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West Kent Non-Selective Schools
 Tunbridge Wells
Allocation data for September 2021 here
Tunbridge Wells Non-Selective Appeals 2021
  Appeals Upheld %
Bennett Memorial 51 4 8% 
St Gregory's Catholic 15 1 7%
Skinners Kent 22 10  45% 

 These are the three N/S schools in the town, the high oversubscription levels and number of appeals underlying the pressure on places, with no plans to expand. The forthcoming closure of High Weald Academy in Cranbrook will only put further pressure on the system. Both Bennett and St Gregory's give priority to church families which will no doubt play a part in the appeal procedure, as the two schools probably seek not to dilute their intake which comes from a wide area around and into East Sussex. However, a few years ago when I was supporting families at appeal, we did achieve success with a set of special circumstances for a non-religious family.  Skinners Kent Academy the only secular school in town does not even stretch its intake to the West of TW, so some if not most of the successful appeals will probably come from that area. 

Other West Kent Non-Selective Appeals

Allocation data for September 2021 for Sevenoaks and Tonbridge & Malling via the links.


West Kent Non-Selective Appeals 2021
  Appeals Upheld %
Aylesford 12 1 8%
Hadlow 7 1 14% 
Knole 31  5 16%
 Trinity 10 10% 

Aylesford School is to the far north of the T & M District, attracting pupils from across the border with Medway in recent years as its popularity has grown. Last year it had a handful of appeals for the first time. I have included oversubscribed Malling and Wrotham schools in the Maidstone section above, as they are in a part of the town. None of the three Tonbridge schools held appeals, although high-performing Hillview School for Girls was initially oversubscribed. Nearby Hadlow, a small and unique school with its specialist rural studies curriculum, benefits from the lack of popularity of Hayesbrook in particular, which was handed over to Leigh Academy Trust in September. I wonder how many parents trying to avoid  Hayesbrook were able to make an appeal case for their son to have an interest in agriculture. 

Both Sevenoaks schools are oversubscribed with Knole Academy is now the third most oversubscribed N/S school in the county, having bitten into Trinity School's popularity over the past two years. Here I suspect that the Appeal Panel will be looking for evidence of Christian faith, reflecting the school's driving force, but such candidates will surely have been selected the first time around.    

The site on which Trinity is set is now also the base for the Annexes of both Weald of Kent and Tunbridge Wells Boys' grammar schools. I can't imagine the traffic issues, especially as the two annexes work through the additional age groups. 

Last modified on Sunday, 31 October 2021 19:50


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