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Saturday, 17 October 2015 18:56

Provisional 2015 GCSE Results for Kent and Medway

Government has made the decision to release provisional GCSE data for all schools this year, to assist parents in making choice of secondary schools. It regards these as a better indicator of final 2015 figures (to be published in January) for the vast majority of schools than the final already published 2014 figures.

However, the figures comes with a caution, which means they should not be taken as gospel: “Changes can be due to the removal of certain pupils, such as those recently arrived from overseas, by schools in the September checking exercise and the addition of late results and re-marks”. As a guide, nationally the average achievement in terms of 5 GCSE including English and maths has fallen from 56.6% 2014 final to 56.1% 2015 provisional, although Kent has fallen from 58.1% to a still above average 56.6%, Medway slipping by the same amount, from 58.8% to 57.2%.

High Weald


Most worrying in Kent is the performance of non-selective schools, with the number failing to reach 30% rising from 8 to 15, although below 40%, the government “floor level” target, it is stable at 24 schools in each year. Medway by contrast has had just one school below 30% in each year, both close to this figure, with a total of four under 40% in both years.

Chatham Boys

Chatham Boys Grammar School


The full tables are here for Kent and Medway, with further individual details below.......

Two outstanding highlights are: High Weald Academy at 58%, eighth best non-selective in Kent, still suffering from unpopularity dating back to its pre academy status as an OFSTED failed school; and Chatham Grammar School for Boys, joint top school in Medway with 99% 5 A-Cs, after two disappointing years as it recovered from being placed in Special Measures, recently achieving an OFSTED Good assessment,  


Grammar Schools

My rule of thumb is that all grammar schools should average at least 98% 5 GCSEs A-C, with an occasional dip as low as 96%, allowing for issues with individual children such as illness. At the top come Dartford Grammar and Folkestone School for Girls with 100%, followed by another ten with 99%: Chatham Boys; Cranbrook; Dartford Girls; Invicta; Judd; Rochester Grammar; Skinners; Tonbridge; Tunbridge Wells Girls; and Weald of Kent. Shockingly, six grammar schools have achieved less than 94%: Dane Court Grammar (second consecutive year) and Dover Grammar School for Boys (not above 94% for at least the past five years), both on 93%; Sir Roger Manwood’s (for the past three years) and Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, Rochester, 92%; Oakwood Park Grammar 91%; and Chatham Grammar Girls 88%.


Kent Non-Selective Schools

As usual the table is dominated by three faith schools: Bennett Memorial Diocesan 70%, (although on a steady decline over the past four years from 86%; St Simon Stock Catholic, 65%; and St Gregory’s Catholic, also down from an average in the 70s over the previous four years, at 64%. Next is a much improved Hayesbrook School at 60%; followed by three schools on 59% - Hillview, Valley Park and Westlands.

As well as High Weald on 58%, other schools with good improvement are: Dartford Science and Technology College, 55%; Ebbsfleet Academy, a school I have previously been highly critical of, and Skinners Kent Academy, both on 53%.

The struggling schools nearly all show a sharp decline over the past few years: Marlowe Academy, 6% (now closed); St George’s CofE Foundation, Thanet, one of the most oversubscribed schools in the county, 12%; Pent Valley Technology College, head removed last Easter, one of the least popular schools in Kent struggling for numbers,  15%; Spires Academy 17%; Ellington and Hereson, and the North, placed in Special Measures two years ago when at 42%, declining ever since, both 23%; Oasis Isle of Sheppey Academy, actually an improvement over the previous year when it was second worst in the county at 19%, 24%; Oasis Hextable Academy, now closed, and Swadelands school, 26%; Astor College, recent controversial OSFTED, received warning letter form the DfE over poor performance, 27%; Community College Whitstable, 28%; and Aylesford, Charles Dickens in Special Measures, Holmesdale Technology College and Malling all on 29%.

Another school in sharp decline is Duke of York’s Royal Military School, its final selective intake achieving 53%, down from 81% two years ago. 2016 will see its first all ability intake as an Academy take GCSE.


Medway Non-Selective Schools

These are led by two schools, both showing good improvement: Thomas Aveling at 58%; and Hundred of Hoo at 54%. Then come four schools, all slipping over the past three years: Howard at 52%; Rainham Girls, 49%; Greenacre 48%; and Walderslade Girls at 41%. Finally, on the government floor standard of 40% is Strood Academy, recovering from being bottom school in Medway on 28% in 2014. The only school under 30% is Robert Napier, on a steady decline with 26%. 

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