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Medway Secondary Schools & Academies G-L

Updated April 2019
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.  2018 Allocation data for non-selective schools here and for grammars in 2019 here
The PAN is the Published Admission Number and refers to the number of places available in the year group for each school. In the performance section, (AA) refers to Above Average nationally, (A) to Average.
 
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Greenacre Academy, Chatham, Sixth Form is a partnership with neighbouring school Walderslade Girls. Lead school of the Greenacre Academy Trust, which includes two primary schools. OFSTED Good February 2014. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
LAA
2014 160 141 0 0
2015 160 131 2 0  0
2016 200 122 0 49
2017 200 136 0 23  7
2018 200 161 0 0  10
2019 200 128 0 15 24
 2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  50  
2015 n/a n/a 56  
2016 -0.16 41.1 GCSE Grade 5 or
more Eng & Maths
2017 -0.01 (A) 40.3 24% -0.35(BA)
2018 -0.39 (BA) 37.9 16%  -0.72(WBA)
2019 P -0.26 (BA) 40.5 21%  

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Holcombe Grammar School changed its name on 1st January 2017 from Chatham Grammar School for Boys. Mixed sixth form.  Lost second attempt to controversially convert to co-education from September 2019, and expand to a PAN of at least 180, threatening viability of nearby Chatham Grammar School for Girls. Chequered history, with previous OFSTED failure, but now Graded Good for a second time by OFSTED April 2018. Member of the aggressive Thinking Schools Academy Trust, with a changing  cast of leaders, most recently overseen by non-selective Brompton Academy. Offered late places to a large number of boys in 2017, mainly from London Boroughs. Appears not to have clear strategies, and comes up with apparently impromptu decisions. However GCSE performance is strong. 22% of Sixth Formers left half way through A Level course in 2017, largest percentage across Kent and Medway. Even worse for 2018 at 30%. The school is attempting to put restrictive admission criteria in place. These have been partly withdrawn since I wrote an article pointing out these were unlawful, but I then  successfully  challenged further elements through the Schools Adjudicator

Disgraceful actions at 2018 appeals. I have written a number of articles exposing lies, and massive maladministration, most recently here

As I have written elsewhere, the school has a policy of not identifying staff or leaders on its website, presumably to hide the rapid turnover at the top. This continues, and the previous head, Mr Ben Lillicrap, has now left (September 2019) after being promoted just a year ago, and adverts for a successor have now been placed

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
OOC
Offers
2014 120 51 5 39 16
2015 120 61 6 39 11
2016 120 55 28 30
2017 128 70 0 0 40
2018 150 79 0 0 51
2019 150 67 0 0 67

 According to the October 2017 census, the school  admitted 161 boys that year, a further four being offered places after a complaint to the Regional Schools Commissioner. There was considerable churning, with lower preferences who had been offered places turning them down in favour of other preferred schools through appeals or waiting lists, countered by a high number of appeals being upheld and the school finding additional places for late entrants.  

For 2018 entry, the lower preferences offered places run down to two boys who placed the school in sixth place, and three in 2019.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 45 38
2015 46 31
2016
38
24
2017 47 30
2018 47 4
2019 53 1

Changed its Appeal Panel organiser for 2018 to a KCC Panel which did not understand and were misinformed about the way the Medway Test operates.According to an FOI request, for 2018, there were 58 appeals lodged. Seven of these were from non-Medway residents.  

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng & Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  93  
2015 n/a

n/

99  
2016 0.28 64.7 GCSE Grade 5 or
more Eng & Maths
2017 0.48 (AA) 62.4 82%  -0.11(A)
2018( 0.17 59.2 80%  0.14(AA)

The Howard School, Gillingham.  A unique school, technically bilateral, formed out of a previous grammar school and a non selective boys school, producing two streams which are taught separately so it is not a comprehensive school. There is no separate grammar option on the admission form. Admission is not dependent on the Medway Test. Those who have passed the Medway test are automatically placed in the grammar stream and others who are assessed as being of grammar school ability by an internal test are promoted alongside them.  Mixed sixth form.  Lead school of the Howard Academy Trust working with two Primary schools. OFSTED GoodOctober 2016. One of five Medway secondary schools with appeals organised by the same group

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 250 239 23
2015 250 234 23
2016 250 241 0
2017 250 244 31
2018 250 219 15
2019 263 247 21
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2015 15 11
2016 15 11
2017 15 11
2018  0  0
2019 0 0
 
For the 2019 appeals at the Howard School, four appeals were scheduled, places were offered to three before the appeals,  one withdrew. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  58  
2015 n/a n/a 52  
2016 0.2 49.3 GCSE Grade 5 or
more Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.14 (A) 39.7 26% -0.28(BA)
2018 -0.08 (A) 42.1 28%  -0.28(BA)

 In spite of Bilateral status, GCSE performance average for Medway non-selective schools.

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Hundred of Hoo Academy.  All through Academy admitting at 4 and 11.  Graded Good by OFSTED in December 2012.  Is surely long overdue for a fresh Inspection, especially as there are issues at the school.  In April 2018 the school abandoned an attempt to put restrictive admission criteria in place. 

A member of the Williamson Trust, headed by Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School with four other Hoo Peninsula primary schools. There is a worryingly high proportion of children pulling out of the school Years 7-11 for Home Education and places in other schools. Continues to have the highest loss Year 9-11 for any Medway school at 38% in 2018.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 270 226 1 0
2015 270 207 0 2
2016 270 213 0 23
2017 300 212 0 44
2018 280 203 0 20
2019 275 212 0 0
 
2018 Offers include 12 Local Authority Allocations, 2019 18 LAAs
 
2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  50  
2015 n/a n/a 54  
2016 0.03 45.4 GCSE Grade 5 or
more Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.03 (A) 41.7
31%
 -0.22(BA)
2018 -0.06(A) 40.2 33%  -0.48 (BA)