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Friday, 27 March 2020 19:27

Oversubscription & Vacancies Kent Grammar Schools 2020


Ashford and Maidstone
This section looks at local grammar schools, but you will find a fuller profile on each school in the Individual  Schools Section of the website. This includes historical patterns of applications, appeals, academic progress and Ofsted records for each school separately. There is an analysis of 2019 Appeals here, and links to various other relevant articles on the front page. I am conscious that many browsers will be looking for information and advice on school appeals, and my specific article on Coronavirus and Appeals is here. At the time of writing, there is no further information on what the procedure will look like. The equivalent 2019 page is here.    
Once again, Maidstone Grammar School is the only one of the six grammars in this area to be oversubscribed for 2020, turning away 60 first choices for its 205 places.

Oakwood Park has filled for the first time in many years, offering all 160 places. The number of first choice boys has risen from 60 to 80 this year, but with 80 lower choices, it is likely to lose some of these to MGS and grammars in West Kent on appeal (one KCC Admissions adviser informed a parent they wouldn’t get a place on appeal because it was full!).  In 2019 when there were just 119 offers, 58% of the 127 appeals were upheld, but this is not likely for 2020.

Norton Knatchbull School, Ashford, made the largest number of offers ever with 187 for its 210 places, as the expansion of the town continues apace. 159 of these were first choices, but with the Maidstone and Folkestone grammars all full, it may have picked up some second choices in the countryside between the towns. The large number of successful appeals in previous years no doubt contributes to the 29% loss of numbers between Years 11 and 12, third highest in of any grammar in Kent. 

Invicta Grammar just filled its 240 places, all 225 first choices being offered. The days when it took in large numbers of girls on appeal have now faded, and last year there were just 22% of appeals upheld out of a total of 89.  

Maidstone Girls’ Grammar continues to lose out in competition with Invicta, offering just three more places than its low of 122 last year for 180 places. There were 111 first choices. In order to improve numbers, the appeal success rate of 66% of the 75 appeals was the second highest in Kent in 2019.

Highworth Grammar offered its capacity 210 places for the first time this year, as the rapid expansion of Ashford continues at full pace. 198 of these were first choices.

Last modified on Thursday, 25 March 2021 12:46


  • Comment Link Thursday, 02 April 2020 23:19 posted by Angry parent

    As a St Nicholas at Wade parent whose child passed the Kent Test with flying colours I still don't know how to explain to them why they are going to Hartsdown, fourth lowest performing school in the country. I thought an 11+ pass guaranteed a grammar school place. PETER: I am afraid it doesn't. KCC has a responsibility to provide sufficient appropriate school places, but this is not an obligation. I am so sorry for you and all the others in the same boat, but have no solution I am afraid. Nothing to stop you going to appeal, but don't hold your breathe.

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