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Individual School Information - S

updated  Feb 2020 Data Updated to Secondary Transfer March 2020

You will find an initial article on 2019 allocations here, an article on 2019 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 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 explanation. In the Individual performance table, under KS5 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. 

Sandwich Technology School.  Became an academy in November 2010. Reached its peak popularity in 2016 with the failure of Goodwin Academy in Deal along the coast. This has now recovered.  There is a sense it underperforms academically, not having to compete with any other school because of its geographical isolation. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
Intake Number
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 255 284 77
2017 265 238 18
2018 260 203 14
2019 255 199 10
2020 260 213 14

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 2 2
2016 20 6
2017 0 0
2018 10 9
2019 0 0
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5 
Eng & Maths
KS 5 
Progress 
2016 -0.39 43.4  
2017 -0.33 (BA) 40 n/a -0.27(BA)
2018 -0.62(WBA) 37.6 22%  -0.35(BA)
2019 -0.44(BA) 39.6 25% -0.26(BA,67,D+,17)

Progress 8 surprisingly low. Not surprisingly Coasting School in 2018, but Ofsted belies this.  

Sandwich Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2019 Full Good
Jul 2015  Full Good
Jul 2012 Full Good

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Simon Langton Girls Grammar School, Canterbury.  Voluntary Aided, so still accountable to KCC, which employs staff. This proved critical  when the  encountered serious controversy 2016-17. Head teacher resigned, facing disciplinary action in March 2017, my most recent article was here. Executive Headteacher of Simon Langton Boys appointed interim Executive Head of SLGSG on a temporary basis in 2018. New main teaching block approved. Details here, February 2020. Been through a period of seeing girls leave at the end of Year 11, the draw of Simon Langton Boys being powerful,  although SLGSG has the better A Level record. Appears to be through this with its reputation returning.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
Intake
Number
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2016 170 152 0 7
2017 170 121 0 39
2018 165 135 0 19
2019 165 150 0 8
2020 165 136 0 19

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 28 13
2015 26 22
2016 32 21
2017 44 36
2018 45 29
2019 44 31
 
I have a copy of the scores of the successful 2017 appellants and it clear that some with very low scores were fortunate. One had an aggregate score of 278 and no individual test score of 100 or more (100 being the score of an average child, and a minimum of 106 expected in all three subjects); another seven with two scores of less than 100. Seven took a test set by the school, which is not in the formal procedures. I cannot think of another grammar school in Kent that would admit numbers of children with scores as low as this (2020, I can now think of a couple!); such successes requiring very exceptional circumstances. This casts serious doubt on both the credibility of the school and of the appeal panel which approved such large numbers. Success rate at appeal, with a KCC Appeal Panel  consistently amongst highest in Kent .  
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
 KS 5 
Progress
2016 0.28 67.0  
2017 0.43 (AA) 65.8 n/a 0(A)
2018 0.39(AA) 67.7 90% 0.04(A)
2019 0.55(WAA) 68.3 93% -0.06(A,135,B-125)

Simon Langton Girls Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Apr 2018 Short Good
Jul 2014 Full Good
Jun 2010 Interim Good

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Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Canterbury. A Foundation School (some freedom from KCC control).The school gives priority to boys with 20 or more marks over the Kent pass mark, living within 9 miles of the school. Was heavily oversubscribed  in recent years, keeping to four forms of entry, but first preferences have fallen in 2019, as it expanded to five f.e., and all first choices were accommodated.  Typically  a net 93 additional boys and girls joined the Sixth Form from other schools for September 2018 and also September 2019, second highest influx in the county. Enjoys an outstanding reputation developed through its strength in physics leading on to work on astronomy and space, although I believe it is overrated according to performance and now popularity.  A Level progress amongst lowest in Kent. Admits up to eight boys within the PAN annually with EHCP plan for Autism, to a total of 23 in Years 7-11 in September 2019. School tries not go above 128 intake in total (up to 158 in 2019 according to October 2019 census). 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
Intake
Number
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 120 140 24
2017 120 165 51
2018 120 179 65
2019 150 142
2020 150 171 31

Sharp rise in popularity for 2017, but seriously down for 2019, even taking its expansion into account. . All those boys who were offered places in 2107, apart from the exceptions such as siblings, were high scorers according to the criteria and living within 6.35 miles of the school, so many disappointed families including all those boys who did not reach and aggregate of 340. For 2018 entry, after four places were offered to boys in Special Categories, including EHCP Plans, the remaining 116 places went to boys who qualified by scoring over 340 in the Kent Test and living up to 7.093 miles from the school. Although the arithmetic in the appeal papers does not add up, some 36 boys with over 340 living further away did not receive places neither did any boy, however close, who passed with an aggregate  score of less tan 340. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 30 8
2015 21 5
2016 30 8
2017 39 8
2018 53 7
2019 21 10
Has own Independent Appeal Panel, uniquely in Kent of five members, for many years.  For 2017,  all eight of the successes were from the 31 who had been found of grammar school standard but lost out on distance grounds, the norm, as in 2018. Only exceptional appellants who are appealing on non-selection grounds appear to stand a chance, although the school continues to encourage many to go through the process. Won't go above 8, operating to a maximum of four classes of 32 (up to 10 in 2019 by the same logic).
 
With the sharp fall in popularity (see previous table) and all first choices offered places, all 10 successful appeals were from boys who had not passed the Kent Test. The formula used by the Independent Appeal Panel organised by the school is the same, with the equivalent of two additional boys per class having their appeals upheld.   
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS 5 
Progress
2016 0.41 68.0  
2017 -1.38 (WBA) 49.1 n/a -0.1(BA)
2018 -0.50(BA) 58.9 84% -0.20(BA)
2019 0.41(AA) 69.6 92% -0.16(BA,221,B-,181)

Academic performance good, but has been held back by poor English results in recent years. The school solution was to switch to the IGSE which is not approved by government, so the school had some bad publicity for its very low place in the GCSE progress league table. Recent reports suggest that IGSE is easier tend to support tactic. Problem solved for 2019. 

No such excuse for low A Level progress. The school attracts a number of girls into the Sixth Form from the high performing Simon Langton Girls then performs less well at A Level. High proportion of A Level students not entered for three A Levels. Why? 

 Simon Langton Boys Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2013 Full Outstanding
Jan 2012 Interim Good
Apr 2009 Full Good

 

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Sir Roger Manwood's School, Sandwich. Became an academy in March 2011. One of Kent's two boarding grammar schools (the other is Cranbrook School) for up to six new boarders each year, out of an intake of 150.  Latest Inspection of Boarding Provision in  Jan 2018 was Outstanding.  One of five mixed gender grammar schools.     

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
Intake
Number
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2016 150 175 32 0
2017 150 138 0 6
2018 150 152 13 0
2019 150 143 1 0
2020 150 175 34 0
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 27 18
2015 34 19
2016 40 10
2017 24 16
2018 19 4
2019 31 10

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
 KS 5 
Progress
2016 0.09 65.9  
2017 0.04 (A) 63.9 n/a -0.01(A)
2018 0.04(A) 66.0 86%  -0.16(BA)
2019 0.11(A) 63.3 83% -0.12(A,126,C+,119)

  

Sir Roger Manwood's Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Apr 2012 Full Outstanding
Jul 2010 Interim Good

 

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The Sittingbourne School.  Became an Academy in January 2012. Part of the Swale Academies Trust, led by Westlands, a highly successful Academy in the same town. OFSTED November 2017 - Good again.   

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st places
not offered
2016 240 155 17
2017 270 178 2
2018 270 172 15
2019 270 150 10
2020 270 205 21

Like the other Sittingbourne schools comes under pressure from applicants living on the Isle of Sheppey, many of whom will have put the school below the other two Sittingbourne schools, so doesn't show in this data.

2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS 5 
Progress
A Level
Number
2016 -0.23 41.0    
2017 -0.43 (BA) 34.2 n/a 0.12(A)  
2018 -0.10(A) 38.2 21% -0.70(WBA)  
2019 -0.50(BA) 33.5 21% -0.32(A,22,C-,4) 22

 

Sittingbourne School Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2017 Full Good
Dec 2013  Full Good

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Skinners' Kent Academy, Tunbridge Wells. This new Academy opened in September 2009, subsequently moving to new premises, replaced the perpetually failing Tunbridge Wells High School. Popularity soared under new leadership and the school remains very popular. It is sponsored by the Skinners' Company.  OFSTED June 2016 was Outstanding, along with the two Tunbridge Wells church comprehensives and two other Kent non-selective schools. See article on 2018 non-selective allocations in Tunbridge Wells. Pressure on places  in TW saw increase in numbers and successful appeals for 2018. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st places
not offered
2016 210 186 9
2017 180 214 74
2018 180 235 86
2019 240 204 14
2020 240 190 12

Increase in oversubscription for 2017, 2018 partly due to reduction in PAN.  Large temporary increase in 2019 at request of KCC (no doubt aided by extra funding) to help resolve TW pressures. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 9 9
2015 31 8
2016 0 0
2017 52 4
2018 38 24
2019 9 1
 
 The fall in successful appeal for 2019 probably reflects both the expansion of the school for 2019 means that many of the previously strong appeals would have got in and/or the school being unable to expand further put up a stronger defence against admitting more on appeal. These may well apply for 2020 admissions also. 
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
 KS 5 
Progress
2016 0.35 45.8  
2017 0.11 (A) 39.8 n/a 0.17(A)
2018 0.39(AA) 47.3 54% No Entries
2019 0.26(AA) 44.3 43% No Entries

 Sound GCSE performance. For 2018 and 2019, one of seven non-selective Above Average Progress 8 (Bennett also in TW Well Above Average in both years ). Fourth highest Attainment 8, 2018. 

Skinners Kent Academy Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jun 2016 Full Outstanding
Mar 2012 Full Good
Jan 2011 Monitoring Good Progress

 

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Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells. Super selective. Became an Academy February 2014. One of most popular grammar schools in county having selected on high scores alone in previous years so, because of its location near the county border the school took a high proportion of ooc boys. Radical change in oversubscription criteria for 2019 entry explained here and in detail here. After places set aside for Children in Care, siblings, children of staff members and on Free School Meals, up to 140 boys will be offered places from the Inner Area, with aggregate Kent Test scores of 360 or over awarded by nearest distance, and another 20 from the Outer area. Last full OFSTED June 2007 - Outstanding, a long time ago. Heavily oversubscribed for 2019, although new entrance procedures have left many confused. Inner maximum distance  fell sharply in 2020, the second year of the new scheme, to 3.294 miles down from 2019's 10.099 miles, Outer 7.276, down from 8.694 (less than Inner because of N/S elongated Inner area). I look more closely at the reasons for this here.  Sadly it makes the statement from the original introduction to the new scheme, sound rather hollow: 'The qualifying score is virtually the same as before so we expect all in that area getting 360 in the Kent test to get into the school'. The school notes  that the 160 places offered provides five classes of 32 so no room for appeals unless school opens additional class. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 150 232 113
2017 155 268 143
2018 150 180 170
2019 160 234 122
2020 160 289 148

Fourth most oversubscribed grammar school in Kent 2016 and in 2017, but slipped for 2018.  Fifth for 2019.

At second round of allocations for 2020, distance cut off moved to 3.444 miles for Inner, 7.484 miles Outer.

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 37 5
2015 29 5
2016 51 7
2017 52 4
2018 48 6
2019 74 5

 2016 appeal figure exceptional as the number of successes is normally 5 or fewer. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
  KS 5 
Progress
2016 0.66 71.7  
2017 0.31 (AA) 73.5 n/a 0.12(AA)
2018 0.68(WAA) 73.4 97% 0.10(A)
2019 0.62(WAA) 72.1 97% 0.25(AA,136,B+,133)

 Very high performing at GCSE Progress and Attainment, and at A Level 

I am not sure why 30 of the 151 boys in Year 11 were not entered for sufficient GCSEs to qualify for Progress 8. 

Skinners School Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jun 2010 Interim still Outstanding
Jun 2007 Full Outstanding
Oct 2002 Full Highly Effective

 

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Spires Academy, Sturry near Canterbury. The new Spires Academy replaced the persistently failed Frank Montgomery School in Sturry and opened in September 2009. Its admission number was 120, smaller than most recommendations for secondary school sizes. There is further information here. The school moved into new purpose-built premises for September 2012, costing £13.2 million. Served with Government Pre-Warning Notice over standards in October 2015. Was run by Executive HT from Simon Langton Girls, but Government concerns over poor standards under her leadership. She resigned and the school was taken over by the E21C Trust in October 2017. Large staff turnover to 2017, stabilised for 2017/18.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st places
not offered
Local
Authority
Allocations
Vacant
places
2016 150 97 0 21 0
2017 150 69 0 39 6
2018 150 86 0 34 0
2019 150 123 0  7  7
2020 150 108 0 18 0

The closure of Chaucer Technology College in 2015 saw pressure on places, hence the large rise in LAAs in subsequent years. On allocation 2018 there were no vacant spaces in Canterbury and District, apart from Community College Whitstable. Previously tended to be lowest choice in local schools, a position taken over by Archbishops for 2019.  

2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
  KS 5 
Progress
2016 -0.28 40.1  
2017 -0.49 (BA) 32.1 n/a
Not enough
entrants
2018 -0.30(BA) 35.4 17%  Not enough 
entrants
2019 -0.60(WBA) 33.9 11% No Entrants

GCSE performance at the school had been amongst the lowest in Kent up to 2016, when there was a considerable improvement, but 2017 saw Attainment 8 third worst in county, and Progress 8 eighth lowest. 2018 saw improvement under new management but not sustained for 2019

 

Spires Academy Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2017 Full Good
Nov 2015 Monitoring Effective Action
May 2015 Full Requires Improvement
Sep 2013 Monitoring Incisive and Urgent Action
May 2013 Full Requires Improvement

 

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Stone Lodge School, Dartford, opened September 2019 in temporary premises, with 113 pupils for its 120 places. 

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Swadelands School, Lenham.  The school has now been renamed as The Lenham School.  

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Swanley College of Technology.  See Orchard Academy

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