 (A) 41.7  14% -0.29(BA)
2018 -0.14(A) 41.2 24  -0.37(BA)
2019 -0.73(WBA) 37.8 21% -0.34(BA,125,D+,49) 

 A large and unexplained slump in GCSE performance for 2019.  

 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Dec 2017 Full Good
Feb 2014 Full Good
May 2011 Full Outstanding

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