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Medway Secondary Schools & Academies S

Updated February 2021. Admissions Data to April 2021

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 2020 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. 

St John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive School , Chatham.  Voluntary Aided School. Only Catholic Secondary School in Medway. Split site. Has suffered from lack of popularity, with large number of  Local Authority Allocations each year, very high for a church school, where some parents are asked to sign their approval for a Catholic education, although this may be morally difficult for them. Loses local Catholic children to schools in Gravesend and Maidstone. Still suffering from a poor reputation, in spite of Good Ofsted in May 2019 and strong GCSE performance for past two years.
 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
Local Authority Allocations
2016 180 83 27 26
2017 180 67 26 51
2018 180 56 28 58
2019 180 46 3 101
2020 185 65 0 85
2021 185 63 0 62
 
 
2014 - 2020 all first preferences offered
2014 - 2020 no appeals for school admission 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Attain 8
Level 5 
English & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 -0.44 37.8 38%  
2017
-0.06 37.9 22%  
2018 -0.21 (A) 38 21%  -0.08
2019 0.13(A) 41.4 30% -0.05(A,37,D+,27) 

GCSE performance 2018 better than some, improving further for 2019. 

 ST JOHN FISHER OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2019 Full Good
Mar 2017 Full Requires Improvement
Mar 2013 Full Good

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Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School (the Math, the Maths School). Rochester. Outstanding OFSTED November 2008; not inspected since. Became a Converter Academy in October 2011, lead school of the Williamson Trust , with no subsequent Inspection because of the  rules at the time relating to Outstanding schools. Williamson Trust failed its other schools under a very ambitious head who went on to be an HMI and his replacement who sadly died,  and so was re-brokered into Leigh Academy Trust in 2019. No Ofsted for three years under re-brokering rules. Superb facilities. Regularly heavily oversubscribed with applications from across Medway, with a record of 105 first choices turned away in 2020 -  the Hoo Peninsula and into Kent. Hoo often loses out, but some successful on appeal. Holcombe very much a second choice for many boys,Several attempts to change oversubscription criteria have failed after two challenges by me in recent years. For 2019 admission, cut off distance for admission was 6676.26 metres.

One of two Kent and Medway schools chosen as a teaching school hub. An excellent choice for a grammar school. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
Total Offers
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Final places
Year 7 Census
2016 168 186 228 43 197
2017 180 202 238 42 212
2018 180 203 246 54 212
2019 203 203 266 70 216
2020 203 203 298 105
2021 203 203 299 108  

Offered over PAN for several years but now appears to have stabilised to a PAN of 203, conveniently leaving spaces to run up to seven classes of 31 boys after appeals. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2015 35 23
2016 42 16
2017 50 20
2018 56 13
2019 46 15 
2020 80 14
2015 - 20 of the 22 who had previously been assessed selective had appeals upheld
2016 - 9 of the 27 who had previously been assessed selective had appeals upheld
2017 - 12 of the 14 who had previously been assessed selective had appeals upheld
2018 - 13 of the 42 who had previously been assessed selective had appeals upheld
2019 - 12 of the 33 boys who had previously been assessed selective had appeal upheld. 
2020 - 14 of the 62 boys who had previously been assessed selective had appeal upheld
 
The increased number who had previously been assessed selective appealing is probably down to increased oversubscription. Over the past two  years most successful appeals have gone to boys already grammar qualified
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8
Attain 8
Level 5
English & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 0.16 66.1 100%  
2017
0.85 69.7 94%  
2018 0.49(AA) 65.6 90%  0.06(A)
2019 0.53(WAA) 66.5 94% 0.01(A,181,B,178) 

 Very strong academic performance for a non superselective school. 

SIR JOSEPH WILLIAMSON'S OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2008 Full Outstanding

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Strood Academy.  Was one of the original city academies formed by the merger of Chapter School (girls) and Temple School (boys) in new buildings costing £27 million opening in 2012. It was initially sponsored by the University of  the Creative Arts in September 2009, but was taken over in 2017 by the Leigh Academies Trust which has a range of primary and secondary academies in Kent and Medway. The plan was for it to become the Medway Hub for the Leigh Trust in parallel to one in Maidstone. Will it oversee the prestigious Maths School which joined the Trust in 2019?  One of four Medway secondary schools with appeals organised by the same group. Headteacher departed at short notice in March 2020.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2016 240 228 0
2017 240 228 15
2018 240 248 35
2019 240 253 48
2020 260 270 37
2021 260 238 33

 2014 - 2017 no vacant places

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2016 5 5
2017 17 2
2018 19 2
2019 30 5
2020 23 1

 Very tough to win an appeal. Quite a few places become freed after grammar school appeals have taken place, so some fairly local children will get in via waiting lists.  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Attain 8 Level 5
English & Maths
 KS5 Progress
Score
2016 -0.4 42.5 47%%  
2017
-0.27 37.3 18%  
2018 -0.21(BA) 37.4 23%  -0.22(BA)
2019 -0.23 (BA) 38.4 22% -0.44(BA,54,D,16) 

  Disappointing GCSEs in the last two years may have led to the departure of Mrs Gunn, Headteacher. 

STROOD OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jun 2016 Full Good
Jan 2012 Full Good