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Medway Secondary Schools & Academies M-R

updated April 2019

An explanation of how Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are calculated, and further information on the performance of all Medway schools (provisionally) 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.

Rainham Mark Grammar School, Rainham.  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, up from Good. 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. 

 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
 
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014
35
5
2015  34 7
2016 25 5
2017 60 6
2018 46 11
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. 
 
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  98  
2015 n/a n/a 97  
2016 0.24 66.5
Grade 5 & above
Eng and Maths
 
2017 0.24(AA) 64.3 87%  -0.12(BA)
2018 0.36(AA) 64.8 86% -0.02(A) 

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Rainham School for Girls, Gillingham.  The school is an academy, part of the Kemnal Manor Trust (Bromley). 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
 
 
 
 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
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  57  
2015 n/a n/a 49  
2016 0.3 49.7
Grade 5 & above
Eng and Maths
 
2017 -0.08 (A) 42.1 33% 0.13(AA) 
2018 0.09(A) 43.4 28% -0.13(BA)

Typically Second Best Non-Selective GCSE performer at Progress 8 in Medway 2018; highest in Attainment 8

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Robert Napier School, Gillingham.  An academy sponsored by the Fort Pitt Thomas Aveling Academies TrustOFSTED January 2019 - Good, up from Requires Improvement. Has certainly struggled but appears on the way up.  Now needs to lose its reputation.

 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
 2014 - 2019 all first preferences offered
 
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
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  31  
2015 n/a n/a 26  
2016 -0.08 41.7
Grade 5 & above
Eng and Maths
 
2017 -0.11 (A) 35.3 9% -0.24(BA)
2018 -0.15(A) 37.9 20% -0.72 (WBA) 

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The Rochester Grammar School. Part of Thinking Schools Academy Trust

News December 2018:  In a complete reversal of its recent history, RGS has proposed to give priority for admission to girls living closest to the school and scrapping its high scores category. For further details here. Admissions for September 2019 have seen pass core soar as siblings from the school and girls from linked primary schools are given priority as long as they have passed the Medway Test. For 2019 cut off it is higher than 349, or 57 points above the pass mark in the Medway Test of 492, much greater than the 2018 gap of 25 points.  

OFSTED Outstanding in November 2008.  Selected mainly on high aggregate scores, but put forward 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 number of first preferences has increased in most years, wholly down to increased pressure from out of county, see below. The school is scrapping A Level from September 2019 onwards 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. This 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!

According to the October 2018 census,  a net 4% 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! Year 12 leavers down to 7%. 

 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
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014
14
5
2015  28 6
2016
43
3
2017 69 5
2018 47 8
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
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  99  
2015 n/a n/a 99  
2016 0.68 71
Grade 5 & above
Eng and Maths
 
2017 0.88 (WAA) 71 95%  0.1(A)
2018 0.63(WAA) 66.6 87%  -0.01 (A)

Consistently very high performance.