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Peter Read

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - W-Y

Updated February 2021

You will find an initial article on 2020 allocations here, an article on 2020 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schoolshereFor 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 KS5 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. 

Walmer Science College NOW CLOSED The school amalgamated with Castle Community College, which saw the effective closure of Walmer Science College, brought about by poor leadership. Further information and comment here. There were no further intakes from September 2014 onwards. Now part of Goodwin Academy

Weald of Kent Grammar School Tonbridge. Academy. Became an academy in February 2011. Last full Inspection was in 2007, when the school was found Outstanding. After considerable controversy, an annexe set in Sevenoaks to increase provision of girls' grammar school places in West Kent opened in 2017 which is now thriving, catering for 120 girls, out of a total of 295 in 2019. Places are awarded by preference to different geographical areas. For details of how places are allocated to each site, consult the school website, Admission Rules, final section on document, where parents will be able to make a site preference.  There is no right to choose a site. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2016 230 190 33 0 239
2017 265 225 44 0 297
2018 295 258 27 0  301 
2019 295 263 27 0 314
2020 300 253 27 0 317

For 2016 entry, the school expanded again in preparation for the Annexe opening in 2017, to 230 places.For 2017, with the grammar school annexe open, the Planned Admission Number rose to 265 (90 on the Sevenoaks site). Numbers of applications appear to increase inexorably.  

Weald of Kent Distance Cut Offs
for Admission
 
Distance in
Area
Furthest Area
2018 12.644 miles all areas
2019 13.524 miles area Three
2020 14.910 miles area Three

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 62 48
2015 50 6
2016 66 18
2017 76 49
2018 85 16
2019 96 19
2020 102 20

 The 16 successful appellants in 2018 were all placed at the Sevenoaks site, which may have influenced decisions. Others found of grammar school ability by the Panel were placed on the waiting list. 

For 2020, there were no appellants that were already grammar qualified. All appeals were Paper-Based. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2016  0.54  69.4
 
2017 0.52 (WAA) 62 95%  0.04(A)
2018  1.01 (WAA) 71.2 99% 0.10(AA)
2019 0.95 (WAA) 72.5 97% 0.12(AA,155,B,151)

 The school features in my article on GCSE performance 2018 with top Progress 8 performance in the county. Also features in Progress 8 and Attainment 8 tables for 2019

 
Weald of Kent Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Dec 2010 Interim Outstanding
Apr 2007 Full Outstanding
 

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Westlands School Sittingbourne. Lead school for the extensive Swale Academies Trust. OFSTED  Feb 2019 - Good. Became an Academy in 2010. The Trust is aggressively expansive. There is massive pressure for places at the Sittingbourne non-selective schools with residents of the Isle of Sheppey seeking places on the mainland, but historically no appeals as applications were massaged away, some encouraged to Swale Community Academy, also part of the Swale Academies Trust . This changed for 2017, but 51 out of 52 successes in 2019 was probably due to political imperative to prove the school had to take successful appeals. Controversial issue on leaders' remuneration in 2017. Fall of 12% in roll, Year 10-11 from 2017 to 19, suspicion of off-rolling?  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered

Number in Year 7 following Oct Census

2015 285 287 66 301
2016 285 319 91 314
2017 285 301 67 314
2018 285 322 92 328
2019 330 360 93 358
2020 330 369 96 314

2019 intake swollen by successful appeals (see above and below), to be second largest intake in Kent. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 31 11
2018 0 0
2019 52 51
2020 53 4

In the past, the school has had a way of massaging away those on its waiting list, that according to regular Freedom of Information Requests does not involve hearing appeals. For 2018, 24 requests for appeal filed. All were offered places in advance. The school was very unhappy with the appeal process for 2019 managed by KCC, which let all but one appellant through. It therefore switched to Clerks Associates for 2020 with a very different outcome. All appeals were heard by video conferencing.  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
% Grade 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2016  0.27 (AA) 47.7
 
2017 0.09 (A) 43 31%  -0.15(A)
2018  -0.15 (BA) 40.5 31%  
2019 -0.1 42.4 39% -0.24(BA,51,D+,5) 
 
 Westlands Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2019 Full Good
Oct 2012 Full Outstanding
Jan 2011 Interim Outstanding
Feb 2008 Full Outstanding
 

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The Whitstable School
Changed its name from The Community College, Whitstable, in September 2018 . Was taken over by Swale Academy Trust in 2016, with the intention of becoming a Sponsored Academy. This did not initially happen as explained here, but the school became a Sponsored Academy in September 2018. Most recent Ofsted Inspection, February 2018, Good up from Requires Improvement. A previous headteacher was suspended October 2015 following poor provisional GCSE results, and subsequently left with a large pay-off from KCC. 
 
10 children left for Elective Home Education in 2017-18. Off-Rolling? But vanished for 2018-19 possibly as school stabilised under new leadership. 
 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
pref
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2016 210 88 0 67
2017 210 110 0 46
2018 210 124 0 47
2019 210 160 0 0
2020 210 246 47 0

2014 - 2019 - no appeals for school admission 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2020 31 31

2020 were heard through Video Conferencing by Clerks Associates. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2016 -0.1 44.0  
2017 -0.21 (A) 37.1 23% -0.15(A)
2018  -0.42 (BA) 37.9 22%  -0.29(A)
2019 -0.14(A) 39.7 31% -0.35(BA,29,D,3)
 
Whitstable School  Ofsted Performance*
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2018 Full Good
Jan 2016 Monitoring Effective action
Jun 2015 Monitoring Effective action
Mar 2015 Full Requires Improvement
 
* As Community College, Whitstable
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Wilmington Academy. Became an Academy September 2010, converting from the failed Wilmington Enterprise College which was placed in Special Measures in 2009. Part of the thriving Leigh Academies Trust. OFSTED May 2017- Good again. For 2015 admission, this was the fifth most oversubscribed non-selective school in Kent on allocation in March, turning away 94 disappointed first choices, not only because of its own success, but the failure of nearby Oasis Hextable Academy, now closed. My memory goes back a few years to when I supported families in appeals to Hextable as they attempted to flee Wilmington. How times change! Very difficult to win an appeal, so numbers have fallen. 

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2016 240 212 27 238
2017 240 191 6 237
2018 240 231 29 237
2019 240 202 36 245 
2020 245 208 16 245

Popularity still strong but below the heady days of 2015. 

Furthest Distance offered on allocation in miles                                        

2019
2018
2017
Wilmington Academy
2.542
2.512
3.013

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 36 0
2015 42 0
2016 2 0
2017 0 0
2018 0 0
2019 3 2
2020 0 0

  

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 0.02(A)
2018  0.06 (A) 43.4 30% 0.13(A)
2019 -0.06 (A) 42.4 26% 0.45(A,12,D-,NE)

  

 Wilmington Academy  Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2017 Short Good
May 2013 Full Good
May 2012 Monitoring Good
 

 

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Wilmington Grammar School for Boys. Became an academy in August Part of the Endeavour Academy Trust with Wilmington Grammar Girls (see below) Heavily oversubscribed because of large number of applications from across the county boundary, but in 2015 changed oversubscription criteria to favour local boys along with 10% high scorers, and siblings include those of Wilmington Girls which has also changed its character to match. The sibling priority for OOC boys has now nearly worked through, hence the continued fall in OOC numbers with most of these coming from Bexley (14 in 2020), included as local because they live less than 1.5 miles from the school.  Sharp increase in grammar qualified applicants again in 2019. PAN increase by 30 boys to 180 for 2020.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Out of County Offers Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2016 150 124 49 32 150
2017 150 113 43 60 149
2018 150 150 77 30  150 
2019 150 176 101 25 150
2020 180 138 64 18 180

 2018 allocation data shows its increasing popularity, with many children previously placing it second choice to one of the Dartford Grammars. The high number of  first choices rejected will be mainly London children, although for 2018, Kent children living outside the defined priority area also lost out. More popular again for 2019. For 2020, a lot of first preferences lost out, because other boys living closer had not been offered their first choice, but lived closer. 

Unusual in that PAN almost always coincides with October Census figures, so that small number of successful appeals covers some loss of boys dropping out, with other losses being brought up to PAN from Waiting List. 

Furthest Distance offered on allocation in miles                                        

2019
2018
2017
Wilmington Grammar Boys
3.843
4.529
3.981

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 81 8
2015 94 11
2016 109 6
2017 86 6
2018 121 5
2019 114 8
2020 136 6

 The school sticks rigidly to its five form entry so appeal success is very difficult. It appears as if after appeals, school replaces spaces arising only back to original PAN.

2020, All six successes came from the 78 appellants who were already grammar school qualified. All appeals were paper-based.

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2016  0.07 (A)  62.2
 
2017 0.08 (A) 61.4 90% -0.02(BA)
2018  0.37 (AA) 64.8 93% -0.09(A)
2019 0.35 (AA) 66.0 94% -0.09(A,120,C+,114) 
 
Wilmington Boys Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2017 Short Good
Mar 2013 Full Good
Oct 2010 Full Satisfactory
Sep 2007 Full Good
 

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Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. Became an academy August 2011. Academy part of Endeavour Trust with Wilmington Grammar School for Boys (above). Heavily oversubscribed because of large number of applications from across the county boundary,but in 2015 changed oversubscription criteria to favour local girls along with 10% high scorers, and siblings include those of Wilmington Boys which is changing its character, although still large number of ooc girls, mainly siblings, and parts of Bexley (41)  regarded as local. OFSTED Nov 2015: Outstanding, up from Good.  PAN increased to 180 for 2020 entry. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Out of County Offers Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2016 150 123 34 91 155
2017 150 140 58 57  151
2018 150 147 60 69  150
2019 150 148 73  29 150 
2020 180 133 36  46  180

 Like Wilmington Boys, it looks as if it only replaces spaces arising after appeals back to PAN

Furthest Distance offered on allocation in miles 

 

Wilmington Girls Distance
Cut Offs for Admission
 
Distance 
Governors Places
Score
2018 3.346 miles 125
2019 1.896 miles 126
2020 2.750 miles 125

  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 82 8
2015 66 7
2016 110 14
2017 132 10
2018 86 6
2019 91 4
2020 64 0

 In 2020, 38 of the appellants were previously grammar assessed. All appeals were paper-based.

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2016  0.54  69.4
 
2017 0.45 (AA) 65.1 90% -0.18(BA)
2018 0.22 (A) 63.8 88% -0.19(BA)
2019 0.27 (AA) 65.4 91% -0.43(BA,124,C,115) 
 
 
 
Wilmington Girls Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2015 Full Outstanding
May 2012 Full Good
Jun 2009 Full Good
 

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Wrotham School. Became April 2013. Popular rural school always oversubscribed. Manages over nearby failing Aylesford School but this can't convert because of the PFI bind. In Jun 2018, the school had a short Ofsted Inspection which recommended a Full follow-up to consider offering Outstanding. Sadly for the school, the follow up in May 2019 did not agree and it was Good again. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2016 140 147 21 139
2017 140 156 29 143
2018 145 134 24 137 
2019 145 186 44 175
2020 175 161 26 163

Loses children after allocation because of large number of successful appeals in Maidstone grammar schools.

Surge in applications for 2019 reflects problems at nearby Holmesdale School. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 23 13
2015 0 0
2016 4 0
2017 10 6
2018 0 0
2019 35 10
2020 9 5

 Large number of successful appeals at Maidstone grammars, create spaces, hence limited need for appeals. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8 Att 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths)
KS5 Prog
Score
2016 -0.07(A)  46.7
 
2017 0.07(A) 45.3 39%  0.05(A)
2018 0.14(A) 42.7 33% -0.44(BA)
2019 0.11(A) 43.6 37% 0.12(A,52,C-,11) 
 
 Wrotham  Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2019 Full Good
Jun 2018 Short Good*
May 2015 Full Good
 

* See introduction to school above. 

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Wye School, Ashford. This new Free School for an intake of just 90 children opened in September 2013, and rapidly became very popular, although troubles in 2017/18 saw a sharp downturn which appears to have been reversed. The school now has permanent accommodation, including new buildings and has pupils through the whole age range to A Level. The proposal to focus on the academic curriculum of the English Baccalaureate indicated the philosophy of the proposers, although their website paints a highly ambitious programme, apparently catering for all interests and aptitudes (nothing wrong with that) which may be difficult to achieve in such a small school, although intake temporarily increased to 128 in 2019.'Woven into the broad and balanced curriculum is the school’s theme of sustainability within the rural and built environment'. Part of the thinking behind the proposal may be for children to avoid the large and socially diverse non-selective schools in Ashford and Kennington, with GCSE performance very strong. Problems at the top saw the headteacher depart suddenly summer 2017, a temporary replacement appointed and now a new permanent head has been in place for two years, presumably the reason for the recent upswing in popularity.    

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Year 7 Intake (Sept)
2016 90 31 51 92
2017 90 146 64 94
2018 90 90 14 85 
2019 128 143 41  126
2020 96 165 82  96

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2015 15 0
2016 14 0
2017 18 2
2018 18 2
2019 5 0
2020 19 0

In 2020, all appeals were paper-based. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths)
2018 0.30(AA) 46.9 48%
2019  0.33(AA) 49.6 50%

Strong GCSE performance in its first year, as featured in my 2018 article

 
 Wye Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Dec 2018 Short Good
Jun 2015 Full Good
 

 

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - T-V

updated February 2021

You will find an initial article on 2020 allocations here, an article on 2020 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schoolshereFor 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.  

There is a Report on 2020 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 KS5 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. 

Thamesview School, Gravesend.  No Sixth Form. As a PFI school, unable to academise. Usually oversubscribed, like most Gravesham secondary schools, although may have vacancies after grammar school appeals.  GCSE performance had been consistently sound up to 2019, when it took a nosedive, along with its popularity with families who clearly spotted a trend.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
LAAs
Vacant
places
2016 150 140 17 0 0
2017 180 162 3 0 0
2018 180 154 14 0 0
2019 180 136  6 0 0
2020 180 96 0 40 2

2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission

 

Appeals for School Places
Appeals Upheld
 2018 1 1

 2019, 2020 No Appeals

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2016 -0.25 43.5    
2017 -0.25 (BA) 39.1 27% N/A
2018 -0.47(BA) 38.2 23%  
2019  -0.79 (WBA) 35.8 22% No Entrants

 

THAMESVIEW OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2018 Good
Nov 2014 Good
Sep 2011 Good

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Tonbridge Grammar School (for girls). Became a Converter Academy in January 2011. Is committed to the International Baccalaureate throughout the school, still an unusual choice for a state school, so you should satisfy yourself this is right for the girl. Regularly wins accolades for being one of the top schools in the country, with its very high Bacc results. Loses a high proportion of girls after GCSE, with just 64% staying on, although it picks up 42 students from other schools to replace them. 

With the Weald of Kent Grammar opening its annexe in Sevenoaks for 2018, the number of local girls' grammar places continues to rise. Selects on high scores in two categories, currently 135 girls in local area,35 'outers' and 10 top scoring Pupil Premium (details here).  The school became an academy in 2012,  with three consecutive Outstanding Ofsteds, most recently in 2019.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
'Inners' points
cut off above
pass
'Outers' points
cut off above
pass
2016 173 308 142 46 61
2017 180 325 151 52 75
2018 180 276 103 49 74
2019 180 284 111 51 73
2020 180 281 105 50 69
 
Allocation of Places
Places awarded at TGS, after qualifying girls in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care,  are allocated to those girls with highest aggregate scores in the Kent Test, divided into two categories. There are up to 135 Area Places ( resident in Tonbridge & Malling Borough, Tunbridge Wells Borough and Sevenoaks Districts) and 35 Governor Places (resident elsewhere). There are also up to ten places allocated to girls attracting Pupil Premium. The large majority of the 35 Governor places go to girls living outside Kent, mainly in nearby Bromley, the remainder from further afield in Kent.  If girls offered places subsequently decline them, they are offered to the next highest scorer on the list.  
 
 
Tonbridge Grammar School 
Out of County Places Allocated
Year
OOC
Allocated
Bromley
Allocated
2017 33 31
2018 30 12*
2019 30 17
2020 29 23

*In 2018, five of the governor places were offered to girls living in Greenwich and another four in Redbridge. 

2018 first score in area, second score governor place
1st round 369/394
2nd round 365/405
waiting list 363/392

2019
1st round 371/393
2nd round 368/400
waiting list 367/388

2020
1st round 380 (tie-breaker at 1.847 miles)/ 399 (no tie-breaker needed). Increase in aggregate pass score of 9 points from 2019, hence rise in cut off scores. 
2nd Round: in area - 378 (tie break distance  2.662 miles)/ out area ‘Governor’ places - 401
 
2021: 1st Round: Area places (applicants living in Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks), 379 (distance tiebreaker 7.763 miles);  Governor places (applicants living outside the above areas): 402 (distance tiebreaker 18.267 miles). 
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 13 7
2015 38 10
2016 62 8
2017 51  4
2018 39  2
2019 30 3
2020 11 1

For 2017, all four successful appeals were from the 47 girls who had passed the Kent Test

For 2018, the two successful appeals were both from the 39 who had previously been found selective.

For 2019 two of the successful appeals were from the 26 who had previously been found selective

For 2020 all appellants were offered a Video Conference hearing. Two preferred a paper-based one. The successful appeal was one from the six girls who had previously been found selective. Three further girls were offered places before the appeals took place. 

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress 
2016 0.75 76.7
Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.89 (WAA) 77.9 99% Bacc
2018 0.84(WAA) 78.2 98% Bacc
2019  0.63(WAA) 76.3 99% Bacc

Low staying on rate into Sixth Form at just 87% in 2016 (over half of Kent grammar schools have a net increase admitting students from other, often non-selective schools), up to 91% in 2017. The actual figure will be lower than this as there will be girls joining the Sixth Form form from other schools, replacing some who had left. 

 Just 135 of the 171 students in Year 11 qualified under the Progress 8 rules to have their exam outcomes counted in the statistics. This is a very low proportion for a grammar school, and may indicate a school policy relating to the curriculum. 

Tonbridge Grammar Ofsted Record
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2019 Full Outstanding
Jun 2010 Interim Outstanding
Jun 2007 Full Outstanding

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Towers School, Ashford. Now an Academy. Was hit badly in terms of intake with the opening of the Wye Free School. However first preferences have recovered over the past few years partly due to population growth. Although no vacancies on allocation, Ashford grammars take a large number on appeal so there will be empty spaces.  Exploring combining with Brockhill Park in Hythe to form the South East Kent Academy Trust.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2016 243 127 67
2017 243 162 37
2018 243 211 0
2019 243 223 0
2020 285 226 0
 
2014 - 2019 all first preferences offered
2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
 A Level
Progress
2016 0.01 45.3  
2017 -0.41 (BA) 39.1 26% -0.11(A)
2018 -0.38(BA) 35.7 25% 0.01 (A)
2019  -0.50 (BA) 36.3 26%  0.12(A,18,C,8)

 

TOWERS OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jan 2019 Full Good
Oct 2016 Full Requires Improvement
Sep 2014 Full Requires Improvement

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Trinity School, Sevenoaks. A Free School set up in September 2013, moved into new premises in September 2016 on the same site as the new Weald of Kent Grammar annexe, which was opened in September 2017. There was an initial small intake of 120 pupils. Heavily oversubscribed with first choices, so expanded to 180. For further information go to here.  The school offers up to half its places to 'Christian families, defined as families where at least one parent / carer and the student consistently attend a Christian Church at least twice per month for a period of at least two years', most of the rest after the common exceptions awarded on distance grounds, the catchment area each year being tight around the school.  The school's first headteacher, Matthew Tate, having set the school on a good start, left in August 2016, to go on to Hartsdown Academy where he struggles. Competes with Knole Academy, the established school in Sevenoaks, which has increased rapidly in popularity following the departure of its previous head, so applications have fallen sharply (although still just in the 2020 list of most oversubscribed schools), but appeals are up.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2016 120 156 52
2017 180 174 13
2018 180 233 81
2019 180 257 104 
2020 180 207 56

2014 - 2017 no vacant places

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 3 2
2015 26 1
2016 11 11
2017 6 5
2018
26
7
2019 22 7
2020 15 1

2020 Appeals by Video Conferencing. 12 other appellants were offered places before appeals, as places became vacant following grammar school appeals. 

 PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
2018  0.15(A)  48.8  47%
2019  0.21 (A) 51.2 55%

2018 saw first GCSE cohort. No students reached Sixth form age in 2019. 

TRINITY OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2018
Short Good
Jun 2015 Full Good

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Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School.  One of the minority of Kent secondaries, not an academy, but classified as Foundation, giving it some independence from KCC and responsible for staffing. Priority for places given to grammar qualified girls in named West Kent parishes,  but not all have got in in the past.  Girls attracting Pupil Premium living in the parishes will have priority (see below) as do 14 girls awarded Governors Places for high performance in the Kent Test who would not otherwise qualify on distance grounds, but are also in the named parishes. Academically high performing school with results at GCSE and A-Level comparable with local super-selective schools. High expectations of students but fifth equal highest staying on rate into the all-girls Sixth Form at 82% in 2020, picking up six girls from Tonbridge Grammar, suggests no problem with pressure.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2016 140 134 9
2017 145 142 21
2018 145 160 22
2019 145 114 2
2020 145 144 29

TWGGS Cut Offs for Admission
 
Distance in
Named Parish
Score for Governors
Places
2018 1.896 miles 359
2019 18.113 miles N/A  (all passes offered)
2020 4.953 miles 366

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 25 6
2017 26 6
2018 26 6
2019 30 8
2020  37  4

 Runs its own Independent Appeals Panel, which tends to award fewer than 10 places on appeal. In years when the school is well oversubscribed, and this can include some second choices, a very strong case is needed for girls who are initially non-selective. No appeals success for girls not qualified through Kent Test in 2018 or 2017.  But for 2019 entry, all appeals were from previously non-selective girls

For 2020, 3 of the 4 children previously found selective were offered places,  In addition to the one initially non-selective girl offer a place, four more were placed on the waiting list. The likelihood is that some of these four will have been offered places, as there is considerable movement in West Kent grammar schools, with some pupils moving to private schools. All appeals were by video conferencing.

PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
 A Level
Progress
0.82 73.5  
0.89 (WAA) 72.1 96% 0.01(A)
0.93(WAA) 73.8 98% -0.06 (A)
0.97(WAA) 73.8 95%  0.11(AA,163,B+,161)

 

TWGGS OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2011 Full Outstanding
Feb 2007 Full Good

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Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys. Usually oversubscribed with first choices initially, but there is a fall off in the number of boys actually taking up places. Priority given to boys in named West Kent parishes.  The school increased its intake in recent years, but has cut back to its PAN of 210 for 2020 admissions (although this may be effectively reversed after appeals). No vacant places on allocation in March, although there is considerable 'churn' in boys' grammar school places in West Kent, due to boys taking up places in private schools and the super-selectives. Pressure eased as Judd and Skinners super selectives have expanded, and changed their own admission rules to give priority to West Kent boys. Is opening an Annexe in Sevenoaks for 90 boys in 2021, on the same site as the Weald of Kent Annexe. This will considerably ease the journeys for new entrants, with many current students currently travelling form Sevenoaks and beyond. 

Lost 30% of Year 11 before entry to Sixth Form in 2019. Year 12 was 90% of Year 11 roll, from a small year group, with numbers increasing sharply subsequently. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Year 7
Census
October
2016 180 95 12 199
2017 210 122 26 220
2018 240 126 5 232
2019 240 77 1 227
2020 210 81 17 222

 For 2019, there was a cut off distance of 13.38 miles in the named parishes, rising to 14.9 in 2020. This is at the very furthest extent of the named parishes, to the north of Badgers Mount. However it still excludes boys living much closer in Kent outside these parishes, for example at Matfield, less than five miles away.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 40 37
2017 41 14
2018 75 32
2019 61 27
2020 66 18

Unusually, the school is still fully county maintained, and so under the control of KCC, so appeals success rates can reflect county's response to pressure on places in West Kent. The number of appeals is high, with both oversubscription and non-selective cases heard. 

2020 Unusually just two of the 11 previously grammar assessed boys had their appeals upheld. All appeals were 'Paper-Based'.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
 A Level
Progress
2016 0.25 64.9  
2017 0.18 (A) 63.3 90% -0.2(BA)
2018 0.39(AA) 64.3 88% -0.12 (BA) 
2019  0(A) 60.9 82%  0(A,156,B-,155)

 

Tunbridge Wells Boys Ofsted Record
 
Inspection
Type
 Outcome
Jan 2017 Short Good
Jan 2013  Full Good
Apr 2008  Full Good

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 The school opened in September 2018 for 120 Year 7 pupils on the site of the now defunct Pent Valley School and is now seeing new buildings erected.  This is at the expense of Folkestone Academy which has some 70 pupils in Year 7 fewer than for 2017, but is also run by the same Trust, Turner Schools. I have written extensively on the scandal of the Trust and its schools, most recently here. 
 
INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacancies
2019 180 149 0 0
2020 180 178 28 0

 2018 initial allocations were outside the Kent admissions co-ordination scheme as usual for a new school.

APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2018 2 2
2019 0 0
2020 7 5

 For 2020, all appeals were' Paper-Based'.

New schools are not inspected by Ofsted for at least three years.

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 Ursuline College, Westgate-on-Sea. Became an academy in January 2015. This Catholic School has a background as a girls' private school but is now a mixed state school. Strongly catholic, with conservative discipline.    Part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership.  Expanded twice in response to massive pressure on places in Thanet schools, but withdrew 30 places in 2020 in spite of continued pressure, perhaps because of fall in first preferences.   Top-heavy in leadership with Executive Principal, Academy Principal and five Vice Principals. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2016 128 96 5
2017 150 103 14
2018 180 100 8
2019
180
152
23
2020 150 130 24

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 11 0
2017 22 3
2018 14 1
2019 24 3
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
 A Level
Progress
2016 -0.33 42.7  
2017 -0.35 (BA) 38.4 27% -0.17(A)
2018 0.04(A) 42.6 34% 0.16 (A) 
2019 -0.17 (A) 41.3 28%  -0.96(WBA,60,E+26)

The lowest average A Level Progress Grade in the county in 2020. 

URSULINE OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Apr 2017 Short Good
June 2012 Full Good

 

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Valley Park School, Maidstone.  Is an Academy along with its Federated partner, Invicta Grammar School in the expansive Valley Invicta Academies TrustBy far the most popular school in Maidstone, having been consistently one of the three most oversubscribed non-selective schools in Kent (first again in 2020) The school has an unusual main admission criteria giving priority to children for whom it is the nearest school, rather than allocating on distance from the school. Plenty of concerns from parents who lost out as a result, but rules followed, so read them carefully! There is a local house price premium because of popularity.The school has strong Academic Performance at both GCSE and A Level.

Valley Invicta Trust opened a new Six Form entry non-selective school in September 2020 on the same site and adjacent to Invicta Grammar School called the School of Science and Technology Maidstone. This is a reflection of Maidstone's current rapid growth, with the Trust schools present popularity suggesting both schools are likely to be very popular, at the expense of others. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 270 371 116
2017 270 424 179
2018 270 435 183
2019
240 431 186
2020 270 418 172

 

Furthest Distance offered on allocation in miles                                        

2019

2018

2017

Valley Park

1.342

1.257

1.962

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 24 9
2017 60 8
2018 67 6
2019 59 5
2020 5 5
2020: a remarkably small number of appeals for the most oversubscribed school in the county, as explained here.  
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
 A Level
Progress
2016 0.21 48.6  
2017 -0.27 (BA) 41.9 30% 0.08(A)
2018 0.22(AA) 45.2 30% 0.22 (AA)
2019 0.11(A) 45.1 27% 0.7(WAA,108,C+,38)
 
Consistently strong GCSE performance adds to popularity. 
2019, highest A-Level Progress in Kent, Second highest Attainment amongst Non-Selective schools. 
VALLEY PARK OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
March 2020 Full Good
Jan 2015 Monitoring*
Continues High
Standard
Apr 2013 Full Outstanding

 * No Notice Inspection following two complaints which were discounted.

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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - St

Updated January 2021

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 2020 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 KS5 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. 

St Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury. OFSTED March 2017- Good again.  Became an academy in May 2014. Part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership.  Increasingly oversubscribed year on year, partly at the expense of Archbishops which has lost popularity, but there is an overall shortage of places in Canterbury since the closure of Chaucer. The replacement Barton Manor School has been delayed again until 2022. Oversubscription criteria place emphasis on Catholic background but most practising Christians have qualified in previous years.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2016 180 207 46
2017 190 224 58
2018 190 248 79
2019 180 223 66
2020 180 186 36
2021 180 128 4

The oversubscription data for 2017 to 2019 made St Anselm's one of the most popular non-selective schools in Kent, but the number of disappointed first choices fell to some reason in 2020, 2itrh no admission appeals necessary. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 11 11
2017 14 11
2018 28 10
2019 20 5
2020 0 0

Uses a KCC Independent Appeal Panel, and as in recent years, some grammar schools have admitted high numbers on appeal, most of those persevering to appeal had been awarded places or through the waiting list.  However, the last three years have seen a wide variation in numbers.    

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Att 8
Grade 5 
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog 
Score
2016 0.27 48.6  
2017 0.15 (A) 41.9 19% -0.16(BA)
2018  -0.09(A) 43.0 27%  -0.10(A)
2019 -0.04 (A) 42.9 29%  0.19(AA,78,C-,39)

Consistently strong academic performance.  

 St Anselm's Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Mar 2017 Short Good
Feb 2014  Full Good
Oct 2011 Full Satisfactory

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St Augustine Academy, Maidstone. OFSTED February 2018 - Good again. The Academy has a Christian ethos and is part of the Woodard Academies Trust. There is no Sixth Form. The academy has had plenty of vacancies in previous years,  but is now regularly full. Word of its progress is clearly getting around. There were just 89 pupils taking GCSE in 2018. However, whilst popularity was maintained for 2019 entry, GCSE performance slumped again, possibly a factor in the high number of fixed term exclusions, at 237, sixth highest in the county, as the school attempted to improve matters (eighth highest in 2019-20). 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
LAAS
Vacant
places
2016 150 128 9 0  -3
2017 150 120 0 0 0
2018 160 131 25 0 0
2019 150 163 41 0
2020 160 139 30 0 0
2021 160 98 16 16 3

2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission 

Appeals for School Places
Appeals Heard Upheld
2018 16 16
2019 22 6
2020 5 0

For 2020, all appeals heard were 'Paper-Based'. 18 Appeals were scheduled, but only five were heard. 

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Level 5 
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 -0.23 48.3    
2017 -0.17 (A) 38.7 18%
No
entrants
2018  -0.26(BA) 36.4 17%  n/a
2019 -0.55(WBA) 34.8 14%  No entrants

 

St Augustine Academy Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2018 Full Good
Oct 2014 Full Good
Dec 2012 Full Requires Improvement

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St Edmund's Catholic School, Dover. Back in 2013, I wrote an article commenting on failed Ofsted and subsequent events. Full record to 2019 below.  Became a sponsored academy in 2016,  part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership. Like each of the Dover non-selectives suffers because of the high proportion of ablest students creamed off to grammar school through the Dover Test. Good attainment score for 2016 but disappointing performance subsequently. Ofsted Stuck School in 2019. Has abandoned Sixth Form, after struggling for numbers. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2016 120 74 0 15
2017 120 82 0 5
2018 120 88 0 15
2019 120 98 0 0
2020 128 142 31 0
2021 120 100 9 0

 2014 - 2019 all first preferences offered. Popularity improving as a result of OFSTED and performance compared to others. 

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 0.06 45.3  
2017 0.07 (A) 39.7 12% -0.55(A)
2018 -0.53(WBA) 34.8 21%  n/a
2019 -0.42 (WBA) 33.1 17 No Entrants

  

(pre Academy Here)
 Inspection Type Outcome 
Apr 2019 Full  Requires Improvement
Sponsored Academy July 2016
Feb 2015   Monitoring  Effective Action
Oct 2014  Full   Requires Improvement
May 2014 Monitoring Reasonable Progress
Jan 2014 Monitoring Reasonable Progress
Oct  2013 Monitoring  Reasonable Progress
Apr 2013 Monitoring
Local authority statement
action fit for purpose
School improvement plan 
fit for purpose.
Jan 2013 Full Special Measures
Sep 2009 Full Satisfactory
Oct 2006 Full Satisfactory

  

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St George's CofE Foundation School, Broadstairs. Has become an all through school, recruiting at primary school level now through to Year 5. This development will be popular with parents as it offers priority for entry to secondary school. OFSTED Jun 2019 - Good school for the third time, in spite of disappointing GCSE results through to 2019. In spite of this, popularity has been very high, becoming the most oversubscribed school in the county on allocation in March 2015, slipped to third place by 2020! Appeal success very difficult. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2016 217 359 161
2017 217 397 186
2018 217 393 196
2019 217 390 182
2020 217 328 129
2021 217 249 88

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 44 37
2017 65 12
2018 54 4
2019 65 12
2020 46 9

For 2020, all appeals heard were 'Paper-Based'.

  
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 0.24 47.6  
2017 -0.03 (A) 41.8 39% -0.33(BA)
2018 -0.12(A) 39.8 20%  -0.44(A)
2019 -0.43 (BA) 39.0 20% -0.52(A,10,D) 

 Small Sixth Form, average 70 over past few years,  10 with at least one A Level in 2019, none with three. 

St George's Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jun 2019 Full Good
Apr 2015 Full Good
Mar 2014 Interim Good
May 2011 Full Good

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Saint George's CofE School, Gravesend. Became an academy, Nov 2011. Became an all-through school for 2019 entry, also admitting children into Year R and Year 1OFSTED May 2013 found the school to be Good, with outstanding leadership which clearly drove rapid improvements following a disastrous period. Lead school of the Aletheia Anglican Academies TrustHeavily oversubscribed. Good GCSE, strong A-Level. 

Has been one of the most popular schools in Kent for some years.  Difficult to win an appeal. All through nature will prove highly successful as pupils will have priority for secondary section when they reach age 11. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2016 180 276 123
2017 180 245 81
2018 210 234 51
2019 180 248 93
2020 210 268 83
2021 210 231 81

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 17 4
2015 22 12
2016 57 3
2017 6 0
2018 16 3
2019 22 1
2020 30 7

For 2020, all appeals heard were 'Paper-Based'. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8
At 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
2016
0.23
45.6
 
2017
0.07 (A)
39.7
12%
-0.1(A)
2018
-0.04(A)
42.0
32%
0.21(AA)
2019
0.1 (A
43.9
35%
0.15(A,76,C,44)

 

Saint George's Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2017 Short Good
May 2013  Full Good
Mar 2011 Full Satisfactory
Dec 2009 Full Special Measures

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St Gregory's Catholic School, Tunbridge Wells.  Now an Academy and part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership. Oversubscribed.  Priority to Catholics and then other Christians.  OFSTED October 2013 - Outstanding, up from Good.  Not surprisingly after this, popularity soared as school expanded.  In recent years, it appears that most who persisted were probably awarded places one way or another, as there is considerable churning in West Kent. Strong GCSE performance.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
OOCs
Offered
2016 210 209 34 7
2017 210 215 37 10
2018 240 232 58 10
2019 240 223 35 10
2020 210 219 37 8
2021 210 163 26 5

 An extra class added for 2018 and 2019 entry but still oversubscribed. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 0 0
2017 11 7
2018 24 7
2019 16 7
2020 14 1

 Because of high turnover in West Kent, many appellants are offered places before a hearing each year 

For 2020, all appeals heard were 'Paper-Based'. For 2020 St Gregory's has changed to have its appeal Panel run by KCC. 

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5 
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2014 n/a n/a  72  
2015 n/a n/a 64  
2016 0.22 50.9  
2017 0.4 (AA) 49.8 55% -0.24(BA)
2018 0.37(AA) 47.2 41%  0.12(A)
2019 0.13(A) 47.5 47 -0.21(BA,111,C,69)

 

 St Gregory's Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2019 Full Good
Oct 2013  Full Outstanding
Jan 2012 Interim Good
Oct 2008 Full Good

 

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St John's Catholic Comprehensive School, Gravesend. Voluntary Aided. Completely new buildings in 2010 through BSF.  OFSTED May 18 - Short Inspection Good, close to recommending Outstanding. Sound GCSE performance. Popularity soared 2019 entry. One of my favourite schools, through its passion and national reputation  for Military History and Remembrance, interests of my own. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
OOCs
Offered
2016 180 195 40 6
2017 195 167 9 10
2018 195 219 56 8
2019 180 244 68 12
2020 195 222 59 17
2021 195 195 44 13

2014 - 2018 no appeals heard for school admission, although appeals registered; slippage will be due mainly to successful appeals to grammar schools. 

APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2019 18 2
2020 24 3

Own Appeal Panel. 2002 Mixture Telephone, Video Conferencing

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5 
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2016 0.02 48.4  
2017 0.14 (A) 41.3 28% 0.17(AA)
2018 0.01(A) 41.4 31% -0.13(A) 
2019 0.4 (AA) 42.2 23% -0.03(A,86,C-42)

 

 St John's Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2018 Short Good
Nov 2014 Full Good
Dec 2012 Full Requires Improvement

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St Simon Stock Catholic School, Maidstone. Became an academy January 2014. OFSTED Good November 2016. Successful and regularly heavily oversubscribed school giving priority to Catholic and then other Christian families.  High performer at GCSE: second best non-selective Kent school for Progress, 2018 and 2019. Fourth highest Attainment 2019. Initial numbers fall with high number of successful appeals to grammar school in Maidstone, but just one successful appeal in the last five years.  Part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership. From 2017 admission, the school removed priority for religious connections other than Catholicism. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
OOCs
Offered
2016 180 184 36 11
2017 180 225 72 14
2018 180 199 44 21
2019 180 185 35 16
2020 180 204 43 31
2021 180 157 15 21

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 1 0
2017 30 0
2018 15 0
2019 13 1
2020 12 0

 For 2016, there were originally 5 appeals submitted, but four withdrew. A similar pattern will have occurred up to 2018, school having changed to a KCC Appeal Panel. 

For 2020, all appeals heard were 'Paper-Based'.

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 0.53 53.5  
2017 0.54(WAA) 50.2 44% 0.15(AA)
2018 0.50(WAA) 46.1 32% -0.04(A) 
2019 0.65(WAA) 50.9 44% 0.24(AA,124,C,83) 

 

St Simon Stock Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2016 Short Good
Jan 2010 Full Good

 

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 Stone Lodge School, Dartford,

Go to here.  

 

 

 

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - O-R

updated January 2021. 

You will find an initial article on 2020 allocations here, an article on 2020 oversubscription and vacancy 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 2020 Appeals Outcomes here. GCSE and A-Level results for 2020 are not being published because of the nature of the assessments. For 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 KS5 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. 

 Oakwood Park Grammar School.  Became an Academy in 2011. OFSTED February 2019 - Good.  Filled on allocation for the first time in some years for 2020, the number of successful appeals falling sharply as a result. It loses some boys to Maidstone Grammar after the appeal process but census data shows it has finished up around its PAN figure of 160 in each of the past four years.  2018 GCSE sound, and Ofsted 2019 found 16-19 programme Outstanding. For 2020, there was a 74% staying on rate into the Sixth Form, Oakwood picked up another 59 students from other schools, one of the largest numbers across the county, including 20 girls from Maidstone Girls and 11 from Invicta Grammar Schools. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2016
160
95
0
2017 160 70 65
2018 160 85 41
2019 160 60 41
2020 160 80 0

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 45 36
2015 100 73
2016 72 55
2017 96 78
2018 89 68
2019 127 73
2020 85 20
 
Third highest proportion of successful appeals in Kent for 2018 when offers were low, but had fallen sharply by 2020. All but one appeals were initially N/S and 25 boys were placed on the waiting list. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Scores
2016
-0.09
61.1
   
2017 -0.26 (BA) 57.4 83% 0.01(A)
2018 0.17 (A) 63.3 84% 0.16(AA)
2019 0.1 (A) 61.7 89% 0.08(A,155,C+,93) 

 GCSE performance at 5 A*-Cs dipped in 2016 and 2017.  

At A Level in 2019, a very low proportion of A Level candidates for a grammar school took three A Levels - 93 out of 155.

 Oakwood Park Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2019 Full Good
Dec 2011  Full Outstanding
Nov 2008 Full Good

 

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Oasis Academy Hextable.  Now closed.

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Oasis Academy Isle of SheppeyChequered life for as long as I can remember. That is, back to 1983 when I was headhunted to run the then 13-19 school, but did not apply in the end after I had explored it! Became an Academy in 2009, sponsored by Dulwich College who failed to make it a success. In September 2009 after years of controversy over the change of age and ways to convert, it changed from 13-18 to become a two site 11-18 school with 18 forms of entry, the largest school in the country at that time.  After yet another Principal was removed, the highly respected David Day was appointed just before OFSTED in 2011  which failed it with Notice to Improve although finding it now had capacity to improve. In February 2013, new buildings were opened on both sites. OFSTED a month later found it considerably improved, although classifying it as Requires Improvement. This was not enough and Dulwich College gave up the task it had proved inadequate for and the academy was handed over to the Oasis Group. Mr Day was of course removed in spite of the improvements he was making. OFSTED returned in March 2015, and again found it Requires Improvement, the main criticisms being the achievement of students and the quality of teaching. I have updated the story several times in news items, including here, with back links, revealing a worrying level of criticism including high off-rolling of students pre-GCSE.  Although the headteacher had clearly failed as performance declined, he was promoted on the back of it to become Executive Principal of Leigh Academy Trust's Crown Woods Academy. Looks as if he was moved on from there after less than two years. Well done Oasis!  New head appointed Easter 2017 previously Deputy Head, introduced highly controversial new disciplinary process as school become one of Kent's three Tough Love Academies. introduced March 2017 by new Headteacher. May 2017: Major concerns developing overlarge number of Year 11 pupils leaving to attend Swale Pupil Referral Unit, and high proportion of others leaving for Elective Home Education. This head lasted just a year before being moved on. Next headteacher was again previously Deputy Head, after schools looked hard and failed to find an external candidate for the second time.  No change of Tough Love Policy, indeed probably an intensification. 

School has been bedevilled by running two equivalent schools on the two sites (excellent for moving difficult or vulnerable children from site to site). 2018 saw a radical new plan announced to run one site as an academic school, the other as vocational. This was rapidly scrapped as the school realised that because of falling rolls it could contain all its main school pupils on one site, with Sixth Form and disciplinary cases on the other. 

2017-18: Highest number and second highest proportion of Home Education and second highest number and proportion of Fixed Term Exclusions in Kent. 2018-19 highest number and proportion of Fixed Term Exclusions in Kent, at 1025, over 500 more than the second placed school in Kent.  Fell sharply for 2019-20 (did my article have an effect?) to 425, still the highest number, but fourth highest percentage. 

For September 2020, the school acted to strengthen its leadership team, bringing in an Executive Principal to oversee the work of Principal Tina Lee, rather then remove her as has been past practice.  The link leads to an extensive analysis of the current situation, although by January 2021, the senior leadership team had swollen to the largest I have ever seen for a single school. As well as the Executive Principal and the Principal, the next in the hierarchy are the two Associate Principals (one of whom is on his fourth job in six years and now doubles as an Education Consultant). Then come the Vice Principal and a further eight Assistant Principals, in a section on the website called 'Meet the Staff', although no others are mentioned. All this from a teaching staff of under 60 full time.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
preferences
Vacant
places
Local
Authority
Allocations
2016
390
214
65
53
2017 390 203 98 47
2018 390 167 99 70
2019 390 175 88 79
2020 390 161 66 101

2014 -2020 all first preferences offered and no appeals for school admission.

The school always has vacancies and for 2017 to 2019 was in the highest four vacancy rates in the county. The October 2020 census reported there were 251 pupils in Year Seven, with 139 vacancies as pupils found alternative schools in Sittingbourne, or took Elective Home Education. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Scores
2016
-0.55
37.4
   
2017 -0.42 (BA) 34.3 12% 0.34
2018 -0.80 (WBA) 29.2 12% 0.5(A)
2019 -0.57 (WBA) 32.7 10% -0.52(BA,29,D,14)

One of lowest performing schools in Kent for 2016 GCSE. Slumped 2018 second lowest in both Progress 8 and Attainment 8. 2019 some improvement in GCSE relative to other Kent schools.  

OFSTED INSPECTIONS
 
Inspection Type
Outcome
Jul 2019 Full Requires Improvement
Oct 2018 Monitoring  Effective Action
Mar 2017 Full Requires Improvement
Mar 2015 Full Requires Improvement
Jul 2014 Monitoring Effective Action 
Oct 2013
Monitoring
Standards & Progress
Not Good Enough
Jul 2013
Monitoring
Effective Action
Mar 2013 Full Requires Improvement
Jun 2012 Monitoring Satisfactory Progress
Dec 2011
Full
Notice to Improve
(Inadequate)

 

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Orchards Academy, Swanley.  Became an academy in 2010. Coincidentally the second school I was headhunted for back around 1983 when it was known as Swanley Technology College, but refused! At that time it had some 1500 students but has been shrinking ever since under mixed leadership, recently losing out to the more popular Knole Academy in Sevenoaks. Starting to improve in recent years, it has received a real fillip with the closure of the Oasis Academy Hextable (above). A member of the Kemnal Academies Trust. First choices well up for 2019 but down again for 2020 as Knole recovers. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
LAAs
Vacant
places
2016
120
84
0
0
8
2017 120 74 0 0 25
2018 120 75 0 0 23
2019 135 112 0
2020 130 99 0 17 0

2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Scores
2016
0.44
48.5
   
2017 0.19 (A) 40.9 20% No entrants
2018 -0.24(A) 37.4 15% 0.5(A)
2019 -0.09 (A) 39.7 21% No entrants

One of highest performing non-selective schools in Kent for Progress 8, in 2016. Not regarded as a fashionable school perhaps because of history, but clearly on the up since 2015, aided by the closure of Oasis Academy Hextable.  

 Orchards Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jul 2016 Short Good
Feb 2012 Full Good
Dec 2008 Full Satisfactory

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Pent Valley Technology College, Folkestone. Now closed.

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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham. Became an academy in 2012. One of four mixed grammar schools in Kent. OFSTED March 2015 - Outstanding.  The first grammar school in the country to expand its PAN in 2012, from 120 to 140. This leaves around 15 places for successful appeals each year.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs 
not offered
2016 140 154 21
2017 140 184 48
2018 140 175 44
2019 140 174 36
2020 140 156 20

 Regularly oversubscribed, numbers soared for 2017 and 2018, possibly as Simon Langton Girls in Canterbury less popular following controversy.  

Queen Elizabeth's Cut
Off Distances for Admission
 
Distance 
2018 5.481 miles away
2019 5.838 miles away
2020 6.51 miles away

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
Selective Appeals
Upheld
2016 22 12  
2017 48 18  5 out of 22
2018 34 15 9 out of 14
2019 33 15 8 out of 15
2020 40 15 3 out of 12

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Scores
2016
0.06
64.2
   
2017 0.09 (A) 63.3 86% 0.03(A)
2018 -0.32(BA) 59.2 81% 0.26(AA) 
2019 -0.09 (A) 61.5 79% 0.17(A,97,B-,94)

GCSE Progress 8 lowest grammar in the county for 2018. A Level progress, best in county! But 13% of pupils left half way through A Level course, 2017-18, highest in Kent. Second highest at 8% in 2019. Highest in 2020 at 6%. This starts to look like a policy. 

QEGS Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Mar 2015 Full Outstanding
Jan 2013 Full Good
Apr 2010 Full Good

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Royal Harbour Academy, Ramsgate. Opened in September 2015. Ofsted Special Measures June 2018, Requires Improvement January 2020. Based on previous successful Ellington and Hereson (PFI) schools which subsequently combined together with failed Marlowe Academy which was closed in July 2015. The Marlowe premises are now used for the lower school which has not proved popular with E&H parents.  The school became part of the Coastal Academies Trust, headed up by Dane Court Grammar and King Ethelbert School on 1st April 2014, although it is not an academy itself, because of the PFI issue, although it did apply. Ellington and Hereson had been very popular for years, pressure brought about by parents trying to avoid Marlowe!  Royal Harbour has become one of the two Thanet schools to avoid, along with Hartsdown (2019), as demonstrated by the high number of Local Authority Allocations (below). Second lowest GCSE Progress 8 and Attainment 8 in Kent for 2019. Controversial plan to open a new secondary school in Thanet in 2019, vetoed at the last moment which would have seriously damaged RHA intake. Unfortunately for the school, this has been reinstated raising concerns about Royal Harbour's viablity.

For 2014 entry, there were 5 first choices turned away, and 25 for 2015, before the takeover of Marlowe was announced, which created sufficient spaces to accommodate all who wanted to go there. The new school is still struggling badly to establish itself with parents. There must have been considerable KCC pressure to admit extra pupils in 2019 and 2020, because of lack of spaces in all Thanet schools, but surely the school would have been wiser to resist and focus on improving standards. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
Intake
Number 
1st
prefs
Vacs LAAs
Yr 7
October
Census
2016 200 102 0 56 167
2017 200 85 -31 89 181
2018 200 98 0 50 175
2019 250 92 9 88 197
2020 300 102 49 109 196

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8
Att 8
Level 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Scores
2016 (RHA)
-1.14
31.8
   
2017 -1.21 (WBA) 25.4 5% No entrants
2018 -0.63(WBA) 31.1 14% Too few Entrants
2019 -1.19(WBA) 28 12%  No entrants

Academically, Marlowe was a disaster throughout, its 6% 5 A*-Cs in 2015 being one of the lowest percentages of success in the country. Ellington slipped over its last three years, from 43% in 2013, to a very worrying 23% in 2015. Along with nearby Hartsdown Academy shared the county's lowest GCSE Attainment 8 and Performance 8 results in 2016. Improvement for 2018. Second lowest Progress 8 and Attainment 8 nationally for GCSE in 2019.

RHA Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jan 2020 Full Requires Improvement
Feb 2019 Monitoring Effective Action 
Jun 2018 Full Serious Weaknesses
Oct 2016 Monitoring Effective Action 

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Individual School Information - N

 Updated  December 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 2020 Appeals Outcomes here. GCSE and A-Level results for 2020 are not being published because of the nature of the assessments.For 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 KS5 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. 

New Line Learning Academy, Maidstone. In spite of the fact that it has struggled to attract pupils since its formation, GCSE results in 2018 were the best ever, placing the school in the top quarter of Kent non-selective schools at both Progress 8 and Attainment 8. Dipped in 2019, but still above 18 other Kent schools on Progress 8. After a series of struggling Ofsted Reports it was found Good in 2017. The school has a better academic performance than partner school Cornwallis, and applications have soared in 2021 at the expense of Cornwallis.   

The Academy was formed from the amalgamation of the former Senacre School and Oldborough Manor School, in West Maidstone, as one of the original City Academies in 2007. It is now in new buildings costing some £31 million.  Sponsored by the Future Schools Trust, along with Cornwallis Academy.   Headteacher claimed on Radio Kent in March 2014 it was built to cater for future rises in number of Maidstone children over the next 30 years! So far this has not happened. 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 hereand opening in 2020. The Future Schools Trust was served with a Warning Notice in 2017 about low standards in  both secondary schools. 

NLL and Cornwallis were scheduled to be  taken away from Future Schools and given to the Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust in 2019, but this did not happen. Will be hit by the opening of the new Maidstone School of Science and Technology and opening in September 2020. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN  1st prefs Vacant places
Local
Authority
Allocations
2016 210 96 96 12
2017 210 75 61 50
2018 210 85 33 80
2019 180 85  0  79
2020 180 84 0 84
2021 180 111 30 25

2014 - 2020 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 -0.53 37.4    
2017 -0.3 (BA) 35.1 15% No significant
2018 -0.12(BA) 37.3 20% Sixth Form
2019 -0.54 (WBA) 33.5 12% No Sixth Form

GCSE results for 2018 good, in the top quarter of Kent non-selective Schools in Progress 8 and Attainment 8, and the same as Maidstone Grammar in Progress 8.   

New Line Learning Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2019 Full Good
Mar 2019 Monitoring Effective Action
Oct 2017 Full Requires Improvement
Jun 2015 Monitoring  Effective Action
Feb 2015 Full Requires Improvement


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North School, Ashford. Since being rebuilt under a PFI Scheme, the school was initially heavily oversubscribed, but OFSTED December 2013 placed the school in Special Measures. This decision was partly based on government information about GCSE 5A*-C pass rates that was misleadingly low and lack of support from KCC. The school was still oversubscribed for 2014 entry and expanded by 10 places to 225.  Taken over by Swale Academies Trust running a financial surplus of £121,277, its popularity dived again for 2015, although both Progress and Attainment picked up for 2016. Was the least popular school in Ashford, but numbers picked up dramatically for September 2019. There is new controversy over KCC ending the School Support Contract with Swale Academy Trust at short notice at the end of the summer term 2019. The school is now running a deficit of £768,357 which will have to be paid back. At the time of writing there is still no long term agreement over the Swale contract, although Swale is heavily integrated to the extent of employing senior leaders who would be withdrawn if the contract was ended.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant places
Local
Authority
Allocations
2016 215 122 0 42 11
2017 215 142 0 32 15
2018
215
159
2
2
20
2019 215 207 0
2020 256 162 0 0 24
2021 260 164 3 3 18

2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 -0.34 42.9    
2017 -0.36 (BA) 36.7 23% 0.44(WAA)
2018 -0.26(BA) 38.1 24%  -0.37 (BA)
2019 -0.39 (BA) 35.2 27% -0.79(WBA,42,D,17) 

 In the bottom third of Kent non-selective schools at P8 and A8 for 2017 GCSEs.  KS5 (A Levels plus BTEC) best progress score in the county.  

 North School Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Sep 2017 Full Good
Jun 2015  Full Requires Improvement
Feb 2015 Monitoring Reasonable Progress
Nov 2014 Monitoring Reasonable Progress
Jun 2014 Monitoring Reasonable Progress
Mar 2014 Monitoring Plans Not Fit for Purpose
Dec 2013 Full Special Measures

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Northfleet School for Girls.  OFSTED February 2017 - Good.   GCSE performance data strong from 2014, with GCSE results consistently above government floor standard. Was hit in numbers by the success of Meopham School, with its Outstanding Ofsted, but usually picks up some girls from Swanscombe due to unpopularity of Ebbsfleet Academy.  Surge in popularity for 2020. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN  1st prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
LAAS
2016 200 122  0 0 16
2017 210 100  0 66 13
2018 210 141  0 9 20
2019 210 126   0  0 17
2020 210 156 2 0 0
2021 210 113 0 3 22

2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 0.01 47.2    
2017 -0.29 (BA) 41.9 31%  0(A)
2018 -0.06(A)  42.9 32%  -0.10(A)
2019  0.12 (A) 43.2 36%  0.05(A,42,D+,19)

 

Northfleet Girls Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2017 Short Good
Sep 2012 Full Good

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Northfleet Technology College.  Completely rebuilt under BSF (Building Schools for the Future, a PFI scheme), so currently barred from becoming an academy. OFSTED January 2017 - Good.  Usually picks up some boys from Ebbsfleet area because of the unpopularity of Ebbsfleet Academy.  Sharp fall in popularity from 2017 corresponding with declining performance and rise at Meopham. Governors should be asking questions. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
LAAs
2016 190 142 11  0 0
2017 194 139 0 16 0
2018 164 128 0 0 0
2019 164 110   0  0 9
2020 164 87 0 19 19
2021 164 75 0 0 25

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 3 3
2015 7 7
2016 2 2

 No appeals 2017 to 2020.

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 0.34 49.6    
2017 -0.45 (BA) 36.7 11% -0.77(WBA)
2018  -0.43(BA)  36.4  15% 0.07 (A) 
2019 -0.46 (BA) 37.2 23% 5(3,-,0) 

GCSE results were usually around the government floor standard, but exceptional for 2016 in both Progress and Attainment. Fourth highest performing NS school at Level C or better in English and maths 2016, at 70%. Slumped badly from 2017.  

 Northfleet Technology Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jan 2017 Short Good
Oct 2012 Full Good

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Norton Knatchbull School, Ashford. Converter academy April 2012. OFSTED. Ashford is expanding rapidly so school will fill in a couple of years without depending on appeals. Headteacher suddenly left for Christmas 2018 without new post 'to focus on her own career development'.  She was succeeded  by Ben Greene, previously head of Bullers Wood Girls School, Chislehurst.

The official PAN has remained at 149 for some years, and then  increased on allocation each March by a large figure, settling now at 210.  This allows a high number of successful appeals and still remain within PAN, demonstrating there is a need for places. A KCC Report last summer states that: 'In 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 the Governors of Norton Knatchbull School (Academy) offered 180 places on National Offer Day.' This is untrue but has enabled the school to secure the offer of a £2 million grant from KCC to expand its PAN to 210.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2016 180 164 2

0

2017 180 125 0 23
2018 210
130 0 56
2019  210 157  0 40
2020 210 159 0 23
2021 210 146 0 31

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 60 29
2017 40 26
2018 66 46
2019 66 37
2020 84 30

A consistently high proportion of successful appeals historically, as the school aims to fill to capacity.  The number of appeals shot up for 2020.  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 0.15 65.2   -0.04(A) 
2017 0.21 (AA) 63.7 91%  
2018 0.16(A)  62.3  81%   -0.54 (BA)
2019 0.20(AA) 63.7 89% 0.03(A,109,C+,108)

 

Norton Knatchbull Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Mar 2017 Short Good
Nov 2012 Full Good
Nov 2007 Full Good

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Individual School Information - M

Updated December 2020, March 2021 Allocations added

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 2020 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 KS5 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. 

Maidstone Grammar School.MGS Is a Foundation school so one of a small minority of secondary schools still under the aegis of Kent County Council. OFSTED January 2019: Good, down from Outstanding, a shock for this prestige school, but reflected performance. Was significantly oversubscribed until 2017, when a major new building investment allowed the school to open a permanent additional form of entry, thus creating a surplus of selective boys’ places across Maidstone. It has now recovered its reputation, hence the surge in first choices for 2020. 

Its oversubscription criteria include residence in a named parish, with priority from 2019 entry to high scoring boys being clarified to read an aggregate Kent Test score of 360; then other local boys who are grammar qualified. As parents know Kent test scores before applications are made, it is clearly important that those scoring less than 360 should include Oakwood Park Grammar on their list, as some families living apparently close to the school can lose out.

Performance at GCSE was shocking with Progress 8 at -0.12 in 2018, the same as the struggling non-selective school, New Line Learning Academy, also in Maidstone. Some improvement for 2019. As with all four Maidstone grammar schools, there was an average staying on rate into the Sixth Form for Kent grammars, of 72%, but picked up 26 students from the two girls grammars in 2020.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 

PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2016 175 208 38 0
2017 205 193 0 0
2018 205 208 11 0
2019
 205
214 29 0
2020 205 245 60 0
2021 205 191 0 14

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 37 8
2015 51 12
2016 53 15
2017 21 11
2018 30 10
2019 68 18
2020 64 18
 For 2020, all appeals heard were 'Paper-Based'.  Seven of the nine boys previously assessed grammar had their appeals upheld. 
 
Pre- 2017, the large majority of successful appeals went to boys who were already grammar qualified.
Uses a KCC Appeal Panel 
2019 Appeals: four were already grammar qualified
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths
 KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 0.16 65.7    
2017 0.16 64 n/a -0.46(BA)
2018  -0.12(A) 62.2 88%  0.00(A)
2019 0.17 (A) 65.4 91  0.12 (AA,168,B-,166)

 Progress 8 scores were not flattering in 2017, coming in the bottom third of grammar schools in the list, although higher (15/32 in the Attainment 8 Table). However, for 2018 they declined further, in both  tables (to 29/32 in Progress 8, 26/32 for Attainment 8)), which must be very worrying for such a prestige school. At A Level Progress, second lowest grammar school performer in 2017, but improved in 2018 and 2019.

MGS Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jan 2019 Full Good
Sep 2013 Full Outstanding
Feb 2008 Full Outstanding

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Maidstone Grammar School for Girls. Is a Foundation school so another of the small minority of secondary schools still under the aegis of Kent County Council. Regularly undersubscribed, struggling to compete with Invicta Grammar, although the two had see-sawed in popularity in previous years.  Its Outstanding OFSTED dates back as far as 2009, way beyond the normal span. It may be because of its good academic performance, although it has a reputation for putting girls under pressure, with a high fall out rate at the end of Year 11. An article I wrote in 2017 highlighted its illegal and private selection system to try and recruit the highest performers to the Sixth Form, which was condemned by the Ombudsman, after the school was caught out lying about it. 

Popularity has plummeted in recent years, in spite of three changes of headteacher, most recently in 2015.  Very high rate of successful admission appeals up to and including 2020, probably to cover up for this. For 2020 allocation, the lowest number of first choices for many years. One of the lowest staying on rates for Kent grammar schools into the Sixth Form at 65% in 2020, although still picked up 26 students from other grammars to compensate. Something needs to change!  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacancies
2016 180 146 34
2017 180 116 42
2018 180 134 31
2019 180  109  58
2020 180 111 55
2021 180 114 27

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 29 22
2015 65 46
2016 75 55
2017 76 53
2018 91
45 
2019 114 75
2020 89 61
 
For 2020, all appeals heard were 'Paper-Based'.
 
Consistently one of the highest proportion of successful grammar school appeals in the county, as it tries to build up its numbers; 70% in 2017, 66% of a much higher number in 2019. The increase fits a pattern  for some Kent grammar schools,were there is pressure on popular n/s schools. Uses a KCC Appeal Panel
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 0.39 67.4  
2017 0.58 64 n/a -0.07(A)
2018 0.59(WAA) 68.7 93%   -0.09(BA)
2019 0.84 (WAA) 69.7 96%  -0.05, A,160,B-,148

 

MGGS Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2009 Full Outstanding
Jan 2006 Full Good

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 The Malling School, Foundation School. OFSTED 2019 Good for the third time. Has had a chequered history in the past but is now on the up, was one of the most oversubscribed schools in Maidstone and district, until 2020. Has the largest and most sought after SEN Unit in the County, the Tydeman Centre which is in great demand, taking in children with Speech and Language difficulties and ASD. Whilst this has a negative effect on academic performance it appears good for the school as a whole. Performance still not strong, as weaker cohorts arrive at Year 11.

Was linked with Holmesdale School which provided Malling with support,  but roles are reversed and the Federation was dissolved as Malling has flourished and Holmesdale plunged into Special Measures and beyond.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st
prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2016 180 137 0 12
2017 180 159
15
0
2018 180 214  57 0
2019  180
167   43 0
2020 159 169 31 0
2021 159 120 1 0

The school’s strong progress can be tracked by its increasing popularity year on year. The school had an official PAN of 159 for some years, increasing its intake to 180,  which was the PAN for 2019, but then reduced this again somehow for 2020, back to 159 as popularity dipped again a little. 

Appeals for School Places
Appeals Upheld
2018 9 9
2019 11 0
2020 13 7

For 2020, all appeals heard were 'Paper-Based'.  KCC Appeal Panel

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 -0.03 44.8  
2017 -0.3 36 n/a No Entries
2018  -0.81(WBA) 32.2 17% 
2019 -0.64(WBA) 36.7 23%

 Still working through the lower ability intake when the school was very unpopular. However, it needs to see improvement for 2020. 

Some SEN Unit children tend to underperform academically, but are counted in with the whole school for performance purposes, so attainment levels in particular will be dampened. 
 
 Malling  Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jun 2019 Full Requires Improvement
May 2015 Full Good
Jun 2012 Full Good
Apr 2009 Full Good
 
The school had a change of headteacher six months before the 2019 inspection, the previous head having been in post for ten years. 
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 Maplesden Noakes School Maidstone. Became an Academy in 2012. Increasingly heavily oversubscribed as popularity of schools in Maidstone polarises and population is rapidly increasing. Normally sound academic performance. Proposal to expand from 180 to 240 for 2021. No success at appeals for 2020. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 180 106 10
2017 180 187 77
2018 180 227 80
2019 180 222 67 
2020 210 253 88
2021 240 173 12

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 0 0
2017 34 13
2018 37 4
2019 45 6
2020 42 0
 
For 2020, all appeals heard were 'Paper-Based'. Uses a KCC Appeal Panel
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths)
KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 0.08 49.6  
2017 -0.12 43.1 n/a 0.07(A) 
2018  -0.07(A)  40.6  21%  -0.36(BA)
2019 -0.08(A) 40.8 20% -0.37,BA,104,D+,60

 

 Maplesden Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2018 Short Good
Sep 2013 Full Good
Jun 2010 Full Good

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The Marsh Academy, New Romney, previously Southlands School, where I nearly became headteacher in the 1980's after a scandal involving the previous head led to his departure! Serves the very rural Romney Marsh. It was one of the early old style old style Academies, opened in 2007, and completely rebuilt in 2011 with Sixth Form on seperate site. It struggled for some years under sponsors Tonbridge School, who clearly did not understand the issues of a very rural state school, the assumption being that rich independent schools catering for highly able and wealthy pupils have skills which transfer to the management of state schools. They were supported by Microsoft and KCC. Tonbridge School has now stepped back after discovering, as have other private schools at other academies, that it is somewhat of a challenge and the school is now run by The Skinners Company which has recently transformed the now highly successful Skinners Kent Academy. Still has sponsor governors from Tonbridge, Microsoft and KCC. Went through a period a few years ago of being managed by senior staff at Folkestone School for Girls. Loses a lot of able Marsh children to the Folkestone grammar schools, which select an additional high proportion of pupils through the Shepway Test. Popularity has picked up sharply since the closure of Pent Valley School in Folkestone causing pressure all round the Shepway District, especially at Brockhill Park in Hythe, previously a popular destination for Marsh children.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not
offered
Vacancies
2015 180 125 0 30
2016 180 129 0 24
2017 180 178 20 0
2018 180 171 12 0
2019 180  151  0 3
2020 180 154 7 0
2021 190 161 1 0

Dip in first choices for 2019 may be due to opening of new Turner Free School in Folkestone

  No appeals heard 2014-20

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 0.04 44.1  
2017 -0.15 38 n/a -0.47(BA)
2018  -0.65(WBA) 33.2  11%   
2019 -0.5(BA) 35.4 14% 0.19(A, 23,C-,15)

 Has had a very small sixth form for several years, but Year 12 has expanded to 91 students for 2019 (46 in 2018), and 105 in 2020.  Some students will take vocational courses only. 

Marsh Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Feb 2017 Short Good
Apr 2013 Full Good
Sep 2011 Monitoring Satisfactory Progress
Jun 2010 Full Satisfactory

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 Mascalls School Paddock Wood. Became an academy in 2011. Popular school with a rural hinterland, loses some able pupils to Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells Grammars, but still has a comprehensive intake. Regularly oversubscribed, but considerable churning particularly as it offers places to TW n/s pupils initially unable to get into schools local to them, so all applications pursued have been successful in recent years with no appeals needed. Significant rise in first choices 2019. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
LAAS Vacancies
2016 240 201 0 0 7
2017 240 206 8 0 0
2018 240 217 27 0 0
2019  240  242   29 0 0
2020 240 182 0 0 1
2021 270 145 0 49 0

No appeals heard 2014- 20

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths)
KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 0.0 45.6    
2017 0.07 48.7 n/a  0.06(A)
2018  0.01(A) 42.5  30% -0.30(BA)
2019 0.04(A) 45.4 36% 0.07(A,98,C, 59)

Consistent strong academic performance for a non-selective school. 

Mascalls Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Nov 2016 Short Good
May 2012 Full Good

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Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend. OFSTED Jun 2013 - Outstanding. Became an Academy in February 2012.
Now starting to pick up an increase in numbers from London applicants. Mayfield introduced its own admission test for September 2015 entry to serve as an alternative to the Kent Test. Girls can be considered via either process and I can see little disadvantage in taking both tests. The only possible downside is that both results will be quoted if there is an appeal although, as there is no way of knowing at the time of testing whether either or which test will reflect poorly, this should not discourage parents from entering girls for both assessments.  The Mayfield Test comprises: A computer-based test focusing on verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning and an English paper to assess reading and writing skills. For 2018 admission girls were required to achieve EITHER 100.15 in the computer test and a score of 10 in the English, OR 97.07 in the computer test and 15 in the English. I am afraid I don't have any idea of the standard being sought through this process. Is exanding PAN to 210 for 2021.
 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs not offered
Vacancies
Mayfield
Test
Offers
2016 145 139  1 0 12
2017 170 170 22 0 17
2018 180 183 11 0 21
2019  180  167  39 0 35
2020 180 173 8 0 13
2021 210 153 0 0 20

The school attracts a considerable number of lower preference choices, including many from from London and Essex, which are mainly rejected on distance grounds.

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 No Record
2015 25 43
2016 40 26

2017 

37 13
2018  42  13
2019 44 16
2020 62 38
The school uses its own appointed Independent Appeal Panel.
For 2018 Admission, just one of the 14 girls assessed selective before appeals had appeal upheld, suggesting priority given to local girls.
For 2019 Admissions 5 of the 17 grammar assessed girls offered places. Several of these were from Ebbsfleet. 
For 2020 Admissions  19 of the 26 grammar assessed girls offered places.
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
& Performance
2016 0.07 65.1    
2017 0.23 62.8 n/a -0.26(BA)
2018 0.33(AA)  65.8  85%   -0.41(BA)
2019 0.41(AA) 65.8 88% -0.56(WBA,143,C-,118)
 
 Unusually for a grammar school, seven of the 143 Year 11 pupils did not take enough GCSEs to qualify for Progress 8, and 25 students did not take three A Levels. Lowest performing grammar school in A Level Progress and second lowest in three A Level performance in Kent, 2019.
 
Mayfield Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jun 2013 Full Outstanding
Jan 2011 Interim Good
Feb 2008 Full Good
 
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Meopham SchoolOFSTED January 2019 - Outstanding, see article on its meteoric rise here. 
After a number of disastrous years, unpopular and failing academically, Meopham was taken over by Swale Academies Trust in 2012, and, under good leadership has never looked back, although the subject of several strange decisions. In 2016, the Trust made the bizarre proposal that the school should consult on converting to a grammar school, which created headlines and may simply have been a PR exercise. Now academically outstanding, but has reduced its intake for 2018 back to its original PAN  creating large oversubscription. Moved into new buildings in 2018 (horrible architecture!) which may have contributed to its further increase in popularity.
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs not offered
2016 160 96 5
2017 170 146  19
2018 140 154  55
2019  140  226 75
2020 170 233 76
2021 200 273 97

  Furthest Distance offered on allocation in miles                                        

 

2019

2018

2017

Meopham School

3.185

3.982

4.999

No appeals heard 2014-18

APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Upheld
2019 29 8

  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
GCSE Grade 5
Eng & Maths
KS5
Progress
2016 0.48 43.4    
2017 0.57 44.7 n/a -0.25(A)
2018 0.46(AA) 48.1  57%  -0.24(A,17,D,1)

For coverage of excellent GCSE results, 2018, see here. Meopham was second highest Kent non-selective school for Progress 8 'Well Above Average' and seventh highest for Attainment 8 in 2017. For 2018, third highest Progress 8 and again seventh for Attainment 8.

Meopham Ofsted Performance
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Jan 2019 Full Outstanding
Jan 2018 Short
Good recommend
consider Outstanding
Nov 2014  Full Good
Jan 2012 Full  Special Measures

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - I-L

 Last Update: December 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 2020 Appeals Outcomes here. GCSE and A-Level results for 2020 are not being published because of the nature of the assessments. For 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. 

Inspiration Academy at Leigh UTC. Th'is was a new school which opened in  September 2017, for details follow the link. It is on path to merge with the unpopular  Leigh UTC on its way, the website currently stating:  This is the very first school to work alongside a University Technical College with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at its heart'. In contrast to the UTC it initially proved very popular in its new premises helped, along with all other Dartford NS schools by the extreme unpopularity of Ebbsfleet Academy, which has now improved under new leadership.  Numbers have dipped after allocation partly because of this and the new Stone Lodge School in Dartford and the school accepted Local Authority Alllocations for the first time in 2020.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
LAAs Vacancies
2017
120
119
9
0 0
2018
140
150
10
0 0
 2019
140 124 12 0 0
2020 140 100 0 18 3
2021 140 76 0 17 0

 No appeals 2017 or 2020.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2018 5 1
2019 0 0

No Ofsted Inspection yet

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Aggressively academically successful. In competition with Maidstone Girls Grammar, it has worked hard to absorb as many academically able girls in Maidstone district as possible, including through the Appeals process, although it now appears to have reached capacity. At Open Evenings the school has falsely and unlawfully claimed that girls need to put it first on their preference list to be offered a place. Has the highest grammar drop out rate in the county after GCSE, at a net 11% in 2018. For September 2020 this figure had risen to 20%, with just 72% of Year 11 staying on.  It opened a national scandal after illegally expelling girls at the end of Year 12 in 2016, on grounds their A-Levels were not on course for high enough grades. See articles here and elsewhere. Has never acknowledged blighting the futures of the 22 girls illegally thrown out. This has now finished, I like to think as a result of my publicising the scandal. 
 
Very proud of its excellent GCSE and A Level performance, but the undue pressure placed on pupils to achieve this contributes to the high drop out rate after GCSE.  
 
Understandably very popular with families of high achieving and conformist girls. 
 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
Year 7 Census
Oct 
2016 210 198 6 0 244
2017 192 181 2 0 237
2018 240 210 0 25 253
2019 240 214 0 0 256
2020 240 225 0 1 255
2021 240 243 12 0  

 The leap in  numbers from allocation to enrolment in September is caused by the high number of successful appeals.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 49 40
2015 89 63
2016 65 39
2017 65 58
2018 64 49
2019 89 20
2020 79 22
 
For 2020, all appeals heard will have been 'Paper-Based'.
 
Up until 2018, all of the very high proportion of successful appeals will be for girls who have not passed the Kent Test. I have argued that the 89% success rate in 2017, the highest in Kent is bringing the appeal system into disrepute, although understandably the families of those girls whose appeal are upheld and go onto success at GCSE would disagree. The proportion has fallen sharply for 2019 and 2020. 
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2017 0.73 (WAA) 68.6   0.05(A)
2018 0.96(WAA) 72.4 97% -0.15 (BA) 
2019 0.83(WAA) 72.2 96%  -0.14(A,153,B-,144)

INVICTA OFSTED RECORD
Sep 2012 Outstanding

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Isle of Sheppey Academy Now Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey.

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John Wallis Church of England Academy Ashford. The new Academy opened in September 2010 moving into a new £8.6 million premises in September 2014. It is now an all age academy, from 3-19. The sponsors are: The Diocese of Canterbury, Benenden School, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent County Council. The headteacher was John McParland, previously head of the successful St Simon Stock RC School in Maidstone who retired in August 2020,  as one of the highest-paid headteachers in the county. .  KCC described the proposal for the all aged Academy as "a systemic response to the historic repeated failing of education provision in south Ashford was planned ".  OFSTED January 2014: Good. At that time I wrote an interesting article entitled: 'Is this the best performing school in Kent: John Wallis CofE Academy, Ashford?'  Initially found it difficult to attract students due to poor reputation of predecessor schools. However, popularity has steadily climbed ever since and it is now the non-selective school of choice in Ashford, heavily oversubscribed in 2020. 2018 highest Progress 8 score of any Kent non-selective school, but slipped considerably for 2019. Has a surprisingly low staying on rate into the Sixth Form.    

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2016 210 192 4
2017 210 178 0
2018 210 205 11
2019 210 233 14
2020 240 220 59
2021 260 163 2

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2020 34 3

 For 2020, all appeals heard will have been 'Paper-Based'.

 No appeals heard 2014-2019

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2017 0.08 (A) 39.8  -0.25(BA)
2018 0.22(AA) 40.3 24%  -0.27 (BA)
2019 0.11(A) 39.1 23% -0.24(BA,59,D+,23)

 

JOHN WALLIS OFSTED RECORD
Jan 2014 Good
Sep 2018 Good

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The Judd School The most selective school in Kent selecting on the aggregate score in the Kent tests for all pupils. Since 2016 entry, its oversubscription criteria cover two different areas, currently with 157 highest scoring boys being admitted from an Inner area, and 23 from elsewhere. Placing Judd in the search engine for this website will produce numerous articles relating to admissions and appeals. The school has now increased its intake to 180 following a capital buildings grant from KCC to ease pressure on West Kent grammar school places. This will have been in return for the school agreeing to the priority for local boys.

The cut off aggregate score for 2016 was 362 for the Inner Area and 391 for the Outer, although not all boys on those scores were offered places, losing out on distance grounds. In 2017, it was 364 Inner and 400 outer; in 2018, again 364 Inner but 391 Outer.  In 2019 it was 376 Inner, 402 Outer. With just 23 places for Outer which, I suspect are mainly out of Kent, it is unsurprising that the cut-off has risen so high. For 2020 it was 385 for Inner and 407 Outer.  
2021: 180 offers were made. The number of places available for the inner area is 157; the outer area is 23. The cut-off score for our inner area was 387  with the outer area being 408 (not all students on those scores being offered a place).

For 2020, the Year 12 intake was 230, with 90% of the 152 Year 11 boys staying on (third-highest rate in the county behind Skinners and Simon Langton Boys), and 93 boys and girls from other schools taking up places. The largest group were the 19 girls from Tonbridge Grammar, along with nine from Weald and five from TWGGS. There were 29 students from N/S schools showing that Judd is not as socially exclusive as some other schools including five from Claverham College, balanced by 24 from private schools, including six from St Leanard's Mayfield and five from Sevenoaks School. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 155 232 97
2017 180 262 102
2018 180 300 125
2019 180 330 173
2020 180 327 167
2021 180 338 183

 At the second round of Allocations for 2020, 12 inner places re-allocated, six outer. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 39 2
2017 26 9
2018 39 10
2019 58 9
 For 2017 appeals all nine successes were from the 24 who had passed the Kent Test
For 2018 Appeals 9 of the 34 assessed selective were offered a place.
For 2019 Appeals 8 of the nine successful appeals were from the 55 boys already assessed selective.  
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2017 0.52(WAA) 76.6  -0.04 (A)
2018 0.64(WAA) 75.8 98% -0.04 (A)
2019 0.48 (AA) 76.0 98% 0.07(A,178,A-,174)
 
At A level, the Judd was comfortably the top state school in the Achievement Grades in 2018, only behind Tonbridge School (private), although progress from GCSE was average for both at -0.04, the discrepancy underlining the high levels achieved by pupils entering the Sixth Form. 
JUDD OFSTED RECORD
May 2015 Outstanding

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King Ethelbert School Birchington. Is an Academy in the Coastal Academies Trust led by Dane Court Grammar. New buildings completed under BSF. Heavily oversubscribed each year, second ( to Valley Park) most most oversubscribed non-selective school in Kent in 2020, turning away 144 first choices, fourth in 2018 and 2019. Rightly popular but some pressure also comes from families trying to avoid two other schools in Thanet. Has no Sixth  Form which does not appear an obstacle to recruitment. 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 160 151 72
2017 160 278 128
2018 150 284 139
 2019 150 266  122
2020 158 279 144
2021 158 172 56

 For 2020 admissions, the furthest applicant awarded a place on distance grounds lived 0.993 miles from the school, taking in Ursuline College, but well short of Hartsdown Academy, all three in a line. After reallocation, this extended to 1.099 miles. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 12 1
2017 40 4
2018 29 11
2019 37 5
2020 50 6
 
For 2020, all appeals heard were 'Paper-Based'.
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 -0.36 (BA) 38.5 -0.09(A)
2018 0-0.25(BA) 38.9 26%  N/A
2019 -0.38(BA) 39.3 22%  N/A
KING ETHELBERT OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2013 Requires Improvement
May 2014 Good
Nov 2018 Good

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Knole Academy, Sevenoaks, opened in September 2010 combining the old Bradbourne and Wildernesse Schools. Instead of a complete new build as was originally planned, "The final decision made, having considered all the complexities, is to build a large extension on the space where the back car park is at Knole West (formerly The Bradbourne School) with the school's own sports hall, bigger and more acoustically friendly performance hall, and many other exciting learning spaces, which we hope will also benefit the community of Sevenoaks.  The advantage to this scheme means that we can retain the ex Bradbourne buildings, which are in good condition and have excellent facilities, including the £2 million extension opened in 2004 and paid for by Kent County Council.  Although a slightly smaller site than the ex Wildernesse site, the main advantages are that the existing buildings are in a good state of repair, the highway access is good and we will continue to make use of the extension which cost £2 million in 2004. Sponsors include KCC and Sevenoaks private school. Early publicity for the proposed Academy suggested it is also expected to cater for children of grammar school ability, who currently have no selective school in Sevenoaks, and the school has since made much of ever this. The previous head recently featured in the media and this website as the highest paid head in the County. Entering Knole in the search engine for this website will produce several articles on education provision in Sevenoaks.  OFSTED November 2015: Requires Improvement a shock to the school community, down from Good in 2012, but back to Good in 2017. The new headteacher appointed Christmas 2019 appears to have reversed the downward trend as shown by the sharp increases in unsuccessful first choices, and appeals.  For 2020 there were 52 out of county children offered places, 50 of them from Bromley. Has a Year 12 of 80 students, nearly 90% of whom are from within the school. 

Trinity Free School, also in Sevenoaks, opened in 2013, subsequently provided strong competition, although the gloss appears to be coming off it. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Pupils in Year 7 according to  October Census
2016 255 265 67  252
2017 240 210 33  219
2018 241 181 25 218
2019 270 238 56  280
2020 255 287 100 254
2021 250 276 102  

 A sharp fall in popularity, probably both from successful grammar school appeals and the recovery of Orchards Academy in Swanley, appears to have been reversed.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 2 0
2016 12 10
2017 0 0
2018 0 0
2019 2 0
2020 33 3
 In most years at Knole, perseverance on the waiting list and submitting an appeal appeared to be generally successful up until 2019, appeal requests being resolved before being heard. For 2020, 11 appellants were offered places before appeals were heard, presumably replacing children successful at grammar appeals elsewhere, and another 11 withdrew, probably for the same reason. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths)
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 -0.2 (BA) 41.3  -0.09(A)
2018 -0.44(BA) 38.0 22% -0.44 (BA)
2019 -0.33 (BA) 43.0 32% 0.18(AA,72,C,20) 
KNOLE ACADEMY OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2012 Good
Nov 2015 Requires Improvement
Oct 2017 Good

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Leigh Academy, Dartford. Lead school in the large and assertive Leigh Academies Trust, which most recently carried out a takeover of the Williamson Trust.  Back in 2013 was the most oversubscribed school in Kent but, as the data below shows, this has fallen recently, the main causes probably being the opening of the Trust's own new school, the Inspiration Academy at Leigh UTC, above, and now Stone Lodge School, along with the reversal of the unpopularity of Ebbsfleet Academy.   Most recent news item, here

When oversubscribed, siblings take priority, then the school admits pupils across the ability range only from its catchment area, split into inner and outer areas, in the proportions 70/30. All applicants are tested for ability, then divided into five ability bands. Pupils are selected randomly from each band in the required proportions. Vacancies are made up from the waiting list.

Has a strong Year 12 of 111 students in 2020,  with 43 from other schools including six from Dartford Grammar. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs not offered
LAAs Vacancies
2015 240 304 125 0 0
2016 240 243 49 0 0
2017 240 242 41 0 0
2018 256 210 0 0 0
2019 240 250 45 0 0
2020 240 201 11 0 0
2021 240 147 0 10 0

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 48 2
2016 11 2
2017 52 3
2018 0 0
2019 0 0
2020 4 0

There are in any case few successful appeals, for it is very difficult to make a case against random selection. Appeals are organised by a commercial company, that appears to be very supportive of the school.  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 -0.29 (BA) 42.5 -0.23(BA)
 2018 -0.26(BA) 41.3 28% -0.54 (BA)
2019 -0.35 (BA) 42.1 37%  -0.41(BA,100,D,23)

  

LEIGH ACADEMY OFSTED RECORD
Dec 2009 Outstanding
Mar 2013 Good
Nov 2017 Good

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Leigh University Technical College

Admits pupils at Year 10, and in spite of its title takes all pupils without selection by aptitude. Struggles to attract pupils, which have to be prised out of other schools at Year 10, easier in the case of Ebbsfleet Academy. It now admits pupils in Year Seven via the separately titled Inspiration Academy, although the title changes in some contexts to Inspiration Academy @ Leigh UTC. This is presumably an attempt to boost the numbers at the UTC. 

Technical schools 'half full and perform less well'

Autumn Census
Year PAN Year 10 Year 11
2014 150 54 0
2015 150 56 54
2016 150 38 61
2017 150 73 38
2018 150 61 68
2019 150 40 63

 There have been no appeals, 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 -0.42 (BA) 39.5   0.02(A)
2018 -0.82* 33.2 17% 0.35(A) 
2019 -1.08 (WBA) 33.0 14%  0.52(A,14,C-,0)

* A note in the table states: Progress 8 score for The Leigh UTC (2018): Some schools start educating pupils partway through the 5-year period covered by Progress 8, which should be taken into account when comparing their results with schools that start at Key Stage 3. Progress 8 is not the most appropriate performance measure for university technical colleges, studio schools and some further education colleges. These establishments typically start educating pupils at age 14, with a focus on preparing pupils for their future careers by providing an integrated academic and professional education. Other headline measures, particularly pupil destinations, are more important for these establishments. The Leigh UTC's confidence interval is -1.25 to -0.4 

LEIGH UTC OFSTED RECORD
Feb 2017 Good

The Ofsted inspection was carried out in a half empty school, so difficult to see how this was arrived at. A visitor to the school later that year was shocked by the large number of teachers to small number of pupils ratio. One wonders what Ofsted will make of this level of GCSE performance next time round. 

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The Lenham School:  Previously the failed Swadelands School, now an academy sponsored by Valley Invicta Academy Trust since April 2018. Appears to have been transformed according to Performance and First Preferences.  Special Measures Ofsted under KCC control, is discounted according to the rules of academisation.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs not offered
Vacancies
2016 150 52 0 74
2017 150 72 0 45
2018 150 90 0 15
2019 150 136 20
2020 150 142 26 0
2021 150 161 49 0

 No appeals up to 2019. For 2019 and 2020 this will have been because of the high number of pupils taken out in Maidstone by grammar school appeals.  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 n/a n/a n/a 0.21(A)
2018 -0.17(A) 36.6 25%  N/A
2019 -0.02 (A) 40.3 21%  NE

  

OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2012 Good
Dec 2015 Special Measures

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Longfield Academy OFSTED April  2018. Good again. Premises are a complete new build at an original cost of some £25 million. This completely replaced the previous 1960s buildings which were in an appalling condition. As I wrote some years ago: "Indeed it is apparent that the main reason for forming an Academy here is to secure new premises – the school is rural, not failing and in a good socio economic area – meeting none of the normal conditions for an old style Academy".  

Popularity has declined in recent years as nearby Meopham School, once a school to avoid, has become very successful and popular. Had a Year 12 of 73 students in 2020, mostly from within the school, five coming from Ebbsfleet Academy. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 180 151 15
2017 180 173 25
2018 192 144 5
2019 180 158 6
2020 190 165 13
2021 180 124 9

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 30 29
2015 21 21
2016 3 3
2017 0 0
2018 0 0
2019 0 0
2020 0 0

Uses a commercial company for appeals that appeared to deliver the schools needs. 

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Att 8
Grade 5 or Above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Prog
Score
2017 -0.4 38.5 0.17(AA)
2018 -0.17(A) 41.7 29% 0.19(AA)
2019 -0.24 (A) 40.1 30% -0.09(A,64,C-,20) 

LONGFIELD ACADEMY OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2014 Good
Apr 2017 Good
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - H

st updated October 2020, data updated April 2021

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 2020 Appeals Outcomes here. GCSE and A-Level results for 2020 are not being published because of the nature of the assessments. For 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. 

Unusually, all four non-selective schools in Tonbridge and Hadlow have initial letter in name as 'H', making comparisons simple.  

Hadlow Rural Community School.  One of Kent's first secondary Free Schools, opened in September 2013. Still has an intake of just 75, which many would regard as non-viable, especially with the GCSE offer. Started off on the wrong foot with a Financial Notice to Improve in 2014, but lifted the following year.  OFSTED Jun 2015 - Good 'Hadlow Rural Community School is an academy free school which opened to students in September 2013. It was set up by Hadlow College and is located within the college grounds. There is a strong association with the college, which provides many support services. The school is much smaller than average. The construction of a new school building, which is scheduled to open in 2016, has started. All students follow a land-based curriculum at Hadlow College one day a week'. Proving a very popular alternative to the two under-performing boys' schools in Tonbridge, but highest fallout rate in Kent in Years 10-11 up to January 2018, fifth-highest up to January 2019, eighth January 2020, suggesting an off-rolling issue. But this may be due to: 'Pupils at Hadlow Rural Community School have opportunities very different to those in other schools.  This is through our commitment and vision to integrate land-based education into all areas of our school'.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2017 90 98 20
2018 75 126 66
2019 75 104 27
2020 75 115 45
2021 75 90 21

 No appeals 2014-17 

Appeals for School Places
Appeals Upheld
2018 19 5
2019 16 4
2020 Fewer than five

 According to KCC, there were appeals for 2020 admission but as the number was less than five, data is not released. 2020 Appeals for the school were 'Paper Based'. 

No GCSEs before 2018

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
2018 -0.4 (BA)  34.3 17%
2019 -0.34 (A) 35.8 30%

No A Levels yet. 

OFSTED RECORD
  Inspection Type Outcome
Feb 2019 Short Good
Jun 2015 Full Good

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 Hartsdown Academy, Margate. Long serving Headteacher retired summer 2015, replaced by Head of Trinity Free School in Sevenoaks. OFSTED March 2018 - Requires Improvement, blaming previous administration for serious issues. I have described Hartsdown as one of Kent's three Tough Love Academies, as the new headteacher takes a high profile approach to discipline. I have explored the school more recently following the Ofsted Inspection, as it promotes its new image as a school: 'Margate has become a bridgehead for eastern European immigration and Hartsdown has specialised in integrating unaccompanied asylum seeking minors'. This 'specialisation' may be a deliberate consequence of its having the second-lowest proportion of first preferences for admission at any school in the county, and the highest number of children abandoning the school for 'Elective Home Education' for 2017-18, second highest proportion for 2018-19.  See article October 2019 for more detail about Hartsdown's lowest GCSE Progress 8 in the country, and fourth lowest Attainment 8 (provisional results). But from the school's website at the time: 'Hartsdown Academy Year students have been celebrating success in their GCSEs today, as the school produced yet another year of improved results....Head of KS4, Ms Rigden, said “It has been a fantastic two years working with this group of dedicated and aspirational young people. The Year 11 staff and I are delighted to be able to celebrate with our students after another increase in GCSE results.” Headteacher Matt Tate adds, “This has been a fantastic year for Hartsdown Academy. We are celebrating our best ever year for results at GCSE in Year 11".  What world do they live on? Also second highest proportion of fixed term exclusions in the county for 2018-19, a similar proportion to previous years. Astonishing fall in fixed-term exclusions to just one in 2019-20. Strong evidence of reversal of culture. 

Financial difficulties. Deficit of £727,385 at the end of 2018-19, partly due to falling rolls, from 755 in total in October 2017 to 664 in October 2019, a fall of 12%. Further article January 2020 here

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
LAAs Vacancies
2016 180 87 43 14 
2017 180 55 77  0
2018 180 51 85  0
2019 180 46 101  5
2020 180 65 78 0
2021 180 49 80 2

 No appeals for school places 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
%Level 5
Eng & Maths

A Level
Progress
2017 -1.53 (WBA) 20.3 6%  
2018 -1.19 (WBA)  23.3 6%  -0.19(A)
2019 -1.45 (WBA) 20.5 7% -(1,-,-)

Lowest Progress and Attainment GCSE scores in Kent for 2017 to 2019. 

2019 fourth lowest Progress 8, lowest Attainment 8  nationally 

Just the one A Level entrant, taking one A Level. 

OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
March 2018 Full Requires Improvement
Mar 2014 Full Good

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The Harvey Grammar School.  Academy. Harvey introduced the Shepway Test along with Folkestone School for Girls as an alternative way to the Kent Test of gaining admission for September 2014, has proved very popular with nearly half of all entrants qualifying by the Shepway Test. OFSTED March 2016, Outstanding, up from Good. Popularity increasing as it attracts boys from towards and including Ashford. 

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  Offers
Offered
Under
Shepway
Test
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2016 150 150 72 165 19
2017 150 173 61 146 27
2018 150 150 68 152 6
2019 150 150 62 148 24
2020 150 150 64 161 25
2021 150 150 52 156 10

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 30 5
2015 23 5
2016 41 5
2017 36 32
2018 42 4
2019 35 5
2020 51 6
The school operates its own Independent Appeals Panel which appears to operate very professionally. 
In 2017, the school decided it could add an additional form of entry, hence the one off sharp increase in successful appeals. 
For 2019 appeals, three of the six boys already selective who appealed on oversubscription grounds were successful. 
For 2020 appeals six of the 23 boys already selective who appealed on oversubscription grounds were successful. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Attain 8
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2017  0.44(AA)  63.2  85%
2018  -0.05 (A)  59.3  76%  -0.16(BA)
2019 0.27 (AA) 62.4 73%  0.01(A,79,B,64)

 

OFSTED RECORD
  Inspection Type Outcome
Mar 2016 Full Outstanding
Sep 2011  Full Good

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Hayesbrook School Became an Academy in 2012. OFSTED Jan 2017 Good again. Sharp fall in popularity for 2015 and 2016 entry,  in spite of its high GCSE performances at that time, fourth best in Kent. Academically slipped sharply since then. Member of the Brook Learning Trust, about whom I wrote a critical article in 2017. Issues include for 2017: Fourth highest vacancy rate in Year Seven; second lowest percentage of first choices (and for 2019); fourth highest proportion of LAAs (third highest in 2018); fourth highest drop out rate Year 7 to 11 (2018-19).  All variables even lower for 2019 including academic performance. Highest proportion of pupils offered places in March 2019 vanished by October census at 45%.  Many of these would have been from the 55 LAAs. See entry for High Weald, also in the Brook Trust belowFalling out problems appear to have vanished 2019-20.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
LAAs Vacancies
2016 151 53 4  84
2017 151 55 36 35 
2018 151 56 57  1
2019 151 47 55  21
2020 151 54 56 18
2021 151 51 51 3

Number of LAAS continues to rise.

 No appeals for school places 2014-17 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Prog 8 Attain 8
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2017  -0.12(A)  43.8  39%
2018 -0.28(BA) 39.7 29% -0.9(WBA)
2019 -0.71(WBA) 37.1 23% 0.14(A,30,C,10) 

 

OFSTED RECORD
  Inspection Type Outcome
Jan 2017 Short Good
Jun 2013 Full Good

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Hereson School Combined with Ellington School to form Ellington and Hereson School

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Herne Bay High School Was completely rebuilt under BSF. Converted to an Academy 2012. Very popular school. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 258 251 48
2017 265 305 52
2018 265 274 19
2019 265 305 55
2020 272 329 68
2021 272 249 34

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2015 9 4
2016 11 3
2017 25 9
2018 0 0
2019 19 14
2020 50 14
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8 Attain 8
 % Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2017 -0.36 (BA) 37.4 26%  
2018 -0.33(BA) 38.0 18% 0.18(AA)
2019 -0.43 (BA) 39.2 26% 0.46(WAA.92,C,45)

OFSTED RECORD
Mar 2014 Good
Jan 2018  Good

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Hextable School  became Oasis Hextable Academy and has now closed. 

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Highsted Grammar School Sittingbourne. 

Outstanding School according to OFSTED in 2009 and according to policy until recently changed, not inspected again. Became an academy in 2012 Introduced the Highsted Test in 2016 for 2017 entrance as an alternative and equivalent requirement to a Kent Test pass. The Test comprises: a computer-based test to assess verbal ability, numeracy and non-verbal reasoning; and an English paper to assess reading and writing skills. No parallel test at Borden Grammar the boys' equivalent, so there will be a discrepancy in ability range across the two schools.

A net loss of 20% of cohort from Year 11-12 in 2017 and 2018 is one of the highest for a Kent grammar school. Like some other girls' grammars, some will have been tempted across to the boys' equivalent, Borden. At 34% in 2020 third highest in Kent. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN  Offers
Offered
Under Highsted Test
1st prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2016 120 111 0 110 0 9 
2017 120 120 26 121 1 0 
2018 120 142 38 127 0 8 
2019 150 131 29 131  0 12 
2020 150 147 27 144 0 3
2021 150 123 33 123 0 17

 In 2017 just filled to 120 girls even with the 26 Highsted Test passes (but see appeals below), but for 2018 put on an extra form of entry. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 26 20
2015 32 18
2016 27 18
2017 52 33
2018 18 13
2019 22 19
2020 32 11

Independent Appeals Panel Administrator (non-KCC).

Highest rate of success at appeal for any grammar school in Kent 2019

PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8 Attain 8
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2018  0.5(WAA)  66.9  97%  -0.13(BA)
2019 0.16 (A) 62.6 72%  -0.34(A,96,C+,93)

 Note: Previous performance data accidentally deleted. 

 

OFSTED RECORD
Feb 2009 Outstanding
Nov 2005 Outstanding

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Highworth Grammar School. Admissions have seen a seesaw effect, from some years before 2014 to 2019. OFSTED 2013 - Outstanding (again). Became an Academy 2011.  Tends to nearly fill and increases Admission number to fit, with historically room for a number of successful appeals, for girls who have not passed the Kent Test. Ashford is going through a rapid housing expansion, so demand will only increase. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs not offered
Vacancies
2016 184 170 0 4
2017 192 146 0 31 
2018 210 200 0 2 
2019 210 182 0  21
2020 210 200 2 0
2021 210 204 3 0

 Official PAN has been 184, but has taken in extra girls when demand was highest, rising to its peak this year. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 36 9
2015 59 22
2016 46 21
2017 53 36
2018 56 23
2019 75 45
2020 81 17
 
2020 Appeals for the school were 'Paper Based'.
 
KCC Appeal Panel. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog8 Attain 8
%Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2017 0.74 (WAA) 46.4 89%  
2018 0.98(WAA) 71.1 95% -0.05(A)
2019 1.04 (WAA) 73.1 95%  0.07(A,230,B,225)

2017 GCSE performance strong in grammar school terms, improved further for 2018.

For 2019 at GCSE second for Progress 8 in the county, and fifth for Attainment 8 

OFSTED RECORD
Jun 2013 Outstanding
Mar 2009 Outstanding

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 High Weald Academy, previously The Angley School, Cranbrook. Last of Kent's 'Thameside High Schools'. This means it was technically comprehensive for years 7 & 8 with transfer of the ablest pupils to Cranbrook School at 13+. Cranbrook is now recruiting 60 day pupils at age 11 so this concept is dead. September 2012, became a Sponsored Academy with Brook Academy Trust. Three Ofsteds Require Improvement; two Monitoring Inspections find school was taking Effective Action to improve matters. Back in 2013 I asked, is it still viable?  No sign of improvement since, although a regular turn over of headteacher as sponsors The Brook Learning Trust sought to solve the problems. The school was further hit by the opening of  Hadlow Rural Community College with some other Cranbrook children travelling to Tenterden to avoid it. 42% of the children offered places at the school were not there by the October census 2019, second highest in Kent, only beaten by Hayesbrook School, also run by the Brook Trust. My critical article about the Brook Learning Trust identifies major problems with allocation, fall out, LAAs and academic performance, two years ago, which have not improved at High Weald and Hayesbrook .  School being completely rebuilt which should improve matters, but highest vacancy rate in Kent 2020 suggests the message has not been received. 

 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st 
preferences
LAAs Vacancies
2016 150 64 7 75 
2017 150 66 20 57 
2018 150 40 32 64 
2019 150 51 42 49
2020 150 55 32 54
2021 150 56 5 or less 72

 No appeals 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8 Attain 8
 % Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2017 -0.38 (BA) 35.9 22%  
2018 -0.61(WBA) 33.5 14%  -0.92(WBA)
2019 -0.69 (WBA) 32.0 10%  n/a

 

OFSTED RECORD
Inspection Type Outcome
Apr 2019 Full Requires Improvement
Jul 2018 Monitoring Effective Action Taken
Oct 2016  Full Requires Improvement
Oct 2014  Monitoring  Effective Action Taken
Jul 2014  Full Requires Improvement
May 2011 Monitoring Good Progress
Sep 2010 Full Notice to Improve (Inadequate)

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Hillview School for Girls. Became an Academy February 2012. Regularly oversubscribed.  All appeals successful in some but not all years, including 2013. OFSTED Mar 18 - Good Again. Consistently amongst the highest performing non-selective schools in Kent. Has had an excellent reputation for many years, but this appears to have grown further for 2020, as signalled by the large number of admission appeals (below) and the second-highest non-selective staying on rate to the Sixth form in Kent in 2020. This is aided by 70 students joining the Sixth from other schools, including 30 from grammar and private schools. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st Prefs not offered Vacancies
2016 208 167 0 0 
2017 208 175 3 0
2018 240 205 13 0 
2019 240 223 31 
2020 240 263 64 0
2021 240 152 23 0

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 1 0
2018 0 0
2019 0 0
2020 25 1


Although school fills on allocation, it will lose girls to grammar school appeals. In most years the school starts off with waiting lists and appeals, but these are manageable enough to be usually resolved by offers and wastage before appeals heard. Dramatic change in 2020. 

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8 Att 8
 % Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2014 n/a n/a  62%  
2015 n/a n/a 61%  
2016 n/a n/a
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.11 (A) 44.6 43%
2018 0.44(AA) 47.6 33% -0.03(A)
2019 0.20(A) 47.1 38% 0.13(AA,108,C+,81)

 

OFSTED RECORD
  Inspection Type Outcome
Mar 2018 Short Good 
Dec 2012 Full Good

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Holmesdale School Snodland.  OFSTED Feb 2018, Special Measures down from Good in 2014. Completely rebuilt under PFI scheme 2008, so has been unable to apply to become an academy for financial reasons. I wrote in 2016: 'Popularity is declining sharply and there were plenty of spaces for 2013 entry for this previously oversubscribed school, rising to 49 for 2014 and 55 for 2015, even before appeals elsewhere. Question: Why, with two consecutive good OFSTED's and new local housing developments, is its popularity plummeting? I have asked this question ever since the OFSTED, without a convincing answer'. My March 2018 article supplies many of the answers, the current Year 11 cohort having lost over a third of its Year 11 cohort since joining the school in Year 7, way ahead of any other Kent school showing massive parental dissatisfaction with amongst other matters rapidly falling GCSE performances. An Ofsted Monitoring Inspection in July 2018 found that 'leaders and managers are not taking effective action towards the removal of special measures'. A subsequent  article, December 2018 brought the sorry story up to date with the headteacher walking away from the disaster. Swale Academies Trust now runs the school successfully (October 2019), although it cannot become an academy because of PFI.  A further article here demonstrates more mismanagement by KCC. Much improved GCSEs 2019 .

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
LAAs Vacancies Medway Offers
2016 180 123 1 46  39
2017 180 67 18 75  24
2018 180 75 22 52  23
2019 180 61 56  52  23
2020 180 73 70 25 22
2021 180 68 36 64 12

 Numbers include a large number from Medway.

 No Appeals 2014-2020

PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8 Att 8
 % Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2017 -0.7 (WBA) 36.8 21%
2018 -0.86(WBA) 34.3 16% -0.17(A)
2019 -0.36 (BA) 39.2 21 0.18(A,3,-,NE)

OFSTED RECORD
  Inspection Type Outcomes
Jul 2018
Monitoring Visit
Leaders and managers
not taking effective action towards
the removal of special measures
Feb 2018 Full Special Measures
Mar 2014 Full Good
May 2011 Full Good

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Homewood School, Tenterden. Academy. Largest school in Kent., Now lead school in the Tenterden Schools Trust, incorporating Homewood and its four local primary school. All a strong arrangement, provided you don't fall out with the Trust. Admits 20% of its children by ability, no matter where they live, but currently irrelevant as the school's expansion means all can be accommodated. The headteacher was Sally Lees, previously Head of Dover Grammar Boys which was an interesting appointment, given Homewood's implacable opposition to grammar schools over the past decade or more, but perhaps indicative of its academic aspirations.  She resurrected the schools previous excellent reputation and popularity. However, GCSE Progress poor over the past three years, and so the school was classified as Coasting. So, Ofsted Sep 2019 Requires Improvement, but Mrs Lees has moved on to become CEO and the new headteacher not keen on talking to media to offer an explanation.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs not offered

LAAs

Vacancies
2016 390 331 6 0 0 
2017 410 296 0 5 47 
2018 420 324 0 7 33 
2019
420
344
0 19
2020 440 321 0 38 0
2021 420 245 0 17 77

 When there was oversubscription, well worth waiting list and going for appeal - all applicants who  persevered have been catered for. 

No appeals heard 2014-20 

PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8 Att 8
 % Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2017 -0.49 (BA) 37.3 24%
2018 -0.4 (BA) 37.5 23% 0.07(A)
2019 -0.4 (BA) 37.8 28% 0.24(AA,131,C-,41)

 

OFSTED RECORD
  Inspection Type Outcome
Sep 2019 Full Requires Improvement
May 2017 Short Good
Sep 2012 Full Good 

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Hugh Christie School, Tonbridge. Rebuilt under PFI.  OFSTED Dec 2017 - Good again. Popularity has picked up as Hayesbrook (above) has declined. Disappointing Progress over past three years has seen the school classified as Coasting.  A reminder of the inadequacies of using such data is provided by the school: 'For other schools in Kent with between 30% and 40% disadvantaged pupils, our progress 8 is above average. Our Attainment 8, EBACC and Grade 4 English and Maths are amongst the best. We do not off-roll students and do retain a significant number of outliers who are being educated elsewhere for various reasons. The ASD unit also has an impact, with children being placed there in Years 10 and 11 with little chance of making significant gains in their progress'. Sharp fall in GCSE performance 2019.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st Prefs Not Offered LAAs Vacancies
2016 165 118 0 20 0 
2017 195 136 0 30 3 
2018 165 128 0 8 2 
2019 165 151 18 0 0
2020 165 121 0 17 3
2021 180 100 0 27 2

 No appeals heard 2014-18

APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2019 1 0

PERFORMANCE DATA
Prog 8 Att 8
 % Level 5
Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress
2017 -0.28 (BA) 39.2 31%
2018 -0.33(BA) 39.2 26% -0.47(BA)
2019 -0.66 (WBA) 35.8 24%  -0.59(WBA,31,D,9))

 

OFSTED RECORD
Dec 2017 Good
Jan 2014 Good
Feb 2012 Good

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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 09:45

Individual School Information - G

updated October 2020 September 2021 Allocation Data included 

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 2020 Appeals Outcomes here. GCSE and A-Level results for 2020 are not being published because of the nature of the assessments. For Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2019 GCSE scores go here for an 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.  

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 Goodwin Academy.  Now an academy sponsored by Thinking Schools Academy Trust, operating in new £25 million premises and delivering successfully.  

OFSTED Outstanding school, June 2011. Became a 'new' Academy, on 1st October 2010 under its previous name, Castle Community College. For 2013 entry, it then absorbed the failing Walmer Science College, and was awarded major government funding for a rebuild on its own site. The disgraced Lilac Sky Schools Academy Trust was brought in to support the school, but only managed to drag it downhill. Achieved worst GCSE resultsin the county summer 2013. Dramatic fall from grace in March 2014, OFSTED placing the School in Special Measures, down from Outstanding. Some excerpts from Report placing major blame on leadership and management, the HT leaving soon afterwards, but appointed to a senior role with Lilac Sky. Article hereThree questions then, but still valid: (1) where have all the children gone to, this was the amalgamation of two schools that in 2013 had 163 children offered places at this time, now down to 88 (2015). Where have they all gone? (2) Can the school financially survive? (3) The perpetual question, who is to be held accountable for this disaster? Apart from the head who was removed, as an academy is its own master the governors bore a heavy responsibility but will never have to pay for their incompetence.  Following the disgrace, taken over byThe SchoolsCompany Trust who became sponsors in 2016, in spite of poor performance. This turned out to be a disaster with SchoolsCompany financial dealings taking them into ruin, as explained here. Further financial details hereThe Trust has now been disbanded, with its funds and the £700,000 stabilisation part of the £3 million deficit being written off. Goodwin Academy has been taken over by TSAT, a large, aggressive and controversial Trust, but which generally runs its schools successfully. It has kept the headteacher who turned the school round over the past three years and which is now becoming a popular choice.
 
You will find little about the history of SchoolsCompany and especially its owner on the internet, as it appears to have vanished, my previous articles being the main record. Also, unusually I can find no trace of past OFSTED Reports, including the February 2016 Full Report, anywhere.
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN  1st prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2016 180 73 0 61
2017 180 84 0 77
2018 210 174 0 14
2019 180   143 0  7
2020 180 171 5 0
2021 180 132 0 9
 
2014 - 2020 - no appeals for school admission.
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress  8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or above
Eng & Maths
KS5 Progress
Score
2016 -0.09 42.3    
2017 -0.32 (BA) 37.4 17%

-0.32(A)

2018 -0.59(WBA) 34.3 19%  -0.91 (WBA)
2019 -0.69 (WBA) 33.9 17%
-0.54(BA,35,D,3) 

OFSTED RECORD
Feb 2016 Requires Improvement
Mar 2014 Special Measures
Jun 2011 Outstanding

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Gravesend Grammar School.   Pressure on places increasing year on year with the expansion of Ebbsfleet Garden City, and the four Dartford Grammars generally not taking in Ebbsfleet children. or 2016, having offered 43 of its 174 places to out of county applicants as a result of the increase in numbers, there were no places offered on appeal. 28 of the 63 non-selective were found to be selective and placed on a waiting list. However, after the appeals had been heard, 13 boys were subsequently offered places with the year group increasing in size to 180. A similar picture emerged for 2017, and as a result, the school cut its intake back to 150 in 2018, with few out of county places being offered, probably mainly to siblings. Simultaneously 42 extra Gravesham boys passed the Kent Test for 2018 entry, producing additional pressure on places. A new headteacher, Malcolm Moaby was appointed headteacher in 2018, having spent most of his career at the school, with Sarah Tremain, deputy head, having been a 'lifer', both of whom I appointed to the school for their first post. Popularity increased massively in the same year. Amongst the highest staying on rate in the county, with 80% of boys continuing into the Sixth Form with 39 students joining from other schools to bring roll back to PAN.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN  1st preferences 1st prefs not offered Out of County Offers 
2016 174 115 2 43
2017 174 118 1 45
2018 150 173 23 8
2019 174 167 16 5
2020 210 185 10 12
2021 210 160 5 26

2017 saw just 118 first preferences, although the school filled with lower-order choices, including out of county boys, offering places to 43. 14 of these lived in Thurrock, presumably planning to cross the Thames on the passenger ferry. The school is clearly unhappy with the out of county situation and reduced its intake to 150 for 2018 entry. For September 2017, all but one grammar qualified boys placing the school in first place were offered places. Pressure has seen intake rise again to 174 for 2019 entry, but nearly all Kent boys. The school has received funding for a major expansion and saw the capacity increase to 210 for 2020 entrance. Also for 2020, eight of the 12 ooc boys came from Thurrock, the oversubscription criteria giving priority on distance grounds straight across the river. This has changed for 2021 entry.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 36 16
2015 40 16
2016 61 0
2017 38 7
2018 81 14
2019 64 15
2020 92 14

 For 2018,  13 of the 40 boys found selective were offered places, the others were placed on a waiting list.  

For 2019 all 15 upheld were from Kent. 39 placed on waiting list, 37 selective from out of area, 2 NS.

For 2020, all 14 successful appeals were from local boys who had not initially been found successful. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8 % 5A*-C (inc Eng and Maths)
KS5 Progress
Score
2014 n/a n/a  98  
2015 n/a n/a 95  
2016 0.19 65.4 Grade 5 or above Eng & Maths  
2017 0.19 (A) 63.3 92% -0.06(A)
2018 0.45(AA) 67.8 95%  0.01 (A)
2019 0.54 (WAA) 67.4 95% -0.06(A,166,C+,161) 

 

OFSTED RECORD
Jan 2015 Outstanding
May 2012 Good

 

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - E-F

Updated October 2020. September 2021 Apllocion data included

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 2020 Appeals Outcomes here. GCSE and A-Level results for 2020 are not being published because of the nature of the assessments. For Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2019 GCSE scores go here for an 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 AcademyNews: The Brook Learning Trust, which currently runs Ebbsfleet Academy, is to be taken over by the Leigh Academy Trust. 

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
2021 150 58 0 47 18

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 a 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 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. The school has now appointed its sixth new headteacher in just over three years.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 school's 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. Since Dr Saxton's departure, the proportion of exclusions has fallen dramatically, from 1121 in 2017-18 to 128 in 2019-20. 

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. This was agreed for September 2020. 

 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
2021 270 102 0 51 57

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
2021 204 171 0 87 20
 
 
 
 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. Picked up 37 Sixth form students from other schools in 2020, including 27 from Borden and Highsted grammar 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
2021 210 310 134

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

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2016 59 7
2017 47 6
2018 42 5
2019 76 6
2020 49 8

 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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