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Peter Read

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - E-F

Updated April 2020 

You will find an initial article on 2020 allocations here, an article on 2020 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools hereFor Grammar School Preferences, only grammar qualified are counted. The PAN is the Published Admission Number and refers to the number of places available in the year group for each school. If additional places were offered, I have recorded this under PAN.  

A Report on 2019 Appeals Outcomes hereFor Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2019 GCSE scores go to here for explanation. 

In the Individual performance table, under the A Level Progress heading for 2019, you will find a set of data like this: -0.37(BA,104,D+, 60). This tells you that the school has a Progress performance level at A Level of -0,37, which is Below Average, 104 students took at least one A Level with an average Grade of D+, with 60 students taking three A Levels. A gap between the number of students taking one and those taking three A Levels can be indicative of the number of vocational courses being offered.  

 Ebbsfleet Academy.  Controversially replaced Swan Valley Community School in November 2013, although it had been ceremonially opened three months earlier! You will find the history of this project set out in several articles on this website with links back from here.  One of the major problems that these articles expose is that the school regularly made claims that were untrue. 

The school has been deeply unpopular with parents, in spite of the pressure on places in Dartford for at least the past four years. This could be partly due to Ebbsfleet being one of the few secondary schools in Kent with no Sixth Form. However, its strong disciplinary procedure as described in my article Tough Love Academies, which demonstrates the high proportion of pupils bailing out of the school from allocation through to Year 11. Many of these will not have chosen the school at all, but be part of the extraordinarily high number of LAAs given places each year they may have set out to avoid. Each year, I receive more enquiries from parents seeking to avoid Ebbsfleet Academy than any other school in Kent. 

Sponsored by the Brook Learning Trust which has had its own difficulties as seen through the link. The Trust's unenviable reputation is underlined amongst other statistics by its three schools having the top three percentage losses in the county between allocations in March 2019 and the Year 7 Census in October 2019. Hayesbrook 45%; High Weald 42%; Ebbsfleet Academy 41%.   

There is a recent article regarding resignation of controversial Principal Alison Colwell in 2019, here. She has proved an excellent self-publicist to cover up the school's failures, and is now to publish a book, The Secret Headteacher, about her career whose publicity blurb already contains too many falsehoods. 

However, a new Principal, Gurjit Kaur Shergill, here, appointed in September 2019, who has made a promising start, although she now has to work through the school's appalling reputation. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
prefs
1st prefs 
not offered
Local
Authority
Allocations
Vacant
places
2016 150 97 0 26 -8
2017 150 69 0 13 67
2018
150 69 0 67 3
2019 197 92  83  0
2020 150 67 0 31 29

For September 2017 admissions, the school was hit by the extension of the Leigh Academy UTC to accepting pupils from the age of 11; the extra places created contributing to the fall in LAAs. . 

Since opening in 2013, through to 2019 no appeals for school admission.

For 2019 entrance places offered, all the surplus and more vanished with the opening of the new Stone Lodge Secondary School in Dartford

The 2020 admission data represents a much truer picture now that Stone Lodge is part of the system. Will be hit further by new schools opening in Ebbsfleet over the next few years, until these schools fill with the new population. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
No Sixth
Form
2016
0.2
44.8
 
2017
-0.27 (BA) 
42.4
37%
No Sixth
Form 
2018  -0.39(BA) 41 27%
No Sixth
Form
2019 -0.33 (BA) 43.8 32% -0.41(BA,15,E,2) 

Surprisingly low annual Progress 8, give high Attainment 8 and higher level GCSE. 

Ebbsfleet  Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2019 Full Good
Sept 2016  Full Good
2011 Full Satisfactory
2009 Full Satisfactory

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Ellington & Hereson School, Ramsgate.  Has now taken over the site and the students of the closed Marlowe Academy, and been renamed Royal Harbour Academy.

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Folkestone Academy. Was set up by the Roger de Haan Academy Trust in 2007, to replace the Channel School in new premises designed by the Norman Foster Architects at a cost of £34 million, and is co-sponsored by Kings School Canterbury. It combined with a local primary school in 2013, to provide for pupils from 3 -18 years, now one of four such all-through schools in the county. Initially benefited from competing with the other non-selective school in town, Pent Valley Secondary which closed in July 2016 following poor leadership and unpopularity with families, but many aspiring families choose to look first at Brockhill School in Hythe. Suffers academically from high level of grammar school selection through the Shepway Test (see Folkestone School for Girls below), which picks up to another 200 of the highest performing non-selective (by Kent Test) children nationally. The school is advertising for its sixth new headteacher in just over three years. The school was then taken over by the controversial Turner Schools Trust  at Easter 2017, and formally re-brokered to them in December 2017. Turner Schools, is a new Academy Trust, having also taken over two primary schools and the replacement for Pent Valley, the Turner Free School, which opened in September 2018. I have written a series of articles about the troubles of the school and Trust, accessed via  the website search engine, a recent example being here. Sharp fall in GCSE performance, below. September 2019 saw yet another change of headteacher after what appears to be another Machiavellian set of manoeuvres. 2018 saw by far the largest rate of exclusions in Kent, falling for 2019 to the second highest, in spite of claims by one the schools gurus that exclusion shows a failure in teaching skill. The controversial Dr Jo Saxton, CEO of Turner Schools moved on in March 2020,as explained here

In 2020 the school carried out a Consultation to split the highly successful Primary Section away to become a separate school. presumably to get away from the reputation of Folkestone Academy. For those with a very long memory, Park Farm Primary School, where both my children received an excellent education under headteacher Peter Clawson, was subsumed into Folkestone Academy in 2009. Wisely it subsequently ran as a separate organisation from the dysfunctional secondary section. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
prefs
1st prefs 
not offered
LAAs
Vacant
places
2016 300 222 0 0 -2
2017 310 243 0 0 5
2018 270 216 18 0 0
2019 270 153  0 9 84
2020 270 127 0 23 86

Turner Schools reduced the school PAN for 2018, as the new Turner Free School admitted 120 pupils. The number of first choices that year was inflated as TFS applicants did not appear in official KCC figures. The reality of the sharp fall is shown in the 2019 and 2020 data . Turner Free School then increased its intake to 180 for 2019 admission, shooting FA in the foot. 

2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016
-0.44
39.6
   
2017 -0.22 (BA) 36.4  14%  -0.32(BA)
2018 -0.76(WBA) 31.3 13%  -0.03 (A)
2019 -0.61(WBA) 34.2 13% -0.33(BA,62,D+,19) 

The loss of the highest performing non-selective children who will have been creamed off by the Shepway Test  five years ago should have hit academic performance further in 2019 (see Folkestone School for Girls immediately below) but it didn't so perhaps there is some good emerging. 

For 2019 GCSEs, a very odd news item appeared for a few days in August, announcing that the school had performed 8% above the national average for improvement. This vanished shortly afterwards, and was clearly wrong. 

Folkestone  Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2015 Full Good
Jun 2013 Full Satisfactory
Mar 2010 Full Satisfactory

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Folkestone School for Girls  OFSTED October 2012 - Outstanding Introduced the Shepway Test for 2014 admission in conjunction with The Harvey Grammar School, an alternative way of gaining admission to the Kent Test. The Shepway test has two parts, a written piece of work and a multiple choice section set by CEM. The section for the written work is an hour-long, marked in-house by the Folkestone School for Girls. Pass mark is an aggregate score of the separate sections.

Has one of the lowest Kent grammar school staying on rates from Year 11 to the Sixth Form. In September 2018 this was 77%, and 79% in 2019. The school has had one of the lowest Kent grammar Sixth Form staying on rates from Year 12 to Year 13 in September 2016, at 85%, down further to 77% in 2018. Since my exposure of the illegal exclusion rate in Year 12, the loss rate fell sharply, along with the other culprits, in the case of FSG to 2% in 2018, although back up to 8% in 2019, second highest in Kent. 

From an FOI request for the 2019 Shepway Test: 462 children sat the Shepway Test that had not been assessed suitable for a Kent grammar after sitting the Kent Test. Of those, 205 were successful in the Shepway Test. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
prefs
1st prefs 
not offered
Shepway
Test
Offers
Vacant
places
2016 180 181 4 94 0
2017 180 183 7 92 0
2018 180 181 2 70 0
2019 180 191 14 102 0
2020 180 180 10 111 0
 
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 58 44
2015 46 29
2016 28 14
2017 29 8
2018 35 9
2019 31 9

The school operates its own Independent Appeal Panel. Appeals were heard over an extended period, results often being given some time later up until at least 2018. For 2018 appeals, both candidates who had been found selective by Kent or Shepway Test were offered places.  

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016
0.51
67.3
   
2017 0.66 (WAA) 65.5 76.6% -0.08(A)
2018 0.43(AA) 63.8 77%   -0.03(A)
2019 0.77 (WAA) 64.0 82% -0.2(BA,104,B-78) 

This level of performance might have been hit in 2019 when the first Shepway Test children reached GCSE. It wasn't! 

 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2012 Full Outstanding
Apr 2011 Interim Good
Mar 2008 Full Good

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Fulston Manor School, Sittingbourne. Always heavily oversubscribed, and difficult to win an appeal. Became an Academy in October 2011.  As an Academy Trust has taken over the two South Avenue primary schools. Now lead school in the Fulston Manor Academies Trust, with two primary schools.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
preferences
1st prefs 
not offered
2016 210 282 97
2017 210 291 102
2018 210 352 157
2019 210 342 120
2020 210 320 121

 Fourth most oversubscribed non-selective school in Kent for 2017, third in 2018, fourth in 2020.   

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 38 7
2015 46 6
2016 59 7
2017 47 6
2018 42 5
2019 76 6

 Uses an Independent Appeal Panel Administrator.  Increasingly difficult to win on appeal.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016
-0.27
46.3
   
2017 0.08 (A) 41.7  14% -0.29(BA)
2018 -0.14(A) 41.2 24  -0.37(BA)
2019 -0.73(WBA) 37.8 21% -0.34(BA,125,D+,49) 

 A large and unexplained slump in GCSE performance for 2019.  

 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Dec 2017 Full Good
Feb 2014 Full Good
May 2011 Full Outstanding

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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - D

 Updated June 2019  Data up to date March 2020

You will find an initial article on 2020 allocations here, an article on 2020 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools here For Grammar School Preferences, only grammar qualified are counted. The PAN is the Published Admission Number and refers to the number of places available in the year group for each school. If additional places were offered, I have recorded this under PAN.  

A Report on 2019 Appeals Outcomes hereFor Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2019 GCSE scores go to here for explanation. 

In the Individual performance table, under the A Level Progress heading for 2019, you will find a set of data like this: -0.37(BA,104,D+, 60). This tells you that the school has a Progress performance level at A Level of -0,37, which is Below Average, 104 students took at least one A Level with an average Grade of D+, with 60 students taking three A Levels. 


Dane Court Grammar School.

Mixed. Last full Ofsted in 2007 found the school Outstanding. Highest proportion of grammar school Fixed Term Exclusions in Kent 2018-19.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN  Offers
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2016  165  164  162  0
2017  165 165  178 13
2018  165  175  180  7
2019 165 165  194  29
2020 165 165 213 50

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014  54  8
2015  76 16
2016  71 15
2017  70 19
2018 56 6
2019 68 21
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng)
A Level
Progress Scores
2017 0.06 62 n/a  0.39(WAA)
2018 0.00(A) 63.0 84%  -0.96(WBA)
2019 0.04 (A)  63.5 85%
 International
Baccalaureate

Second Highest Progress Score at A Level in Kent (highest grammar school), for 2017, but what a disaster for 2018 (I have checked my figures for 2018).

 OFSTED RECORD 
  Type of Inspection Outcome
2010 Interim Sustained
2007  Full Inspection  Outstanding
 

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Dartford Grammar School
Regularly the most oversubscribed school in the county, with enormous pressure coming from London Boroughs.  Takes the International Baccalaureate,  and The Middle School Years Baccalaureate already, and so follows a broad academic curriculum. There is a limit on the number of 'local' boys to 90 boys being accepted, which was reached each year. complaint to the Schools Adjudicator when the new Admission Rules were set up, was turned down partly on the basis that few local boys would be disadvantaged on this basis.This is clearly untrue and the school can no longer be regarded as 'local', chasing high ability boys. For September 2016, 81 ooc students were offered places, for 2017 it was 80.  For 2018 entry, the  cut off score in the Kent Test for Dartford boys was 358 (pass aggregate was 320), for out of area boys it was 384 with not all boys on 383 getting in on second round. For 2019 entry, local was up to 369, with outers needing 391, highest cut off score in Kent. 
 
Mushroom Sixth Form, the largest in county, and biggest increase over Year 11. At the 2019 census, Year 12 was 305 boys and girls, from a base of 150 in Year 11.  No Ofsted since conversion to academy in 2012, as it is an Outstanding Academy. . 
 
 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2016 180 355 226
2017 180 413 257
2018 180 460 313
2019 180 476 336
2020 180 551 409

 An interesting insight from a Freedom of Information Request:

From the Dartford Grammar School offers made on Secondary National Offer Day 2018, eight were rejected by applicants and five were offered back out in Kent County Council’s reallocation process on 25th April. The difference between these two numbers for a school can be attributed to different causes such as the finalisation of an Education, Health and Care Plan naming that school or errors in the admissions process resulting in offers being made over the intake number that would prevent further regular offers being made until the number fell back below the planned intake. All of the offers rejected and offered back out were to children living outside of Kent.

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 116 3
2015 64 6
2016 103 6
2017 116 3
2018 129 4
2019 130 6
 
I don't see the number of appeals reducing, or the success rate increasing in the near future. For the 2019 appeals, all those upheld had previously passed the Kent Test, probably with high scores.  
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
A Level
Progress Scores
2017 0.78 73.8 n/a -0.24(A)
2018 0.93(WAA) 73.3 97%  n/a (as IB)
2019 0.75 (WAA) P 74.3 96%  International
Baccalaureate
 
But KS 5(A Level) Progress measured according to International Baccalaureate in 2017.
GCSE Progress 8 ninth highest in Kent 2019
 
 OFSTED RECORD 
  Type of Inspection Outcome
2011 Interim Sustained
2008  Full Inspection  Outstanding
 
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Dartford Grammar School for Girls
The school  approved new admission criteria for 2015 entry, expanding to 160 girls, but setting an initial limit of 100 for girls living in local parishes.  After that places are awarded to highest scorers, wherever they reside. OFSTED  June 2016- Outstanding. complaint to the Schools Adjudicator when the new Admission Rules were set up, was turned down partly on the basis that few local girls would be disadvantaged on this basis.This is clearly untrue. For 2016 admission there was a cut off for inner area girls living in named parishes for the first time as the 100 girls offered places were required to score 333. The cut off for the remaining out of area girls, after children in care and siblings were offered, was 363, so that for the first time a number of grammar qualified girls living near to the school will not have been offered places. For 2018, inner was 341, ooc 385, falling to 383 on second round.
 
Converted to an Academy late, in June 2017.
  
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN  Offers
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2016 180 180 275 119
2017 180 180 345 188
2018 180 180 300 153
2019
180 180
379
230
2020 180 180 404 246

Usually second most oversubscribed Kent school (to Dartford Grammar), under enormous pressure  from London families. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 46 8
2015 57 7
2016 79 3
2017 93 0
2018 71 2
2019 91 0
 
Yes, that is correct. No successful appeals for 2017 or 2019.
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Scores
2014 n/a n/a   99%  
2015 n/a n/a  
2016
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 0.66 69.7 n/a 0.04(A)
2018 0.74(WAA) 73.2 97% -0.09(A)
2019 1.09 (WAA) 75.3 98% -0.08(A,158,B-,149) 
 
Highest GCSE Progress 8 in Kent 2019
 
 
 OFSTED RECORD 
  Type of Appeal Outcome
2011 Full Inspection Outstanding
2011  Full Inspection  Good
 
 
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Dartford Science and Technology College. 
The only single sex school in Dartford, after a boys' non-selective school closed many years ago. Ofsted Mar 2017 - again Good. One of few Kent secondary schools chosen to remain with the Local Authority.    
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st
prefs not offered
Vacancies
2016 145  97 0 10
2017  150 150 0 0
2018 150 155 23 0
2019 150 169 40 0
2020 150 122 5 0

 Furthest Distance offered on allocation in miles                                        

2019

2018

2017

Dartford STC

1.869

2.903

5.918

There were no appeals: 2014-2017

Appeals for School Places
Appeals Upheld
2018 1 1
2019 7 1

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PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
A Level
Progress Scores
2017 -0.27 39.1 n/a -0.15(A)
2018 -0.02(A) 41.1 31%  -0.55(BA)
2019 -0.25(A) 41.8 38%  -0.33(BA,30,C-,8)
 
 
 OFSTED RECORD 
  Type of Inspection Outcome
2017 Full Inspection Good
2012  Full Inspection  Good
 
 
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Dover Christ Church Academy
Replaced Archer's Court Maths and Computing College and opened in September 2010 as an academy. It is sponsored by Christ Church University, Canterbury, along with Kent County Council and the two Dover Grammar schools. Most recent Ofsted March 2019 - Requires Improvement, for fourth time, so comes under the Ofsted Category of stuck schools. Suffers loss of more able pupils because of high proportion in area going to grammar schools through Dover Test. Nevertheless, GCSE performance not bad.  New principal and assistant vice-principal were appointed in September 2017. Asked for my assistance in analysing admissions 2018 - given freely. No thanks, no acknowledgement. No feed back on my analysis. Not impressed. 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st
prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2016  145 104 0 23
2017 160 167 37 0
2018 150 117 0 8
2019 150 118 0 11
2020 180 159 4 0

There were no appeals 2014-2018 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
KS5 Progress
Scores
2017 -0.43 37.9 n/a -0.31(A)
2018 -0.66(WBA) 30.3 11% -0.60 (BA) 
2019 -0.94(WBA,) 30.9 7% -0.94(WBA,10,D,0) 

Fourth lowest GCSE Progress 8 in Kent 2019 , third lowest in Attainment 8.

 OFSTED RECORD 
  Type of Inspection Outcome
2019 Full Inspection Requires Improvement
2018 Monitoring Effective Action 
2016 Full Inspection Requires Improvement
2014 Full Inspection Requires Improvement
2013 Monitoring  Satisfactory
2012 Full Inspection Requires Improvement
 
Meets Ofsted Criterion of a 'stuck school'.
 
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Dover Grammar School for Boys. Admission is either by the Dover Test (for boys) or the Kent Test, children also being able to take both. The Dover test comprises VR, NVR, maths and English and pass is by an aggregate score. The Dover Test is not recognised by KCC as valid for entrance to any other grammar school and a pass has not generally been considered a valid case by Independent Appeal Panels for other grammar schools.  As much as half of the intake is through the Dover Test. For 2020 entry, 168 children were found of grammar school ability by the Dover Test who had not been found selective by the Kent Selective Process (Kent Test plus HTA).  OFSTED Feb 2016- Good, up from Requires Improvement (the only Kent grammar school to be given RI).

From an FOI Request for the 2019 Dover Test: 329 children sat the Dover Test that had not been assessed suitable for a Kent grammar after sitting the Kent Test. Of those, 168 were successful in the Dover Test  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS
(see notes)
  PAN 
Offers
Offered under Dover Test
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2016  150 127 88 119  0 0
2017  150 138 105 145  0 0
2018 150 150 100 139 10 0
2019 150  138  99 134  0 0
2020 150 127 64 106 0 23

Note 1: For 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 The Preference data refers to all boys who qualified for places. 

Note 2: For 2015, The preference data applies to boys who applied with Kent Test passes only.

For 2017 entry, 33 boys qualified through Kent Test, 105 through Dover Test. 2018 entry, 50 boys qualified through Kent Test, 100 through Dover Test.

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014  23 12
2015  17 14
2016  23 7
2017 20 6
2018 16 2
2019 9 4

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
KS5 
Progress Scores
2017 -0.06 57.4 n/a -0.24(BA)
2018 -0.17(A) 56.2 67% -0.28(BA)
2019 -0.07(A) 56.4 71% -0.18(BA,78,C,73) 

GCSE outcomes low for a grammar school, unsurprising given nature of intake. Attainment 8 Second lowest in county for a grammar school 

 OFSTED RECORD 
  Type of Inspection Outcome
2019 Interim Continues Good
2016 Full Inspection Good 
2013 Full Inspection Requires Improvement
2010 Full Inspection Outstanding

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Dover Grammar School for Girls.OFSTED Nov 2013: Outstanding - as in 2007.Admission is either by the Dover Test (for boys and girls) or the Kent Test, children also being able to take both. The Dover test comprises VR, NVER, maths and English and pass is by an aggregate score. The Dover Test is not recognised by KCC as valid for entrance to any other grammar school and a pass has not generally been considered a valid case by Independent Appeal Panels for other grammar schools.  For 2020 entry, 168 children were found of grammar school ability by the Dover Test who had not been found selective by the Kent Selective Process (Kent Test plus HTA).Very popular HT left summer 2017. 

From an FOI Request for the 2019 Dover Test: 329 children sat the Dover Test that had not been assessed suitable for a Kent grammar after sitting the Kent Test. Of those, 168 were successful in the Dover Test  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
(see notes)
  PAN  Offers Offered under Dover Test
1st
pref
1st prefs
not offered
2016 130  130  71 146 25
2017 140  144 88 142 7
2018 140 147 80 140 9
2019 140  140  80 156 4
2020 140 140 84 136 1

Note 1: For 2014, The Preference data refers to all boys who qualified for places.

Note 2: For 2015, 87 of the offers were for Girls who qualified under the Dover Test. The preference data applies to girls who applied with Kent Test passes only. For 2017 entry, 88 of the 140 offers went to girls who passed the Dover Test only.  For 2018, 80 of the 140 offers went to girls who passed the Dover Test only. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 46 8
2015 26 12
2016 24 14
2017 12 3
2018 21 10
2019 31 5

  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng)
KS5 Progress
Scores
2017 0.39 61.8 n/a -0.14(BA)
2018 0.45(AA) 64.0 85%  -0.07 (A)
2019 0.36(AA) 62.8 83% -0.23(BA,100,C+,99) 

  

 OFSTED RECORD 
  Type of Inspection Outcome
2013 Full Inspection Outstanding
2010 Interim Sustained
2007 Full Inspection Outstanding

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 Duke of York's Academy, Dover. This once private school run by the MOD became a mainstream state funded part boarding academy with military traditions from September 2010, sponsored by the Secretary of State for Defence. Although it remains primarily focused on providing continuity of education for the children of those serving in the Armed Forces who live in the region,the current ratio of intake is 80% non-military 20% military, providing one of many important breaks with tradition. This priority is reflected in the oversubscription criteria, other children qualifying for access after all military preferences have been met, subject to a "Suitability for Boarding" assessment by the school which appears to offer no right of appeal if the child is turned down. In terms of cost alone, the boarding school offers excellent value for money: Boarding fees are £10,500 per year and education is paid for by the state. If parents qualify for Continuity of Education Allowance (Service families only), they could pay just £1,050 a year. One correspondent notes this equates to less than £40 per day for all boarding fees.

The school has now concluded a £24 million building programme as a result of its change of status. The school is going through a period of dramatic change since it became an academy, and forced to change its admission rules. The biggest difference is that the school has become non-selective; itself a dramatic change from its previous role as a private grammar school. The non-military intake is changing the ethos and, along with the change to an all ability school has come a rise in the proportion of children with Special Education Needs to 30%. The school reports that (June 2012): "we are a state boarding school and can accept anyone from the European Economic Area who holds a British Passport or has the right to reside in the UK.  Our children come to us from various different countries.

The school was haunted by controversy and allegations for years, and is the subject of a current police investigation (April 2018), as reported here. There have been a number of OFSTED Reports trying to pin down the issues, most recently looking at overall effectiveness most recently in a Monitoring Report January 2017;  and an unannounced Social Care Inspection at the same time.  Problems have mainly occurred with children from civilian families who often find it difficult to adapt to a military ethos, although military parents find it difficult to complain. One parent who did complain, Georgina Halford-Hall, finished up on trial in Canterbury court. In the event, the case was dropped and from her experiences Mrs Halford-Hall went on to set up Whistleblowers UK and is now a well known public speaker on such issues. 

A counter point of view was sent me recently by a  current parent (March 2020) which you will find here

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN  Offers
1st
prefs
1st Prefs not offered Vacancies*
2016  104 36 44 10 68
2017  104 12 25 14 92
2018 104 21 27 10 83
2019 104  25 34  9  79
2020 104 22 26 6 82
*The 100% Boarding arrangements for this school and its mainly military family intake mean both that some families can apply outside the normal arrangements (hence the discrepancy in figures) and also that some boarding applications are rejected as 'Unsuitable for Boarding', on grounds put forward by the school in a 'Suitability for Boarding Assessment'. Because of the nature of the primarily military intake (mainly NCOs and below), numbers rise significantly year on year.  As an example, the 12 offers in March 2017 (at the height of the controversy), swelled to 46 admitted that September (Schools Census), the same cohort being 60 in October 2018 and 69 in Year Nine, October 2019. They must still rattle around in the new premises built for an intake of 104. 
 
No appeals known of 2014-17

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2018 2 0
2019 0 0

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
KS5 Progress
Scores
2017 0.25 49.1 n/a -0.91(BA)
2018 0.16(A) 49.9 37% -0.22(BA)
2019 0.56(WAA) 52.5 50% -0.2(A,35,C,23)

24 of the 91 Year 11 pupils did not take GCSE

 EDUCATION DUKE OF YORK'SOFSTED RECORD
  Type of Inspection Outcome
2018 Short Inspection Continues Good
2017 No Formal Designation Safeguarding Effective
2014 Full Inspection Good
2012 Full Inspection Good

You will also find a series of five Social, Residential and Boarding Inspections since 2011 here, as the school was investigated by Ofsted amongst other agencies, following a variety of allegations. One result of these was that several Dover police officers were disciplined.

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - C

 

updated February 2020 Data up to date March 2020

You will find an initial article on 2020 allocations here, an article on 2020 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools hereFor Grammar School Preferences, only grammar qualified are counted. The PAN is the Published Admission Number and refers to the number of places available in the year group for each school. If additional places were offered, I have recorded this under PAN.  

A Report on 2019 Appeals Outcomes hereFor Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2019 GCSE scores go to here for explanation.

In the Individual performance table, under the A Level Progress heading for 2019, you will find a set of data like this: -0.37(BA,104,D+, 60). This tells you that the school has a Progress performance level at A Level of -0,37, which is Below Average, 104 students took at least one A Level with an average Grade of D+, with 60 students taking three A Levels. 

The Canterbury Academy . (previously The Canterbury High School). Is in Federation with Canterbury Primary School, and  several sporting centres providing excellent facilities, together forming (slightly confusingly) The Canterbury Academy (a multi-academy trust), set up in 2010. Children at Canterbury Primary (Previously Beauherne Primary) have priority for admission after Children in Care and 15% of places going to children with musical ability. Progress 8 within normal limits.  The school has an massive Sixth Form, taking in students from a range of schools, including grammar schools, up to 160 for 2017 entry. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2015 180 204 47

0

2016 210 258 76 -1
2017 210 214 33 0
2018 210 214 35 0
2019 210 220 33
2020 240 205 5 0
. PAN increased to 210 for September 2016 admission. For 2017 entry, eventually admitted all who applied and persevered, without appeal. 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 8 8
2015 0 0
2016 11 11
2017 No appeals  
2018 No appeals  
2019 No appeals  
 
Although oversubscribed, the school expects to lose some students to grammar school appeals. As a result, if unsuccessful, it is worthwhile persisting with an application and appeal, as usually nearly all such efforts prove successful. 
  
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2017 -0.04 (A) 42 23% -0.22(BA)
2018 -0.48(BA) 38 25% -0.38(BA) 
2019 -0.51 (WBA) 37.5 25% -0.34(BA,114,D+,58) 
 
 
CANTERBURY OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2017 Full Good
May 2016 Monitoring Effective Action
Oct  2015 Full Requires Improvement
Apr 2012 Full Good

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Castle Community College (Deal), now renamed Goodwin Academy.
 
Castlemount School, Dover. Historic building destroyed by fire, believed to be arson in 1973. Rebuilt. Closed 1991.  
 
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Charles Dickens School, Broadstairs.  Dramatic fall to OFSTED Special Measures September 2014, from Good in May 2011 - see article. In a Monitoring Inspection in December 2014, OFSTED found rapid improvement, casting doubt on the original finding, see article. February 2015, OFSTED found further Reasonable progress. In spite of this, the school was still heavily oversubscribed for September 2015, rejecting 44 first choices, showing a combination of continued faith by parents and the 'fear of the Marlowe Academy' effect. Headteacher retired with immediate effect October 2015, following further fall in 5 GCSEs A*-C to 30% in 2015. See article. OFSTED April 2016: Effective Action to remove SM.  There were 5 monitoring visits by OFSTED and in March 2017 the school became an academy, sponsored by Barton Court Academy Trust.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs 
not offered
2016 232 164 30
2017 232 198 33
2018 210 214 35
2019 232 219 77 
2020 232 191 37
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 28 4
2015 27 8
2016 15 8
2017 27 5
2018 27 6
2019 32 7
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2016 -0.14 44.8
2017 -0.21 (BA) 36.8 19% 0.22(A)
2018 -0.66(WBA) 33.9 16%  n/a
2019 -0.90 (WBA) 34.3 14%  n/a

Progress 8 in 2019, fifth lowest in Kent

  

CHARLES DICKENS OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jun 2019 Full Requires Improvement*
Apr 2016 Monitoring Effective Measures
Dec 2015 Monitoring Effective Measures
Apr 2015 Monitoring Reasonable Progress
Dec 2014 Monitoring Plans Fit for Purpose
Sep 2014 Full Special Measures
May 2011 Full Good

 * After Academisation

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Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School (The Federation of Ramsgate Grammar Schools - not to be confused with Chatham Grammar in Medway). The two Thanet grammar schools become a Federation in the light of falling rolls in Thanet in September 2009. The combined sixth form of some 500 students provides scope for new teaching options and specialisms. The Federation became a single academy in 2012 with both single sex and co-educational lessons in the main school and a fully co-educational sixth form, Mrs Liddicoat having been promoted to become Chief Executive, after a previous disastrous appointment left suddenly.   Numbers well up in past two years to September 2017. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st Pref
Not Offered
Vacant
places
2016 180 145 0 26
2017 180 142 0 23
2018 180 168 0 0
2019 180 154 0 5
2020 180 179 29 0

In 2018, all 168 grammar qualified first choices were offered places

 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 99 62
2015 136 33
2016 113 47
2017 104 66
2018 82 54
2019 130 18
 
For 2019 entry an amazing 130 appeals, partly brought about by parents trying to avoid local unpopular non-selective schools. Changed Appeal Panel provider to KCC for 2017 appeals, to increase numbers, as shown by increase. For 2018 the school was indirectly attacked by a neighbouring grammar school headteacher for admitting such a large number through appeals upheld, blaming it on the appeal panel for 'forcing' the school to admit the extra numbers. The consequence was the large fall in the success rate for 2019!
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2016 0.19 65.0  
2017 -0.23 (BA) 58.2 74% -0.33(BA)
2018 -0.02(A) 61.4 80% -0.40(BA)
2019 -0.08 (A) 62.9 83%  -0.40(BA,241.C-,215)

 

OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2018 Short Good 
Sep 2014 Full Good

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Chaucer Technology College Canterbury. CLOSED IN JULY 2014.  See article for 2014 update.  

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Community College Whitstable - now The Whitstable School

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Cornwallis Academy, Maidstone.  Sponsored by the Future Schools Trust.  This was formed from the Cornwallis School, previously a heavily oversubscribed successful secondary school in south Maidstone. The Academy was rebuilt at a cost of some £31 million. The Academy places great emphasis on technology. The Academy linked up with the failing Senacre and Oldborough Manor Schools and is now federated with their replacement the New Line Learning Academy (NLL), under one Governing Body. Details are here.   OFSTED June 2013 Good.  Issued with Warning Notice November 2015 by DfE, along with NLL relating to poor standards. It was planned that both schools should be re-brokered to Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust. for September 2019, but this was scrapped after performance at both schools finally improved. Recent improvements in GCSE to eighth highest n/s in Kent 2019, Above Average and three consecutive Good Ofsted,s most recently in 2017.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
LAAs
Vacant
places
2016 255 196 0 4 6
2017 255 162 0 11 10
2018 255 127 0 11 54
2019 255 144 0 50 0
2020 255 152 0 48 6

Popularity has slumped in recent years

2014 - 2018 - no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2016 -0.04 45.2  
2017 (BA) -0.5 35.4 19% -0.35(BA)
2018 -0.13(A) 39.3 29%  -0.24(BA)
2019 0.17 (AA) 43.8 38%  -0.13(A,98,D+,33)

 

CORNWALLIS OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2017 Full Good
Jun 2013 Full Good
Mar 2010 Full Good

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Cranbrook School. Day and Boarding Grammar School, with entry at 13+ only until recently. Became an academy in 2007. The remainder of this section refers to 13+ entry. A maximum of 98 places has been available for day students, a high proportion being taken up by pupils from local private schools who specialise in coaching for the school's own tests. The School Admission policy states that the selection tests are as follows: "Candidates take an objective test set by NFER and the school also sets supplementary papers in Mathematics and English. The objective NFER test is the primary test". There is no indication of how candidates are selected from the results of these tests. There have been a number of successful complaints over admission appeals. Latest Social Care inspection of the boarding provision was in May 2018 where it was found to be Outstanding again.  

The school has changed its age of entry to 11 via a long drawn out process to meet local pressures, fought hard against by the prep school parents, and offered 30 year 7 places for September 2017.  Because of high demand, the school is now taking in 60 children at age 11 for 2018 and 19, accelerating the process.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS At YEAR 7
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2017 30 52 24
2018 60 75 17
2019 60 74 17
2020 60 71 21
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES (year 9)
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 6 1
2015 1 0
2016 0 0
2019 3 0
 
did not collect Year 9 data for 2017 and 2018
The one appeal for Year 9 in 2019 was unsuccessful  
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES (year 7)
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2017 10 0
2018 16 2
2019 26 1
 
For 2018 appeals, one of the 6 children who had been found selective had their appeal upheld.
For 2019 appeals, one of the 8 children who had been found selective had their appeal upheld.  
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2016 n/a 66.4  
2017
Low
Coverage
63.1 67% 0.09(A)
2018
Low
Coverage
68.4 87% -0.12(BA)
2019 Low Coverage 65.6 86% 0.24(AA,140,B,138) 

Low coverage as 11 plus entry has not reached GCSE. 

Consistently strong GCSE performance.

 

OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2017  Full Good
Jun 2013 Full Good
Mar 2010 Full Good

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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - B

(updated March 2020) 

You will find an initial article on 2020 allocations here, an article on 2020 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools here For Grammar School Preferences, only grammar qualified are counted. The PAN is the Published Admission Number and refers to the number of places available in the year group for each school. If additional places were offered, I have recorded this under PAN.  

A Report on 2019 Appeals Outcomes hereFor Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2019 GCSE scores go to here for explanation. 

In the Individual performance table, under the A Level Progress heading for 2019, you will find a set of data like this: -0.37(BA,104,D+, 60). This tells you that the school has a Progress performance level at A Level of -0,37, which is Below Average, 104 students took at least one A Level with an average Grade of D+, with 60 students taking three A Levels. 

Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury. Mixed. Became a converter academy in 2011.  Worryingly, the school lost 10% of its Year 12 students last year before going into the Upper Sixth, the highest proportion in Kent, as it was in 2017, and third highest in 2018. This pattern is suggestive of off-rolling to improve A Level performance, which would be unlawful.  Major expansion of premises taking place 2020.  Lead school of the Barton Court Academy Trust which took over Charles Dickens School in Broadstairs, as a sponsored academy , and is opening the new Barton Manor School on the site of the closed Chaucer Technology School next year. Also loses some potential Sixth formers each year, attracted to Simon Langton Boys which has a large (and fairly successful) mushroom Sixth Form. School has looked several times at an annexe including a complete move to Herne Bay, but settled for a major expansion on site after the latter proved unpopular and funding became available. Was unsuccessful again in a bid for an annexe in the 2019 round for expansion of grammar schools. Competes with the two  Canterbury Simon Langton single sex schools, Boys (heavily oversubscribed) and Girls (plenty of vacancies).  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2016 150 106 0 19
2017 150 105 6 0
2018 150 124 13 0
2019 150 126  0  5
2020 150 125 1 0
 
 For 2017 entry, cut off distance was 9.1 miles, shrunk considerably for 2018 entry to 6.286 miles. 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 68 14
2015 54 35
2016 74 30  
2017 49 9
2018 74 7
2019 64 12
For 2018, 6 of the successful appeals were from the 16 appellants qualified for grammar school
For 2019, all appeals were from children initially non-selective. Another 26 were found selective, but placed on a waiting list.
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  97  
2015 n/a n/a 94  
2016 0.28 64.6
Grade 5 or above
in Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.55(WAA) 65.44 88%  -0.22(BA)
2018 0.14(A) 64.5 83%  -0.15(BA)
2019 0.09 (A) 62.9 87%  0.02(A,81,B-,72)

Barton Court Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2020 Full Good
Mar 2014 Full Outstanding
Mar 2009 Full Outstanding

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Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells. Became a Converter Academy June 2011. No OFSTED inspection since its 2012 - Outstanding.  Sponsored by and Lead School of the Tenax Schools Trust.  Heavily oversubscribed with pupils from families with strong Christian affiliation. Check oversubscription criteria carefully.  Consult them closely, as there are subtle interpretations of the broad categories. Clearly it helps to be an educated intelligent Christian! Pressure on non-selective places in Tunbridge Wells has seen KCC finance capital expenditure for two additional forms of entry. However, as there is little geographical basis for admission priority, at least 40 of these have gone to OOC children, mainly from East Sussex in most years which increases  pressure. 39 East Sussex places awarded in 2020.  Academically by some way the strongest performing n/s school in Kent year on year, both at GCSE and A Level.   

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
OOC Allocations
2016 270 249 20 47
2017  270 289  50  48
2018 270 283 49 29
2019 300 347 78  40
2020 300 350 85 41
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 41 3
2015 12 1
2016 9 1  
2017 37 1
2018 24 1
2019 39 3

One of the most difficult schools in Kent at which to win an appeal. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  78  
2015 n/a n/a 72  
2016 0.51 56.7
Grade 5 or above
in Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.76 (WAA) 57.3 65%  0.55(WAA)
2018 0.97(WAA) 57.8 68%  0.18 (AA)
2019 0.88 (WAA) 54.2 56%  0.06(A,155,B-,134)

 Highest performing non-selective school in Kent, at both Attainment and Progress, having topped the GCSE and A Level table for years.  

Bennett Memorial Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jun 2012 Full Outstanding
Apr 2007 Full Good

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Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne. Became a converter academy January 2012. Has just about filled in recent years. Appeals organised by Independent Appeal Panel Administrator.  By some way the lowest Progress 8 and Attainment 8 of any grammar school in Kent, 2019.  Headteacher moved on to become Head of School at Barton Court, January 2020.  He is succeeded by Ashley Tomlin, currently Principal Deputy Head of the 2000 pupil Thomas Tallis School in Greenwich, one of at least seven heads including five in Kent grammar schools,  who once worked for me at Gravesend Grammar.   

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st Prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2016 120 99 0 15
2017 120 116 0 0
2018 120 102 0 2
2019 120 94 0 16
2020 120 116 9 0

 2014 - 2018 all first preferences offered

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 35 31
2015 51 33
2016 44 24
2017 40 4
2018 37 10
2019 37 15

 For 2018, no appellants were initially selective. As well as those whose appeals were upheld, five more boys were found to be of grammar school ability, but placed on a waiting list. 

For 2019, no appellants were initially selective.

PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  91  
2015 n/a n/a 94  
2016 0.14 63.9
Grade 5 or above
in Eng & Maths
 
 2017 0.01 (A) 60.6 75%   -0.49(BA)
2018 -0.03(A) 60.1 78%  -0.39(BA)
2019 -0.43 (BA) 55.5 68% -0.37(BA) 

Borden Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2016 Short Good
Nov 2013 Full Good
Oct 2008 Full Good

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Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, Hythe. Became a converter academy in September 2011. Plans to join with the Towers School, Ashford to form the SE Kent Academy Trust. Underperforming Folkestone Academy increasing pressure on numbers which peaked in 2018  Closure of Pent Valley School in Folkestone has led to increased pressure on places for 2016 to 2018 admission, although now loses brightest children to the Folkestone grammar schools, which admit through their own Test as well as the Kent Test.  In 2018 the new Turner Free School in Folkestone which did not recruit through the Kent Admissions process in its first year, will have eaten into preferences, which explains fall from 2019 on when TFS is counted in, but still heavily oversubscribed. Very difficult to win an appeal.   

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 252 278 62
2017 288 305 52
2018 235 340 134
2019 235 275 51
2020 256 276 54
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 25 25
2016 12 1
2017 14 1
2018 8 0
2019 19 1
 
  
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  38  
2015 n/a n/a 43  
2016 -0.09 62.0
Grade 5 or above
in Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.05 (A) 40  29%  -0.23(BA)
2018 -0.32(BA) 38.5 20%  -0.28(BA)
2019 -0.27 (BA) 39.0 20% -0.43(BA,70,D, 19) 
 
Brockhill Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2016 Full Good
Jan 2012 Full Good
Nov 2008 Full Good

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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - A

(updated March 2020)
 

YYou will find an initial article on 2020 allocations here, an article on 2020 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools hereFor Grammar School Preferences, only grammar qualified are counted. The PAN is the Published Admission Number and refers to the number of places available in the year group for each school. If additional places were offered, I have recorded this under PAN.  

A Report on 2019 Appeals Outcomes hereFor Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2019 GCSE scores go to here for explanation. 

In the Individual performance table, under the A Level Progress heading for 2019, you will find a figure like this: -0.37(BA,104,D+, 60). This tells you that the school has a Progress performance level at A Level, of -0,37, which is Below Average, 104 students took at least one A Level with an average Grade of D+, with 60 students taking three A Levels. 

 The Abbey School, Became a Converter Academy August 2011. Faversham. OFSTED May 2017 - Good. Has been picking up in reputation over past five years, although performance in 2017 and 2018 has fallen.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2016
210
164
0
0
2017 230 200 3 0
2018 210 199 12 0
2019 210 179 0 0
2020 210 169 0 0

Had been picking up pupils from Whitstable, but with improvement there, first choices have fallen away. 

2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  38  
2015 n/a n/a 46  
2016 -0.05 45.3
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 -0.41 (BA) 37.4 12% -0.77(WBA)
2018  -0.26 (BA) 36.6 18%  -0.52(BA)
2019 -0.40 (BA) 37.3 25%  -0.7 (WBA,21,D-,4)

 

Abbey School Ofsted Reports
 
Type of
Inspection
Outcome
Mar 2017 Short Good
May 2013 Full Good

 

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Angley School, Cranbrook. Now closed and re-opened as High Weald Academy

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The Archbishop's School, Canterbury.  Foundation School. Was the Canterbury school of choice ago but apart from the 2016 Good Ofsted has been sliding downhill ever since.Its reputation lingered until 2018 when it was still oversubscribed, but by 2020 had 66 of 84 Local Authority Allocations in Canterbury District and 30 fewer first choices than any other local school. Sudden decline in GCSE performance 2019 fits the pattern of decline.The headteacher left the school mid June 2019, deciding to 'step away', presumably paying the price for poor performance. 

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
LAAs Vacancies
2016 140 101 6 0 0
2017 150 125 17 0 0
2018 140 96 9 0 0
2019 140 64 0 38 0
2020 170 71 0 66 4

A third of the 140 offers in 2019 found other schools before the October 2019 school census, probably not starting in September. The previous year, 21 of the cohort left after allocations. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 4 2
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 0

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  48  
2015 n/a n/a 48  
2016 -0.31 45.2
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 -0.38 (BA) 38.3 19% -0.42 (BA)
2018 -0.33 (BA) 38.9 15%  -0.42(BA)
2019 -0.68 (WBA) 37.8 16% -0.66(WBA,48,D,21) 

 

Archbishop's School Ofsted Reports
 
Type of
Inspection
Outcome
Feb 2020 Full Requires Improvement
Jan 2016 Full Good
Feb 2014 Monitoring  Effective Action
Oct 2013 Full Requires Improvement
Feb 2012 Full Satisfactory

 

 

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Astor College (A Specialist College for the Arts), Dover.  Became a converter academy June 2012. 10% of places awarded on ability in the visual arts if it was oversubscribed, which it hasn't been since then. . The school is lead school of the Dover Federation of the Arts, in conjunction with Shatterlocks Infant School, Barton Junior School and White Cliffs Primary College of the Arts.  OFSTED March-July 2015, after a controversial series of events, when the school was initially placed in Special Measures, it was found to Require Improvement, down from Good.  Given full warning by government as to its performance in October 2015. Run by controversial Chief Executive Chris Russell, although he retired from his seconded position as Executive Principal of the Duke of York's Royal Military School, also an academy in Dover, in December 2016 and has now retired leaving the school in a difficult place.    

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
LAAs
2016 210 109 86  0
2017 210 101 84  0
2018 210 120 9  0
2019 210 107 88  0
2020 210 90 63 34

2018 58 LAAs; No admission appeals. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  35  
2015 n/a n/a 29  
2016 -0.22 40.8
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 -0.45 (BA) 32.8 9%  -0.26(BA)
2018 -0.76 (WBA) 33.4 13%  -0.49(BA)
2019 -0.81(WBA) 33.3 14% -0.31(BA,54,D,34) 

You will find the coverage of previous controversy here. Suffers academically from additional pupils being selected locally for grammar school through the Dover Test. Progress 8 sixth lowest in Kent in 2017, Attainment 8 Sixth lowest. Similar in 2018 and 2019. 

Astor College Ofsted Reports
 
Type of
Inspection
Outcome
Feb 2020 Full Requires Improvement
Nov 2018 Monitoring 
Effective Action on
path to Good
Sep 2017 Full  Requires Improvement
Jan 2016 Monitoring
Effective Action on
path to Good
Mar 2015 Full Requires Improvement

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Aylesford School - Sports College. Completely rebuilt around 2010 under a PFI scheme. Has struggled with performance and hence popularity, but has been improving over the past two years following Management takeover by Wrotham School which appears to have been of benefit. 2020, oversubscribed for the first time for many years. Previously dependent on numbers from Medway, coming down Bluebell Hill, but these have been squeezed for 2020. Looks as if a new Ofsted Inspection would be welcome!    

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Medway
Places
LAAs
Vacant
places
2016
180
120
0
22 7
32
2017 180 104 0 25 28 16
2018 180 80 0 20 46 24
2019 180 118 0 22 25 0
2020 180 144 19 10 0 0
 
 
  
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 5 5
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
 
No appeals 2018-19
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  37  
2015 n/a n/a 30  
2016
-0.56
41.0
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 -1.05 (WBA) 32.1 9% -0.33(BA)
2018 -0.66 (WBA) 35.3 12% low numbers
2019 -0.43 (BA) 37.3 18%  No entries

Once above government floor standards for GCSE, the school slipped for 2014 and  2015. Progress 8 and Attainment 8 both third lowest in Kent in 2017, as popularity has slumped. 

  

Aylesford School Ofsted Reports
 
Type of
Inspection
Outcome
Nov 2017 Full Requires Improvement
Jan 2014 Full Good
Mar 2013 Full Requires Improvement

 

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 00:00

SEN Units

Update: July 2017 -This is a brief update of events affecting SEN Units and will be expanded as I have time. 

SEN Units are designed for Students with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP), who would benefit from specialist provision, yet have the opportunity to access main stream schools for part of their learning. They are attached to main stream schools, but provision across Kent and Medway is partly for historical reasons. The Kent Special Education Need Units each support children with one or more of the following disabilities: Autism; Hearing or Visual Impairment; Physical Disability; Speech & Language problems or Specific Learning Difficulties. Each is attached to a mainstream school so that children can integrate into normal lessons as appropriate, for some in preparation for a full transfer to mainstream school. A child will need an SEN statement naming the Unit if they are to be offered a place. If a child has a SEN Unit named in their statement or EHCP, the Local Authority is required to arrange transport. An SEN Unit has a total capacity and can admit children in there are vacancies in the Unit as a whole, so there is not an intake figure for any particular age group. Most common age of admission is in Year 1 for Primary Units, after the child has been assessed in the Reception Year of a mainstream school.

In the summer of 2009, after a six year Review of SEN Units in Kent, KCC quietly published a policy stating explicitly that there would be no admissions to SEN Units in Gravesham, Dartford, Swanley, Ashford or Shepway for September 2010, and for the remainder of Kent from September 2011. This policy was actioned, although when I exposed it, KCC denied it had ever existed, although it remained on their website and field officers continued to advise parents that the policy was in place until Autumn 2010. I then initiated a media campaign to demonstrate the effects of this policy, and KCC finally decided in September 2010 to scrap the policy and carry out a fresh review of all specialist SEN provision. You will find a link to several articles I wrote on the subject through the SEN Unit Review link at the bottom of this article. However the consequences of the aborted policy were significant especially for Primary Units, with many SEN Units run down and some effectively closed through lack of children, as the data published here shows. During the debate KCC maintained that no children were misplaced by not being offered places in Units, in spite of the dramatic fall in placements. 

SEN Units are now an integral part of KCC Special Education Needs Policy and provision is being expanded

You will find a summary of Individual Units here.

I provide some of the historical background to this issue here.

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 00:00

General Information

I am afraid I no longer supply information and advice for children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND), even though I regard this as by far the most important area where parents need support. This is purely for personal reasons I am afraid, even though this was the area where I first started offering support over twelve years ago.

Quite simply, I am afraid I no longer have the capacity. SEND issues require ever increasing expertise to be able to offer advice in this incredibly complex area, and I have lost the background to be able to contribute with confidence. Issues which often appear quite straight forward initially, have almost inevitably required a major input by me to establish the basis for moving forward. I have always become involved in situations I have picked up, and which require emotional energy I no longer have. 

I know, that if I gave SEND matters the independent attention they deserve, and where there is certainly the greatest need to support families, this would require a full time commitment at the expense of my other activities which I am no longer able to offer.  

I believe it remains the case that families with the best resources and ability to fight hardest in the interests of their children are able to secure the best provision in an unfair world. 

Sorry.

You will find a recent article on Education Health and Care Plans, with extensive information and advice here

You will find considerable information and advice at: Information Advice and Support Kent including their Guide to Exclusions and   Partnership with Parents.   The well respected national Independent Panel for Special Education Advice (IPSEA) is a tremendous source of support, although overwhelmed by demand. IPSEA also offer specialist help at tribunal for parents seeking an EHCP. 

What follows was written some years ago, but may still be helpful to some.  

Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Children have a learning difficulty if they:
a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or
(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority
(c) are under compulsory school age and fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would so do if special educational provision was not made for them.

Children must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.

Special educational provision means:

(a) for children of two or over, educational provision which is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of their age in schools maintained by the LEA, other than special schools, in the area
(b) for children under two, educational provision of any kind.

A child is disabled if he is blind, deaf or dumb or suffers from a mental disorder of any kind or is substantially and permanently impaired by illness, injury or congenital deformity or such other disability as may be prescribed. A person has a disability for the purposes of the Disability Discrimination Act  1995 if he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to day activities.

From this one can see that a child is not entitled to Special Educational Need support unless he (or she) has a learning difficulty which is not the case for all disabled children.

IN SUMMARY, UNLESS YOU CAN DEMONSTRATE THAT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING IS BEING DAMAGED BY HIS DISABILITY, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CLAIM PROVISION FOR ANY SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEED

Most children with Special Educational Needs are educated in mainstream schools, some of those with Statements are in Special Schools and some in SEN Units attached to mainstream schools.There is considerable debate over which type of institution is best for which children, with political and educational views changing over the past few decades. Kent is no stranger to these debates and is currently in the middle of Reviews of Special Education Services, Special Schools and SEN Units.There are separate pages for Special Schools and SEN Units.

  • MENCAP also published an excellent advice website, and you will find many other sources on the Internet, including Network 81
  • I regret I am currently unable to offer professional advice on SEN issues for two main reasons: firstly, the legislation and rules are changing so rapidly, that I am finding it impossible to spend the time to keep up. Secondly, for many parents, the gaining of statements and support when these are resisted is becoming so time consuming, and in some cases confrontational, that I consider I am unable to devote the time necessary to offer a professional service. Sadly, this may say more about the complexity of issues than about myself.
  • New policies on inclusion mean that many children who would once have been given Statements of Special Need or offered places at Special Schools no longer qualify. The relevant Special Needs funds have now been delegated to schools which have freedom to use them for other purposes.
  • Many schools operate excellent polices to support pupils; others do not give the same priority. Parents often report great difficulty in securing proper support for their children. For Special Education Needs below the level of the Statement (now EHCP or Education Health Care Plan), provision is by agreement between school and parent. you should be prepared to press the school to secure the support you need, although parents are in a weak position as the school controls provision.

The issue of "inclusion" is a key political debate in educational circles. In 1978, Baroness Warnock wrote a massively influential Paper, arguing that children with SEN should increasingly benefit from inclusion in Mainstream Schooling, a policy which has gained ground ever since, until earlier in 2010, when she retracted her original views, looking at the harm the policy has done to many (but not all) children with severe SEN. A Paper by the Left Wing Bow Group, SEN: the Truth  About Inclusion, probably written in 2009, contains a factual indictment of the policy. Some of the data it quotes are as follows:

On Statements and Special School Places:
 Around 9000 places at special schools have been lost
 The number of statements and assessments issued for children with SEN have fallen by over a third
On Truancy:
 Children on ‘School Action Plus’ schemes, which are replacing statements are twice as likely as other children with SEN to truant.
 A fifth of all children of School Action Plus are persistent Truants.
On Exclusions:
 Special Educational Needs pupils make up the majority of pupils expelled from school at 67%, though they comprise only 17% of the school population
 SEN pupils are more likely to be suspended more than once in a year. Out of the 78,600 pupils who were excluded more than once in a single year, half (49.7%) were SEN pupils.
 For the first time, this year over half of all suspensions from secondary school are pupils with Special Educational Needs (55%)
On SEN and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs):
 Over half of pupils are suspended from PRUs — nearly three quarters have Special Educational Needs
 Two thirds (66%) of all SEN pupils at PRUs end up being suspended
 Special Educational Needs pupils in Pupil Referral Units has risen by 70% since 1997 On Parental choice:
 Around 83% of the increase in Independent School numbers over the last ten years are children with SEN.
 Over half all appeals are against a local authority’s decision not to assess or statement a child.
We conclude that whilst inclusion in mainstream school is very beneficial for some children with SEN, these figures are a compelling argument for an urgent systemic review of the Government’s ‘inclusion’
policy, particularly focusing on the failures of the School Action Plus scheme and support David Cameron’s call for a moratorium on the closure of special schools until a review of the statementing
process has taken place.

The Policy of Inclusion has been followed in some Local Authorities to the extent of near 100% Inclusion.  Parts of KCC, but not the political leadership have tended to support this policy, which saw the abortive SEN Unit Review attempt to phase out all Units, so that the children they previously catered for would be forced into mainstream whether or not this was suitable for them.

The Audit Commission has carried out several Review of SEN provision in schools, coming from the perspective of whether provision is good value for money. An early paper (2001) states: "Most of the parents we met said they ‘had to fight’ to have their child’s needs assessed. This was often linked to a perception that the LEA did not want to pay more for their child". I believe in this aspect little has changed except that the perception may be incorrect, in that KCC does attempt to give a priority to the needs of children with SEN. 

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 15:25

General Complaint Information

  • Most schools take complaints very seriously and these are best resolved by an informal approach. However, occasionally parents are unable to resolve issues and need to resort to the school complaint procedure.You should make sure you have a copy of this - you are entitled to one on request - before following up a complaint past the informal stage. Always put any complaint in writing so that you have a record of the issues.
  • I am happy to advise parents through my telephone consultation service on procedures. However, you need to be warned there may be no satisfactory solution.
  • Any complaints about Academies  should be referred directly to the Department for Education. You will need to have exhausted the internalt complaints procedure first. You will find the procedure here.
  • The Local Government Ombudsman is now able to consider complaints in Kent and Medway for maintained schools, but not Academies (as part of a pilot procedure) about internal school issues, where parents have followed the school complaints procedure. The Secretary of State for Education tried to abolish this route in September 2010, but at that point did not have the legal right to do so. It is therefore possible that he will bring in those powers before long. Before going down this route, you need to be aware that the procedure can take several months and you should give consideration as to what redress you would wish to seek at the end of the process. Further details here.
  • Before this process was introduced in Kent and Medway, the route after exhausting the internal procedure was to go to the Department for Education as it is now for Academies. This has proved for many families to be extremely frustrating, drawn out and non productive.  
  • Sometimes a complaint to OFSTED may be appropriate. To quote from a letter to St Anselm's School, Canterbury, following a special Inspection: "The inspection was carried out in response to serious whole-school issues raised by a complaint to Ofsted. The complaint was deemed to be a qualifying complaint that warranted further consideration under Ofsted’s powers to investigate complaints about schools. As a result of the investigation, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector decided that an inspection of the school should take place to follow up the whole-school issues that were
    raised".
  • Kent and Medway Councils are able to intervene after the internal process has been completed, for Community Schools (not Foundation or Voluntary  schools, nor Academies). If it is a serious case, they may be willing to intervene earlier in an informal approach.
  • Most schools will want to resolve complaints amicably and improve their performance, so will give you a fair hearing, but often there is a resistance to listening, especially if the complaint is about a member of staff, when the school can become protective. Parents often worry about whether the school will be vindictive and take it out on the child. This is unusual, but certainly not unknown I am afraid and am aware of such a case at the time of writing. The only advice I can give here is - know your school.
  • Government continues to give new powers to headteachers, confident that they always act in the best interest of children. New proposals include the power to prosecute children who make false allegations against staff. Sadly I can see the following scenario: "You wish to make an allegation about Mr X. If you go ahead and we don't uphold it, you realise your child will be prosecuted". How many parents with justified complaints will continue in the face of that threat.

 

 

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 15:18

Exclusion Statistics

2010-2011 Statistics

Several Freedom of Information requests I submitted to Kent and Medway Councils have produced considerable and alarming information on school exclusions, especially in Kent. You will find the full article, comment and background here. The headlines, which relate to children with SEN, academies and the startling differences between Kent and Medway are that:........

 *  The first two new style academies created in Kent top the list of permanent exclusions, headed by Westlands School in Sittingbourne with 12. Next is Canterbury High School with eleven permanent exclusions. Both these schools previously had outstanding Ofsted reports, so it is difficult to believe they have difficult disciplinary problems. Other schools with high numbers of permanent exclusions over the year are: Chaucer Technology School, also in Canterbury (11); Hartsdown Technology College (converting to an academy; the Marlowe Academy (both in Thanet); Dover Christ Church Academy; Maplesden Noakes School in Maidstone, Sittingbourne Community College, all with eight; and  and Astor College for the Arts in Dover and The Community College Whitstable both with 7.  

* Of particular concern is the number of children  with statements of special education needs (SEN) who continue to be permanently excluded, in spite of government policy that “schools should avoid permanently excluding pupils with statements, other than in the most exceptional circumstances”. While I don’t yet have figures for this year, in 2009-10 out of a total of 168 secondary exclusions 22 were of statemented children, a further 68 being of other children with SEN, together over half of the total. However, the most astonishing and alarming statistic in this whole survey is that nearly all of the 34 Kent primary school exclusions in the last school year were of children with Special Education Needs, with 13 statemented children and another 18 with SEN. Although I don’t have more detailed information, and it is unlikely to be available, it is likely that most of the  statemented children permanently excluded are thrown out because of behaviour arising from their medical condition of autism, over which they will have no control. Clearly we are not making proper educational provision for these children.

Comment on these figures is contained in an article I prepared for Kent on Sunday, and a follow up item.

In total there were 197 secondary school permanent exclusions, 39 primary, and  15 Special. 

Older Statistics

I have now received through the Freedom of information act, data on Kent school exclusions for the year 2008-9, which contain some worrying details. In 2007-8 Kent had the second highest proportion of permanently excluded (expelled) children in the South of England outside London. Whilst this this has now fallen for 2008-9 (comparative national figures are not available) there were still 253 children permanently excluded from mainstream schools and Academies in the County.Worryingly, 20% of these were children with Statements of Special Education Need, and a further 24% on SEN School Action Plus. This is in spite of the Government imperative that states: “Other than in the most exceptional circumstances, schools should avoid permanently excluding pupils with statements”.  Indeed the figure for statmented children rises to 54% (20 out of 34) for primary schools. These shocking figures for the exclusion of statemented children are likely to rise with the phasing out of Special Units (see below).

One school, the New Line Learning Academy had 25 permanent exclusions in the past school year, and another four since September, more than twice as many as any other school in the county.

DCSF statistics for 2006/7 show that children with SEN are far more likely to be permanently excluded than pupils with no SEN. 36 in every 10,000 pupils with statements, 42 in every 10,000 with SEN but no statement are permanently excluded compared with 4 in every 10,000 with no SEN.

In 2006/7 there were 1050 appeals against permanent exclusion. 25% were determined in favour of parents, although reinstatement was only directed in some 40% of successful appeals.

I will only get involved in a limited number of exclusions, where I consider that there are extenuating circumstances, or that the school has acted inappropriately. In such cases, I am prepared to advise parents on the best way to proceed, and/or to represent them at appeal panels.

  • Sadly, I have lost two just two of these in recent years, both children with severe Special Needs. The most recent child was on School Action Plus, but when we requested his Special Needs file (eventually received after three requests) it showed the school had taken no action whatever to support him in 15 months, despite the parent being on record several times as pleading for help.

In many cases before a permanent exclusion is considered, the school will propose a Pastoral Support Programme. DFES guidance on this is helpful, and can be seen here.

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 15:09

Bullying

This page has not been developed yet

  • Bullying is a serious problem for too many pupils, although most schools have good strategies to deal with the problem.
  • However, some children suffer throughout their school career with bullying, and find their school either denies the problem or seeks to blame the victim for creating a bullying climate.
  • There is much advice around on anti-bullying strategies, for example at www.bullying.co.uk, which also offers links to other sites.
  • Above all, do not accept the advice that if you ignore bullying, it will go away. Without intervention it rarely does.
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