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Displaying items by tag: appeals

Success rates at admission appeals for Kent and Medway secondary schools have fallen significantly for 2015 for the second successive year, with chances of success at primary school appeals remaining extremely low, as can be seen from my previous article on 2014 appeals. You will find further historic data for Kent here, and for Medway here

Kent and Medway School Appeal Outcomes 2015
2015 2014
Appeals Held Number % Upheld Number % Upheld
Kent Non-Selective 484 30% 335 33%
Kent Grammar 1587 37% 1667 42%
Medway Non-Selective 178 34% 122 24%
Medway Grammar 245 40% 226 47%
TOTAL SECONDARY 2494 35% 2350 40%
Kent Primary 292 0.7% 340 1.5%
Medway Primary  63  1.6% 65 0%

The secondary figures hide enormous differences between schools, and variations from year to year, key figures being given in the Individual School sections for Kent and Medway elsewhere om this website, as these are updated.

For grammar schools, numbers range from Chatham and Clarendon Grammar (Ramsgate) with 146 appeals (up from 102 last year) of which 33 were upheld, through to Cranbrook School, one appeal (6 last year) which was not upheld. For non-selective schools, highest were St George’s CofE in Broadstairs with 68 appeals (13 successful), and Brompton Academy in Medway with 58 appeals (7 successful), through to three schools with no successful appeals.

For Infant Schools where Infant Class Legislation applies (see below), there were 355 appeals heard across Kent and Medway by Local Authority Panels, with just 3 successful.

You will find further information and advice on school appeals here, with more data and explanation of the 2015 figures below…..

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Friday, 03 July 2015 19:42

Kent Advice School Appeals Consultancy

I regret to inform browsers and other enquirers that I am retiring from my appeals consultancy with effect from the end of this term. Whilst I have enjoyed a gratifying level of success, I have found the past year especially hard work, accompanied by personal health difficulties. Just two clients were unsuccessful in appealing for a school of their choice this summer, and over the past eleven years I have prepared more than 800 appeals, with a success rate of over 95% and learned a great deal about schools and the admissions and appeals process on the way. With regard to the success rate, to be fair I have only taken on clients where I have seen a chance of winning, and so have disappointed many enquirers where I have felt unable to deliver.

I fully intend to keep my other educational activities going, including this website offering information, advice, news and comment, together with my campaigns and telephone consultancy, with the latter also likely to provide limited support for appeals but constrained by time available.

The Telephone Consultancy service has mushroomed, although as a result I find I am having to be more selective in the areas of advice offered, focusing mainly on school admissions, again because of time constraints. A big area of my work now caters for advising expatriates coming to Kent, with several new clients every week.

As many of you will have noted, my website is not up to date in several areas, a situation I plan to rectify over coming months. In particular I have to remove references to my appeals consultancy. In the past year, it has proved more popular than ever, and attracted 193,432 certified visits from 116,376 users, 57% of which were new visitors.

A subsequent article will explain that I am expanding the website to offer advertising for those offering educational services, and I am now happy to receive enquiries about this service. The first advertiser, the tutoring company Bright Young Things, has seen 156 visitors to its webpage in the first two days it has been up.

The past year…

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Monday, 14 October 2013 22:37

Secondary School Appeal Outcomes for 2012-13

I now have appeal outcomes for nearly every secondary school in Kent that held appeals in the past school year. 

I don't proposed to publish individual outcomes as these can be very misleading and some change dramatically year on year; so are not a good guide to future appeal results. In any case, a successful appeal depends not only on the strength of the parental case, the defence put up by the school against admitting additional children, and the pressure on places,  but also the way the appeal panel operates.  

There is much more information about appeals in the appeal sections of this website (right hand panel) or for some schools in the individual school information section (also via right hand panel). 

The majority of appeals held in Kent are heard by Independent Appeal Panels organised by Kent County Council who provide panels for community, foundation, voluntary aided schools, and academies. However 14 Kent non-selective schools, 15 grammar schools and all Medway secondary schools use appeal panels provided by other organisations or, in a very few cases, organised by themselves.

The following tables show the outcomes of independent appeals for these groups of schools, although there is a wide range of outcomes for individual schools, varying year on year. 

 Kent & Medway School Secondary School Appeal Outcomes 2013
Kent County Council Appeal Panels
Type of School
Number of
Appeals
Appeals 
Upheld
Appeals
Rejected
Appeals 
withdrawn
Place offered
before appeal
% successful
appeals of those
heard
Non-selective
(14 schools)
 196  58  30  53  54 66
 Grammar 
(18 schools)
904  382  432  90  5 46
      Kent and Medway Appeals managed by other organisations
 Non-selective
(15 schools)
408 86 168 63 89 34
 Grammar
((18 schools)
567  244  241  54  32 50

Several non-selective schools set up appeals included in the above, but ended up offering places to all appellants, either because the schools expanded numbers or other children offered places dropped out probably after successful grammar school appeals. This movement creates what I call the churning effect as parents trade upwards, which has seen more movement this year than most. These schools included (but don't assume this will also happen for 2014 entry): Brockhill Park; Canterbury High; King Ethelbert; Rainham School for Girls; St Simon Stock; and Westlands and Wrotham. 

At the other end of the scale,........

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To be updated after 4 p.m. Friday

For 2013 entry, a record 84.2% of Kent children have been offered their first choice of secondary school on allocation, although this still leaves 2390 disappointed to a greater or lesser degree. However, I estimate well over half of these will be offered a higher choice of school through what I call the ’churning’ process. Churning happens as places are freed up by successful appeals elsewhere and children being offered places off waiting lists. Each successful move creates a further space at another school, and so the process trickles down over the summer months, with the least popular schools losing students without replacement.

So what should you do if you are not offered the school of your choice? First piece of advice is - don’t panic and don’t do something you might regret later. There is no advantage in getting your appeal in first so resist the temptation to dash off a letter to the school of your choice which may hinder what you want to say later.........

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Thursday, 08 November 2012 22:58

What a media day

Every now and then I have a media storm, but never one like the last two days (a little licence in the title). It began on Wednesday morning when I was invited to comment on Radio Kent about claims by the headteacher of Bromstone Primary School in Thanet that some headteachers were going out of their way to discourage children with a poor reputation and some with Special Education Needs  from applying to their schools. Although I often disagree with him, he is absolutely right in this case. I have talked with parents of children with SEN who have visited schools and been told they can't cope and to go the school up the road "which is good for such children".  A good way of keeping the SEN budget down! At primary level the HT talked of primary schools that identified difficult children through the nursery and set out to put them off. Again, I have come across parents reporting such experiences. Unprofessional schools, but looking out for one's league table  and OFSTED performance, together with a more easily earned reputation for good discipline . Next, ...

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The pass mark for the Kent 11 plus Test is the same as last year. Children must have achieved a total score of 360, with a minimum of 119 in each paper or found to have been selective on the Headteacher Assessment. The pass is set to allow 21% of children attending Kent primary schools through, although the pass standard is the same for all other children as well. Approximately another 4% are found selective through the Headteacher Assessment process, explained here, about half way down the page. If your child is found successful at the HTA they are classified as selective and will be treated equally with any other child at grammar schools which ask for a pass as the academic standard (i.e. except for the super-selectives). If parents wish to know the scores on individual papers, they will need to contact their primary school. 

In practice,.......

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Thursday, 02 February 2012 19:58

Secondary & Primary School Appeal Outcomes 2011

I now have the data for  appeals for those primary and secondary schools in Kent, whose appeals were heard by an Independent Appeal Panel organised by KCC. In previous years I have had the data for all schools at this time, but figures for the 26 secondary schools who organise their own appeals will not be available until later in the year. I do not publish school by school data here, as it varies so much year on year, depending on the pressure on places, the decision of the admission authority (in most cases the school)  as to how hard to resist the appeal and the make up of the panels. However, I do identify below where there are particular trends. 

2011 Secondary Appeal Numbers

Appeals Heard Appeals Upheld % Upheld
Foundation & Voluntary Aided Grammar Schools 542 186 34
Community Grammar Schools 237 101 42
Totla Grammar Schools 779 287 36
Non Selective Schools 186 129 69

Details follow.........

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School Transport & Appeals

Updated August 2014

Please note: I am unable to advise on which routes are cheapest, or the best option to take. You should contact the Council school transport department or the bus company for this information.

 

"Statutory Guidance"  for for free school transport on distance grounds is laid down by government, but varies in interpretation between Kent and Medway  on the issue of grammar and faith schools (see below).  The document also provides considerable information and guidance on other school transport issues, often used by parents in admission appeals. Other subsidies provided for transport for young people are discretionary by Local Authority and vary widely from none in many LAs to free transport in the London Boroughs. Both Kent and Medway, which operate different schemes, are more generous than the norm. The arrangements for Kent have recently changed the latest scheme being outlined below. You will find details of the Medway scheme here

Young Person's Travel Pass

Although there is a total layout of £250 per year for the full package, young people can now purchase all the benefits of the previous scheme, explained here, albeit at an increased fee from the previous £100 for the Freedom Pass. The price is halved for children on free school meals and there is no cost for those in care, who have been in care, or young carers, as explained here.  To date, I have no further information on the extension scheme, but will update this as I receive it.

A few services on specific school runs carry an additional charge as explained here. In summary, those are a few services to Hugh Christie Technology School, a few from Appledore to Ashford schools, and a few from Ashford and Shadoxhurst to Homewood School.

Post 16 Travel Card

This is not an entitlement, and students will need to check with their school, college or work based learning provider to confirm if they will pay the cost. This is £400 per annum, is applicable with most bus operators and there are reductions in costs depending on parental income, details here (updated 2017). The pass allows students to travel free at all times on applicable services, but applications must be made by 31st May before the start of the relevant school year.

Free School Transport

This system remains in place for children  under 8 years old who live more than 2 miles from the school using the shortest available walking route, or over 8 years old who live more than 3 miles from the school using the shortest available walking route. A walking route can include public footpaths and is a route that a child, accompanied as necessary, can walk to and from school with reasonable safety to school. You will find full details here. There is a slight easing of the rules for low income families.

The term “nearest school” does not differentiate between grammar and non-selective schools and takes free schools into account, which has recently altered some children’s entitlement who live nearest to one of the new free schools in rural areas such as near Hadlow or Wye. For children who have been awarded places at a grammar school, if there is a non-selective school nearer then they do not qualify.

If you applied for the nearest school and it is full, the concession applies to the next nearest school, and so on. 

Distance rules have been in place for many years, and I can still remember the sense of unfairness felt by my family more than half a century ago, as I lived 20 yards short of the three miles to Ashford Grammar School so did not receive a pass, but caught the bus at the same stop as others who qualified. I continue to have enquiries about appeals from parents in similar situations!

Medway Youth Pass

This scheme entitles all young people who live in Medway and hold a valid pass to pay half the adult fare at all times when travelling on any local bus service, up to the end of the academic year after their 18th birthday. The journeys must start in Medway and can be to any destination in Medway or Kent, as long as any changes of bus are in Medway. This pass is not valid on the subsidised 'MY' yellow buses run by Medway Council or companies who already offer a child fare. 

Medway Council Free Bus Pass

The Council operates a similar Free School Transport scheme to Kent except that in Medway, if the child has qualified for grammar school or been offered a place at a faith school on faith grounds they are entitled to free transport if it is to their nearest appropriate school and they live more than three miles away (or two for under eights). In practice, only those applying to a faith primary school or St John Fisher Catholic School and selective children living on the Hoo Peninsula generally qualify.

There is an issue in that for most of the Hoo children the nearest grammar schools are Sir Joseph Williamson’s for boys and Fort Pitt for girls, and a proportion of children get offered the Chatham grammars either directly or after appeal.

In such cases Medway Council usually turns them down for free transport, unless they have applied to the nearer grammar schools, including Rochester Grammar for girls, and gone to appeal, however pointless. My advice therefore is to pursue applications at these other schools, so that when rejected you can show the Council that the relevant Chatham grammar is the nearest grammar school you can access. You may well need to go to appeal to do this. Medway parents living on the Hoo Peninsula have had considerable success with appeals for transport to Medway Grammar Schools (not necessarily the nearest) and if relevant to you, don't be put off. I am happy to support parents for such appeals.

Free School Transport Appeals 

In both Kent & Medway, appeals against transport decisions are initially to a Panel of Councillors, and there are successes each year, often on grounds of wrong measurements. Medway appears more flexible than Kent for 'exceptional circumstances', especially with regard to grammar school appeals.

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All data on this page is provided by Kent County Council, often under the Freedom of Information Act. Many thanks to officers for their co-operation.

Kent Secondary Transfer 2017

Kent Test Results 2016 For Admission in 2017
Kent Schools Out of County
Boys Girls Total Boys Girls Total Other Total

Assessed Suitable for

Grammar Admission 2017

4369 2145 23 6537

Assessed Suitable for

Grammar Admission 2016

2105 2177 4282 1025 940 1966 11 6259

Assessed Suitable for

Grammar Admission 2015

1963 2080 4043 807 889 1696 14 5753

Notes: (1) I don't yet have data for boys and girls differentiated, but will include this as soon as it is available

        (2)  'Other' includes children who are home educated. 

 

Kent Secondary Transfer 2016 

 
 Kent Secondary School Allocations: March 2016
Kent pupils 2016 2015 2014 2013
 
No. of
Pupils
%
No. of
 Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
Offered a first preference 13,159 81.4% 12,796  80.5% 13,092 83.6 12,754 84.2%
Offered a second preference 1,840 11.4%  1,612  10.1% 1,512 9.6% 1,456 9.6%
Offered a third preference 549 3.4%  478  3.1% 478 3.1% 448 3.0%
Offered a fourth preference 196 1.2%  181  1.1% 181 1.2% 129 0.9%
Allocated by Local Authority 428 2.7%  641  4.0% 404 2.6% 357 2.3%
Total number of Kent pupils offered 16172    15894   15,667   15144  
Out of County Applicants to Kent Secondary Schools 2016
Year 2016 2015 2014 2013
Out of county applicants 2,624 2,299 1,991 1,760
Offers to out of county pupils at Kent schools 803 757 602 589

   

Size of Kent Year 6 Cohort
Year 2015 2014 2013
Total number of pupils in the cohort 18,193 17,658 16,904
  

 

Kent Test Results 2015 For Admission in 2016
  Kent Schools Out of County    
  Boys Girls Total Boys Girls Total Other Total
Assessed Suitable for
Grammar Admission 2016
2105 2177 4282 1025 940 1965 11 6258
Assessed Suitable for
Grammar Admission 2015
1963 2080 4043 807 889 1696 14 5753

 

 

Kent Secondary Transfer 2015
 

 Kent Secondary School Allocations: March 2015
Kent pupils 2015 2014 2013 2012
No. of
 Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
Offered a first preference 12,796  80.5% 13,092 83.6 12,754 84.2% 12,613 82.8%
Offered a second preference  1,612  10.1% 1,512 9.6% 1,456 9.6% 1,481 9.7%
Offered a third preference  478  3.1% 478 3.1% 448 3.0% 505 3.3%
Offered a fourth preference  181  1.1% 181 1.2% 129 0.9% 183 1.2%
Allocated by Local Authority  641  4.03% 404 2.6% 357 2.3% 443 2.9%
Total number of Kent pupils offered  15894 15,667 15144 15,225

 

Out of County Applicants to Kent Secondary Schools 2015
Year 2015 2014 2013 2012
Out of county applicants 2,299 1,991 1,760 1792
Offers to out of county pupils at Kent schools 757 602 589 560

   

Size of Kent Year 6 Cohort
Year 2015 2014 2013
Total number of pupils
in the cohort
18,193 17,658 16,904

 

Kent and Medway School Appeal Outcomes 2015
2015 2014
Appeals Held Number % Upheld Number % Upheld
Kent Non-Selective 484 30% 335 33%
Kent Grammar 1587 37% 1667 42%
Medway Non-Selective 178 34% 122 24%
Medway Grammar 245 40% 226 47%
TOTAL SECONDARY 2494 35% 2350 40%
Kent Primary 292 0.7% 340 1.5%
Medway Primary  63  1.6% 65 0%

Kent Test Results 2014, for Admission in September 2015

 boys    

 girls     

 total      

 % boys    

 % girls    

 Total %    

Attending primary schools In Area

6895

6528 13423 51% 49% 100%

In area Number who sat sat test*

4336

4415 8751 63% 68% 65%

Automatic Pass

1383

1378 2761 20% 21% 21%

Headteacher Assessment (HTA)

799 

900  1699  47%   53%  100%

HTA Passes

365 

 471 836  5%   7%  6%

Total In Area Passes

 1748

1849  3597  25.4%   28.3%  26.8%

Attending primary schools in Kent

7986

7608 15594

Sat Kent Test

4883 

 5004 9887 

Automatic Pass

1555 1557 3112  19% 20%  20% 

Headteacher Assessment (HTA)

900

994 1894 11% 13% 12%

HTA Passes

408

522 930 4.5% 5.3%

Total Kent  Passes

1963 

2079  4042  25.0%   27.9%  26.4%

Out of County Tested

1324 

1387  2711 

Out of County Automatic Pass

 680

 658 1338 

OOC Headteacher Assessment

 80

88 

168 

OOC HTA Pass

35   45 80 

Total OOC Passes**

 716

 778 1494

 

Kent Secondary Transfer 2014

You will find further commentary here, and about oversubscription and vacancies here

Kent pupils 2014 2013 2012
 
No.of
Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
Offered a first
preference
13,092 83.6 12,754 84.2 12,613 82.8%
Offered a second 
preference
1,512 9.6% 1,456 9.6% 1,481 9.7%
Offered a third 
preference
478 3.1% 448 3.0% 505 3.3%
Offered a fourth
preference
181 1.2% 129 0.9% 183 1.2%
Allocated by Local
Authority
404 2.6% 357 2.3% 443 2.9%
Total number of Kent 
pupils offered
15,667   15144   15,225  
Year 2014 2013 2012
Out of county
applicants
1,991 1,760 1792
Offers to out of county
pupils at Kent schools
602 589 560

  

Year 2014 2013 2012
Total number of pupils
in the cohort
17,658 16,904  

Kent Grammar School Assessments for Year 6 children, for Admission in September 2014*

You will find commentary here

 

 boys    

 girls     

 total      

 % boys    

 % girls    

 Total %    

Attending primary schools In area

6730

6642 13372 50% 50% 100%

In area who sat test**

3976

4228 8204 48% 52% 100%

Automatic Pass

1481

1311 2792 22.0% 19.7% 20.9%

Headteacher Assessments

636

856 1492      

Headteacher Assessment pass  

323

450 773 4.8% 6.8% 5.8%

Total In area Passes

1804

1761

3565 26.8% 26.5% 26.7%

Out area who sat test

531

565

1096      

Automatic Pass

213

142

375      

Headteacher Assessments

73

81

154      

Headteacher Assessment Pass

28

35

63      

Total Out Area Passes

241

177 418      

Total Kent Passes*

2045

1938 3983      

Out of County Tested

1419

1346 2765      

Out of County Automatic Pass

781

620 1401      

OOC Headteacher Assessment

75

93

168

     

OOC HTA Pass

39 41 80      

Total OOC Passes*

820 

661 

1481 

     

* Total figures slightly different from supporting data, reflecting adjustments. Figures relate to place of school attended, rather than place of residence. Allocation figures in March are based on place of residence. You will find the equivalent figures for the September 2012 tests here

 ** the in area or "selective areas" are those parts of Kent which were historically served by grammar schools, before freedom of choice legislation removed their significance.

Details of Out of County applications and passes

As in previous years, there has been much hysterical debate in the media about the likely impact of the  out of county children who passed the Kent eleven plus. However, as I have forecast previously, the impact is again likely to be much less than other commentators have claimed. The real picture is as follows:

    Sat Test Found selective
% passed of those
who sat Test
Medway boys 128 58 45%
  girls 136 35 26%
Bexley boys 361 196 54%
  girls 401 189

47%

Bromley boys 267 161

60%

  girls 268 164 61%
Other London boys 422 241 57%
  girls 393 194 49%
Sussex

boys

89 63 71%
  girls 50 26 52%
Surrey boys 40 31 78%
  girls 16 12 75%
Other boys 112 71 63%
  girls 82 40 49%
TOTAL   2765 1481 54%

 

 

       Kent and Medway School Appeal Outcomes 2014
 
Appeals
Registered
Upheld Turned down
%
upheld
place offered
before appeal
withdrawn

KCC Appeal Panels

Non-selective schools 198 50 71 41% 21 56
Grammar schools  865  298  453  39%  11  103
Appeal Panels organised by Independent Administrators or schools
Kent Non-Selective schools  268                                       59

 155

 28%  24  29
Kent Grammar Schools  688  291  290 50% 41  66
Medway Non-Selective Schools  106  22  67  25%  7  10
 Medway Selective Schools  248 106  120 47%  3  19
Totals       
 Non-Selective Total 572  131  293  31%  52  95
Selective Total 1801 695 863 45% 55 188

 Commentary here.

Kent Secondary Transfer 2013

Commentary here. There are many more statistics relating to 2013 entry in the News and Comment section. 

Kent Pupils

2013

2012

2011

No. of pupils

%

No. of pupils

%

No. of pupils

%

Offered a first preference

12,754

84.2%

12,613

82.8%

12,775 82.7%
Offered a second preference

1,456

9.6%

1,481

9.7% 1,567 10.2%

Offered a third preference

448

3.0%

505

3.3%

533 3.4%
Offered a fourth preference
129

0.9%%

183

1.2%

157 1.1%

Allocated by Local Authority

357 2.3%

443

2.9%

413 2.6%

Total number of Kent pupils offered

15,144 15,225 15,444

Kent and Medway Secondary Appeals 2013

 Further commentary here

 Kent & Medway School Secondary School Appeal Outcomes 2013
Kent County Council Appeal Panels
Type of School
Number of
Appeals
Appeals 
Upheld
Appeals
Rejected
Appeals 
withdrawn
Place offered
before appeal
% successful
appeals of those
heard
Non-selective
(14 schools)
 196  58  30  53  54 66
 Grammar 
(18 schools)
904  382  432  90  5 46
      Kent and Medway Appeals managed by other organisations
 Non-selective
(15 schools)
408 86 168 63 89 34
 Grammar
((18 schools)
567  244  241  54  32 50

2012 Appeal Statistics

It is proving very difficult to obtain these on a county wide basis with so many academies, Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools now arranging their own appeal panels. As I find this data of limited value, I am no longer collecting it, except for Panels organised by KCC. 


Kent 11 Plus Test Results for 2013 Entry
The Kent pass mark is an aggregate of 360 from the three tests, with a requirement for all three scores to be 319 or greater. This standard is chosen to select 21% of all children in the Kent selective areas. Children from the non-selective areas of Kent (served by Angley School, Homewood School, Longfield Academy, Mascall's School, Marsh Academy) and out county candidates have to achieve the same scores. Another 4% of children in the selective areas are added through the headteacher assessment procedure, to bring the total to 25%. The following table shows the outcomes of the test.

boys girls total % boys % girls Total %
Living In area 6946 6629 13575 51% 49% 100%
In area who sat test 3861 4080 7941 56% 62% 58%
Automatic Pass 1501 1358 2859 21.6% 20.5% 21.0%
Headteacher Assessment pass 350 474 824 5.0% 7.2% 6.1%
Total In area Passes 1851 1832 3683 26.6% 27.6% 27.1%
Out area who sat test 471 535 1006
Automatic Pass 175 134 309
Headteacher Assessment Pass 29 46 75
Total Out Area Passes 204 160 364
Total Kent Passes* 2055 2012 4072
Out of County Tested 1273 1213 2486
Out of County Automatic Pass 638 603 1241
OOC Headteacher Assessment 55 55 110
OOC HTA Pass 22 22 44
Total OOC Passes* 665 633 1298

11 Plus Test Results for 2012 Entry
The Kent pass mark is an aggregate of 360 from the three tests, with a requirement for all three scores to be 319 or greater. This standard is chosen to select 21% of all children in the Kent selective areas. Children from the non-selective areas of Kent (served by Angley School, Homewood School, Longfield Academy, Mascall's School, Marsh Academy) and out county candidates have to achieve the same scores. Another 4% of children in the selective areas are added through the headteacher assessment procedure, to bring the total to 25%. The following table shows the outcomes of the test.
Kent Grammar School Assessments for Year 6 children, for Admission in September 2012

  boys girls total % boys % girls Total %
Living In area 7008 6827 13835 51% 49% 100%
In area who sat test 3717 3939 7656 53.0% 57.7% 55%
Automatic Pass 1452 1326 2778 20.7% 19.4% 20.1%
Headteacher Assessment 647 847 1494 9.2% 12.4% 10.8%
Headteacher Assessment pass 322 460 782 4.6% 6.7% 5.7%
Total Passes 1774 1786 3560 25.3% 26.1% 25.7%
Out area who sat test 543 545 1058      
Automatic Pass 185 172 357      
Headteacher Assessment 83 134 217      
Headteacher Assessment Pass 41 54 95      
Total Out Area Passes 226 226 452      
Out of County Tested 1258 1087 2345      
Out of County Automatic Pass 698 559 1257      
OOC Headteacher Assessment 63 51 114      
OOC HTA Pass 24 25 49      
Total OOC Passes 722 584 1306      

 




The number of out county chldren successful in the Kent Test is up from the 1156 of 2010, but only a small proportion of these children actually take up places in Kent grammar schools (137 boys and 117 girls offered places in Kent Grammar schools in March 2011 for admission in September).

 

You will find the data for previous years below but, as I have collected it in more detail for 2012 entry, it is not directly comparable.

 
 

Secondary School Transfer 2011 Entry
Please note that all data below is based on the situation on 1st March. There is considerable subsequent movement before the start of the new school year in September.

Kent County Council figures show a pleasing increase in the number of children being offered their first choice secondary school on 1st March, up from 80% in 2010 to 83% in 2011. Just 413 got none of their choices.  With nearly 500 fewer Kent children in the system, waiting lists for popular schools were generally much lower this year.  However, 66 Kent children who passed the Kent Test and named a grammar school on there application form received none of their preferences. Another 69 such children were offered a place at a non-selective school below the highest placed grammar school on their list (who had presumably put this down as a safety net). KCC in their publicity did not recognise this lattter group as having lost out on a grammar school place although qualified.  Last year the eighteen most popular schools each turned away more than 50 children who put them in first place, but this year the same number of schools sees the bar drop to 40 places oversubscribed. Leigh Technology Academy (Dartford) remains Kent’s most popular school for the fourth year running, with 199 disappointed first choice applicants. Second comes Tonbridge Grammar, with 104 girls who had passed the eleven plus turned away. After Westlands (Sittingbourne) on 94, comes Dartford Grammar School with 88, entering the lists for the first time as applicants from the London Boroughs realised the school was accessible, a third of the places going to high scoring applicants from out of county. Next in line was Judd School (grammar, Tonbridge), followed by: Valley Park School (Maidstone); Fulston Manor School (Sittingbourne); Brockhill Park Performing Arts College (Hythe); Brompton Academy (Gillingham); King Ethelbert School (Margate  – new entry); and The Thomas Aveling School (Rochester). Then follows Skinner’s School (grammar, Tunbridge Wells ), slipping from its position as most popular grammar school in 2010, and: Folkestone Academy; Dartford Grammar School for Girls;  Canterbury High School; Hillview School for Girls (Tonbridge); Bennett Memorial Diocesan School (Tunbridge Wells); and Simon Langton Girls Grammar School (Canterbury – new entry). At the other end of the scale, four Kent schools were over half empty before KCC drafted in additional children who had been offered none of their choices: Skinner’s Kent Academy; Angley School (Cranbrook); Walmer Science College, and New Line Learning Academy (Maidstone).  One wonders how some of these schools can continue to function with finances depending on pupil numbers. The school with the greatest increase in popularity was Dartford Grammar School (up 55 disappointed first choices), the biggest loser was surprisingly Homewood School in Tenterden, down 100, but still oversubscribed. The pressure of out of county children taking up places in Kent grammar schools was once again greatest in the North West of the county, with 189 children taking up places in the four Dartford Grammar Schools (52 of these coming from as far away as Lewisham and Greenwich) as opposed to just 57 in the three West Kent super selectives, both figures very similar to last year. Many of these figures will have changed between March and September, as parents had to decide whether to accept places offered, others being offered places off the waiting lists. As many as 700 further children may have gained places through the appeal procedure.

Kent Pupils
2011
2010
2009
2008
No. of pupils
No. of pupils %
No. of pupils
%
No. of pupils
%
No. of pupils
Offered a school named on the application form
15032 97.33%
15,270
96.1%
15,504
95.5%
15,396
95%
Offered a first preference
12775 82.71%
12,725
80.1%
12,769
78.5%
11,508
70.5%
Offered a second preference
1567 10.15%
1,753
11.0%
1,850
11.5%
2,750
17%
Offered a third preference
533 3.45%
595
3.7%
640
4%
1,138
7%
Offered a fourth preference
157 1.02%
197
1.2%
245
1.5%
N/A
N/A
Allocated by Local Authority
413 2.67
620
3.9%
773
4.5%
840
5.5%
Total number of Kent pupils offered
15445
15,890
16,277
16,236

 

The 2011 figures include 443 offers made to Kent pupils at out of county secondary schools. The 2010 figures include 481 offers made to Kent pupils at out of county secondary schools.

 

Year
2011
2010
2009
2008
Out of County Applicants
1671
1,532
1,554
1,795
Out of County Offers
513
532
521
556

 

Year
2011
2010
2009
2008
Total Numbers of Pupils in the Cohort
17133
17,422
7,831
18,134

 

Secondary school transfer 2010 entry
On allocation day in March, for 2010, most oversubscribed school in Kent for the third consecutive year was the Leigh Academy in Dartford, turning away 218 first choices. This is followed for non -selective schools by, in order: Valley Park School- 112, Homewood School - 110, North School Ashford - 96, Fulston Manor School - 83, Westlands School - 78, Bennett Memorial Diocesan School and Folkestone Academy - 64,  Brockhill Park School - 60, Sandwich Technology College - 57, Mascalls School - 55, Charles Dickens School - 53, and Hayesbrook School - 50. All others are less than 50.
Newcomers to the list are: Brockhill Park (up from 17), Sandwich Technology (up from 48), and Hayesbrook (up from 29). Out go: Aylesford (down from 68  to 15), Maplesdon Noakes (55 to27 ), St Simon Stock (53 to 11)  and Cornwallis (50 to 30 )
For grammar schools most first choices turned away -  Skinners School with 115 (up from 92 but see below); then Judd School- 88 (in top two for past two years); Tonbridge Grammar School - 77 (top last year); Weald of Kent Grammar School - 50; Dartford Grammar School for Girls - 47; Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Girls  - 39; Maidstone Grammar School - 36; Dartford Grammar School - 35; Queen Elizabeth's Grammar SChool - 34; Simon Langton Grammmar School for Boys - 34; Sir Roger Manwoods School - 33; and Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 32. All others had fewer than 30.
The caution with regard to Skinners is that many parents put them second to Judd and this year in particular the figures are skewed with Skinners offering places to 73 first choices, 39 second choices and 3 third choices (St Olave's is often the third school in this triangle)). Over at Judd there were 120 first choices and 2 second choices offered places so I would argue that Judd is the more oversubscribed – the vagaries of the system!

The Judd School has offered 16 places off the waiting list on 31st March. Clearly this will have a corresponding knock on figure for The Skinners School who initially offered 6 further places. Also of  note are Longfield Academy up 72 first preferences from 64 to 136 (turning away 22 of these), Oakwood Park Grammar  School up 54 (turning away 15 of these) , Chaucer Technology College up 45, Swan Valley Community School up 43. For all the above schools, waiting lists and appeals will see numbers of the children turned away eventually offered places at their first choice school.

There were just 5 Medway schools with vacancies before Medway Council reallocated children who had been given none of their choices. After reallocation, Bishop of Rochester Academy and St John Fisher RC were full, whilst Hundred of Hoo, Chatham Grammar Boys and Chatham Grammar Girls still have spare places. 151 places were taken up by Kent children nearly every school accepting some; with 116 Medway children going the other way into Kent - nearly half of these to Holmesdale. 68 out of the 298 children entered for Medway Reviews were successful.

The following grammar schools each had more than ten vacancies on March 1st: Borden, Clarendon House, Dover Grammar Boys, Folkestone Girls, Harvey, Highworth (heavily oversubscribed with first choices last year!), Invicta. The following grammar schools have four or fewer vacancies (none between four and ten!): Gravesend Boys (heavily oversubscribed with first choices last year!), Gravesend Girls, Wilmington Boys, Wilmington Girls. All other Kent grammar schools were full on National Offer Day.

Non selective schools with vacancies, that were full last year: Hextable, Meopham, Northfleet Girls, St Edmunds Dover, St George's Gravesend, St John's Gravesend, Walmer, Wilmington Enterprise.

Non selective schools full that had vacancies last year: Castle Community, Longfield Academy.

Please note that even though a school is full according to the Planned Admission Number, appeals can and will be successful in some cases. An Independent Appeal Panel has the right to instruct schools to take additional children. Last year the number of successful appeals at oversubscribed schools in Kent ranged from nil to 38. Further, where a grammar school has vacancies, the appeal panel is under no obligation to fill these and won't if there are insufficient children of a 'grammar school standard'.

Five Kent schools had over half their places empty before the Local Authority allocated children, who had not been offered any of their choices, to them.

       
       

Secondary School Appeal Statistics for 2010 entry
I do not publish statistics for individual school appeals, as these are determined by Appeal Panels, not by the schools themselves and so can vary enormously year by year.

Type of Appeal Number Successes % success rate
Community Non Selective Schools 88 45 51
Community Grammar Schools 336 128 40
Foundation & VA Non Sel Schools, organised by KCC 425 247 58
Foundation & VA Grammar Schools, organised by KCC 543 174 32
Foundation & VA Non Sel Schools, appeals not organised by KCC 30 27 75
Foundation & VA Grammar Schools, not organised by KCC 362 135 37
Academies 91 29 22
Total 1696 612 36

Please note:
1) Appeals are only heard for places at grammar schools or non selective schools that are oversubscribed. Grammar  school appelas can be against a decision that the child is not of grammar school ability, that the school is full, or both.

2) the Foundation and VA Non Selective Appeal figures are distorted by 4 schools whose combined 132 appeals were all successful.
3) The Academy figures is distorted by the Leigh Academy's 65 appeals. 
4) Appeals not organised by KCC are managed by a number of different providers

11 Plus Test Results 2011 Entry
The source of the data on this page is Kent County Council. My thanks for their co-operation in this.

Category 2009 entry 2010 entry 2011 entry change
  Number Number   Number
Kent Entrants 9249 9418   -101
OutCounty Entrants 1992 2107   +115
Success Boys 2588 2561   -27
Success Girls 2549 2552   +3
Success Kent 4039 4120 4149 +81
OutCounty Success 1098 993 1156 -105

 

So, of the 11,255 children who sat the Kent Test in September, 5,113 were assessed selective, roughly the same number as last year (11,241). The number of out of county children sitting the test rose by 115, the number of Kent children fell by 101 reflecting a lower number in the age group. However, the number of Kent children passing is up by 81 to 4,120, whilst the number of out county children passing is down by 105 to 993.  

There are 4,458 grammar school places in Kent, so if only Kent children were taking them up, there would be 338 spare places, nearly all in the East of the County. The great unknown is how many out of county children will take up Kent places, as many of them have multiple applications across different counties and Boroughs.

My sense of these figures is - little change.

I have now obtained information on the distribution of successful out of Kent 11 plus candidates, and this shows a remarkable shift in pattern. The number of successful candidates in East Sussex and Surrey is just 40, only 6 higher than the total that were offered places at Judd, Skinners or Tonbridge Grammar last year.  As these schools only take high scorers, many of the ooc children will not be eligible and others will not apply for places. With the lower cohort size in West Kent this really promises to make life easier  for many grammar school applicants in 2011. I am unable to suggest a reason why this reduction has happened, except the possibility that recent publicity has convinced some it is too difficult to  gain entrance to these schools.


Another 302 ooc qualified ooc children come from other London Boroughs astride the rail mainline to Dartford, with 31 from Thurrock. We can assume that all those who are looking to Kent grammar schools realistically, and some will just have taken the test for practice, are looking to the two Wilmington and the two Dartford grammar schools, although the different oversubscription criteria for each afffects the number that will be admitted in the end.
To these, there needs to be added a further 130 Medway children, although many, if not most, of these have taken the Kent Test as a reserve to Medway grammar school places.  Those looking seriously into Kent will be considering grammar schools in Gravesend, Maidstone or Sittingbourne, although the former are likely to come under additional pressure again from the out of county surge, as happened in 2009.

2010 Admissions

For 2010, Most oversubscribed school in Kent for the third consecutive year was the Leigh Academy in Dartford, turning away 218 first choices. This is followed for non -selective schools by, in order: Valley Park School- 112, Homewood School - 110, North School Ashford - 96, Fulston Manor School - 83, Westlands School - 78, Bennett Memorial Diocesan School and Folkestone Academy - 64,  Brockhill Park School - 60, Sandwich Technology College - 57, Mascalls School - 55, Charles Dickens School - 53, and Hayesbrook School - 50. All others are less than 50.
Newcomers to the list are: Brockhill Park (up from 17), Sandwich Technology (up from 48), and Hayesbrook (up from 29). Out go: Aylesford (down from 68  to 15), Maplesdon Noakes (55 to27 ), St Simon Stock (53 to 11)  and Cornwallis (50 to 30 )
For grammar schools most first choices turned away -  Skinners School with 115 (up from 92 but see below); then Judd School- 88 (in top two for past two years); Tonbridge Grammar School - 77 (top last year); Weald of Kent Grammar School - 50; Dartford Grammar School for Girls - 47; Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Girls  - 39; Maidstone Grammar School - 36; Dartford Grammar School - 35; Queen Elizabeth's Grammar SChool - 34; Simon Langton Grammmar School for Boys - 34; Sir Roger Manwoods School - 33; and Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 32. All others had fewer than 30.
The caution with regard to Skinners is that many parents put them second to Judd and this year in particular the figures are skewed with Skinners offering places to 73 first choices, 39 second choices and 3 third choices (St Olave's is often the third school in this triangle)). Over at Judd there were 120 first choices and 2 second choices offered places so I would argue that Judd is the more oversubscribed – the vagaries of the system!

 

The Judd School has offered 16 places off the waiting list on 31st March. Clearly this will have a corresponding knock on figure for The Skinners School who initially offered 6 further places.

Also of  note are Longfield Academy up 72 first preferences from 64 to 136 (turning away 22 of these), Oakwood Park Grammar  School up 54 (turning away 15 of these) , Chaucer Technology College up 45, Swan Valley Community School up 43.

For all the above schools, waiting lists and appeals will see numbers of the children turned away eventually offered places at their first choice school.

 

There were just 5 Medway schools with vacancies before Medway Council reallocated children who had been given none of their choices. After reallocation, Bishop of Rochester Academy and St John Fisher RC were full, whilst Hundred of Hoo, Chatham Grammar Boys and Chatham Grammar Girls still have spare places. 151 places were taken up by Kent children nearly every school accepting some; with 116 Medway children going the other way into Kent - nearly half of these to Holmesdale. 68 out of the 298 children entered for Medway Reviews were successful.

 

The following grammar schools each had more than ten vacancies on March 1st: Borden, Clarendon House, Dover Grammar Boys, Folkestone Girls, Harvey, Highworth (heavily oversubscribed with first choices last year!), Invicta. The following grammar schools have four or fewer vacancies (none between four and ten!): Gravesend Boys (heavily oversubscribed with first choices last year!), Gravesend Girls, Wilmington Boys, Wilmington Girls. All other Kent grammar schools were full on National Offer Day.

 

Non selective schools with vacancies, that were full last year: Hextable, Meopham, Northfleet Girls, St Edmunds Dover, St George's Gravesend, St John's Gravesend, Walmer, Wilmington Enterprise.

 
Non selective schools full that had vacancies last year: Castle Community, Longfield Academy.
 

Please note that even though a school is full according to the Planned Admission Number, appeals can and will be successful in some cases. An Independent Appeal Panel has the right to instruct schools to take additional children. Last year the number of successful appeals at oversubscribed schools in Kent ranged from nil to 38. Further, where a grammar school has vacancies, the appeal panel is under no obligation to fill these and won't if there are insufficient children of a 'grammar school standard'.

 

Five Kent schools had over half their places empty before the Local Authority allocated children, who had not been offered any of their choices, to them.

Secondary school transfer statistics 2010 entry

Kent Pupils
2010
2009
2008
No. of pupils
No. of pupils
%
No. of pupils
%
No. of pupils
Offered a school named on the application form
15,270
96.1%
15,504
95.5%
15,396
95%
Offered a first preference
12,725
80.1%
12,769
78.5%
11,508
70.5%
Offered a second preference
1,753
11.0%
1,850
11.5%
2,750
17%
Offered a third preference
595
3.7%
640
4%
1,138
7%
Offered a fourth preference
197
1.2%
245
1.5%
N/A
N/A
Allocated by Local Authority
620
3.9%
773
4.5%
840
5.5%
Total number of Kent pupils offered
15,890
16,277
16,236

 

Year
2010
2009
2008
Out of County Applicants
1,532
1,554
1,795
Out of County Offers
532
521
556

 

Year
2010
2009
2008
Total Numbers of Pupils in the Cohort
17,422
17,831
18,134

 

Transfer Appeal Statistics  2009
 

LEA or Community Schools
 
 
School Type Number of Appeals Number of                 Successes % Success Rate
Grammar  391  167  43
 Non Selective  158  99  63
 Primary  367  36  10

Please note that the large majority of successful primary appeals would be for junior classes, as Infant appeals are governed by Infant Class Legislation (see Primary admissions page).

Foundation and Voluntary Aided Schools  

 

School Type Number of Appeals Number of                 Successes % Success Rate
Grammar  562  201  36
 Non Selective  215 104  48
 Primary 82 Not known  

In addition there are a number of schools that do not use KCC Appeal Panels. Statistics are not available for these. 

Statistics vary enormously school by school. For grammar schools the proportion of successes range from 76%  of 33 appeals (an LEA school) down to 7% of 108 appeals (a Foundation School). For non selective schools, there were five schools where all appeals were successful, but one Foundation school with just 10% of 20 appeals successful.

 Secondary Transfer Statistics 2009 entry

There was  a total of just 131 vacancies in Kent’s 33 grammar schools, at National Offer Day in 2009  mainly in the east of the county.  The problem is that the 268 out county children who took up places in West and North West Kent Grammar schools displaced many children from these areas eastwards, some to grammar schools they cannot reach daily, with more than 40 boys West Kent boys offered places in Folkestone or Sittingbourne. 

The biggest influx is into the four Dartford grammar schools with 29 children coming from Greenwich and another 15 from Lewisham. Bromley took up 59 Kent grammar school places, Bexley another 56 and East Sussex 50.

Most oversubscribed grammar school was Tonbridge (101 turned away), edging out Judd from last year (95). These were followed by Skinners, Dartford, Weald of Kent, Tunbridge Wells Boys, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells Girls. This year’s problem is highlighted by these eight schools who all turned away more than 40 qualified first choices. Last year there were just three, the same top schools as last year.

However, for the second year running the most oversubscribed school in the county is the Leigh Academy in Dartford, rejecting 200 first choice applicants.

One striking feature of non selective school placements is the wide fluctuation in popularity from year to year. I think the biggest controversy in the county surrounds Valley Park School in South Maidstone, whose popularity has soared this year, turning away 106 first choices, up from 16 in 2008.  Other non selective schools rejecting more than 60 first choices are: Folkestone Academy (newly rebuilt); Homewood (Tenterden); Bennett Memorial (Tunbridge Wells);  Westlands (Sittingbourne), Charles Dickens (Broadstairs), North (Ashford), Archbishops’ (Canterbury); Aylesford (rebuilt under PFI and not even full last year); Mascalls (Paddock Wood) and Fulston Manor (Sittingbourne). Only half these schools were in this list last year showing how difficult it is to predict popularity.

At the other end of the scale, four schools were over half empty before children unsuccessful in any of their applications were allocated to them..

Secondary Transfer Appeal Statistics 2008

LEA or Community Schools

School type Number of Appeals Number of successes % success rate
Grammar 456 184 40
Non Selective 126 68 54

Foundation or Voluntary Aided Schools

These are appeals organised by the KCC for these schools. Many Foundation and VA Schools organise their own appeals and I do not have data for these. 

School Type Number of Appeals Number of successes % success rate
Grammar 540 143 26
Non-Selective 185 101 55

Note: these statistics hide a multitude of sins. One LEA Grammar school had 55 successful appeals, others have very few. Grammar School appeals include both selection appeals (where the child do not pass the Kent test, and oversubscription appeals (where many appellants may have passed the Kent tests and be seeking a place in schools that are full). 

 

Published in Statistics
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 12:30

Primary School Appeals

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Updated: September 2017

 I no longer take on appeals, but in any case Infant Class Legislation means that success rates are very low (see figures below). However I am always happy to give advice through my telephone consultation service. Please feel free to send me details of your dilemma, through the contact me page and I will: (a) tell you if I have no relevant advice; (b) come back with a succinct answer; or (c) suggest I can help.

You will find some recent data and additional information in a recent news item

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 is featured in a Report published by the Local Government Ombudsman here. Another was also 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  272 appeals for Reception Classes for entry to Kent Primary Schools for September 2017, 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 14 places were won on appeal out of 38, where the Planned Admission Number is not a multiple of 30, with five out of eight successes into Junior Schools. . I am prepared to take on appeals where there is a chance of success, but if you can't see you have a special case, you are unlikely to have one. 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 444 Kent children who were offered none of their choices in  2017, 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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