This version of the website has been running for four years, a previous one for another four years. In all that time I have never seen anything that compares to the activity on the site over the past four days. However, the signs were not propitious when my computer crashed on Wednesday morning and my wizard took three hours to remove the virus that had infected it, in the middle of my attempt to prepare my article setting out the news and my comments about this year's new style Kent Test.
However, I managed to finish it just in time for 4 p.m. and the website has been hit like never before. The news item Kent Test Results 2014: Initial Outcomes and Thoughts has already had almost three and a half thousand hits in three days, smashing all previous records (UPDATE: 5513 exactly a week on). Most of my other data is for the past four weeks, with the Information Page on Kent Grammar School Applications for Entry in 2015 which has recorded 11,433 hits from the 31,587 visitors. Not surprisingly, the next most popular is the Information Page on Medway Grammar School Applications 2015.
Reprints of Newspaper articles posted this year have also proved a great hit. The most recent one, appearing in Kent On Sunday, about advice for secondary school admissions has already attracted 1857 hits in two weeks; shortage of primary places 1328 over the same period; hit rates rising all the way back to February, when an article I wrote on accountability of academies and their relationship with KCC has attracted an astonishing 25,201 hits.
Over the years the site has attracted a limited number of comments, but the Kent Test page has again broken all records with 25 browsers initially posting their thoughts on the test and my article. However, ........
it has now become a vehicle for asking advice on individual cases which are unlikely to have general interest so regretfully I am drawing a line under them.
The next group of most most popular pages are those for Individual Secondary Schools and Academies (a paragraph of information about each school often containing data you won't find elsewhere) followed by information and advice about Kent grammar school appeals.
The Kent grammar school applications page, updated each year, is the most popular page on the website attracting a total of 128.899 its over the past four years (an astonishing increase up from 85,687 in April ) .
Next comes a news item from a couple of years back when the Review of the Kent Test was being proposed, but also looking at patterns of high scorers in 2012 with 77,753 hits.