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Individual School Information - G

(updated April 2017)

You will find an article on 2018 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 2017 Appeals Outcomes hereFor Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2017 GCSE scores go to here for explanation. 

Gravesend Grammar School.  PAN up to 174 from 150 in 2014. For 2015 entry, 154 offers made, with 130 first choices, including 20 out of county mainly from London. The school filled after appeals. For 2014 appeals, 16 out of 53 were upheld. OFSTED June 2015 - Outstanding, up from Good in 2012. For 2016, having offered 43 of its 174 places to out of county applicants, there were no places offered on appeal. 28 of the 63 non-selective were found to be selective and placed on a waiting list. However, after the appeals had been heard, 13 boys were subsequently offered places with the year group increasing in size to 180. 

1st prefs 
not offered
2014 150 126 4 0
2015 174 130 0


2016 174 115 2


2017 174 118 1 0
2017 150 181 2 0

2017 saw just 118 first preferences, although the school filled with lower order choices, including out of county boys, offering places to 43. 14 of these live in Thurrock, presumably planning to cross the Thames on the passenger ferry. The school is clearly unhappy with the out of county situation and is reducing its intake to 150 for 2018 entry. For September 2017, all but one grammar qualified boys placing the school in first place were offered places.

With 42 extra Gravesham boys having passed the Kent Test for 2018 entry, there is likely to be additional pressure on places.

Appeals Heard
2014 36 16
2015 40 16
2016 61 0

2014 - all who had passed but needed to appeal, were offered places

Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  98
2015 n/a n/a 95
2016 0.19 65.4
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
2016 20.19 (A) 63.3 92%


 Goodwin AcademyOfficial name, SchoolsCompany Goodwin Academy. 

OFSTED Outstanding school, June 2011. Became a 'new' Academy, on 1st October 2010. Was slightly oversubscribed in March 2010 for 2010 entry. Falling rolls in the area are seen as the school has vacancies for 2011 entry. For 2013 entry, it then absorbed the failing Walmer Science College, and was awarded major government funding for a rebuild on its own site. Not surprisingly, was 19 places oversubscribed for 2013 entry, but after the rebuild and closure of Walmer Science College, was able to take in two extra classes of entry. The disgraced Lilac Sky Schools Academy Trust was brought in to support the school, but only managed to drag it downhill. Achieved worst GCSE resultsin the county summer 2013. Dramatic fall from grace in March 2014, OFSTED placing the School in Special Measures, down from Outstanding. Some excerpts from Report placing major blame on leadership and management, the HT leaving soon afterwards, but appointed to a senior role with Lilac Sky. Article hereThree questions then, but still valid: (1) where have all the children gone to, this was the amalgamation of two schools that in 2013 had 163 children offered places at this time, now down to 88 (2015). Where have they all gone? (2) Can the school financially survive? (3) The perpetual question, who is to be held accountable for this disaster? Apart from the head who was removed, as an academy is its own master the governors bore a heavy responsibility but will never have to pay for their incompetence.  Following the disgrace, taken over byThe SchoolsCompany Trust. See article following steady improvement in GCSE to 38% in 2015, but still below government floor target, but much improved for 2016. OFSTED February 2015 out of Special Measures to Requires Improvement. I read it as a marginal decision, just above Special Measures.  SchoolsCompany Trust appears a controversial sponsor, a statement from the school academy Trust over two years ago stating: "Schools Company Ltd have not taken over the College. They have been engaged to supply an Interim Principal (Mrs Jane Hadlow) whilst the College recruits a permanent replacement. Schools Company Ltd were originally retained in September 2013 by Philip Bunn (previous headteacher) to support the intervention and merger of the two schools"
They are now sponsors and have recently dispensed with Mrs Hadlow who has worked hard to improve standards.
2014 180 124 26
2015 180 60


2016 180 73 61
2017 180 84 77
2018 210 174 14
2014 - 2017 - no appeals for school admission.
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  33
2015 n/a n/a 38
2016 -0.09 42.3
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
2017 -0.32 (BA) 37.4 17%

You will find little about the history of SchoolsCompany, and especially its owner on the internet, as it appears to have vanished. Also I can find no trace of past OFSTED Reports, including the February 2016 Full Report, anywhere. A non-working link to the latest is posted on the Academy website.  The school has now moved into its new £25 million premises (October 2017).