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Medway Secondary Schools & Academies A-C

 (updated September 2018

This page has by some way the largest number of visitors to the Medway schools sections, with 12080 from 2011 to May 2018, although it only has two schools in it, Brompton Academy, massively oversubscribed, and Chatham Grammar School for Girls, with wildly changing fortunes year on year, as will be explained below shortly in an update.

An explanation of how Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are calculated, and further information on the performance of all Medway schools can be found here.
The PAN is the Published Admission Number and refers to the number of places available in the year group for each school.

Bishop of Rochester Academy in Medway. Now under new sponsors and renamed as Victory Academy.

Brompton Academy in Medway specialising in Science and the Arts, re-opened in September 2010 in new premises. Is now in the University of Kent Academy Trust along with Chatham Grammar School for Girls (see below). The Academy was based on New Brompton College, an oversubscribed school being turned into an Academy. It is regularly one of the two most oversubscribed non-selective schools in Kent and Medway, with numbers of applicants still rising, with a huge number of appeals.  Two consecutive Good  Ofsted inspections, most recently March 2017. One of five Medway secondary schools with appeals organised by the same group.

 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 210 350 173
2015 240 351 159
2016 210 338 118
2017 250 387 177
2018 210 409 193
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 66 8
2015 58 7
2016 60 4
2017 67 6
2018 63 5
 
Appeals organised by the same independent group, along with three other Medway secondaries, including Chatham Grammar. Few appeals are successful, and mainly for local pupils with special circumstances as to why this is the only suitable school for them.
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  34
2015 n/a n/a 39
2016 0.41 44.8
% Grade 5 & above
Eng and Maths
2017 -0.15 (A) 37.6 18%
 2018(P)  -0.14(A)  37.5  19%

Chatham Grammar School for Boys.  Changed its name to Holcombe Grammar School on 1st January, 2017.

Chatham Grammar School for Girls, Chatham.  Has struggled with numbers, finance and academic performance for some years. Academy. Good OFSTED February 2018, which recorded: 'The executive principal of the trust wrote to your parents and noted that, ‘currently pupils’ achievement at CGSG [Chatham Grammar School for Girls] is far too low … results could be much better’. This was true. The school’s reputation and the number of parents choosing it had also declined. Even so, it has not been straightforward for you to win over the hearts and minds of all present and future pupils, students, staff and parents and carers. During your four months in post, you have overseen a period of great change at the school. However, you acknowledge that some new developments are not yet fully bedded in. A member of staff observed, ‘We were stuck in our ways and needed a fresh start’. All governors, senior leaders and several staff left at the end of 2016/17. You, your leadership team and UKAT senior leaders have brought a breadth of experience and expertise which has generated many improvements'. The school was under threat from the proposal of Holcombe Grammar School (formerly Chatham Boys' Grammar) to become co-educational. After the school ran up a £2 million deficit by 2016 and ‘Governors have concluded that the Academy Trust is not a going concern following the decision to transfer its operations to an alternative multi-academy trust’ it transferred to University of Kent Academy Trust aided by a £51,000 grant to 'aid its recovery', one of just three such schools in Kent and Medway. School is barely viable in the Sixth Form with only 50% of its Year 11s continuing into the Sixth Form for September 2016, providing a total of just 51 students, although 2017 was better with a 21% fall. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
Year 7
Census Number
2014 142 58 0 68 105
2015 142 63 4 76 93
2016 142 50 0 55 113
2017 142 58 0 6 183
2018 142 40 0 60
 
School made a big mistake in 2016, deciding to limit numbers to three forms of entry, so late applicants were turned down. For 2017 there was a surge in late applicants from London families and, given its financial circumstances the school took everyone it could. Numbers have remained low for 2018 entry. 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 43 35
2015 66 30
2016 65 49
2017 38 29
2018 45 26

One of four Medway secondary schools with appeals organised by the same independent group and, as outcomes show, a very high rate of success. For 2018, no appellants were grammar qualified.

 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  96
2015 n/a n/a 88
2016 0.19 63.3 % Grade 5 & above
Eng and Maths
2017 0 (A) 57.2 86%
2018(P) 0.60(WAA) 63.6 91%

  Massive improvement in performance for 2018