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Individual School Information - G

(updated September 2019)


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 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. 2019 GCSE performance data is currently provisional before final data is published in January. 


 Goodwin Academy.  Now an academy sponsored by Thinking Schools Academy Trust, operating in new £25 million premises and delivering successfully.  

OFSTED Outstanding school, June 2011. Became a 'new' Academy, on 1st October 2010 under its previous name, Castle Community College. For 2013 entry, it then absorbed the failing Walmer Science College, and was awarded major government funding for a rebuild on its own site. 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 who became sponsors in 2016, in spite of poor performance. This turned out to be a disaster with SchoolsCompany financial dealings taking them into ruin, as explained here. Further financial details hereThe Trust has now been disbanded, with its funds and the £700,000 stabilisation part of the £3 million deficit being written off. Goodwin Academy has been taken over by TSAT, a large, aggressive and controversial Trust, but which generally runs its schools successfully. It has kept the headteacher who turned the school round over the past three years and which is now becoming a popular choice.
You will find little about the history of SchoolsCompany and especially its owner on the internet, as it appears to have vanished, my previous articles being the main record. Also, unusually I can find no trace of past OFSTED Reports, including the February 2016 Full Report, anywhere.
2014 180 124 26
2015 180 60


2016 180 73 61
2017 180 84 77
2018 210 174 14
2019 180   143  7
2014 - 2017 - no appeals for school admission.
  Progress  8 Attainment 8 % 5A*-C (inc Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
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%


2018 -0.59(WBA) 34.3 19%  -0.91 (WBA)
2019P -0.69 (WBA) 33.8 17.2%  

Jun 2011 Outstanding
Mar 2014 Special Measures
Feb 2016 Requires Improvement


Gravesend Grammar School.  OFSTED June 2015 - Outstanding, up from Good in 2012. For 2016, having offered 43 of its 174 places to out of county applicants as a result of the increase in numbers, 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. A similar picture emerged for 2017, and as a result the school cut its intake back to 150 in 2018, with few out of county places being offered, probably mainly to siblings. Simultaneously 42 extra Gravesham boys  passed the Kent Test for 2018 entry, producing additional pressure on places.

  PAN  1st preferences 1st prefs not offered Vacant places Out of County Offers 
2014 150 126 4 0 4
2015 174 130 0 15 20
2016 174 115 2 0 43
2017 174 118 1 0 45
2018 150 181 2 0 8
2019 174 167 16 0 5

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. Pressure has seen intake rise again to 174 for 2019 entry, but nearly all Kent boys.  

  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 36 16
2015 40 16
2016 61 0
2017 38 7
2018 81 14
2019 64 15

 For 2018,  13 of the 40 boys found selective were offered places, the others were placed on a waiting list.  

For 2019 all 15 upheld were from Kent. 39 placed on waiting list, 37 selective from out of area, 2 NS.

  Progress 8 Attainment 8 % 5A*-C (inc Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
2014 n/a n/a  98  
2015 n/a n/a 95  
2016 0.19 65.4 Grade 5 or above Eng & Maths  
2017 0.19 (A) 63.3 92% -0.06(A)
2018 0.45(AA) 67.8 95%  0.01 (A)
2019 P 0.55 (WAA) 67.3 94.9%  


May 2012 Good
Jun 2015 Outstanding