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 Kent Primary schools have continued to produce a very high pattern of OFSTED outcomes above the national averages since my previous report in February, with 3 more schools ‘Outstanding’, and 12 Assessed ‘Good’ out of the 19 schools inspected, with none failing. Even more pleasing for the families concerned, 10 of these have improved their rating, as against just 4 declining. The three ‘Outstanding’ schools are: Chiddingstone, Sevenoaks; St Martin’s CofE, Folkestone; and Wickhambreux CofE, Canterbury.

             chiddingstone 2       St Martins Folkestone                                                   Wickhambreux    

   

Special mention to St Martin’s, together with Kemsley Primary Academy in Sittingbourne and St Francis Catholic in Maidstone, which have each leapt two categories, Kemsley and St Francis (see below) up from Special Measures to ‘Good.’

In Medway, things also look much better with its first two ‘Outstanding’ schools for two years out of the eight assessed - The Pilgrim Primary in Borstal, and Cliffe Woods Primary, an Academy so independent of Medway Council, both up from "Good"  on their previous assessment. The other six were all assessed as ‘Good’ and, although one has slipped from Outstanding, two others have improved, so overall some improvement on previous results.

      cliffe woods       Pilgrim

At the foot of this article, is a table of the relevant data for both Authorities in 2014/15, compared with the most recent national figures, and you can compare them with 2013/14 via the link here.

Whilst not a primary school, I am also happy to congratulate here Five Acre Wood Special School, Maidstone, on its recent Outstanding OFSTED Report, joining seven other Outstanding Kent Special Schools out of a total of  20, eleven of the others being graded 'Good'.......

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Parents of Kent primary aged children looking to enter school in September, or transfer from Infant to Junior schools  have now received a letter informing them of the allocated school. All families who have not been offered their first choice school have also been told how to apply for waiting lists or submit an appeal.

The figures below show the outcome of a major planning operation by KCC following last year's primary school places crisis, producing the best figures for three years.At the time of writing, I am not aware of any local difficulties. 

 The headline is: the highest number and proportion of children being offered their first choice for three years; and the lowest number and proportion being allocated a place by Kent County Council after being offered no school of their choice - a fall of 20% over 2012. These very good figures are in spite of a steady rise in the number of primary aged children coming through the system. However there are still 661 children without a school of their choice. Kent and Medway parents who wish to seek my advice may like to consider using my Telephone Consultation to discuss options, so feel free to send me details of your situation  and I will let you know if I have practical advice to offer. You will see from my Primary Appeals Information page, that sadly, for most schools chances of success at appeal are very unlikely.

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Article produced for Kent on Sunday: 24 February 2013, reproduced here (there are two items by me in this edition).  

 As this is the first article in a series, and I have tended to highlight the negative features of the education service in the past, I thought it would be appropriate to applaud a major achievement by teachers in Kent’s primary schools.

I have in the past been highly critical of the schools’ performance as measured by both OFSTED and Key Stage Two results at the end of children’s time in primary school, but recent statistics show a dramatic improvement in Kent’s OFSTED standard.

This follows a new strategy for improvement prepared by KCC last year, and I have now measured the change by comparing OFSTED Reports recorded since September with those of previous years. For the two and a half years until July 2012, there were 278 OFSTED Reports for Kent primary schools, of which just 41% were ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, the majority being ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Inadequate’ (making up the four possible grades), with an unacceptable 36 schools failing their inspection. Contrast this with the more recent performance by 51 schools, achieving 63% ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, an improvement of over half again on the previous figure.

This would have been even better were it not for the continuing dire performance of Maidstone’s schools, which have a record of being the worst performing district since I started keeping records, every one of the six schools being inspected since September graded ‘Requires Improvement’ the replacement grade for ‘Satisfactory’, not one of which improved its performance from the previous inspection.

Of the schools elsewhere in Kent, there is a massive improvement on each school’s previous inspection result, with 30 schools upping their rating and just four declining.  Of course this has all been done at a cost, and the number of Kent primary headteachers leaving their posts mid-year appears anecdotally to be higher than last year.

This improvement could be partially down to the new OFSTED grading system being more generous than its predecessor, and we don’t yet have national statistics to compare but, given the uncompromising attitude of the Chief OFSTED Inspector, this would appear hardly likely. Instead, I believe it is because of a new positive attitude and higher expectations in Kent, which is bringing results. Congratulations to all concerned, but do spare a thought for the casualties, often school leaders who have given their very best for their schools, but have not been able to deliver for whatever reason.

For comparison, I also looked at the Medway figures. With just 12 schools inspected, this is a less reliable measure, but even here, there is a distinct upward movement, with 50% ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’, up from 34%. However, two schools failed the OFSTED since September, the same as in Kent, but with a quarter of the numbers. On the other hand, St Nicholas CofE Infant School in Strood deserves special mention, as the only Medway primary school to be awarded an ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED in four years, out of a total of 71 inspections. Kent has 20 in the same period, including Cobham Primary school and Sheldwich Primary school who achieved the same accolade since September.  You will find a summary of each school’s OFSTED inspection result, together with further information on some individual schools, on my website, at www.kentadvice.co.uk.

 

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Congratulations to Kent primary schools

 

cobham

I have in the past been highly critical of Kent primary schools performance as measured by both OFSTED and Key Stage Two results at the end of children’s time in primary school, but recent statistics show a dramatic improvement in Kent’s primary OFSTED standards. 

sheldwich

This follows a new strategy for improvement prepared by KCC last year, and I have now measured the change by comparing OFSTED Reports recorded since September with those of previous years. For the three years until July 2012, there were 278 OFSTED Reports for Kent primary schools, of which just 41% were ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, the majority being ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Inadequate’ (making up the four possible grades), with an unacceptable 36 schools failing their inspection. Contrast this with the more recent performance by 51 schools, achieving 63% ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, an improvement of over half again on the previous figure. You will find a record of every Kent primary school OFSTED for the past four years here, with Medway here, along with further information on some schools.  

This would have been even better were it not for the continuing dire performance of Maidstone’s primary schools, which have a record of being the worst performing district since I started keeping records,......

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Kent on Sunday published an abbreviated version of a prepared article last Sunday,  on KCC's handing over of low performing primary schools to academy trusts; the full article being reproduced here.

What follows is an update and amplification of that article, carried out as time permits.

Kent County Council is quietly resolving the problem of low performing primary schools by handing them over to sponsors, mainly large academy trusts, in a dramatic change to the face of Kent education. Interestingly, in Kent on Sunday this week, in a comment on this article, a spokeswoman for KCC is reported as saying "school governors, through discussion with the Department for Education and KCC, make their own decisions to become an academy". Rubbish, as many governing bodies can testify. Government has made clear that low performing schools are required to become academies (no freedom for governor choice there, as made public by the case of Downhills Primary in London and many others); governors report that KCC has put pressure on them to convert; some headteachers who have resisted conversion have "left" their schools; some governing bodies have been removed - in any case conversion sees new governors appointed, sometimes with members who have nothing to do with the local community, usually with a reduction in the number of parent governors, sometimes to as few as one.  All this too often without the knowledge of parents who have no right of consultation over the change. 

A classic example is Dame Janet Community Infant School in Ramsgate, placed in Special Measures by OFSTED in January. A recent follow up OFSTED inspection is highly critical describing progress as inadequate.  KCC ought to have.....

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I now have detailed information on Kent and Medway primary school admission offers for September 2012. On the surface, all looks well with a healthy 95% of children in Kent being offered one of their three choices, similar to last year. However, with rising rolls the number of children being allocated a school they hadn’t chosen has risen from 564 to 818 in two years, a worrying rise of 45%.

You will find more general information in a separate article below.  I have started to provide more detailed information on difficult areas, via the links below. 

Analysis of the figures shows a sharp contrast between most of West Kent and most of East Kent and between urban and rural areas. Maidstone town is the most difficult area, with over 100 children allocated to schools they did not apply for (you will find an earlier article on part of the problem here) and NO places free in any school in the town. Other problem areas include:........

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Sunday, 07 November 2010 20:26

Pressure on Kent Primary Reception Class Places


I wrote an article on this subject for the Gravesend Reporter in September, and another one in Kent On Sunday, with Radio Kent picking up the information and running it as a main story.
In summary, Kent has seen a dramatic fall in the number of vacant primary school places in the past six years from 3299 in the Reception Year in 2005-6, to an estimated 108 across the whole county next September.

KCC recommends a vacancy rate of from 5-7%, but these figures represent a surplus of just 0.7%. A part of the drop in vacant spaces was caused by the removal of 1312 places in areas such as Dover where there are empty classrooms, but there are worrying problems ahead for next September. Four districts are forecast to have  a shortage of places overall: Gravesham 11% (!); Tunbridge Wells and Dartford 8%, and Thanet 0.1 %. Two other areas that cause concern are Tonbridge which has fallen from a surplus of 19% to a minute one of 2.5%,  and Sevenoaks falling from 12% surplus to 5%. The three West Kent numbers are of particular significance as they indicate a considerable shortage of secondary school places in the area in a few years time, which will put additional pressure on all the six already oversubscribed grammar schools, for local children. For September just past, KCC put an additional 55 temporary places into TW primary schools, but this left just 3 spaces vacant in a single school at allocation day in March. Some children may subsequently have taken up places in Independent schools, but others will have moved in, so the crisis is real and getting worse.
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Medway Primary Schools

Updated May 2019

Entries on this page include the OFSTED Grade for each Primary School updated twice a year, also recording change from previous Inspection result, together with some other relevant information below. It is worth using the search engine on the Home Page to pick up other references to individual schools.

You will find advice on Primary school Admissions and Appeals here

You can read the full Report on each Primary School at OFSTED. Each school is awarded a main Grade: Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement (previously Satisfactory), and Inadequate (two sub categories - A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and requires significant improvement but leadership and management are judged to be Grade 3 or better - A school that requires special measures is one where the school is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the school’s leaders, managers or governors have not demonstrated that they have the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school). Each Report carries a brief description of the school before justifying its decision in more detail. If a school is in Special Measures or Serious Weaknesses, the results of further monitoring visits are noted.

A majority of the schools that have previously had a 'Good' or 'Outstanding' assessment are given a Short Inspection (known as Section 8). These are indicated by 'Good (S). These will be confirmed in their assessment grade. However for some of these schools, the Inspection Team may consider that there are concerns, or in the case of a Good school, grounds for raising the Grade and this can only be done by a full Section Five Grade. These are recorded for example as  'Outstanding (SC) or 'Good (SR). 

You will find an analysis of oversubscription and vacancies for  Medway Primary Places for September 2020 Admissions here, 2019 Admissions here,  2018 Admissions here, for 2017 here, and for 2016 hereThese each contain considerable additional material on many of the Medway primary schools. 

Reports on Inspections between between September 2019 and April 2020  are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones. With all schools closed by Coronavirus after Friday 20th March, any inspections not published by that date will be held over until the re-opening. Whether there are any further school inspections this school year, will be up to government, but I consider it unlikely, as even if they do it will be on a very different basis to normal. 

(A) Indicates the school is an Academy (2017 onwards)

Reports published post August 2019 and pre April 2019 are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones.
MEDWAY PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS
Sep 2019 - Apr 2020
School OFSTED Grade Date Change
CHATHAM
All Faiths Children's Academy (A) Good Jan 20 Up one
Kingfisher (A) Good Sep 2019 Up one
Phoenix Junior (A) Requires Improvement Dec 19 Down One
St Michael's RC Good (S) Nov 19 No change
 

GILLINGHAM

Napier (A) Good Dec 19 Up one
Saxon Way (A) Good Jan 20 No change
Woodlands (A) Good Dec 19 No change
 
HOO
Stoke (A) Good Jan 20 Up one
 
RAINHAM
Riverside (A) Good Nov 19 No change
St Margaret's Infant Good (S) Feb 20 No change
Thames View (A) Good (S) Jan 20 No change
 
ROCHESTER
Crest Infant Good Feb 20 No change
Warren Wood Good  Oct 19 Up one
 
STROOD
No Inspections in this period    

 

 

MEDWAY PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS
Sep 2018 - Jul 2019
School OFSTED Grade Date Change
CHATHAM
All Saints CofE Good (S) Jul 19 No change
Luton Infant Requires Improvement Oct 18 No change
St Benedict's Catholic Good (S) May 19 No change
Swingate (A) Good (S) Nov 18 No change
Walderslade (A) Good (S) Nov 18 No change
Wayfield (A) Good May 19 Up two
 

GILLINGHAM

Balfour Junior (A) Good (S) Dec 18 No change
Brompton-Westbrook (A) Good (S) Jan 19 No change
Byron (A) Requires Improvement Sep 18 Up one
Deanwood (A) Good (S) Nov 18 No change
Fairview Good (S Apr 19  No change
Hempsted Infant  Good Sep 18  Up one
Lordswood (A) Good   Jan 19 Up one 
Twydall (A)
Effective Action After
Serious Weaknesses
Mar 19
 
HOO
Allhallows (A) Good Jun 2019 No change
Hoo St  Werbergh (A) Good (S) Sep 18 No change
St Helen's CofE Good (S) Jun 19 No change
 
RAINHAM
Parkwood Infant  Good (S) Feb 19 No change
 
ROCHESTER
Balfour Infant Good (S) Jun 19 No change
Balfour Junior (A) Good (S) Jan 19 No change
Chattenden (A) Good (S) Nov 18 No change
St Peter's Infant Good Dec 18 No change
 
STROOD
Cedar Children's(A) Good Jun 2019 Up one
Temple Mill (A)  Good Oct 18 Up two

 

MEDWAY
PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2017-18
School OFSTED Grade Date Change
CHATHAM
All Saints CofE (A) Good Jun 18 No change
Horsted Junior Good Mar 18 No change
Luton Junior Outstanding Sep 17 Up one
Oaklands Good Feb 18 Up one
St John's CofE Infant (A) Good Jun 18 No change
St Mary's Island CofE (Aided) Good Mar 18 No change

GILLINGHAM

Burnt Oak Requires Improvement Jun 18 Down One
Hempstead Junior Good Jun 18 No change
Napier Community (A) Requires Improvement Oct 17 

No change 

St Mary's Catholic Good Oct 17 No change
Twydall (A) Serious Weaknesses Jul 18 No change
HOO
High Halstow (A) Good Jan 18 No change
St James CofE Primary (A) Good Jan 18 No change
Stoke Community (A) Requires Improvement Sep 17 No change
RAINHAM
St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic (A) Good Jun 18 No change
St Margaret's CofE Junior (A) Good Jul 18 No change
St Thomas of Canterbury RC Good Jan 18  No change 
ROCHESTER
St William of Perth (A) Good May 18 No change

STROOD
All Faith's Children's Community (A)   Requires Improvement Nov 17 Down One
English Martys Catholic Good Feb 18 No change

 

MEDWAY
PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2016-17
School OFSTED Grade Date Change
CHATHAM
Kingfisher Community Requires Improvement Jul 17 No change
Requires Improvement
Oct 16
No change
New Horizons Children's Academy Good May 17 First inspection
New Road Primary Good Jun 17 Up one
 

GILLINGHAM

Inadequate
Mar 17 
Down one 
  
 
HOO
Outstanding
Sept 16
No change
 
 
 
RAINHAM
Park Wood Junior Good
Mar 17 
No change 
  
 
ROCHESTER
Delce Junior Requires Improvement Mar 2017 Down one
Good
Feb 17 
Up two 
Good Feb 17 No change
Cuxton Community Infant Good Feb 17 No change
Cuxton Community Junior Good Jul 17 Up two
Warren Wood Primary Academy Requires Improvement Jun 17 Up one
Wainscott Primary Good Jun 17 Up one
 
STROOD
No schools inspected

 

MEDWAY PRIMARY OFSTED 2015-16
School OFSTED Grade Date Change
CHATHAM
Balfour Infants Good Nov 15 No Change
Balfour Juniors Good Oct 15 No Change
Horsted Infant Outstanding Jun 16 Up one
Luton Infant Requires Improvement May 16 No change
Oaklands Requires Improvement Jan 16  No change
Phoenix Junior Academy Good May 16 No change
St Michael's RC Good Jan 16 Up one
Wayfield Primary (A) Special Measures May 16 Down two
                                                                                                 

GILLINGHAM

Barnsole Outstanding Mar 16 Up two
Hempstead Infant Requires Improvement May 16 No change
Hempstead Junior**  Section 8 Emergency Inspection  Jan 16
Oasis Skinner Street (A)* Effective Action to Remove SM Dec 15
Effective Action to Remove SM Mar 16
Good Jun 16 Up two
Saxon Way Primary (A)  Good  Jun 16  Up two
Woodlands Academy Good Jan 16 No change
                                                                                                                                                
HOO
Hoo St Werburgh Good Jan 16 Up one
St Helen's CofE, Cliffe Good Nov 15 Up One
 
                                                                                                                                                        
RAINHAM
St Margaret's Infants Good Mar 16 No change
                                                                                                          
ROCHESTER
Delce Infant Good Jun 16 Up one
 Hilltop, Frindsbury  Good  Feb 16  Up one
       
                                                                                                                                                  
STROOD
 Elaine Primary Academy  Requires Improvement  Jun 16  No change
Temple Mill Effective Action to Remove SM
 Sep 15
       

  * Oasis Skinner Street, see article here.

    Hempstead Junior**  See articles here,

 

 

MEDWAY PRIMARY OFSTEDS 2014-15
School OFSTED Grade Date Change
CHATHAM
Greenvale Infants Reasonable progress to removal of SW Nov 14
Requires Improvement May 15 Up one
Kingfisher (A) Requires Improvement Jun 15 Up one
New Road Requires Improvement Jun 15 No change
St John's CofE Infant Good Mar 15 Up one
St Benedict's RC
Good Jul 15 No change
Swingate
 Good  Nov 14  Down one
                                                                                                 

GILLINGHAM

Brompton-Westbrook (A) Good Feb 15 No change
Burnt Oak Good Mar 15 Up one
Byron**
Reasonable progress to removal of SM Feb 15
Insufficient Progress to removal of SM May 15
Fairview Community Good  Jun 15 Up one
Featherby Junior Requires Improvement Jan 15 No change
Miers Court Good Mar 15 No change
Oasis Skinner Street (A)* Special Measures  May 15 Down one
Park Wood Infant Good Mar 15 No change
Rivermead  Good  Sep 14  No change
Thamesview Good Jun 15 Up one
 Twydall**
  School not enough progress to removal of SM.
School improvement plan remains unfit for purpose.
 Oct 14
 Reasonable progress to Removal of SM   Jan 15
  Reasonable progress to Removal of SM  Mar 15
Reasonable Progress to removal of SM May 15
Walderslade Good May 15 Up one
                                                                                                                                                
HOO
All Hallows (A) Good Jun 15 Up two
 Cliffe Woods (A)  Outstanding  Mar 15
                                                                                                                                                        
RAINHAM
                                                                                                          
ROCHESTER
Bligh Infants Outstanding  Jul 15 Up one
Chattenden Good Nov 14 No change
Pilgrim Outstanding Mar 15 Up one
St Peter's Infants Good Dec 14 No change
Temple Mill****
Special Measures Oct 14 Down one
LA Statement of Action fit for purpose
School Action Plan not fit for purpose 
 Jan 15
 Insufficient Progress to Remove SM   Apr 15
                                                                                                                                                  
STROOD
Cedar Requires Improvement Jun 15  No change
 Wainscott  Good  Mar 15  Down one

 * Oasis Skinner Street, see article here.

**Byron, see article here.

*** Twydall, most recent article here

**** Temple Mill, most recent mention here.

 

MEDWAY PRIMARY OFSTEDS 2013-14
School OFSTED Grade Date Change
CHATHAM
Balfour Junior Requires Improvement Sep 13 Down One
Greenvale Infants Serious Weaknesses Jan 14 Down two
Good progress since SW July 14
Horsted Junior Good Apr 14 Up one
Luton Infant Requires Improvement Mar 14 Down one
Oaklands Requires Improvement Oct 13 No Change
St Mary's Island CofE (Aided) Reasonable progress following SM Nov 13
Good Mar 14 Up two
St Michael's RC Requires Improvement Oct 13 No change
Walderslade Insufficient Progress following RI Sep 13
GILLINGHAM
Barnsole Requires Improvement Dec 13 Down one
Byron Special Measures Jan 14 Down two

local authority statement of action is fit for purpose.
The school’s improvement plan is fit for purpose.

May 14
Featherby Infant Good Feb 14 No change
Hempstead Junior  Good  Oct 13 No change 
Hempstead Infant Requires Improvement Feb 14 Down one
Napier Community
failure to make required improvements
from previous OFSTED (see below)
Oct 13
repeated failure to make required improvements Jan 14
Twydall Primary (see below) Special Measures  Mar 14 Down two
LA Statement of Action fit for purpose following SM
School Action Plan not fit for purpose 
Jun 14
 
HOO      
High Halstow Good Jul 14 Up one
Hoo St Werburgh  Requires Improvement  Oct 13  No change
St Helen's CofE Requires Improvement Oct 13 No change
St James' CofE Primary Academy Good May 14 Up two
RAINHAM
St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Good Nov 13 No change
St Margaret's CofE VC Good Dec 13 No change
    
ROCHESTER
Cuxton Junior
 
 

Special Measures Oct 13 Down one
Local Authority Statement of Action not fit for purpose
School Improvement Plan not fit for purpose
Dec 13
Local Authority Statement of Action not fit for purpose
School Improvement Plan not fit for purpose
Mar 14
 
Reasonable Progress in removing SM Jul 14
Hilltop Requires Improvement Nov 13 Down one
 St Margaret's at Troy Town CofE  Good  Sep 13  Up one
St William of Perth RC Good Mar 14 Up one
 Warren Wood Community  Special Measures Dec 13 Down one

local authority statement of action fit for purpose.
School improvement plan not fit for purpose.

 Apr 14

       
STROOD
Elaine Primary Academy Requires Improvement May 14 No change
English Martyr's Catholic Good Nov 13 No change
Gordon Infant Good Good Dec 13 No change
 Gordon Junior    Reasonable prog in Removing SW  Nov 13
       

  You will find my views on Medway Council's oversight of its primary schools and their poor performance at OFSTED here

 MEDWAY PRIMARY OFSTEDS 2012-13
School OFSTED Grade Date Change
CHATHAM
Kingfisher
(see below)
Special Measures Mar 13 Down one
Satisfactory progress from SM Jun 13
Luton Junior Good Jan 13 Up one
Maundene  Good Sep 12 No change
New Road Satisfactory progress  from SM Sep 12
Good progress from SM Jan 13
Requires Improvement Jun 13 Up one
St John's CofE VC Infant Requires Improvement Mar 13 No change
St Mary's Island  Special Measures Nov 12 Down one
Satisfactory progress from SM May 13
St Thomas More Catholic Outstanding Feb 13 Up one

Wayfield Community

Good Jan 13 Up one
Walderslade Requires Improvement Jun 13 No change

GILLINGHAM

Barnsole
Monitoring Insp: Not enough progress 
Feb 13
Brompton-Westbrook
Good
Nov 12
Up one
Burnt Oak Requires Improvement Feb 13 No change
Deanwood Good Sep 12 Up one
Fairview Community Requires Improvement Jun 13 Down one
Featherby Junior Requires Improvement Mar 13 No change
Napier Community Requires Improvement Jun 13 No change
Riverside  Good Nov 12 Up one
Saxon Way
(see below)
Satisfactory progress from SM
Dec 12
 
Satisfactory progress from SM Mar 13
Not enough progress from SM Jun 13
Skinner Street Requires Improvement Feb 13 No change
St Mary's Catholic Good Jan 13 No change
St Thomas of Canterbury Good Mar 13 No change
Twydall Good Oct 12 1st inspection Academy
HOO
All Hallows 
(see below)
Special Measures Mar 13 Down one
Satisfactory progress from SM Jun 13
High Halstow Requires Improvement Oct 12 1st Inspection Academy
Stoke Community Requires Improvement Jun 13 No change
RAINHAM
Park Wood Junior Good Jan 13 Good
Thames View Requires Improvement Jun 13 No change
Walderslade Requires Improvement Jun 13 No change
ROCHESTER
Bligh Junior Good Feb 13 Up one
Halling Satisf progr from NtoI Oct 12  
  Requires Improvement May 13 Up one
St William of Perth RC Requires Improvement Nov 12 No change
STROOD
All Faith's Children's Community Good Jun 13 No change
Gordon Junior  Serious Weaknesses Jan 13 Down one
Satisfactory  progress from SW Jun 13
St Nicholas CofE Infant Outstanding Jan 13 Up one
Sherwin Knight Infant  Requires Improvement Dec 12 No change
Sherwin Knight Junior  Serious Weaknesses Nov 12 Down One
Reasonable progress to remove SW May 13 (see note below)
Temple Mill Requires Improvement Feb 13 No change

Sherwin Knight Junior School is about to close and be absorbed into the Infant School which is extending its age range. Medway Council was criticised in the latest OFSTED Inspection for not monitoring or challenging the school sufficiently through a period of change. For instance, it has not asked leaders how pupils’ learning is going to be protected while the process of improving teaching takes place (quite important I would have thought).

Saxon Way Primary School, Kingfisher Community Primary School and Lordswood School are all to be taken over by the Griffin Schools Trust as sponsored academies in September 2013. 

All Hallows Primary is becoming an academy as part of the Williamson Trust in September 2013, joining High Halstow and Elaine Primary Academy.  

Twydall Primary School has been the subject of controversy following a proposal for it to become a Sponsored Academy (July 14)

Pre September 2012 Reports

 

School OFSTED Grade Date          
All Hallows Primary, Hoo Satisfactory Jun 2011  
Balfour Junior Good Sep 2010  
Barnsole Junior, Gillingham Notice to Improve Nov 2011 Good Progress Jul 2012
Brompton-Westbrook Primary Satisfactory Dec 2010  
Burnt Oak Primary, Gillingham Inadequate progress Jun 2011 Monitoring inspection of Grade 3 schools
Byron Primary, Gillingham Good Mar 2011  
Chattenden Primary Good Jul 2010  
Cuxton Community Infant Good Jan 2012  
Cuxton Community Junior Satisfactory Feb 2011  
Deanwood Primary, Gillingham Satisfactory Mar 2011  
Delce Junior Good Jul 2010  
Elaine Primary, Rochester Satisfactory Jan 2011  
Fairview Community Primary Good May 2010  
Featherby Infant
Good Sep 2010  
Featherby Junior, Gillingham Satisfactory Jan 2011  
Glencoe Junior, Chatham Inadequate progress Mar 2011 Not an inspection, but an Interim monitoring of Grade 3 schools
Gordon Junior Special Measures Jun 2009 Good Progress Jun 2010
Gordon Junior Satisfactory Nov 2010 Removed from Special Measures
Greenvale Infant, Chatham Good Jun 2011  
Halling Primary Notices to Improve Feb 2012  
Hempstead Infant, Gillingham Good Jun 2011  
Horsted Infant, Chatham Good Feb 2012  
Horsted Junior, Chatham Satisfactory Feb 2012  
Lordswood School Satisfactory  May 2012  
Luton Infant and Nursery, Chatham Good May 2011  
 Luton Junior  Good Nov 2010  
Miers Court Primary, Gillingham Good Nov 2011  
 Oaklands Infant Chatham Notice to Improve Nov 2010 see below
Oaklands Infant Chatham  Satisfactory Dec 11  
Oaklands Junior Satisfactory Nov 2010  
Napier Community Infant & Nursery, Gillingham Satisfactory Feb 2011  
New Road School & Nursery Unit, Chatham Special Measures Oct 2011 Satisfactory progress, Feb 2012, good progress May 2012
Saxon Way Primary, Gillingham Special Measures Jun 2012  
St Benedict's RC Primary Good Jun 2010  
St Helen's CofE Primary, Cliffe Satisfactory Feb 2012  
St James CofE VA Primary, Grain Special Measures Dec 2010 Satisf Progress May 2011, See below
St James CofE VA PrimaryGrain  Satisfactory Jul 2012 see above
St Margaret's CofE Junior, Rainham
Notice to Improve Sep 2009 Inadequate Progress Feb 2009 (see below)
St Margaret's CofE Junior, Rainham Good Nov 2010 Removed from Special Measures
St Margaret's Infant School, Rainham Good Jun 2011  
St Margaret's at Troy Town CofE VC, Rochester Satisfactory Jan 2012  
St Mary's Island CofE (Aided) Primary Satisfactory Jan 2011  
St Michael's RC Primary, Chatham Satisfactory Nove 2011  
St Peter's Infant, Rochester Good Mar 2011  
St William of Perth RC Primary Satisfactory Jul 2010  
Sherwin Knight Infant, Strood Satisfactory Jun 2010  
Sherwin Knight Infant,   Inadequate Progress Sep 2011 Monitoring Inspection of Grade 3 schools
Skinner Street Junior Special Measures Jun 2009 Good progress July 2010
Skinner Street Junior, Gillingham Satisfactory Jan 2011 Removed from Special Measures
Spinnens Acre Community Junior Notice to Improve Sep 2009 Inadequate Progress May 2010
Spinnens Acre Community Junior, Chatham Special Measures Oct 2010 Satisfactory Progress Mar 2011. Good progress Dec 2011, see below
Spinnens Acre Community Junior, Chatham Satisfactory Mar 2012 see above
Temple Mill Junior Satisfactory Nov 2010  
Thames View Junior , Rainham Satisfactory Feb 2011  
Twydall Junior, Gillingham Good Mar 2011  
Walderslade Primary Satisfactory Sep 2010  
Wainscott Primary Good Mar 2012  
Warren Wood Community Primary, Rochester
Special Measures Jul 2009 Inadequate Progress Jul 2010 & Sep 2010, Satisfactory Progress Mar 2011
Warren Wood Community Primary, Rochester Satisfactory Jun 2011  
Wayfield Primary, Chatham Satisfactory Sep 2010 Inadequate progress, Monitoring Inspection, Mar 2012
Woodlands Infant Good Nov 2010  

 

Admission Comments for September 2012 entry (Written March 2012)

The general Medway picture on Infant Class admissions for the last three years is as follows.

 

  2012 2011 2010
  No of Medway Pupils %

No of Medway pupils

% No of pupils %
Offered a named Medway school 2980 97.0 2842 97.4 2873 96.0
Offered first preference 2731 88.9 2678 91.8 2775 92.7
Offered second preference 184 6.0 127 4.3 98 3.3
Offered third preference 52 1.7 31 1.1    
Offered fourth pref 13 0.4 6 0.2    
Allocated by Medway 90 3.0 75 2.5 107

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Total of applications 3071   2917   2980  

The number of Medway children offered a place at a non-Medway school is 73, with 42 non-Medway children offered places in Medway primary schools, all of these were a preference expressed by the parent/carer. Most of these will have been in the Walderslade area, where the county boundary crosses the M2.

The percentage of Medway reception aged children being offered one of their four named schools is 97.0% slightly down from 97.4% last year. These figures will always be higher than those of Kent, who only allow parents to name three schools. However, the number who were not offered their first choice has risen significantly from 7.3% in 2010, to 8.2% in 2011, to 11.1% this year. This year's increase will be down to the 5% rise in pupil numbers for 2012 Year R.

Pupil rolls at Year R in Medway have been falling for many years, bottoming out in 2011, and figures are reported to show increases each year from now on for the next three years (all years that children have been born and can be counted). In 2010, Ridge View Primary School in Chatham  was controversially closed and many parents have expressed unhappiness at the lack of provision this year, as revealed by the fall in proportion of first choices offered. As a result of the closure, the number of places has fallen by 60 to 3336, whilst the Medway Reception age group has risen by 154 children, an effective reduction in 217 places.

This still leaves just 3% of Medway children being allocated a school not of their choice,  33 of the 90 concerned being in Chatham, to Luton Infants School, the only school in Chatham left with any vacancies, and where the key pressure can be seen . This suggests that the closure of Ridge View was a mistake, with St John's Infants, which also came close to being closed, being full. No other school in Medway received more than 7 allocations. What is clear from the parental preferences  is their quite understandable wish to avoid their children attending the 30% of Medway primary schools that are, or have been, failed by OFSTED.

Most oversubscribed school was Balfour Infants, with 41 first choices turned away, followed by All Saints CofE Primary with 34, then: Fairview Community Primary; The Pilgrim; Miers Court Primary; and Twydall Primary, all with more than 15 first choices rejected.

The Hoo Peninsula primary schools have the highest vacancy rate between them, with 18% of places empty, compared with 3% in Chatham and 9% overall across Medway. Four schools, all with a Satisfactory OFSTED are at least half empty.

 

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Primary School Statistics

 All data on this page is provided by Kent County or Medway Council, often under the Freedom of Information Act 

Admission September 2020 Statistics 

Kent Primary Schools: allocation of Kent children to Reception Classes April 2020
Offers to Kent Pupils 2020 2019 2018 2017
 
No of
pupils
%
No of
pupils
%
No of
pupils
%
No of
pupils
%

 Offered a school on the application form

16954 97.4% 16839 97.4%  16843 97.7% 16855 97.4%

Offered a first preference

15372 88.3% 15540 89.4% 15426 89.5%  15429 89.0%
Offered a second preference 1192 6.9% 1057 6.1% 1093 6.3% 1077 6.2%
Offered a third preference 390 2.2% 332 1.9% 324  1.9%  379 2.2%
Allocated by local authority 457 2.6% 447 2.6% 390  2.3%  444 2.6%
Total number of offers 17411 17286 17233 17329  
 
 
Medway Primary Schools: allocation of Medway children to Reception Classes April 2020
Offers to Medway Pupils 2020 2019  2018 2017
2018 figures to follow.   No of
pupils
 %  No of
pupils
 %  No of
pupils
 %
No of
pupils
%

 Offered a school on the appln form

3417 97.9% 3338* 97.8%*  3167  97.6%  3245 97.4%

Offered a first preference

>3072 >88%* 3035  89.0% 2888 89.1%  2978 89.4%
Offered a second preference      228  6.7% 220 6.7%   209 6.3%
Offered a third preference      59  1.7% 48  1.4%   49 1.5%
Offered a fourth preference      16 0.5%  10  0.3%   7  0.1%
Allocated by Council 74 2.1% 75 2.2%* 79 2.4%  85 2.6%
Total number of offers 3491 3413   3246  3330

 You will find more detail on initial applications for Kent and Medway here 

Kent and Medway Primary School Appeals 2019
School
Appeals
Submitted
Appeals
Heard
Upheld
Not
Upheld
Place
Offered/Withdrawn
Kent Reception
Infant Legislation
246 161 2 159 74
Kent Reception
other
6 6 5 1 0
Kent Junior (2017) 8 8 5 3 0
Medway Reception 57   32  1  16 15

Admission September 2018 Statistics

Kent Primary Schools: allocation of Kent children to Reception Classes April 2018
Offers to Kent Pupils 2018 2017 2016 2015
 
No of
pupils
%
No of
pupils
%
No of
pupils
%
No of
pupils

 Offered a school on the application form

 16843 97.7% 16855 97.4%

17400

96.6%

16691

95.8%

Offered a first preference

15426 89.5%  15429 89.0%

15705

87.2% 14943

85.8%

Offered a second preference 1093 6.3% 1077 6.2% 1229 6.8% 1272 7.3%
Offered a third preference 324  1.9%  379 2.2% 466 2.58% 476 2.7%
Allocated by local authority 390  2.3%  444 2.6% 606 3.4% 724 4.2%
Total number of offers 17233 17329   18006
17415
 
 
Medway Primary Schools: allocation of Medway children to Reception Classes April 2018
Offers to Medway Pupils  2018 2017 2016 2015
2018 figures to follow.   No of
pupils
 %
No of
pupils
%
No of
pupils
%
No of
pupils 
%  

 Offered a school on the appln form

 3167  97.6%  3245 97.4% 3360 96.2%

3396

96.4%

Offered a first preference

2888 89.1%  2978 89.4% 3039 87.1%

3067

87.1%

Offered a second preference 220 6.7%   209 6.3% 220 6.3% 256 7.3%
Offered a third preference 48  1.4%   49 1.5% 61 1.8% 55 1.5%
Offered a fourth preference 10  0.3%   7  0.1% 27 0.8% 20 0.6%
Allocated by Council 79 2.4%  85 2.6% 134 4.0% 126 3.6%
Total number of offers   3246*  3330 3490 3522

*In addition 102 Medway children were offered places at non-Medway schools 

You will find more detail on initial applications for Kent and Medway here. 

Kent and Medway Primary School Appeals 2017
School
Appeals
Submitted
Appeals
Heard
Upheld
Not
Upheld
Place
Offered
Withdrawn
Kent Reception
Infant Legislation
272 196 1 195 23 53
Kent Reception
other
38 36 14 22 0 2
Kent Junior 8 8 5 3 0 0
Medway Reception 60 31 1 30 8 21
Medway Junior 106

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0 1 1 4

Admission September 2016 Statistics

Kent Primary Schools: allocation of Kent children to Reception Classes April 2016
Offers to Kent Pupils 2016 2015 2014 2013
  No of pupils % No of pupils No of pupils % No of pupils %

 Offered a school on the application form

17400

96.6%

16691

95.8%

16301

95.3%

15,838 96.0%

Offered a first preference

15705

87.2% 14943

85.8%

14516

84.9%

14,264 86.5%
Offered a second preference 1229 6.8% 1272 7.3% 1239 7.3% 1,127 6.8%
Offered a third preference 466 2.58% 476 2.7% 546 3.2% 447 2.7%
Allocated by local authority 606 3.4% 724 4.2% 796 4.7% 661 4.0%
Total number of offers 18006 17415 17097 16,499
 
Medway Primary Schools: allocation of Medway children and 121 from ooc to Reception classes April 2016
Offers made by Medway Primary schools 2016 2015 2014 2013
  No of pupils % No of pupils %   No of pupils %        No of pupils %

 Offered a school named on the appln form

3360 96.2%

3396

96.4%

 3171 95.5% 3058 96.0%

Offered a first preference

3039 87.1%

3067

87.1%

 2847 85.7% 2803 88.0%
Offered a second preference 220 6.3% 256 7.3% 231 7.0% 189 5.9%
Offered a third preference 61 1.8% 55 1.5%  78 2.4% 48 1.5%
Offered a fourth preference* 27 0.8% 20 0.6%  15  0.5% 18 0.6%
Medway children allocated by Council 134 4.0% 126 3.6%   151 4.6% 129 4.1%
Total number of offers 3490 3522 3322 3187
 *This also includes a small number of 5th and 6th preferences. 
 
 
Kent and Medway Primary School Appeals 2016
School
Appeals
Submitted
Appeals
Heard
Upheld
Not
Upheld
Place
Offered
Withdrawn
Kent Reception
Infant Legislation
426 292 2 290 103 31
Kent Reception
other
25 24 14 10 0 1
Kent Junior 23 11 8 3 8 4
Medway Reception 106 63 1 62 20 23
Medway Junior 10 6 3 3 4 0

 This table is for appeal Panels organised by KCC. A small number of primary appeals are managed by other organisations. Commentary here. You will find further information here.

 Admission September 2015 Statistics

You will find more detail on initial applications for Kent and Medway here

Kent Primary Schools: allocation to Reception classes April 2015
Offers to Kent Pupils 2015 2014 2013 2012 
No of pupils % No of pupils % No of pupils % No of pupils %

 Offered a school on the application form

16691

95.84%

16301

95.34%

15,838 95.99% 15,476 94.98%

Offered a first preference

14943

85.81%

14516

84.90%

14,264 86.45% 13,879 85.18%
Offered a second preference 1272 7.30% 1239 7.25% 1,127 6.83% 1,145 7.03%
Offered a third preference 476 2.73% 546 3.19% 447 2.71% 452 2.77%
Allocated by local authority 724 4.16% 796 4.65% 661 4.01% 818 5.02%
Total number of offers 17415 17097 16,499 16,249 

Further Information on Oversubscription and Vacancies for Kent here

Medway Primary Schools: allocation to Reception classes April 2015
Offers made by Medway Primary schools 2015 2014 2013 2012 
  No of pupils %   No of pupils %        No of pupils % No of pupils %

 Offered a school named on the application form

3396

96.43%

 3171 95.45% 3058 95.95% 2949 97.00%

Offered a first preference

3067

87.08%

 2847 85.7% 2803 88.00% 2707 89.05%
Offered a second preference 256 7.27% 231 6.95% 189 5.93% 176 5.79%
Offered a third preference 55 1.5%  78 2.35% 48 1.51% 55 1.81%
Offered a fourth preference* 20 0.58%  15  0.45% 18 0.56% 11 0.36%
Allocated by local authority 126  151 4.55% 129 4.05% 91 2.99%
Total number of offers 3522 3322 3187 3040

*Note: this entry is given as third preference on the Medway statement, with no fourth preference provided, but given the size of the figures, I suspect my interpretation is correct.

 Further Information on Oversubscription and Vacancies for Medway here

Kent and Medway School Primary Appeals Heard Outcomes 2015
2015 2014
Appeals Held Number % Upheld Number % Upheld
Kent Primary
Infant Class Legislation 
292 0.7% 340 1.5%
Kent Primary other  36 61% 30 63%
Medway Primary ICL  63  1.6% 65 0%
Medway Primary Other 6 50%    

Further details here.

       Kent Primary School Appeal Outcomes 2014
 
Appeals
Registered
Upheld Turned down
%
upheld
place offered
before appeal
withdrawn
Primary Schools:
Infant Class Legislation
537 5 355 1.4% 30 147
Other Primary schools  43  19  11  63%  8  5
Primary Total 580 24 366  6% 38 152

This table is for appeal Panels organised by KCC. A small number of primary appeals are managed by other organisations. Commentary here. You will find further information here.

I did not collect the 2015 figures for Medway Appeals, but you will find the 2013 data here.

Kent Reception Year Admissions 2013

I have provided commentary to these statistics here

Offers to Kent Reception Year Pupils 2013 2012  2011 
  No of pupils % No of pupils % No of pupils %

 Offered a school named on the application form

15,838 95.99% 15,476 94.98% 15,151 95.18%

Offered a first preference

14,264 86.45% 13,879 85.18% 13,682 85.95%
Offered a second preference 1,127 6.83% 1,145 7.03% 1,062 6.67%
Offered a third preference 447 2.71% 452 2.77% 407 2.56%
Allocated by local authority 661 4.01% 818 5.02% 768 4.82%
Total number of offers 16,499 16,249  15919

IKent and Medway Primary School Appeals 2013

I have provided commentary to these statistics here
 
Kent Primary School Appeal Outcomes 2013
 
Number of 
Appeals
Upheld Rejected
Appeal
Withdrawn
Place offered
before Appeal
Appeals where Infant
Class Legislation Applies
546 18 364 132 30
No ICL 86 22 48 12 4
Junior Schools 33 10 20 2 1

 

Medway Primary School Appeal Outcomes 2013
 
Number of 
Appeals
Upheld Rejected
Appeal
Withdrawn
Place offered
before Appeal
Reception Class Appeals  157  6  98  28  25
Junior Schools  6  2  0  0  4
 
 
 

I now have details of KCC primary admission data for 2011 entry as below

Pupils 2011   2010  
  No of pupils % No of pupils %
Offered a named school 15,299 94.2% 14,298 95.8%
Offered first preference 13,801 84.9% 13,118 88%
Offered second preference 1,080 6.7% 842 5.6%
Offered third preference 414 2.6% 329 2.2%
ooc offered fourth pref 4 0.02% N/A N/A
Allocated by KCC 768 4.7% 564 3.8%
ooc not offered a place 182 1.1% 67 0.4%
Total of applications 16,249   14,920  

 

Early thoughts: These are very disappointing results given that KCC itself warned of pressures on Kent Primary places in 2011. In fact the percentage of children not offered one of their choices and hence have been allocated places by KCC has increased steadily from 1.6% in 2006 to the 4.7% of this year, a 25% increase in the past year.  This is not because parents  are chasing the very popular schools, but overwhelmingly because parents want a reasonable school in their own area. The increase in numbers of 1,329 (which conceals an increase of well over 100 out of county applicants not offered places) was entirely predictable two years ago, yet KCC has had to put in 345 temporary (emergency) places since January. Where is the planning? Biggest problem is likely to be once again in Gravesham and other parts of West and North West Kent, as I warned last summer in Kent on Sunday and Gravesend Reporter.   See below for further information on primary admissions.

For Medway the infant class position is much more positive given the continued fall in numbers. However, their statistics differ slightly from the Kent method of analysis. Also the 2010 system of admission was not coordinated with other Local Authorities and so is not directly comparable.

Pupils 2011   2010  
 

No of Medway pupils

% No of pupils %
Offered a named Medway school 2842 97.4 2873 96.0
Offered first preference 2678 91.8 2775 92.7
Offered second preference 127 4.3 98 3.3
Offered third preference 31 1.1    
ooc offered fourth pref 6 0.2    
Allocated by Medway 75 2.5 107

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Total of applications 2917   2980  

44 out of Medway children (nearly all Kent) were offered places in Medway Primary Schools and 63 Medway children were offered places outside Medway (nearly all Kent).

 

2010 Statistics

Infant class allocations for entry in September 2010 or January 2011 were made in March. The pattern countywide is almost identical to 2009, with 96% of all children being offered a school on there form and 88% being offered their first choice. although of course there may be regional variations.

 

Pupils

2010

2009

 

No. of pupils

%

No. of pupils

%

Offered a school named on the application form

14,289

96%

14,105

96%

Offered a first preference

13,118

88%

12,998

88%

Offered a second preference

842

6%

810

6%

Offered a third preference

329

2%

297

2%

Allocated by Local Authority

564

3.8%

527

3.6%

Out of County pupils not offered a place

67

0.4%

98

0.6%

Total number of applications

14,920

14,730

 

Kent Primary School Appeals for entry in September 2010 or January 2011

  Number Successful Not Successful
Reception Class Appeals 541 69 472
     Infant Class Legislation 463 22 441
Other Infant Appeals (Yrs 1& 2)

46

13 33
      Infant Class Legislation (Years 1&2)

28

3 25
Junior Class Appeals 71 40 31

Some Reception class appeals are not subject to Infant Class Appeals where the Planned Admission Number does not easily allow classes of 30 to be formed. 15, 20, 45 PANs are all used for split age classes to be put together, comprising 30 children.

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Updated December 2020

 Infant Class Legislation means that success rates are very low (see figures below), and as explained in my most recent appeal survey for 2020 Appeal outcomes.  I am afraid I no longer give individual advice.

For all problems, first piece of advice is don't panic. If you are going to appeal it is better to reflect what you are going to write in your appeal statement rather than dash something off in the hope it will be looked at early, or you will get priority in an appeal because you got in first. You won't. If you have been given none of your choices and have been allocated a school that does not make any sense, it may be worthwhile contacting KCC admissions to see if there  is a better alternative that has vacancies. This will not include one of your choices as these will all be full.

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  • First piece of advice on Primary School appeals is – don’t panic. You will not get an earlier appeal or a better hearing by sending in your case early. If you are not ready, make sure you record your appeal by the closing date, using such words as “I am appealing for….... I will send in my detailed case when it is ready”. This enables you to take advice or plan your appeal without additional pressure (it is already stressful enough!). Following several queries on this - the rule is: "Parents should also be informed that there is no statutory time limit for submitting information about their appeal".
  • Appeals for places at primary school are very difficult because of a government ruling that no infant class should have more than 30 pupils. Whilst I no longer prepare appeals one of my clients in the recent past won an appeal for his son to an infant class in a catholic primary school. His twin sister had already been offered a place initially. Another won a place after fraud by another parent was demonstrated. A third won a case after we demonstrated doubt over the distance measurement. Another was taken to the Local Government Ombudsman where we secured a place after demonstrating that the Local Authority had made mistakes in applying the oversubscription criteria. Another won a place after we demonstrated that the Admission Criteria were unfair.
  • Of the  243 appeals for Reception Classes for entry to Kent Primary Schools for September 2020, where Infant Class Legislation Applied,  just one was successful where there were class sizes of 30 children or a multiple of this, 15 or 20 in the Planned Admission Number. Another 11 places were won on appeal out of 18, where the Planned Admission Number is not a multiple of 30, with five out of eight successes into Junior Schools. . Remember, if you wish to appeal, all you need to do initially is to use a form of words similar to "I am appealing for a  place for my child.... in the Reception Class at ..... School. A more detailed letter will follow", and then submit your detailed case later.
  • I am sorry to be so negative, but Infant Class Legislation is very tough. Parents often ask me what the point of an appeal is in such circumstances; quite simply it is your legal right. Sadly, for nearly all of the 457 Kent children who were offered none of their choices in  2020, your only chance is through the waiting list process. Schools should be in a position to advise you of this at the appropriate time; also of the distance from the school to the home of the furthest child accepted the previous year and the distance from the school to your own home, to enable you to understand your chances.
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  • Simon Webb: Kent County Councillor

    Many in the education service will still remember Simon Webb, newly elected County Councillor for  Maidstone Rural West in the recent Council elections, from his previous roles working for the Council. He was Area Education Officer for North West Kent for 13 years, and then became Principal Primary Adviser for the Council in April 2013, having been, in the words to me of a senior Officer, 'moved to where he would do less harm'. In fact, his brief tenure of this post was even more controversial, only partly because of the way he publicly marched headteachers who he considered were underperforming, out of their schools into suspension or gardening leave, without notice. It was no surprise when he suddenly 'left' KCC service eighteen months later, taking up a temporary part-time role as Consultant to Jane Porter, Headteacher of Whitehill Primary School, having previously supported her at various schools with which she was involved. She installed him in an office in the school although staff were not clear of his purpose in being there, but she was later permanently banned from being a teacher because of professional misconduct. I was able to follow Mr Webb's later advisory roles in Suffolk and Essex before he became Chief Learning Officer at Connected Learning, a small primary school academy trust also in Essex on a salary of £95,000. He left this in January this year after just under four years in post.    

    Written on Tuesday, 08 June 2021 20:20 4 comments Read more...
  • Covid-19 and the Kent Grammar School Selection Process for 2022 Entry

    Last summer I wrote a series of articles warning that unless changes were made to the forthcoming Kent grammar school selection process, the pass rate amongst pupil premium children and those from ‘ordinary families’ would fall because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on learning in primary schools. The Education Cabinet Member at the time claimed that Kent County Council would do all that was practical and possible to address all forms of disadvantage. This proved a completely empty promise, and nothing was done, apart from a delay in testing. 

    As a direct result of the failure to act, the proportion of children in receipt of Pupil Premium and those in East Kent who passed the Kent Test plummeted along with the proportion of Kent state school children taking the Test, boys in general underperformed, passes for children from private schools and out of county increased, and 13 East and Mid Kent grammar schools had empty places on allocation in March. You will find the evidence for all these facts traceable back from a previous article. Social mobility, one of the principles of the selective school system which is already damaged by tutoring and private cramming schools, will inevitably take another knock in next school year’s assessment process unless the Education Department changes its attitudes and approach to selection.  There are now a new Cabinet Member for Education and a new Director of Education in the county, so the opportunity is there for such a change, necessary if there is not to be further inequality entrenched, with this year's cohort suffering nearly two years of serious disruption in school and learning by the time of the Test in September/October. 

    To be precise, unless there are changes in the selective assessment procedure we shall see another and increasing betrayal of the more disadvantaged Kent children looking towards a grammar school place for the second year running, despite the valiant efforts of so many teachers to minimise that disadvantage. There is a brief note on the situation in Medway, below

    Written on Sunday, 06 June 2021 20:18 1 comment Read more...
  • Halling Primary School: The end of the Affair?

    The failure by the Cliffe Woods Academy Trust to even notice the meltdown at Halling Primary School in Medway after it appointed a totally unsuitable headteacher to the school, has resulted in the Trust being wound up. Its two schools are being absorbed into the Aletheia Anglican Academies Trust (AAAT), subject to consultation, which in my opinion is the best possible outcome for the children of the two schools.

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     The Trust has sent a dishonest letter to parents presenting this as a wonderful opportunity, which it is, whilst completely ignoring the events of the past eighteen months that show it is incapable of operating in its present form and have forced it into this position.. Whilst I forecast the re-brokering of the school in my previous article, I neither anticipated the extent of the changes nor that AAAT, a Church of England Trust, would take on two secular schools in this way, although it does reflect government policy to bring Trusts together in larger groupings and is a warning to others to keep their house in order – Fairview Primary School and The Westbrook Trust take particular note of my final paragraph

     

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  • Appointment of New Headteacher at Fairview Primary School

    Update: A comment posted under a previous article claims the Vice-Chairman of Governors was not informed by his Chair of the shocking criticism of the governing body in notes of a meeting of staff convened by Medway Council, and dismissed them as either false or held by a small minority. 

    The Governors of Fairview Community Primary School, the third-largest primary school in Medway, have appointed Mrs Karin Tillett as headteacher after a highly controversial recruitment process, the background to which is explained in previous articles, most recently here and entitled: ‘How not to Appoint a Headteacher’. This includes a series of ever-changing arrangements for recruitment and for criteria laid down for the qualities of the new headteacher, as governors sought to narrow down the ‘really strong field of current headteachers with relevant experience, NPQH and CPD/research’.  In the event just two candidates were interviewed, one not fitting these criteria. 

    I have been commenting on education matters in Kent and Medway for over 15 years, but have never seen a rogue governing body like this before. In my opinion, it ignores the welfare of its pupils and staff in pursuit of a narrow agenda to join a small moderately performing academy trust although as a maintained school it is still accountable to Medway Council which doesn’t appear to care, perhaps because it just wants to see the back of the school. The Governing Body and Medway Council have chosen to ignore formal complaints about the headship appointment procedures and academisation

    I do not apologise for covering the events at Fairview in such detail; it is a unique and in my eyes gripping story of how an out of control governing body can behave, apparently with impunity, which has been avidly followed by a large number of readers of this site. 

    Written on Saturday, 29 May 2021 20:18 5 comments Read more...