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Individual School Information - H

(Last updated June 2018)

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.

Unusually, all four non-selective schools in Tonbridge and Hadlow have initial letter in name as 'H', making comparisons simple.  

Hadlow Rural Community School. OFSTED Jun 2015 - Good 'Hadlow Rural Community School is an academy free school which opened to students in September 2013. It was set up by Hadlow College and is located within the college grounds. There is a strong association with the college, which provides many support services. The school is much smaller than average. Currently, it has students in Years 7, 8, 10 and 11. The 60 places available in Years 7 and 8 are not quite filled and there are 58 students due to join Year 7 in September 2015. The 15 places available in Years 10 and 11 are filled. The school is housed in temporary accommodation. The construction of a new school building, which is scheduled to open in 2016, has started. All students follow a land-based curriculum at Hadlow College one day a week'. No examination outcomes yet.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2014 60 51 0  1
2015 60 47 0  0
2016 75 58 0  10
2017 90 98 20 0 
2018 75 126 66 0 

 No appeals 2014-17, but I anticipate there will have been for 2018. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
No exam year yet

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 Hartsdown Academy, Margate. Long serving Headteacher retired summer 2015, replaced by Head of Trinity Free School in Sevenoaks. OFSTED March 2018 - Requires Improvement, blaming previous administration for serious issues. I have described Hartsdown as one of Kent's three Tough Love Academies, as the new headteacher takes a high profile approach to discipline. I have explored the school more recently following the Ofsted Inspection, as it promotes its new image as a school: 'Margate has become a bridge head for eastern European immigration and Hartsdown has specialised in integrating unaccompanied asylum seeking minors'. This may be a deliberate consequence of its having the second lowest proportion of first preferences for admission at any school in the county, and the highest number of children abandoning the school for Elective Home Education.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
LAAs Vacancies
2014 180 99 0 48 4 
2015 180 61 0 63  7
2016 180 87 0 43 14 
2017 180 55 0 77  0
2018 180 51 0 85  0

 No appeals for school places 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  19%  
2015 n/a n/a 36%  
2016 n/a n/a n/a  n/a
2017 -01.53 (WBA) 20.3 n/a 6%

Lowest Progress and Attainment GCSE scores in Kent for 2017. 

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The Harvey Grammar School.  Academy. Harvey introduced the Shepway Test along with Folkestone School for Girls as an alternative way to the Kent Test of gaining admission for September 2014. As a result the school filled for the first time in many years, the majority of boys qualifying through the Kent Test. OFSTED March 2016, Outstanding, up from Good. Popularity increasing as it attracts boys from towards and including Ashford. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN  Offers
Offered
Under
Shepway
Test
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2014 150 150 91 141 0  0
2015 150 150 70 78 1 0 
2016 150 150 72 165 19 0 
2017 150 173 61 146 27 0 
2018 150 150 68 152 6 0 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 30 5
2015 23 5
2016 41 5
2017 36 32

The school operates its own Independent Appeals Panel which appears to operate very professionally. 

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  98%  
2015 n/a n/a 95%  
2016 n/a n/a n/a  n/a
2017 0.44(AA) 63.2 n/a 85%

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Hayesbrook School Became an Academy in 2010. OFSTED Jan 2017 Good again. Sharp fall in popularity for 2015 and 2016 entry,  in spite of its high GCSE performances at that time, fourth best in Kent. Academically slipped since then. Member of the Brook Learning Trust, about whom I wrote a critical article in 2017. Issues include for 2017: Fourth highest vacancy rate in Year Seven; second lowest percentage of first choices; fourth highest proportion of LAAs; tenth highest drop out rate Year 7 to 11 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
LAAs Vacancies
2014 160 118 0 10 0
2015 160 89 0 43 1 
2016 151 53 0 4  84
2017 151 55 0 36 35 
2018 151 56 0 57  1

Number of LAAS continues to rise.

 No appeals for school places 2014-17 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  47%  
2015 n/a n/a 61%  
2016 n/a n/a n/a  
2017 -0.12(A) 43.8% n/a 39%

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Hereson School Combined with Ellington School to form Ellington and Hereson School

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Herne Bay High School Was completely rebuilt under BSF. Is now an academy. Increased intake by 7 to 265 for 2014 entry. Not sure of the logic for this small number. OFSTED Mar 2014 - Good again. Back to normal popularity for 2014, with 36 first choices turned away, up to 42 in 2015 and even higher to 48 for 2016 intake. GCSE 5 A-C pass rate at 43%, above floor level for past three years. sharp fall to 37% for 2015. 3 out of 17 appeals upheld for 2016.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2014 265 290 36  0
2015 258 291 42 0 
2016 258 251 48 0 
2017 265 305 52 0 
2018 265 274 19 -4 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 14 1
2015 9 4
2016 11 3
2017 25 9
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  43%  
2015 n/a n/a 37%  
2016 n/a n/a n/a  
2017 -0.36 (BA) 37.4% n/a 26%

Hextable School  became Oasis Hextable Academy and has now closed. 

Highsted Grammar School Sittingbourne.  Outstanding School according to OFSTED.  Academy. Introduced the Highsted Test in 2016 for 2017 entrance as an alternative and equivalent requirement to a Kent Test pass. No parallel test at Borden Grammar the boys' equivalent, so there will be a discrepancy in ability range across the two schools. A net loss of 20% of cohort from Year 11-12 is one of the highest for a Kent grammar school. Like some other girls' grammars, some will have been tempted across to the boys' equivalent, Borden. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN  Offers
Offered
Under Highsted Test
1st prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2014 120 103 0 102 0  17
2015 120 104 0 102 0 16 
2016 120 111 0 110 0 9 
2017 120 120 26 121 1 0 
2018 120 142 38 127 0 8 

 In 2017 just filled to 120 girls even with the 26 Highsted Test passes (but see appeals below), but for 2018 will have put on an extra form of entry. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 26 20
2015 32 18
2016 27 18
2017 52 33

Independent Appeals Panel Administrator (non-KCC). The higher rate of appeal success for 2017 enabled the school to add an extra form to 5 f.e. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  98%  
2015 n/a n/a 98%  
2016 n/a n/a n/a  
2017 0.31 (AA) 63.3 n/a 87%

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Highworth Grammar School for Girls. Admissions have seen a seesaw effect, from some years before 2014. OFSTED 2013 - Outstanding (again). Became an Academy . A small number of vacancies for 2014 entry but 9 qualified first choices turned away for 2015 entry.  4 vacancies for 2016 admission, 21 out of 46 appeals upheld. Ashford is going through a rapid housing expansion, so demand will only increase. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2014 184 173 0 8
2015 192 195 9 0
2016 184 170 0 4
2017 192 146 0 31 
2018 210 200 0 2 

 Official PAN has been 184, but has taken in extra girls when demand was highest, rising to its peak this year. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 36 9
2015 59 22
2016 46 21
2017 53 36
 
KCC Appeal Panel. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  n/a  
2015 n/a n/a n/a  
2016 n/a n/a n/a  
2017 0.74 (WAA) 46.4 n/a 89%

2017 GCSE performance strong in grammar school terms.

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 High Weald Academy, previously The Angley School, Cranbrook. e last of Kent's 'Thameside High Schools'. Was technically comprehensive for years 7 & 8 with transfer of the ablest pupils to Cranbrook School at 13+. Cranbrook now recruiting 60 day pupils at age 11 so this concept is dead. Many bright children from the area have sought alternatives at age 11, so the number who transfered is fewer than might be expected, and have to compete for places with prospective boarders from private schools across the country. OFSTED Jul 16 - Requires Improvement again. Back in 2013 I asked, is it still viable?  No sign of improvement since, although a regular turn over of headteacher as sponsors The Brook Learning Trust sought to solve the problems. The school will have been further hit by Hadlow Rural Community College, some Cranbrook children travelling to Tenterden to avoid it. My critical article about the Brook Learning Trust identifies major problems with allocation, fall out, LAAs and academic performance. 

 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
LAAs
Vacancies
2014 180 57 11 103
2015 180 56 17 97 
2016 150 64 7 75 
2017 150 66 20 57 
2018 150 40 32 64 

 No appeals 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  31%  
2015 n/a n/a 57%  
2016 n/a n/a n/a  
2017 -0.38 (BA) 35.9 n/a 22%

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Hillview School for Girls Regularly oversubscribed. 47 first choices oversubscribed for 2011, 59 for 2012, 45 for 2013. All appeals successful in some but not all years, including 2013. OFSTED Mar 18 - Good Again. Consistently amongst the highest performing non-selective schools in Kent.   

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2014 208 195 30  0
2015 208 161 10 0 
2016 208 167 0 0 
2017 208 175 3 0
2018 240 205 13 0 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 1 0


Although school fills on allocation, it will lose girls to grammar school appeals. In most years the school starts off with waiting lists and appeals, but these are manageable enough to be usually resolved by offers and wastage before appeals heard. 

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  62%  
2015 n/a n/a 61%  
2016 n/a n/a n/a  
2017 0.11 (A) 44.6 n/a 43%

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Holmesdale School Snodland. OFSTED Feb 2018, Special Measures down from Good in 2014. A disaster area. Numbers include a large number from Medway, 23 in 2018 on allocation, although understandably down from the 80 or so in previous years. Completely rebuilt under PFI scheme 2008, so has been unable to apply to become an academy for financial reasons. I wrote in 2016: 'Popularity is declining sharply and there were plenty of spaces for 2013 entry for this previously oversubscribed school, rising to 49 for 2014 and 55 for 2015, even before appeals elsewhere. Question: Why, with two consecutive good OFSTED's and new local housing developments, is its popularity plummeting? I have asked this question ever since the OFSTED, without a convincing answer'. My March 2018 article supplies many of the answers, the current Year 11 cohort having lost over a third of its Year 11 cohort since joining the school in Year 7, way ahead of any other Kent school showing massive parental dissatisfaction with amongst other matters rapidly falling GCSE performances. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
LAAs Vacancies
2014 180 117 4  49
2015 180 109 8 55
2016 180 123 1 46 
2017 180 67 18 75 
2018 180 75 22 52 

 No Appeals 2014-2017

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  46%  
2015 n/a n/a 30%  
2016 n/a n/a n/a  
2017 -0.7 (WBA) 36.8 n/a
21%

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Homewood School, Tenterden. Academy. Largest school in Kent., Now lead school in the Tenterden Schools Trust, incorporating Homewood and its three local primary school. All a strong arrangement, provided you don't fall out with the Trust. Admits 20% of its children by ability, no matter where they live, but currently irrelevant as the school's expansion means all can be accommodated. The headteacher is Sally Lees, previously Head of Dover Grammar Boys which was an interesting appointment, given Homewood's implacable opposition to grammar schools over the past decade or more, but perhaps indicative of its academic aspirations.  She has resurrected the schools previous excellent reputation and popularity. OFSTED 2017 - Good again. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered

LAAs

Vacancies
2014 390 347 7 0  0
2015 390 317 0 1 0 
2016 390 331 6 0 0 
2017 410 296 0 5 47 
2018 420 324 0 7 33 

 When there was oversubscription, well worth waiting list and going for appeal - all applicants who  persevered have been catered for. 

No appeals heard 2014-17 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  46%  
2015 n/a n/a 50%  
2016 n/a n/a n/a  
2017 -0.49 (BA) 37.3 n/a 24%

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Hugh Christie Technology College, Tonbridge. Rebuilt under PFI.  OFSTED Dec 2017 - Good again. Popularity has picked up as Hayesbrook (above) has declined. 

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered

LAAs

Vacancies
2014 205 116 0 31  50
2015 165 126 0 22 -13 
2016 165 118 0 20 0 
2017 195 136 0 30 3 
2018 165 128 0 8 2 

 No appeals heard 2014-17

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  43%  
2015 n/a n/a 40%  
2016 n/a n/a n/a  
2017 -0.28 (BA) 39.2 n/a 31%