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Medway Secondary Schools & Academies G-L

Updated April 2019. Data up to date with March 2020 Allocations. Update in Progress

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. 

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Greenacre Academy, Chatham, Became a Converter Academy, April 2012. Lead school of the expanding Skills for Life Trust,  including two primary schools, taken from Special Measures to Good and now including  Walderslade Girls School. Sixth Form is a partnership with Walderslade Girls. Is situated to the south of Medway and loses some children to Kent schools, in exchange for others coming out of Kent. 

 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
2020 185 135 0 0 16
 
2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
GCSE Grade 5 or
more Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 -0.16 41.1
2017 -0.01 (A) 40.3 24% -0.35(BA)
2018 -0.39 (BA) 37.9 16% -0.72(WBA)
2019 -0.27 (BA) 40.6 21% -0.91(WBA,24,D-,5) 

 

Greenacre Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2018 Full Good
Feb 2014 Full Good
 

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Holcombe Grammar School Became a Converter Academy April 2011. Subsequently taken over by the aggressive Thinking Schools Academy Trust after it failed Ofsted June 2013. Changed its name in 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,. Chequered history,  with a changing  cast of leaders, four in two years, most recently overseen by non-selective Victory Academy. Appears not to have clear strategies, and comes up with apparently impromptu decisions, but appears now to be chasing London boys who have passed the Medway Test. .GCSE performance was strong, but is now the lowest GCSE and A Level  grammar school performer in Medway.. 30% of Sixth Formers left half way through A Level course in 2018 The school attempted to put restrictive admission criteria in place which 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

A previous head, Mr Ben Lillicrap, left in July 2019 after being promoted just a year previously, succeeded by David Day form Rochester Grammar and now by Lee Preston in January. He is described as an 'Exceptional School Leader and Experienced Principal' on the school website, but was previously at two non-selective schools, as Deputy Head  at local Thomas Aveling, and Assistant Head at Hayes School. His work is to be overseen by  Mandy Gage, based at Victory Academy, and Director of Education, Chatham Hub, just to be on the safe side; working to Gwnn Bassan, Director of Education, Kent  (having recently changed from Director of Secondary Education)Trust Secondary who works to Stuart Gardner CEO of TSAT. 

Not that any of this whirligig is directly relevant to what is happening on the ground.

Examination performance has been poor recently, hence the attempts to raise the quality of the quality of the intake by reducing its reliance on Chatham boys. I have had a number of very unhappy parents of boys with Special Needs contact me, who have found the school positively unhelpful, presumably as part of the same drive, sadly for a school that once had an excellent reputation for SEN. 

The bottom line is that there is an intense shortage of places for boys in Medway, and with the one grammar alternative Sir Joseph Williamson's massively oversubscribed (the Mixed Rainham Mark is oversubscribed with local children), the school will always have a ready market. Some families choose the non-selective Howard School (below) as an alternative. 

 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
2020 150 74 0 0 42

 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 running 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
 
Prog 8
Attain 8
GCSE Level 5
 Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score*
2016 0.28 64.7
2017 0.48 (AA) 62.4 82%  -0.11(A)
2018 0.17(A) 59.2 80%  0.14(AA)
2019 0.12(A) 59.2 75% -0.22(BA,100,C,100)

 

 Holcombe Grammar Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Apr 2018 Short Good
Sep 2014 Full Good
Feb 2014 Monitoring Reasonable Progress
Oct 2013 Monitoring Plans Fit for Purpose
Jun 2013 Full Special Measures
 

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The Howard School, Gillingham.  Became a Converter Academy Oct 2014. 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 (several choose it as an alternative to Holcombe, above) 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, and the Waterfront UTC, previously the failed Medway UTCOFSTED GoodOctober 2016. 

 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 265 247 21
2020 270 232 6
 
 
 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
GCSE Grade 5 or
more Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score*
2016 0.2 49.3  
2017 -0.14 (A) 39.7 26% -0.28(BA)
2018 -0.08 (A) 42.1 28%  -0.28(BA)
2019 -0.14(A) 42.8 30% -0.28(A,95,D+,27)

 

 Howard Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2016 Short Good
Nov 2013 Full  Good
Jan 2012 Interim Good
 

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Hundred of Hoo Academy.  Became a Sponsored Academy Sep 2011 as a member of the Williamson Trust, headed by Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School with three other Hoo Peninsula primary schools. All through Academy admitting at 4 and 11. All Williamson Trust schools re-brokered to Leigh Academies Trust for January 2019. 

Ofsted July 2019 - Good.  In April 2018 the school abandoned an attempt to put restrictive admission criteria in place. Had a poor reputation with numbers of children being removed for Home Education and places in other schools. Continues to have by some way the highest loss of pupils Year 7-11 for any Medway school at 21% in up to January 2019 (second largest in Kent and Medway combined, to a 22%).  But standards and popularity have risen over the past few years. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
LAAs
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 12
2019 275 212 0 0 18
2020 305 233 1 0 2
 
 
2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Attain 8
GCSE Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score*
2016 0.03 45.4  
2017 -0.03 (A) 41.7
31%
 -0.22(BA)
2018 -0.06(A) 40.2 33%  -0.48 (BA)
2019 -0.07(A) 41.6 33% -0.32(BA,48,C,22)
 
 
Hundred of Hoo Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jul 2018 Full Good
Dec 2012 Full Good