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Friday, 29 October 2021 12:03

School Appeals in Kent and Medway 2021


                                          East Kent Non-Selective Schools


Allocation data for September 2021 here

Canterbury Non-Selective Appeals 2021
Appeals Upheld %
Canterbury Academy 25 6 24%
Herne Bay 24 8 33%
St Anselm's 17 11 65%
Whitstable 12  12 100% 

Canterbury Academy, by some way the most popular N/S school in the District, reduced its intake from 240 to 210 in September, the number of appeals rising accordingly. St Anselm's had no appeals last year, but the continued fall from grace of Archbishop's School is putting increasing pressure elsewhere. The opening of the new Barton Manor School next year will change the pattern of admissions and hence of appeals considerably. The Whitstable School continues its revival, upholding all appeals for the second year it has held them for many years. 


Allocation data for September 2021 here

Swale Non-Selective Appeals 2021
  Appeals Upheld %
Fulston Manor 68 0 0%
Westlands 63 4 6%

 The situation in Swale continues to be very difficult as families on the Isle of Sheppey desperately seek places in the two nearest Sittingbourne Schools. As a result, Fulston Manor and Westlands were the two most oversubscribed N/S schools in Kent this year, see article exploring the situation here. The two schools also had by some way the largest number of appeals of any N/S school. However, there was little rescue here, with Fulston packed to capacity on its limited grounds and Westlands having expanded to become the third largest N/S school in the county, with no more room to give over. The third local school, The Sittingbourne School is furthest from the Sheppey bridge, had several appeals scheduled, but the appellants all secured places there or at another school before the hearings took place. The fifth Swale school is Abbey in Faversham, too far away to be affected, but still nearly full. 


Allocation data for September 2021 here 

Thanet Non-Selective Appeals 2021
  Appeals Upheld %
Charles Dickens 24 6 25%
King Ethelbert  34 3 9% 
St George's CofE 22 3 14% 
Ursuline  21  5 24%

These four schools are regularly oversubscribed with first choices, as many parents try and avoid the two less popular N/S schools in Thanet, which had 116 children allocated between them by KCC who had not even applied to the two schools. Many of these will be represented by these appeals, some trying for several schools. Others will have been offered places at Sandwich Technology College and Goodwin Academy in Walmer, neither of which is oversubscribed, so all applicants were accommodated.

Other East Kent Non-Selective Schools

Allocation data for September 2021 Dover and Folkestone & Hythe, follow the links.     

Other East Kent Non-Selective Appeals 2021
  Appeals Upheld %
Brockhill 31 5 16%
St Edmund's Catholic 15 83 53% 
Turner Free 37 6 16%

 Note: 'F' stands for 'fewer than'.

There is no shortage of places in Folkestone & Hythe, or in Dover, all of the vacancies being concentrated on two schools, one in each. The pressure on Brockhill and Turner Free School is created purely by a desire to avoid Folkestone Academy, although TFS is run by the same controversial Turner Schools. The success rate at Brockhill is the highest for some years, with no appeals being upheld in 2020. Three of the six schools in the Dover area were oversubscribed, but only St Edmund's needed to hold appeals, as last year. 

Next Page: Appeals for Non-Selective Mid and Northwest Kent Schools

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