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Individual School Information - G

updated Dec 2021 

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. 


 Goodwin Academy, Deal.  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 hereApart from the head who was removed, 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 the school 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 is now becoming a popular choice, partly because of unhappy Thanet parents sending their children all the way to Deal. 
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, most recently here. 
Further information here from Wikipedia.
PAN  1st prefs
1st prefs
2016 180 73 0 61 43
2017 180 84 0 77 45
2018 210 174 0 14 8
2019 180  143 0  7 5
2020 180 171 5 0 12
2021 180 132 0 9 26
2014 - 2021 - no appeals for school admission.
  Progress  8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
2016 -0.09 42.3    
2017 -0.32 (BA) 37.4 17%


2018 -0.59(WBA) 34.3 19%  -0.91 (WBA)
2019 -0.69 (WBA) 33.9 17%

Goodwin Academy OFSTED RECORD
Feb 2016 Requires Improvement
Mar 2014 Special Measures
Jun 2011 Outstanding


Gravesend Grammar School.   Pressure on places increasing year on year with the expansion of Ebbsfleet Garden City, and the four Dartford Grammars generally not taking in Ebbsfleet children.  A major new buildings programme is underway in 2021 to cater fpr the Ebbsfleet contingent. A new headteacher, Malcolm Moaby was appointed headteacher in 2018, having spent most of his career at the school, with Sarah Tremain, deputy head, having been a 'lifer', both of whom I appointed to the school for their first post. Amongst the highest staying on rate in the county in 2020, with 80% of boys continuing into the Sixth Form and 39 students joining from other schools to bring roll back to PAN. 

The school makes clear its preference for local children, now including those from Ebbsfleet, as can be seen from the appeals data, below. Most of the other OOCs come from Thurrock (15 in 2021) and SE London (the latter who didn't get into a Dartford grammar). The increase in OOCs in 2021 was down to a low local pass rate for grammar selection. 

Further Information here.

PAN  1st preferences 1st prefs not offered Out of County Offers 
2016 174 115 2 43
2017 174 118 1 45
2018 150 173 23 8
2019 174 167 16 5
2020 210 185 10 12
2021 210 160 5 26

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 lived in Thurrock, presumably planning to cross the Thames on the passenger ferry. The school is clearly unhappy with the out of county situation and reduced 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. The school has received funding for a major expansion and saw the capacity increase to 210 for 2020 entrance. Also for 2020, eight of the 12 ooc boys came from Thurrock, the oversubscription criteria giving priority on distance grounds straight across the river. This has changed for 2021 entry.  

  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 61 0
2017 38 7
2018 81 14
2019 64 15
2020 92 14
2021 87  24
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.
For 2020, all 14 successful appeals were from local boys who had not initially been found successful. 
For 2021, all 24 successful appeals were from local boys who had not initially been found successful. 
For 2021 and 2021, all appeals were paper based, conducted by a private independent appeals administrator who arranges for appeals for a wide range of schools.
  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 0.54 (WAA) 67.4 95% -0.06(A,166,C+,161) 


Jan 2015 Outstanding
May 2012 Good