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Peter Read

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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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - D

 Updated October 2020, 2021 Allocation Data 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 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. 


Dane Court Grammar School.
Both Thanet Grammar Schools are mixed, out of a total of five across Kent and Medway. Last full Ofsted in 2007 found the school Outstanding. Highest proportion of grammar school Fixed Term Exclusions in Kent 2018-19. The school is one of four in Kent and Medway which take the International Baccalaureate instead of A-Level and, like two of the others, loses some students at Sixth form level as a consequence, in September 2020, thirty to Chatham & Clarendon (article on Sixth Form movement in progress). 
 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN  Offers
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2016  165  164  162  0
2017  165 165  178 13
2018  165  175  180  7
2019 165 165  194  29
2020 165 165 213 50
2021 165 158 158 0

 There was an exceptionally high Kent Test pass rate for 2020 entry, hence the large number of first preferences created and turned down. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014  54  8
2015  76 16
2016  71 15
2017  70 19
2018 56 6
2019 68 21
2020 51 6
 
For 2020, 3 appellants were grammar qualified but only one was offered a place. 2020 Appeals were 'Paper-Based'. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng)
A Level
Progress Scores
2017 0.06 62 n/a  0.39(WAA)
2018 0.00(A) 63.0 84%
 International
Baccalaureate
2019 0.04 (A)  63.5 85%

Second Highest Progress Score at A Level in Kent (highest grammar school), for 2017, based on a small number of subject entries with most students taking solely IB.  

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

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Dartford Grammar School
Regularly the most oversubscribed school in the county, with enormous pressure coming from London Boroughs.  Takes the International Baccalaureate,  and The Middle School Years Baccalaureate already, and so follows a broad academic curriculum. There is a limit on the number of 'local' boys to 90 boys being accepted, which was reached each year. complaint to the Schools Adjudicator when the new Admission Rules were set up, was turned down partly on the basis that few local boys would be disadvantaged on this basis.This is clearly untrue and the school can no longer be regarded as 'local', chasing high ability boys. For September 2016, 81 ooc students were offered places, for 2017 it was 80.  Sixth Form, the largest in county, and biggest increase over Year 11. At the 2019 census, Year 12 was 305 boys and girls, from a base of 150 in Year 11.  No Ofsted since conversion to academy in 2012, as it is an Outstanding Academy. 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2016 180 355 226
2017 180 413 257
2018 180 460 313
2019 180 476 336
2020 180 551 409
2021 180 489 355

 An interesting insight from a Freedom of Information Request in 2020:

From the Dartford Grammar School offers made on Secondary National Offer Day 2018, eight were rejected by applicants and five were offered back out in Kent County Council’s reallocation process on 25th April. The difference between these two numbers for a school can be attributed to different causes such as the finalisation of an Education, Health and Care Plan naming that school or errors in the admissions process resulting in offers being made over the intake number that would prevent further regular offers being made until the number fell back below the planned intake. All of the offers rejected and offered back out were to children living outside of Kent.
 
Aggregate Pass Score
 
County Pass 
Aggregate
Local  Outer
2018 320 358 383/4
2019 320 369 391
2020 330 379 399
2021 322 381 401

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 116 3
2015 64 6
2016 103 6
2017 116 3
2018 129 4
2019 130 6
2020 134 5
 
 
I don't see the number of appeals reducing, or the success rate increasing in the near future. For the 2019 appeals, all those upheld had previously passed the Kent Test, probably with high scores.  
For 2020, of the 108 grammar qualified appellants, five appeals were upheld. None who had not passed were successful. 2020 Appeals were 'Paper-Based'.
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
A Level
Progress Scores
2017 0.78 73.8 n/a -0.24(A)
2018 0.93(WAA) 73.3 97%  n/a (as IB)
2019 0.75 (WAA) P 74.3 96%  International
Baccalaureate
 
But KS 5(A Level) Progress measured according to International Baccalaureate in 2017.
GCSE Progress 8 ninth highest in Kent 2019
 
 OFSTED RECORD 
  Type of Inspection Outcome
2011 Interim Sustained
2008  Full Inspection  Outstanding
 
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Dartford Grammar School for Girls
The school  approved new admission criteria for 2015 entry, expanding to 160 girls, but setting an initial limit of 100 for girls living in local parishes.  After that places are awarded to highest scorers, wherever they reside. OFSTED  June 2016- Outstanding. complaint to the Schools Adjudicator when the new Admission Rules were set up, was turned down partly on the basis that few local girls would be disadvantaged on this basis.This is clearly untrue. For 2016 admission there was a cut off for inner area girls living in named parishes for the first time as the 100 girls offered places were required to score 333. The cut off for the remaining out of area girls, after children in care and siblings were offered, was 363, so that for the first time a number of grammar qualified girls living near to the school will not have been offered places. For 2018, inner was 341, ooc 385, falling to 383 on second round.
 
Converted to an Academy late, in June 2017.
  
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN  Offers
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2016 180 180 275 119
2017 180 180 345 188
2018 180 180 300 153
2019
180 180
379
230
2020 180 180 404 246
2021 180 180 353 198

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

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 46 8
2015 57 7
2016 79 3
2017 93 0
2018 71 2
2019 91 0
2020 76 7
 
Yes, that is correct. No successful appeals for 2017 or 2019.
 
In 2020, of the 54 grammar qualified appellants, seven appeals were upheld.  None who were not initially qualified were successful. 2020 Appeals were 'Paper-Based'.  
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Scores
2014 n/a n/a   99%  
2015 n/a n/a  
2016
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 0.66 69.7 n/a 0.04(A)
2018 0.74(WAA) 73.2 97% -0.09(A)
2019 1.09 (WAA) 75.3 98% -0.08(A,158,B-,149) 
 
Highest GCSE Progress 8 in Kent 2019
 
 
 OFSTED RECORD 
  Type of Appeal Outcome
2011 Full Inspection Outstanding
2011  Full Inspection  Good
 
 
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Dartford Science and Technology College. 
The only single sex school in Dartford, after a boys' non-selective school closed many years ago. Ofsted Mar 2017 - again Good. One of few Kent secondary schools chosen to remain with the Local Authority.    
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs not offered
Vacancies
2016 145  97 0 10
2017  150 150 0 0
2018 150 155 23 0
2019 150 169 40 0
2020 150 122 5 0
2021 150 107 8 0

Furthest Distance offered on allocation in miles                                        

2019

2018

2017

Dartford STC

1.869

2.903

5.918

There were no appeals: 2014-2017

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

In 2020 there were fewer than five appeals. As a result, KCC who managed them has not released data. 2020 Appeals were 'Paper-Based'. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
A Level
Progress Scores
2017 -0.27 39.1 n/a -0.15(A)
2018 -0.02(A) 41.1 31%  -0.55(BA)
2019 -0.25(A) 41.8 38%  -0.33(BA,30,C-,8)
 
 
 OFSTED RECORD 
  Type of Inspection Outcome
2017 Full Inspection Good
2012  Full Inspection  Good
 
 
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Dover Christ Church Academy
Replaced Archer's Court Maths and Computing College and opened in September 2010 as an academy. It is sponsored by Christ Church University, Canterbury, along with Kent County Council and the two Dover Grammar schools. Most recent Ofsted March 2019 - Requires Improvement, for fourth time, so comes under the Ofsted Category of stuck schools. A new principal and assistant vice-principal were appointed in September 2017 and 'Since being appointed, the principal has transformed the school. The curriculum is now broad and balanced. A range of strategies have been put in place to improve teaching and pupils’ progress. Staff morale is high. Almost all staff feel well supported and are committed to improving the school'. Suffers loss of more able pupils because of the high proportion in the area going to grammar schools through Dover Test. Nevertheless, GCSE performance not bad, although weighed down by results from the Aspen Centre, attached to the school which is the District Specialist Provision, within the school for secondary aged students with an EHC plan identifying their profound, severe and complex learning needs.  Appears to be winning the popularity contest across the three Dover N/S schools. 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st
prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2016  145 104 0 23
2017 160 167 37 0
2018 150 117 0 8
2019 150 118 0 11
2020 180 159 4 0
2021 180 131 6 0

There were no appeals 2014-2018 

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

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

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

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

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS
(see notes)
PAN 
Offers
Offered under Dover Test
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2016  150 127 88 119  0 0
2017  150 138 105 145  0 0
2018 150 150 100 139 10 0
2019 150  138  99 134  0 0
2020 150 127 64 106 0 23
2021 150 144 95 118 0 6

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

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

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

For 2019 entry, 37 boys qualified through Kent Test, 101 through Dover Test. 2020 entry, 63 boys qualified through Kent Test, 64 through Dover Test.

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014  23 12
2015  17 14
2016  23 7
2017 20 6
2018 16 2
2019 9 4
2020 21 14

2020 Appeals were 'Paper-Based'.   

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

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

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

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Dover Grammar School for Girls.OFSTED Nov 2013: Outstanding - as in 2007.Admission is either by the Dover Test (for boys and girls) or the Kent Test, children also being able to take both. The Dover test comprises VR, NVER, maths and English and pass is by an aggregate score. The Dover Test is not recognised by KCC as valid for entrance to any other grammar school and a pass has not generally been considered a valid case by Independent Appeal Panels for other grammar schools. 

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

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
(see notes)
PAN  Offers Offered under Dover Test
1st
pref
1st prefs
not offered
2016 130  130  71 146 25
2017 140  144 88 142 7
2018 140 147 80 140 9
2019 140  140  80 156 4
2020 140 140 84 136 1
2021 140 140 95 127 0

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

Note 2: For 2015, 87 of the offers were for Girls who qualified under the Dover Test. The preference data applies to girls who applied with Kent Test passes only. For 2017 entry, 88 of the 140 offers went to girls who passed the Dover Test only.  For 2018, 80 of the 140 offers went to girls who passed the Dover Test only.  For 2019, 84 of the 140 offers went to girls who passed the Dover Test only. For 2020, 84 of the 140 offers again went to girls who passed the Dover Test only. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 46 8
2015 26 12
2016 24 14
2017 12 3
2018 21 10
2019 31 5
2020 15 4

  In 2020, there were fewer than five grammar qualified girls who appealed. One of these was upheld. 2020 Appeals were 'Paper-Based'. 

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

  

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

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

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

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

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

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN  Offers
1st
prefs
1st Prefs not offered Vacancies*
2016  104 36 44 10 68
2017  104 12 25 14 92
2018 104 21 27 10 83
2019 104  25 34  9  79
2020 104 22 26 6 82
2021 104 24 24 6 80
*The 100% Boarding arrangements for this school and its mainly military family intake mean both that some families can apply outside the normal arrangements (hence the discrepancy in figures) and also that some boarding applications are rejected as 'Unsuitable for Boarding', on grounds put forward by the school in a 'Suitability for Boarding Assessment'. Because of the nature of the primarily military intake (mainly NCOs and below), numbers rise significantly year on year.  As an example, the 12 offers in March 2017 (at the height of the controversy), swelled to 46 admitted that September (Schools Census), the same cohort being 60 in October 2018 and 69 in Year Nine, October 2019. They must still rattle around in the new premises built for an intake of 104. 
 
No appeals known of 2014-17

 

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

 

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

24 of the 91 Year 11 pupils did not take GCSE

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

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

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - C

 

updated October 2020, September 2021 allocation figures 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 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 overall 2020 Appeals Outcomes here. GCSE and A-Level results for 2020 are not being published because of the nature of the assessments. You will find 2019 GCSE and A-Level outcomes for each school below. For overall information on the GCSE performance of all Kent schools along with 2019 scores, together with an explanation of Attainment 8 and Progress 8, go here for an explanation, and for A-Levels here.

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

The Canterbury Academy . (previously The Canterbury High School). Is in Federation with Canterbury Primary School, and several sporting centres providing excellent facilities, together forming (slightly confusingly) The Canterbury Academy (a multi-academy trust), set up in 2010. Children at Canterbury Primary (Previously Beauherne Primary) have priority for admission after Children in Care and 15% of places going to children with musical ability. Progress 8 within normal limits.  The school has a unique and massive Sixth Form. As well as a high proportion of internal students for a non-selective school staying on at 58% in 2020, each year Canterbury High admits students from a wide range of other schools, including grammar schools,  totalling 185 for 2020 entry. These included seven from Simon Langton Girls, six from Barton Court, five from Highworth Grammar in Ashford, and five from Dover Boys Grammar. In addition, there were 19 from St Anselm's, 18 from Folkestone Academy, and 15 from the Abbey school, as well as 16 students as part of an overseas programme, homeschooled students, several having moved from other countries,  and others from colleges, and re-starting Year 12. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2015 180 204 47
2016 210 258 76
2017 210 214 33
2018 210 214 35
2019 210 220 33
2020 240 205 5
2021 210 238 87
. PAN increased to 210 for September 2016 admission. For 2017 entry, eventually admitted all who applied and persevered, without appeal. 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 8 8
2015 0 0
2016 11 11
2017 No appeals  
2018 No appeals  
2019 No appeals  
 For 2020 entry, there were appeals, but numbers were less than five, so KCC who managed them, do not release individual data. 2020 Appeals were 'Paper-Based'. 
 
Although oversubscribed, the school expects to lose some students to grammar school appeals. As a result, if unsuccessful, it is worthwhile persisting with an application and appeal, as usually nearly all such efforts prove successful. 
 
  
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2017 -0.04 (A) 42 23% -0.22(BA)
2018 -0.48(BA) 38 25% -0.38(BA) 
2019 -0.51 (WBA) 37.5 25% -0.34(BA,114,D+,58) 
 
 
CANTERBURY OFSTED RECORD
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
Oct 2017 Full Good
May 2016 Monitoring Effective Action
Oct  2015 Full Requires Improvement
Apr 2012 Full Good

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

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs 
not offered
2016 232 164 30
2017 232 198 33
2018 210 214 35
2019 232 219 77 
2020 232 191 37
2021 232 117 21
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 28 4
2015 27 8
2016 15 8
2017 27 5
2018 27 6
2019 32 7
2020 24 6
 
The 2020 appeals were paper based with 5 places offered before the appeals were heard, and 4 withdrawn. 
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2016 -0.14 44.8
2017 -0.21 (BA) 36.8 19% 0.22(A)
2018 -0.66(WBA) 33.9 16%  n/a
2019 -0.90 (WBA) 34.3 14%  n/a

Progress 8 in 2019, fifth lowest in Kent

  

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

 * After Academisation

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

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st Pref
Not Offered
Vacant
places
2016 180 145 0 26
2017 180 142 0 23
2018 180 168 0 0
2019 180 154 0 5
2020 180 179 29 0
2021 180 161 0 16

 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 99 62
2015 136 33
2016 113 47
2017 104 66
2018 82 54
2019 130 18
2020 78 6
 
For 2019 entry an amazing 130 appeals, partly brought about by parents trying to avoid local unpopular non-selective schools. Changed Appeal Panel provider to KCC for 2017 appeals, to increase numbers, as shown by increase. For 2018 the school was indirectly attacked by a neighbouring grammar school headteacher for admitting such a large number through appeals upheld, blaming it on the appeal panel for 'forcing' the school to admit the extra numbers. The consequence was the large fall in the success rate for 2019!
For 2020, three appellants were grammar qualified but none of these were successful.  2020 Appeals were 'Paper-Based'. A much higher proportion of Thanet children were found of grammar school ability, hence the oversubscription and the low number of successful appeals. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2016 0.19 65.0  
2017 -0.23 (BA) 58.2 74% -0.33(BA)
2018 -0.02(A) 61.4 80% -0.40(BA)
2019 -0.08 (A) 62.9 83%  -0.40(BA,241.C-,215)

 

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

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

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Community College Whitstable - now The Whitstable School

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

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
LAAs
Vacant
places
2016 255 196 0 4 6
2017 255 162 0 11 10
2018 255 127 0 11 54
2019 255 144 0 50 0
2020 255 152 0 48 6
2021 210 85   7 77

Popularity has slumped in recent years

2014 - 2018 - no appeals for school admission

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

 

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

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

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

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS At YEAR 7
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2017 30 52 24
2018 60 75 17
2019 60 74 17
2020 60 71 21
2021 60 102 44
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES (year 7)
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2017 10 0
2018 16 2
2019 26 1
2020 31 2
 
For 2018 appeals, one of the 6 children who had been found selective had their appeal upheld.
For 2019 appeals, one of the 8 children who had been found selective had their appeal upheld.  
For 2020 appeals, one of the 9 children who had been found selective had their appeal upheld
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES (year 9)
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 6 1
2015 1 0
2016 0 0
2019 3 0
2020 7 0
 
did not collect Year 9 data for 2017 and 2018
The one appeal for Year 9 in 2019 was unsuccessful
In 2020, all seven Year nine appeals were from grammar qualified children
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5 or 
above Eng & Maths
A Level
Progress Scores
2016 n/a 66.4  
2017
Low
Coverage
63.1 67% 0.09(A)
2018
Low
Coverage
68.4 87% -0.12(BA)
2019 Low Coverage 65.6 86% 0.24(AA,140,B,138) 

Low coverage as 11 plus entry has not reached GCSE. 

Consistently strong GCSE performance.

 

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

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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - B

last updated January 2021, 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 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. 2020 examination performance not reported. 

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

Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury. Mixed. Became a converter academy in 2011.  Worryingly, the school lost 10% of its Year 12 students in 2019 before going into the Upper Sixth, the highest proportion in Kent, as it was in 2017, and third highest in 2018. This pattern is suggestive of off-rolling to improve A Level performance, which would be unlawful. Major expansion of premises taking place 2020.  Lead school of the Barton Court Academy Trust which took over Charles Dickens School in Broadstairs, as a sponsored academy , and is opening the new Barton Manor School on the site of the closed Chaucer Technology School next year. Amongst the lowest staying on rates into the Sixth Form 2020 at just 68%, losing extensively to Simon Langton Boys which has a large (and fairly successful) mushroom Sixth Form. School has looked several times at an annexe including a complete move to Herne Bay, but settled for a major expansion on site after the latter proved unpopular and funding became available. Was unsuccessful again in a bid for an annexe in the 2019 round for expansion of grammar schools. Competes with the two  Canterbury Simon Langton single sex schools, Boys (heavily oversubscribed) and Girls (plenty of vacancies).  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2016 150 106 0 19
2017 150 105 6 0
2018 150 124 13 0
2019 150 126  0 5
2020 150 125 1 0
2021 150 98 0 29
 
 For 2017 entry, cut off distance was 9.1 miles, shrunk considerably for 2018 entry to 6.286 miles. 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 68 14
2015 54 35
2016 74 30  
2017 49 9
2018 74 7
2019 64 12
2020 63 7
For 2018, 6 of the successful appeals were from the 16 appellants qualified for grammar school
For 2019, all appeals were from children initially non-selective. Another 26 were found selective but placed on a waiting list.
For 2020, three grammar qualified boys were all offered place. All other appeals were from non-selective children. Appeals were paper-based, organised by BC's own administrator. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  97  
2015 n/a n/a 94  
2016 0.28 64.6
Grade 5 or above
in Eng & Maths
 
2017 0.55(WAA) 65.44 88%  -0.22(BA)
2018 0.14(A) 64.5 83%  -0.15(BA)
2019 0.09 (A) 62.9 87%  0.02(A,81,B-,72)

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

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

Not surprisingly, by some way the highest staying on figure of any Kent N/S school into the Sixth form in 2020, at 72%, although had room for just 8 students from other schools.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
OOC Allocations
2016 270 249 20 47
2017  270 289  50  48
2018 270 283 49 29
2019 300 347 78  40
2020 300 350 85 41
2021 300 309 80 51
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 41 3
2015 12 1
2016 9 1  
2017 37 1
2018 24 1
2019 39 3
2020 32 0

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

2020 appeals were organised by Education Appeals Dotcom and conducted by video conferencing.

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

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

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

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

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st Prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2016 120 99 0 15
2017 120 116 0 0
2018 120 102 0 2
2019 120 94 0 16
2020 120 116 9 0
2021 159 91 0 38

 2014 - 2018 all first preferences offered

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 35 31
2015 51 33
2016 44 24
2017 40 4
2018 37 10
2019 37 15
2020 45 8
 For 2018, no appellants were initially selective. As well as those whose appeals were upheld, five more boys were found to be of grammar school ability, but placed on a waiting list. 
For 2019, no appellants were initially selective
For 2020, 4 of the 6 selective appeals were upheld. Along with the other two, 13 boys initially non-selective were placed on the waiting list.
PERFORMANCE DATA
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  91  
2015 n/a n/a 94  
2016 0.14 63.9
Grade 5 or above
in Eng & Maths
 
 2017 0.01 (A) 60.6 75%   -0.49(BA)
2018 -0.03(A) 60.1 78%  -0.39(BA)
2019 -0.43 (BA) 55.5 68% -0.37(BA) 

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

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

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2016 252 278 62
2017 288 305 52
2018 235 340 134
2019 235 275 51
2020 256 276 54
2021 235 214 47
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 25 25
2016 12 1
2017 14 1
2018 8 0
2019 19 1
2020 17 0
 
2020 Appeals were 'Paper-Based'. 
  
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  38  
2015 n/a n/a 43  
2016 -0.09 62.0
Grade 5 or above
in Eng & Maths
 
2017 -0.05 (A) 40  29%  -0.23(BA)
2018 -0.32(BA) 38.5 20%  -0.28(BA)
2019 -0.27 (BA) 39.0 20% -0.43(BA,70,D, 19) 
 
Brockhill Ofsted Performance
 
Inspection
Type
Outcome
May 2016 Full Good
Jan 2012 Full Good
Nov 2008 Full Good

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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - A

updated October 2020, With Allocations for September 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 hereFor Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2019 GCSE scores go to here for explanation. 

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

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

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2016
210
164
0
0
2017 230 200 3 0
2018 210 199 12 0
2019 210 179 0 0
2020 210 169 0 0
2021 240 124 0 4

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

2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission

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

 

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

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

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

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
LAAs Vacancies
2016 140 101 6 0 0
2017 150 125 17 0 0
2018 140 96 9 0 0
2019 140 64 0 38 0
2020 170 71 0 66 4
2021 185 33 0 98 1

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

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

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

 

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

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Astor College (A Specialist College for the Arts), Dover.  Became a converter academy in June 2012. 10% of places awarded on ability in the visual arts if it was oversubscribed, which it hasn't been since then. . The school is the lead school of the Dover Federation of the Arts, in conjunction with Shatterlocks Infant School, Barton Junior School and White Cliffs Primary College of the Arts.  OFSTED March-July 2015, after a controversial series of events, when the school was initially placed in Special Measures, it was found to Require Improvement, down from Good.  Given full warning by the government as to its performance in October 2015. Run by controversial Chief Executive Chris Russell, although he retired from his seconded position as Executive Principal of the Duke of York's Royal Military School, also an academy in Dover, in December 2016 and has now retired leaving the school in a difficult place. Suffers from the Dover grammar schools running their own selection tests, which took an additional 148 children away from the non-selective schools. I detect some improvement since then in terms of reputation. Good staying on rate into the Sixth Form 2020. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
LAAs
2016 210 109 86  0
2017 210 101 84  0
2018 210 120 9  0
2019 210 107 88  0
2020 210 90 63 34
2021 210 117 48 18

2018 58 LAAs; No admission appeals. 

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

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

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

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

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Medway
Places
LAAs
Vacant
places
2016
180
120
0
22 7
32
2017 180 104 0 25 28 16
2018 180 80 0 20 46 24
2019 180 118 0 22 25 0
2020 180 144 19 10 0 0
2021 180 161 15 16 0 0
 
 
  
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 5 5
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
 
No appeals 2018-19
According to KCC, there were appeals for admission in September 2020, but they were small in number, less than five, so data was not released. The appeals were 'Paper Based'. 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  37  
2015 n/a n/a 30  
2016
-0.56
41.0
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 -1.05 (WBA) 32.1 9% -0.33(BA)
2018 -0.66 (WBA) 35.3 12% low numbers
2019 -0.43 (BA) 37.3 18%  No entries

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

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

 

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 00:00

SEN Units

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

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

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

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

You will find a summary of Individual Units here.

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

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 00:00

General Information

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

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

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

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

Sorry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special educational provision means:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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