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Displaying items by tag: Abbey

In 2015 Government introduced Phase Two of the Priority School Building Programme, to rebuild or refurbish individual blocks of accommodation at 277 schools using capital grant and are scheduled to hand over by the end of 2023. 13 of these are in Kent and a further two are in Medway. This article looks at progress of the project in the local schools to benefit, which were as follows. Kent Primary schools: Barton Junior; Benenden Church of England Primary; Colliers Green Church of England Primary; & Platt Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School. Kent secondary schools: The Abbey School; Dover Grammar Boys; The Folkestone School for Girls; Hartsdown Technology College; High Weald Academy; Mayfield Grammar; Pent Valley Technology College; Simon Langton Girls' Grammar; Swadelands. Medway secondary schools: St John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive and The Howard School.

Key words in the project are: ‘using capital grant’, as the previous programme of Building Schools for the Future relied heavily on commercial loans under the now largely discredited Private Finance Initiative. Whilst many schools benefited hugely from this project, the financial implications are crippling, as can be seen in several previous articles on this site, including here, with a full analysis by ShepwayVox here.  In this second phase more schools qualify under ‘a block replacement based on poor condition.  Only in exceptional circumstances will a whole school be replaced’ . At least three of the projects described below appear to come into the ‘exceptional circumstances’ category. At the foot of this article is a list of all the previous successful BSF Schools in Kent.

Published in News and Comments
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - A

(updated March 2020)
 

You will find an initial article on 2020 allocations here, an article on 2019 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools hereFor Grammar School Preferences, only grammar qualified are counted. The PAN is the Published Admission Number and refers to the number of places available in the year group for each school. If additional places were offered, I have recorded this under PAN.  

A Report on 2019 Appeals Outcomes hereFor Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2019 GCSE scores go to here for explanation. 

In the Individual performance table, under the A Level Progress heading for 2019, you will find a figure like this: -0.37(BA,104,D+, 60). This tells you that the school has a Progress performance level at A Level, of -0,37, which is Below Average, 104 students took at least one A Level with an average Grade of D+, with 60 students taking three A Levels. 

 The Abbey School, Became a Converter Academy August 2011. Faversham. OFSTED May 2017 - Good. Has been picking up in reputation over past five years, although performance in 2017 and 2018 has fallen.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2016
210
164
0
0
2017 230 200 3 0
2018 210 199 12 0
2019 210 179 0 0
2020 210 169 0 0

Had been picking up pupils from Whitstable, but with improvement there, first choices have fallen away. 

2014 - 2019 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  38  
2015 n/a n/a 46  
2016 -0.05 45.3
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 -0.41 (BA) 37.4 12% -0.77(WBA)
2018  -0.26 (BA) 36.6 18%  -0.52(BA)
2019 -0.40 (BA) 37.3 25%  -0.7 (WBA,21,D-,4)

 

Abbey School Ofsted Reports
 
Type of
Inspection
Outcome
Mar 2017 Short Good
May 2013 Full Good

 

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Angley School, Cranbrook. Now closed and re-opened as High Weald Academy

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The Archbishop's School, Canterbury.  Foundation School. Was the Canterbury school of choice ago but apart from the 2016 Good Ofsted has been sliding downhill ever since.Its reputation lingered until 2018 when it was still oversubscribed, but by 2020 had 66 of 84 Local Authority Allocations in Canterbury District and 30 fewer first choices than any other local school. Sudden decline in GCSE performance 2019 fits the pattern of decline.The headteacher left the school mid June 2019, deciding to 'step away', presumably paying the price for poor performance. 

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
LAAs Vacancies
2016 140 101 6 0 0
2017 150 125 17 0 0
2018 140 96 9 0 0
2019 140 64 0 38 0
2020 170 71 0 66 4

A third of the 140 offers in 2019 found other schools before the October 2019 school census, probably not starting in September. The previous year, 21 of the cohort left after allocations. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 4 2
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 0

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  48  
2015 n/a n/a 48  
2016 -0.31 45.2
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 -0.38 (BA) 38.3 19% -0.42 (BA)
2018 -0.33 (BA) 38.9 15%  -0.42(BA)
2019 -0.68 (WBA) 37.8 16% -0.66(WBA,48,D,21) 

 

Archbishop's School Ofsted Reports
 
Type of
Inspection
Outcome
Feb 2020 Full Requires Improvement
Jan 2016 Full Good
Feb 2014 Monitoring  Effective Action
Oct 2013 Full Requires Improvement
Feb 2012 Full Satisfactory

 

 

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Astor College (A Specialist College for the Arts), Dover.  Became a converter academy June 2012. 10% of places awarded on ability in the visual arts if it was oversubscribed, which it hasn't been since then. . The school is lead school of the Dover Federation of the Arts, in conjunction with Shatterlocks Infant School, Barton Junior School and White Cliffs Primary College of the Arts.  OFSTED March-July 2015, after a controversial series of events, when the school was initially placed in Special Measures, it was found to Require Improvement, down from Good.  Given full warning by government as to its performance in October 2015. Run by controversial Chief Executive Chris Russell, although he retired from his seconded position as Executive Principal of the Duke of York's Royal Military School, also an academy in Dover, in December 2016 and has now retired leaving the school in a difficult place.    

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
LAAs
2016 210 109 86  0
2017 210 101 84  0
2018 210 120 9  0
2019 210 107 88  0
2020 210 90 63 34

2018 58 LAAs; No admission appeals. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  35  
2015 n/a n/a 29  
2016 -0.22 40.8
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 -0.45 (BA) 32.8 9%  -0.26(BA)
2018 -0.76 (WBA) 33.4 13%  -0.49(BA)
2019 -0.81(WBA) 33.3 14% -0.31(BA,54,D,34) 

You will find the coverage of previous controversy here. Suffers academically from additional pupils being selected locally for grammar school through the Dover Test. Progress 8 sixth lowest in Kent in 2017, Attainment 8 Sixth lowest. Similar in 2018 and 2019. 

Astor College Ofsted Reports
 
Type of
Inspection
Outcome
Feb 2020 Full Requires Improvement
Nov 2018 Monitoring 
Effective Action on
path to Good
Sep 2017 Full  Requires Improvement
Jan 2016 Monitoring
Effective Action on
path to Good
Mar 2015 Full Requires Improvement

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Aylesford School - Sports College. Completely rebuilt around 2010 under a PFI scheme. Has struggled with performance and hence popularity, but has been improving over the past two years following Management takeover by Wrotham School which appears to have been of benefit. 2020, oversubscribed for the first time for many years. Previously dependent on numbers from Medway, coming down Bluebell Hill, but these have been squeezed for 2020. Looks as if a new Ofsted Inspection would be welcome!    

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Medway
Places
LAAs
Vacant
places
2016
180
120
0
22 7
32
2017 180 104 0 25 28 16
2018 180 80 0 20 46 24
2019 180 118 0 22 25 0
2020 180 144 19 10 0 0
 
 
  
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 5 5
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
 
No appeals 2018-19
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
A Level
Progress Score
2014 n/a n/a  37  
2015 n/a n/a 30  
2016
-0.56
41.0
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
 
2017 -1.05 (WBA) 32.1 9% -0.33(BA)
2018 -0.66 (WBA) 35.3 12% low numbers
2019 -0.43 (BA) 37.3 18%  No entries

Once above government floor standards for GCSE, the school slipped for 2014 and  2015. Progress 8 and Attainment 8 both third lowest in Kent in 2017, as popularity has slumped. 

  

Aylesford School Ofsted Reports
 
Type of
Inspection
Outcome
Nov 2017 Full Requires Improvement
Jan 2014 Full Good
Mar 2013 Full Requires Improvement