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Medway Secondary Schools & Academies M-R

updated April 2020

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. 

Rainham Mark Grammar School, Rainham.  Became a Converter Academy in 2011. Lead school in the Rainham Mark Grammar School Academy Group, incorporating Twydall Primary School. The school continues to grow in popularity.  The school selected on high scores until 2017 and has now switched to mainly geographical proximity without apparent loss of popularity.    OFSTED June 2014 - Outstanding. Loses too high a percentage of pupils after GCSE and end of Year 11. For 2016 entry, 22 students dropped out from A Level in Year 12 in 2016, a high 13% of the total. See article. For 2017 19%  after GCSE and 10% at the end of Year 12. For 2018, 16% after GCSE and 9% after Year 12.  For 2019, 20% after GCSE, 9% after Year 12. 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 205 226 37
2015 205 227 29
2016 205 207 19
2017 205 241 62
2018 205 259 33
2019 235 253 27
2020 235 251 29
 
Children were offered places up to 2.8 miles out on allocation for 2019. I do not have separate data for boys and girls but children are offered places according to the criteria irrespective of gender. So best guess would be around a 50/50 split.  
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014
35
5
2015  34 7
2016 25 5
2017 60 6
2018 46 11
2019 43 9
Appeals organised by Independent Appeal Administrator. It is consistently difficult to win a place on appeal.  For reasons I don't understand, the Appeals Panel for this excellent school conducted some of the most aggressive appeals in Kent or Medway. However, for 2018 they changed to use a KCC Panel.
 
2014 - 5 of the 19 who had passed had appeals upheld
2015 - 7 of the 20 who had passed had appeals upheld
2017 - 6 of the 49 who had passed had appeals upheld
2018 - 11 of the 22 who had passed who went to appeal had appeals upheld, so the change of Appeal Administration, whilst it will have made appeals less of an interrogation made no difference to the historical record of only children with a Medway pass being accepted on appeal. 
2019  8 of the nine appeals upheld were for children who had passed the Medway Test.  
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8
Attain 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score*
2016 0.24 66.5    
2017 0.24(AA) 64.3 87%  -0.12(BA)
2018 0.36(AA) 64.8 86% -0.02(A) 
2019 0.27 (AA) 65.7 90% 0.03(A,129,B-,113) 

 

Rainham Mark Ofsted Performance
Inspection Type Outcome

Jan 2016

No Formal
Designation
Issues Regarding
Safeguarding Addressed
Jun 2014 Full Outstanding
Mar 2012 Interim Good
Oct 2008 Full Good
 

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Rainham School for Girls, Gillingham.  The school became a Converter academy, part of the Kemnal Manor Trust (Bromley) in 2011. OFSTED May 2016 - Good again. 
Historically, all girls who apply for places and persist through to appeal have been offered places. Put forward a bizarre plan to develop a primary extension for girls only for 2020 entry that has been quietly dropped. . 
Consistently sound GCSE performance for a non-selective school.   
 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 270 263 44
2015 270 259 37
2016 270 259 0
2017 270 209 1
2018 270 232 17
2019 270 293 63
2020 300 296 37
 
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2015  32 32
2016
28
28
2017 0 0
2018 18 18
2019 56 56
 
For 2015,  through to 2019 there was a group session for appeals and after this the appeal panel decided to offer places to all appellants. No guarantee this will happen for 2020!
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Attain 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 0.3 49.7
 
2017 -0.08 (A) 42.1 33% 0.13(AA) 
2018 0.09(A) 43.4 28% -0.13(BA)
2019 0.31  44.0 31% -0.06(A,123,C-,56)

Typically second Best Non-Selective GCSE performer at Progress 8 and Attainment 8 in Medway 2019 

Rainham Girls Ofsted Performance
  Inspection Type Outcome
May 2016 Full Good
Jun 2012 Full Good
 

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Robert Napier School, Gillingham.  Became an academy sponsored by the Fort Pitt Thomas Aveling Academies Trust in September 2012 OFSTED January 2019 - Good, up from Requires Improvement. Has certainly struggled but appears on the way up.  Now needs to lose its reputation. However, performance slumped again for summer 2019, lowest Medway Progress 8 and Attainment 8.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
LAA
Allocations
2014 210 73 23  42
2015 180 87 0  40
2016
180
85
36
 19
2017 180 94 0  25
2018 180 111 1 11
2019 180 79 0 22
2020 210 109 0 18
 2014 - 2020 all first preferences offered. School filled in recent places caused by pressure on numbers. The new Medway Maritime School opening in 2021 will eat into these. 
 
Most of the Local Authority Allocations would have been unsuccessful applicants for Brompton, Howard or Rainham Girls.
 
2014 - 2018 no appeals for school admission
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Attain 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score*
2016 -0.08 41.7
 
2017 -0.11 (A) 35.3 9% -0.24(BA)
2018 -0.15(A) 37.9 20% -0.72 (WBA) 
2019 -0.64 (WBA) 32.3 10% -0.3( BA,41,D+,10)

Robert Napier Ofsted Performance
  Inspection Type Outcome
Jan 2019 Full Good
Jul 2018 Monitoring Effective Action
Sep 2016 Full Requires Improvement
Jul 2015 Monitoring Effective action
Oct 2014 Monitoring Not Taking Effective Action
Jul 2014 Full Requires Improvement
 

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The Rochester Grammar School. Part of Thinking Schools Academy Trust.  Became a Converter Academy in February 2012. In a complete reversal of its recent history, RGS is giving priority for admission to girls living closest to the school and scrapping its high scores category for 2020 admissions onward. For further details hereOFSTED Outstanding in November 2008. No further  Inspection for 12 years. Had previously put forward smaller changes in Admission criteria to offer more places to connected girls with  basic passes in Medway Test. Some of these were turned down by Schools Adjudicator in 2018.  The school is scrapped A Level from September 2019 onward, changing to 100% International Baccalaureate. 

24 girls dropped out from A Level in Year 12 in 2016, a high 13% of the total. See article, Fell to 10% in 2017, along with all other grammar schools, following my exposure of malpractice. right down to 1% in 2019. Also according to the October 2019 census,  a net 13% of girls left the school after Year 11 (some will have joined). Appears high for a grammar school, but three other Medway grammars had more! 

These losses could be simply down to the pressure that girls are placed on to achieve, with others falling out or being encouraged to leave in the main school if they can't keep up to the standard. However, for those who have the ability and motivation to succeed it is reportedly a great experience, hence the school's popularity. One can only speculate how the school will manage under the new admission rules with the small minority of girls admitted on basic pass scores. Or much more importantly how the girls will fare!

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Cut off.
Marks above
pass score
Out of
County
Allocations
2014 175 172 6  1 53
2015 205 222 24  10 48
2016 175 198 36  18 59
2017 205 268 87  33 76
2018 205 241 55  25 81
2019 175 266 121 58 74
2020 235 238 25
No Longer
Relevant
83
65 of the 83 children from outside Medway come from Kent. Many of these will come from near the boundary with Kent, especially from Gravesham. Part reason for this is that the Medway distance measure is by road rather than a direct measure. As a result children from the Hoo Peninsula rarely qualify being further away having to navigate the Medway bridge on the way for the shortest route (they will tend to go to Fort Pitt). Others will be siblings, a factor that will diminish over time.  
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2016
43
3
2017 69 5
2018 47 8
2019 48 5
All successful appeals in the past five years have been from girls who were found selective by the Medway Test. 
 
2015 - 6 of the 18 who had passed had appeals upheld
2016 - 3 of the 19 who had passed had appeals upheld
2017 - 5 of the 67 who had passed had appeals upheld
2018 - 8 of the 31 who had passed had appeals upheld
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Attain 8
Level 5
Eng and Maths
KS5 Progress
Score*
2016 0.68 71
 
2017 0.88 (WAA) 71 95%  0.1(A)
2018 0.63(WAA) 66.6 87%  -0.01 (A)
2019 0.81 (WAA) 69.0 92% -0.22(BA,117,B-,104)

Consistently very high performance at GCSE. 

 

Rochester Grammar Ofsted Performance
  Inspection Type Outcome
Nov 2008 Full Outstanding
Nov 2003 Full Highly Effective with Outstanding Feature
 
The 2003 Inspection Report is worth visiting to see the difference between then and now. 

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