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Tuesday, 20 October 2020 13:57

School Appeals Outcomes 2020, Maidstone - Downsmail 15th October

Update 15 November. I have now published my article looking across the whole of Kent and Medway, also containing a clarification of the Oakwood Park data.

I am in the process of producing a full article analysing school appeals across Kent and Medway, which will be published shortly. Some of the outcomes are posted on the Individual Schools section of my website. I shall get round to all, but am happy to post others on request.

A testing time for parents:

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THE Kent Test, once the 11+, is upon us once more. What happens if your child fails? What happens if your first-choice secondary is oversubscribed? It can be a stressful time for parents. Between May and July every year, around 3,000 school appeal hearings take place in Kent, as families seek to change the schools to which their children were allocated. Some will be looking to win grammar school places, others in oversubscribed non-selective schools and a much smaller number trying again for the primary school of their choice. By way of illustration, 10 secondary schools in the Maidstone area held appeals this year, as follows. 

Appeals

Upheld

% Upheld

Invicta Grammar

79

22

28%

Maidstone Grammar

64

18

28%

MGGS

81

61

69%

Oakwood Park

80

46

58%

Malling

13

7

54%

Maplesden Noakes

42

0

0%

St Augustine

5

0

0%

St Simon Stock

12

0

0%

School of Science & Tech

8

0

0%

Valley Park

4

4

100%*

* At Valley Park, a further 66 children who appealed were offered places in advance.

Kent County Council Appeal Panels also heard cases for 15 local primary schools, all being unsuccessful, bar a small number at St Peter’s Aylesford which had a few spaces to take its intake up to 30.

Coronavirus has affected appeals in two different ways. Previously all cases were held face to face; in 2020 none were. Whilst in some parts of the county appeals were heard by video or telephone conferencing, all the schools in Maidstone used a remote paper-based approach where panels looked at written evidence. It is clear that some non-selective schools successfully argued to Appeal Panels against admitting extra children, foreseeing difficulties with overcrowding and social distancing.  As a result, the success rate across Kent fell from 24% to 15%. Valley Park, the most oversubscribed non-selective school in the county for the second consecutive year, usually offers additional places after the additional allocations. 

Most grammar school appellants have to argue the child is of grammar school ability the success rate falling from 29% to 27%, but some schools were reluctant to expand to meet demand this year with, for example, the Oakwood Park Panel placing some appellants on a waiting list.     

You will find the history of appeal outcomes for every Kent secondary school only at www.kentadvice.co.uk   

Last modified on Sunday, 15 November 2020 23:26

1 comment

  • Comment Link Friday, 23 October 2020 22:09 posted by Leo

    How could VP, oversubscribed, fit in another 70 above PAN? Need the money? PETER: that is how it was recorded to me. However, it is so surprising I went back and checked. But notice the four grammar schools have taken out 147 children mainly from non-selective schools on appeal, and it may be VP are simply plugging gaps, although what they should have done first is taken children from the waiting list rather than the appeals list.

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