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Individual School Information - H

(Last updated February 2019)

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. 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'. Proving a very popular alternative to the two under-performing boys' schools in Tonbridge

 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 
2019 75 102    

 No appeals 2014-17

 

Appeals for School Places
Appeals Upheld
2018 19 5

 No GCSEs before 2018

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
2018 -0.4 (BA)  34.3 17%

No A Levels 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
2019 180 46      

 No appeals for school places 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  19%  
2015 n/a n/a 36%  
2016 n/a n/a
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -1.53 (WBA) 20.3 6%  
2018 -1.19 (WBA)  23.3 6%  -0.19(A)

Lowest Progress and Attainment GCSE scores in Kent for 2017 and 2018. 

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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, has proved very popular with nearly half of all entrants qualifying by the Shepway 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
2018 42 4

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

In 2017, the school decided it could add an additional form of entry, hence the one off sharp increase in successful appeals. 

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2017  0.44(AA)  63.2  85%
2018  -0.05 (A)  59.3  76%  -0.16(BA)

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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 (and for 2019); fourth highest proportion of LAAs (third highest in 2018); tenth highest drop out rate Year 7 to 11.  All variables even lower for 2018 including academic performance.

 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
2019 151 47      

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
A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  47%  
2015   n/a  n/a  61%  
2016   n/a  n/a
 % Level 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017  -0.12(A)  43.8  39%
2018 -0.28(BA) 39.7 29% -0.9(WBA)

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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 
2019 265 305    

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 14 1
2015 9 4
2016 11 3
2017 25 9
2018 0 0
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  43%  
2015 n/a n/a 37%  
2016 n/a n/a
 % Level 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.36 (BA) 37.4 26%  
2018 -0.33(BA),(P) 38.0 18% 0.18(AA)

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Hextable School  became Oasis Hextable Academy and has now closed. 

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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 in 2017 and 2018 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 
2019 120 131        

 In 2017 just filled to 120 girls even with the 26 Highsted Test passes (but see appeals below), but for 2018 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
2018 18 13

Independent Appeals Panel Administrator (non-KCC).

PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8 Attainment 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2018  0.5(WAA)  66.9  97%  -0.13(BA)

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Highworth Grammar School. Admissions have seen a seesaw effect, from some years before 2014. OFSTED 2013 - Outstanding (again). Became an Academy .  Tends to nearly fill and increases Admission number to fit, with historically room for a number of successful appeals, for girls who have not passed the Kent Test. 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 
2019 184 181    

 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
2018 56 23
 
KCC Appeal Panel. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8 Attainment 8
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2017 0.74 (WAA) 46.4 89%  
2018 0.98(WAA) 71.1 95% -0.05(A)

2017 GCSE performance strong in grammar school terms, improved further for 2018.

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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.  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 the opening of 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.  School i being completely rebuilt which should improve matters. 

 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN  1stpreferences 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 
2019 150 51    

 No appeals 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc 
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  31%  
2015 n/a n/a 57%  
2016 n/a n/a
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.38 (BA) 35.9 22%  
2018 -0.61(WBA) 33.5 14%  -0.92(WBA)

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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 
2019 208 223    

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 1 0
2018 0 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)
A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  62%  
2015 n/a n/a 61%  
2016 n/a n/a
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.11 (A) 44.6 43%
2018 0.44(AA) 47.6 33% -0.03(A)

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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. An Ofsted Monitoring Inspection in July 2018 found that 'leaders and managers are not taking effective action towards the removal of special measures'. A subsequent  article, December 2018 brings the sorry story up to date with the headteacher walking away from the disaster.  

 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 
2019 180 62    

 No Appeals 2014-2017

PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  46%  
2015 n/a n/a 30%  
2016 n/a n/a
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.7 (WBA) 36.8 21%
2018 -0.86(WBA) 34.3 16% -0.17(A)

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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. However, GCSE Progress poor over the past three years, and so the school has been classified as Coasting. 

 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 

2019

390 345      

 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)
A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  46%  
2015 n/a n/a 50%  
2016 n/a n/a
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.49 (BA) 37.3 24%
2018 -0.4 (BA) 37.5 23% 0.07(A)

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Hugh Christie School, Tonbridge. Rebuilt under PFI.  OFSTED Dec 2017 - Good again. Popularity has picked up as Hayesbrook (above) has declined. Disappointing Progress over past three years has seen the school classified as Coasting.  A reminder of the inadequacies of using such data is provided by the school: 'For other schools in Kent with between 30% and 40% disadvantaged pupils, our progress 8 is above average. Our Attainment 8, EBACC and Grade 4 English and Maths are amongst the best. We do not off-roll students and do retain a significant number of outliers who are being educated elsewhere for various reasons. The ASD unit also has an impact, with children being placed there in Years 10 and 11 with little chance of making significant gains in their progress'.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
LAAs Vacancies
2014 205 116 31 50
2015 165 126 22 -13 
2016 165 118 20 0 
2017 195 136 30 3 
2018 165 128 8 2 

 No appeals heard 2014-18

PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  43%  
2015 n/a n/a 40%  
2016 n/a n/a
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.28 (BA) 39.2 31%
2018 -0.33(BA) 39.2 26% -0.47(BA)