|News, News Archive and Blog Items|
|Is Chaucer Technology College to be Closed?||49820||Mar 14|
|Tribulations of Swan Valley School||38157||Mar 14|
|KCC Review of Kent Test & High Scorers||31608||Mar14|
|Medway Test 2013 & Last Year's Debacle||27269||Oct 12|
|Marlowe Academy - Does it have a Future||26823||Jan 13|
|Kent Test for 2014 out to tender again||24745||Aug 13|
|The Sad Story of Dover Road Primary School||24731||Apr 13|
|Primary Admissions 2012 - Pressure on Places||23854||Apr 12|
a Remarkable Coincidence?
|Medway Test Results, change in Max score in Kent||23076||Oct 12|
|Cracks Widening in Kent's Grammar School System||22655||Mar 12|
|Home School Agreements & Swan Valley School||22524||Aug 13|
oversubscription & vacancies 2012
Ebbsfleet Academy: when is an academy
not an Academy
Chaucer Technology College, Canterbury
KCC took the highly controversial decision to close what was a few years ago the most popular school in Canterbury, at the end of the summer, because of low numbers and severe financial problems. A more up to date article appears here.
Swan Valley School/Ebbsfleet Academy
The controversial Swan Valley School that belatedly became Ebbsfleet Academy in November has remarkably featured three times with completely different stories. Not surprisingly struggles to attract students, although in an area with a shortage of places.
Marlowe Academy, Ramsgate
Kent's oldest academy has struggled since it opened in 2008. Cannot attract sufficient students to be viable in another area with a shortage of spaces. It remains a mystery why government has not acted to put it out of its misery.
Dover Road Primary School, Northfleet
KCC mismanaged place provision four years ago, increased its size to dig out of the hole, helping it into Special Measures again. Now been taken over by Reach2, an academy group.
Two Catholic Schools placed in Special Measures:
St Edmund's Catholic School, Dover (secondary) and St Philip Howard Catholic Primary School, Herne Bay, were both placed in Special Measures last year, the OFSTED Reports both making clear that poor governance was a major factor, parents steering clear of both. St Edmund's is to be taken over as an academy, St Philip Howard was closed by the Diocese.
Kent Freedom Pass
KCC got itself into a mess trying to scale down the highly popular Freedom Pass to save money. Subsequent to this article, it had to partially reverse its new policy. This is explained in a subsequent article, here.
|Kent Grammar School Applications||85687||Oct 10|
|Kent Special Schools and Units||41071||Nov 10|
|Kent Secondary School Admissions||37252||Sept 10|
|Kent Grammar School Appeals||25481||Oct 10|
|Peter J Read - what I offer||22830||Sept 10|
|Kent Secondary Statistics, Admissions and Appeals||21065||Oct 10|
|Can I help you and how much will it cost?||20074||Sept 10|
|Medway Grammar School Applications||18831||Oct 10|
|Primary School Admissions||15979||Oct 10|
|Telephone Consultation Service||15035||Sept 10|
|School Transport & Appeals||14444||Sept 10|
Kent Special Schools and Units
The worrying feature about the popularity of this page is that it appears the only source of information about the different specialisms of Special Schools and Units across the county, vital information for parents trying to find the right provision for their child. Too often I talk to parents who have been recommended one school by KCC, and there is another better suited which is also accessible.
A series of pages collecting statistics about school admissions and appeals, and a rather out of date one (I have just discovered) about Special Education. Most of these are in news items scattered through out the website, but collated here. This information is uniquely published on this website, Medway secondary statistics (9284), and primary statistics (7322) also being very popular.