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Medway Secondary Schools & Academies A-F

 updated February 2021. Admissions Data to April 2021

This page has by some way the largest number of visitors to the Medway schools sections, with 14,249 consulting the page from 2015 to March 2020, although it only has two schools in it, Brompton Academy, massively oversubscribed, and Chatham Grammar  with wildly changing fortunes year on year.

You will find an initial article on 2020 allocations here, an article on 2020 oversubscription data for Medway 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 Medway schools with 2019 GCSE scores go to here for explanation. In the Individual performance table, under KS5 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 Medway Council website page also gives considerable factual material about each separate secondary school. 

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

Brompton Academy  This is the most oversubscribed school in Medway on an annual basis, the 2020 figure of 249 first choices turned away is, sadly for the many disappointed families,  a record number for non-selective schools across Kent and Medway.  Previous names Upbury Manor, a troubled school, and then New Brompton College. It re-opened in September 2010 in new premises as an Academy.  Is now in the University of Kent Academy Trust along with Chatham Grammar (see below).  Success at appeal requires an exceptional case. One of three Medway secondary schools with appeals organised by the same group. Unsuccessful attempt to change oversubscription rules for 2019 entry. 

 
 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 230 409 193
2019 230 426 218
2020 230 465 249
2021 230 450 239
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 66 8
2015 58 7
2016 60 4
2017 67 6
2018 63 5
2019 72 7
2020 55 10
 
Appeals organised by the same independent group, along with two 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. The 2020 appeals were paper based. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Attain 8
Level 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
KS5 Progress
Score*
2016 0.41 44.8  
2017 -0.15 (A) 37.6 18%   -0.54(WBA)
2018 -0.14(A)  37.6  20%  -0.11(A)
2019  -0.12(A) 39.0 29% -0.05(A,47,C-,10) 

 
Brompton Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2017 Short Good
Oct 2012 Full Good
 

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

Chatham Grammar, Chatham, previously Chatham Grammar School for Girls.  Has struggled with numbers, finance and academic performance for some years. Became an Academy in 2012.  The school was under threat from the proposal of Holcombe Grammar School (formerly Chatham Boys' Grammar) to become co-educational in 2017 and 2018. 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 stopped being an independent academy and joined 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 to receive such a grant. Struggles to retain Sixth Form students with a high loss from Year 11  to Year 12 with 37% of girls not following through in  2018, and 32% in 2019. For 2020 it reached 42% of its Year 11 girls not staying on, a figure exceeded only by competing Rochester Grammar with 54% and Dover Boys with 59% across the county. The 21 students it picked up to compensate mainly came from non-selective schools 

However, salvation has come through the large number of London girls taking up places in Year Seven, with 75 of the 134 offers for September 2019, over half of the total, being to ooc girls.  However, this fell sharply to 43 for 2020 entry. Makes up numbers with a high success rate at appeal, 81% in 2019, by some way the highest percentage in Medway or Kent, soaring to an unprecedented figure for a grammar school of 94%  in 2020. 

My article in October 2020, entitled 'Desperate Advertising' underlines the crisis around this school.  This could all be solved if the school went co-educational. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
OOC
Year 7
Vacant
places
Year 7
Census
2014 142 58 0 7 68 105
2015 142 63 4 3 76 93
2016 142 50 0 14 55 113
2017 142 58 0 36 6 183
2018 142 40 0 26 60 115
2019 180 56 0 75 46 162 
2020 180 66 0 43 80 163
2021 150 52 0 48 44  
 
School made a big mistake in 2016, deciding to limit numbers to three forms of entry, so late applicants were turned down. From 2017 there has been a surge in late applicants from London families and, given its financial circumstances, the school took everyone it could. However, numbers remained low for 2018 entry, well up for 2019, with a total of 134 offers. The much higher figures for 2019 and 2020 have been boosted by the very large success rates at appeal.
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 43 35
2015 66 30
2016 65 49
2017 38 29
2018 45 26
2019 58 47
2020 63 59

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. The high success rate for 2019 reflects the low proportion of Medway girls offered places on allocation. The 2020 appeals were paper-based. With Medway Council not operating late testing, some of these will be for late applicants who present alternative evidence to try and convince the panel the girls are of grammar schools ability.   

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Attain 8
Level 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
KS5 Progress
Score*
2016 0.19 63.3  
2017 0 (A) 57.2 86%  0.04(A)
2018 0.60(WAA) 63.7 91% 0.05(A) 
2019 0.52(WAA) 60.0 82% -0.47(BA,63,D+,55)

* In brackets - Level Achieved (Average), Number taking one A Level, 3 A Levels

 Massive improvement in GCSE performance for 2018 . In spite of difficulties, Well Above Average Progress 8 in 2019, but poor A Level performance. 

 
Chatham Grammar Ofsted Performance
  InspectionType Outcome
May 2018 Full Good
Jan 2018 Short
Priorities for
Improvement Identified
Nov 2012 Full Good
 

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 Fort Pitt Grammar School. Situated in the site and some buildings of the old Fort Pitt. Has capacity for and had intake of 180, but reduced to 120 quite a few years ago, but has been back up to 150 for the past two years.   Part of the Fort Pitt Thomas Aveling (FPTA) Academies Trust. Has not had an Ofsted inspection sinceOutstanding March 2009, having converted to academisation in February 2012 and subject to a policy not to re-inspect Outstanding schools that has now been withdrawn. Has unusual oversubscription criteria, broadly giving preference to girls living within two miles of the school, then on the Hoo Peninsula. The latter is because these girls would otherwise find it very difficult to access a Medway grammar if they were not super-selective. Up to 2019 almost no out of Medway girls were offered places, but the 2020 change at Rochester Grammar giving priority to local girls changed this, hitting Fort Pitt hardest. Every one of the 139 first preferences won a place and 20 girls living outside Medway were awarded places, including 12 from Kent. Has not admitted more than four girls on appeal for the past six years. Until at least 2019 it applied the Review process rule fiercely

Very difficult to win an appeal with no more than four succeeding in any of the past six years. Until 2019 it was essential to have passed the Medway Test, but in that year two of the four successes had not passed, probably not having gone to appeal. It may be easier this year with little pressure on places. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st pref
not offered
OOC
Offers
2016 120 137 35 2
2017 120 157 33 2
2018 120
116
17 2
2019 150 118 18 2
2020 150 139 0 20
2021 150 143 2 17

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 34 4
2015 36 3
2016 41 4
2017 59 3
2018 39 4
2019 41  4
2020 25  2
2016 - 4 of the 20 who had passed had appeals upheld
2017 - 3 of the 36 who had passed had appeals upheld
2018 - 4 of the 14 who had passed had appeals upheld
2019 - 2 of the 9 who had passed had appeals upheld 
2020 - None of those appealing had previously passed.  
Appeals heard by a Panel dedicated to the one school.  
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Grade 5 & above
Eng and Maths
KS5 Progress
Score*
2016 0.02 62.4    
2017 0.32(AA) 60.8  75%  -0.17(BA)
2018 0.41(AA) 64.5 79%   -0.04(A)
2019 0.36(AA) 65.2 87% -0.15(BA,93,C+,92)

 

 Fort Pitt Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Mar 2009  Full Outstanding
May 2006 Full Good
 

 

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