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Thursday, 15 October 2020 10:43

Exclusions in Kent Schools, 2019-20: Astonishment and Predictability.


Other Schools with High Fixed Term Exclusions
Other Schools with High
Fixed Term Exclusions*
Year Number
Num  KR  Num  KR Num  KR
2015-16 750 2nd 625 1st 35 Low 270 4th
2016-17 359 7th 447 2nd 209 7th  269 4th
2017-18  786  2nd  566  3rd 308 6th  232   5th
2018-19  1025  1st  398 4th  198 13th 243  6th 
2019-20 478  4th 402  3rd  432  2nd 272  1st

* Ranking by % of Statutory Roll

Oasis Isle of Sheppey Academy
There appears little new to add to the horror story of Oasis Academy, which I reported on in last year’s Exclusions article. Quite simply, no one in the Trust or school appears to care about its appalling record. Its record of children being removed from the school to receive Elective Home Education (EHE) also continues to be amongst the top two or three worst in the county year on year, as parents continue to believe they can do a better job than the school. Unlike Hartsdown and High Weald which also have a high proportion of EHE, it has no significant Traveller population or, in the case of Hartsdown foreign-born children recently returned to their home countries.
John Wallis CofE Academy
The reasons for this are a mystery to me, except that the record of high exclusions goes on year after year. No other Kent church school comes anywhere near this record, apart from Archbishop’s School whose reputation and performance have been declining rapidly for some years. Academic performance is strong especially for a school in an area where there is considerable social deprivation. Inflicting a strong exclusion policy is clearly deliberate but surely unnecessary.
Astor College and Charles Dickens School
Both are schools serving areas with social deprivation.

 Astor College in Dover also suffering through the very high rate of potentially high performing pupils creamed off through the Dover Test for grammar school selection. I doubt it’s a coincidence that Dover Christ Church Academy is also on the high exclusion list.

Charles Dickens School, which comes marginally behind Astor in the high exclusions table has had a chequered past but was taken over as an academy by Barton Court three years ago. It has also lost popularity this year, from being one of the most oversubscribed schools in the county, brought about by families trying to avoid Hartsdown and Royal Harbour academies. The two factors may be connected.

High Weald Academy
The school has struggled ever since it was academised into the underperforming Brook Learning Trust in 2012. An article looking at the school in 2018  has seen various updates recording its performance on different measures. It is by some way the smallest secondary school in Kent, with fewer than 60 pupils in any year group, and has no sixth form, so it is rather surprising that on average over one in three pupils has had a fixed-term exclusion.
Primary Schools
There are just three Kent primary schools with an exclusion rate of over 10%. Leeds and Bromfield Primary School in Maidstone has the highest exclusion rate with one exclusion for every six pupils, or 16% in a very small and low achieving school. The other two are both struggling schools in Swale, Richmond Academy on the Isle of Sheppey at 13% and Sunny Bank School in Sittingbourne with 11%.

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