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Individual School Information - S

updated  January 2021. March 2021 Allocations and 2021 Appeals added

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. 

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, but the school still takes in a cohort from Thanet.  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
Vacancies
2016 255 284 77 0
2017 265 238 18 0
2018 260 203 14 0
2019 255 199 10 0
2020 260 213 14 0
2021 270 156 0 0

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 20 6
2017 0 0
2018 10 9
2019 0 0
2020 0 0
2021 0 0
 
Appeals were lodged in 2020,  but all appellants were offered places before appeals took place. No appeals in 2021
 
 
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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School of Science and Technology Maidstone

Opened in September 2020. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
Intake
Number
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2021 192 195 59 0

 2021 saw families having six choices instead of the normal five. In this case, it is likely that SSTM came below grammar schools in their order of preference on a large number of applications, many of whom lived closer to the school than first choices, but were unsuccessful in their grammar application.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2020 8 0
2021 35 4
 
 Simon Langton Girls Grammar School, Canterbury.  Voluntary Aided, so still accountable to KCC, which employs staff. This proved critical when the school encountered serious controversy 2016-17. Headteacher resigned, facing disciplinary action in March 2017, my most recent article was here. Angela Scully was appointed Headteacher in June 2017,  under the aegis of Simon Langton Boys whose Executive Head was appointed interim Executive Head of SLGSG on a temporary basis in 2018. Mrs Scully stepped down in December 2020 because of health problems, and at the time fo writing there is an Acting Headteacher, before a new head is appointed for September. The main school buildings are being replaced as explained here.  The draw of Simon Langton Boys continues to be powerful in the Sixth Form,  the school having lost 29 Year nine students in this way, although SLGSG has the better A-Level record. It continues to have vacancies in Year Seven, filled by a high success rate at appeal. 
 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
2021 165 155 0 9

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 32 21
2017 44 36
2018 45 29
2019 44 31
2020 49 35
2021 56 24
 
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. The success rate at appeal, with a KCC Appeal Panel consistently amongst highest in Kent.  
 
The success rate in 2020 of 71% was highest of all the 20 grammar school appeal sets heard by KCC Panels. The 2020 appeals were 'Paper-Based'. 
 
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, and although first preferences fell sharply in 2019, as it expanded to five f.e., with all first choices were accommodated, it recovered for 2020. Typicalla 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, with my survey of 2020 Sixth Form transfers headlining the school, as it admitted 294 students from other schools, including 46 from grammar and private schools and 63 from abroad.  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.  A Level progress amongst lowest in Kent. The school 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. The school tries not to go above 128 intakes in total (up to 158 in 2019 and 159 in 2020 according to October censuses). 

 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
2021 150 193 43

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 than 340. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 30 8
2017 39 8
2018 53 7
2019 21 10
2020 38 10
2021 38 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 and 2020 by the same logic).
 
With the sharp fall in popularity for 2019 (see previous table) and all first choices offered places, all 10 successful appeals were from boys who had not passed the Kent Test in 2019. 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.
 
For 2020, with the number of applications back to its normal high figure, 9 of the 17 boys appealing who had previously been found selective were offered places. The 2020 & 2021 appeals were all 'Paper-Based'. For 2021, eight of the 18 grammar-assessed boys had 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. A 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.  With few external students joining in the Sixth Form has a net staying on rate of just 80%, one of the lowest in the county.  

 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
2021 150 124 0 20
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 40 10
2017 24 16
2018 19 4
2019 31 10
2020 45 12
2021 28 6

 For 2020 10 of the 11 previously assessed grammar pupils had their appeals upheld. The slump in the number of offers for 2021 contributed by a long way to the highest rate of success at appeal of 93% amongst KCC Panels for grammar schools 

 

The 2020 & 2021 appeals were all 'Paper-Based'.    

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
2021 300 150 4

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 - 2020 no appeals for school admission. For 2021 admission there were five appeals registered, but all were offered places before the appeals were heard as other appellants were offered grammar school places. 

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
2020 180 154 42

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.  For 2021, it is reported that the furthest distance offered was 1.5/1.6 miles.

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 0 0
2017 52 4
2018 38 24
2019 9 1
2020 6 6
2021 22 12
 
 The fall in successful appeals 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. 
 
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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The 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 provide five classes of 32 so no room for appeals unless school opens additional class. For 2021, the cut off distance for Inners was 2.418 miles, Outers was 13.981 miles

 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
2021 160 246 111

Fourth most oversubscribed grammar school in Kent 2016 and in 2017, but slipped for 2018.  Fifth for 2019.Fourth again in 2020 behind two Dartfords and Judd. 

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
2016 51 7
2017 52 4
2018 48 6
2019 74 5
2020 63 5
2021 55 6

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

2020 Appeals were by video conferencing through EducationAppeals.com. 53 of the appeals were from previously selective pupils of which three were upheld. For 2021, four of the 35 grammar-assessed boys were offered places. One appellant was offered a place before the hearing.  

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 

The reason that 30 of the 151 boys in Year 11 were not entered for sufficient GCSEs to qualify for Progress 8 in 2019, is probably because they took maths GCSE in Year 10, before going on to Further Maths in year 11, and maths is an essential part of the calculation, all to be taken in the same year.   

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.  No Sixth Form. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Local
Authority
Allocations
Vacant
places
2016 150 97 21 0
2017 150 69 39 6
2018 150 86 34 0
2019 150 123  7  7
2020 150 108 18 0
2021 150 91 0 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 and 2020, when there were 13 vacancies at census in October.  

2014 - 2021 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, with admissions outside the Kent Co-ordinated scheme. It is run by the Endeavour MAT, previously comprising the two Wilmington Grammar Schools.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2019 120 113* 0
2020 120 172 59
2021 180 235 88

* Outside KCC Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme, Number in Year 7, September 2019.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2020 17 2
2021 19 2

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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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