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Displaying items by tag: kent secondary

Amongst other updates below are the cut off scores for all the five Kent super selective schools (3rd March). Grammar qualified children in Thanet not getting either local grammar school, but instead being offered Royal Harbour
 
The main news is that 2020 has seen the lowest proportion of pupils offered their first choice of secondary school in the allocation process on 2nd March for at least 10 years, along with the highest proportion offered none of their choices. This is not down to any significant increase in applicants, nor any change in the number of out of county applicants or places offered. 
 
You will find a full analysis by school and District of grammar school allocations here and of non-selective schools here which follows on from this article. 
 
In spite of this, Richard Long, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: 'I am delighted that, despite a significant increase in the number of applications, almost 95% of families will be offered a place at one of the four schools they selected, while more than 77% will be offered a place at their first preference'. 
18,153 Kent children applied for places in Kent secondary schools for September, just 194 more than in 2019 so not the significant increase claimed by KCC, especially with 120 additional places from a new school in Dartford coming on stream. It is clear therefore that will be some very difficult situations for too many children awarded no school of their choice.

The annual increase in out of county applications to Kent schools over years has thankfully come to a halt this year, at 3,517 up just three on last year, but a third more than in 2016.  The number of OOC offers at 817, is one fewer than in 2019 and little different from 2016 when there were 803. As always this  will have been partially balanced by around 500 children offered places at schools outside Kent.

You will find more information below, including a look at some of the likely pressure points updated as they become apparent. These will inevitably include North West Kent for both selective and non-selective places, and non-selective Swale, Thanet and Tunbridge Wells.  You will also find required scores for super-selective schools inserted as I receive them (all information on both situations welcomed). 

There is initial advice at the foot of this article on what to do if you have not been offered the school of your choice. This begins as always with my Corporal Jones mantra, do NOTHING in panic! You may regret it. There is no quick fix. I regret that I no longer offer individual advice, although there is plenty below in this article, with links to multiple relevant articles.  

Later in the month I will provide more specific information and advice as KCC comes through with further details. 

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