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Thursday, 28 January 2021 17:47

Kent Test and Headteacher Assessment for Entry in September 2021: Further Analysis

District Variation in Passes
The table below shows the pattern of success in the Kent Test and by HTA across Kent’s 14 Districts for children in state schools, as well as highlighting variation in the success rate of boys and girls. More children will be offered places at six individual grammar schools through Local Tests (348 in 2020), see below. 
 
District Performance for Kent Test 2020 District Performance for Kent Test 2019  
District
Automatic
Passes
%
HTA
Success
%
Total
Success
%
Automatic
Passes
%
HTA
Success
%
Total
Success
%

  B G T B G T B G T B G T B G T B G T
Sevenoaks 27 28 27 3 6 5 30 34 32 27 26 27 4 6 5 32 32 32
Tunbridge
Wells
27 28 27 3 5 4 30 32 31 28 26 27 2 5 4 31 31 31
Dartford 22 22 22 4 5 5 26 28 27 24 24 24 3 6 5 28 31 29
Tonbridge
& Malling
22 24 23 3 5 4 26 29 27 22 22 22 4 5 5 27 27 27
Canterbury
18 16 17 7 10 9 26 27 26
17
17
17
10
10
10
28
26
27
Maidstone 17 19 18 6 7 7 23 27 25 21 18 19 6 7 7 27 25 26
Ashford 18 18 18 5 8 6 23 26 24 17 16 17 5 6 5 22 23 22
Gravesham 17 17 17 4 6 5 21 23 22 19   16 18 5 8 7 24 24 24
Thanet 14 13 13 6 7 7 20 20 20 14 14 14 9 9 9 21 15 23
Swale 13 13 13 5 7 6 19 20 20 16 11 14 6 10 8 23 21 22
Folkestone
& Hythe
15 13 14 4 5 4 19 18 19 17 11 14 4 4 4 21 15 18
Dover 13 9 11 6 7 6 18 17 18 14 10 12 8 9 8  21 19 20
Total 18 18 18 5 7 6 23 25 24 20 18   19 6  7  6 25  25 25
 

 At the head of the District table, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells maintain their positions and pass rates from 2019 with almost identical data. Dartford maintains its position in spite of a fall in performance, although with a different social profile to the West Kent schools. Canterbury continues to perform well, with its tradition of allowing the highest proportion of girls in the county through on HTA, which dates back to an influential previous headteacher.

Children in the Ashford District are the only ones to have seen a significant increase in performance on the Kent Test itself for some reason, possibly related to the large housing developments in the area.

However, at the foot of the table, Dover, Thanet, Swale and Gravesham have all fallen, the pass rate being down by eight to ten per cent in each case. This is almost certainly down to the higher level of disadvantage in these areas.

The situation in Thanet is especially worthy of comment, with non-selective education still in a state of turmoil, containing the two most over-subscribed N/S schools in the county, and the two most unpopular. One consequence of this is the pressure on families to evade the problem by chasing grammar school places. For 2020 admission a solution was to create a higher number of selective children by increasing HTA numbers. This created unmanageable pressure on the two grammar schools, and the figures have fallen back again for 2021 admission. A new school was to be opened in 2021, then 2022, now 2023, in an attempt to resolve the problems, although its website indicates no progress since a planning consultation last August. I have written extensively on this matter, most recently here, and specifically about grammar schools here.

Next:  Individual School Performance, and Local Tests


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