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I would be grateful for any advice on what to do about Medway Council on the following issue, from the 200 readers a day currently visiting this site. 

However, by a remarkable coincidence, within 19 hours of my publishing this article, Medway Council responded 43 working days after my   Freedom of Information request, just a month after the legal deadline of 20 days to reply, rejecting my request. See bottom of page for more.



I remain very concerned about the Medway Test shambles, which the Council appears to be trying to bury, hoping that everyone will forget about it, although its ludicrous claim that no children were disadvantaged by the problems stands as a  PR disaster, in that it angered so many parents, who would otherwise have just written the matter off to incompetence. I hear that the Local Government Ombudsman is preparing a draft report which, if it is subsequently published, should shed further light on the mystery of why Council officers and members made so many public statements that proved wrong.

My problem is that, in trying to understand further what went wrong, ...........

Published in Peter's Blog
Monday, 14 November 2011 18:46

Medway Test Shambles - Kent on Sunday

The following article appeared with an accompanying newspaper report in Kent on Sunday, October 30th. It was subsequently reproduced in full, in the blog of Medway Councillor Tristan Osborne. 

The row about the shambolic Medway Test arrangements at two Test Centres, described by Councillor Les Wicks, Portfolio Holder for Education at Medway Council, as ‘a mortification’ -  continues unabated. The Medway Eleven plus is held in a number of large centres (mainly schools) on a Saturday morning in September. There have been complaints about the operation of these tests for years, the Council agreeing nine changes in procedures with the Ombudsman in 2008 after a large number of complaints; last year the council admitted fault after another  large number of complaints about one centre and agreed to put in a number of improvements to monitor  the process. Sadly these failed to stop what the Council has now agreed were major faults at Rainham School for Girls, although it disputing the problems at the Chatham Grammar centre. At Rainham, the Council put in just one registration desk for over 200 children, with the result that anxious queues rapidly built up waiting long past the 20 minutes allocated, the tests starting 40 minutes late. Children were therefore on site for six and half hours. There were only three boys’ toilets, half the girls’ toilets were not working so many children spent the whole of their breaks in toilet queues.  They had been told to bring a piece of fruit and a bottle of water to sustain them, which was evidently insufficient for the extended exam period. Any adult subjected to such chaos for an important exam would probably have walked out. As it was some of the children did not have the stamina to cope. I have just listed here some of the many problems at Rainham, and Medway Council has now acknowledged that no fault attached to the school,  although at least two councillors alleged the problems were down to the incompetence of the school and had apologise for this later. I could go on about the problems at Chatham, sparked by the invigilators’ failure to provide the question paper for the first exam of the day, but you can read the details at  Medway Council’s astonishing verdict was that as half the children passed the test at Rainham, none were disadvantaged – apparently they didn’t consider the half who failed!. The Council promised to carry out a thorough investigation of the problems and make the outcome known to all concerned. However this has  turned out to be a ‘management improvement  report’, a single page document looking forward to stop such problems recurring, that does not address the issue of why the problems arose in the first place.  One can only hope it is more effective than the promises of 2010 which were supposed to stop such problems! However, parents continue to be angry, not necessarily because of the original blunders, but because of council attempts to cover them up, and its ludicrous refusal to acknowledge some children were disadvantaged by the conditions to which they were subjected.  We await the Ombudsman’s verdict on this one, but spare a thought for those children who will never know if they would have passed, if treated fairly.

Published in Newspaper Articles

The Report on the 'thorough investigation' into the problems with the Medway Test has now been published. Parents may be relieved to learn that "thankfully the children were not adversely affected" although the large number of complaints reportedly received by Medway Council and the Local Government Ombudsman, the record number of entries on a Medway Messenger blog (currently standing at 514)  and my own email inbox suggest otherwise.  According to Mr Les Wicks, Portfolio holder for Education at Medway Council (Serving You),.......

Published in News Archive
Sunday, 29 January 2012 16:53

Controversial new School proposed for Medway

Medway Council is bidding to create one of the 24 new University Technical Colleges (UTCs) to be set up by government, which would be based near the University of Greenwich site. I wrote and published here, the article you will find below, in October. All that has changed is that Medway Council is developing the idea and has set up an email consultation, which will form the basis of demonstrating whether parents want a University Technical College in Medway. You can respond to the survey here.  Whilst a site has not yet been chosen for the proposed College, Medway Council suggests it could be at an unused block at Brompton Barracks. You can find fuller information at the Medway Council website. Two of the pieces of information missing are the views of the current Medway secondary schools, some of which would be seriously damaged by the proposal (see below), another is Medway's best estimate of the collateral damage to other schools, and which school the Council considers would be at greatest risk of closure if the proposal goes ahead. 

Yet another Medway School, Barnsole Junior in Gillingham, has been failed by OFSTED, maintaining the proportion of Medway primary schools that have failed in the two years I have been monitoring outcomes at 21%. This appalling record is underlined by the fact that not a single Medway primary school has been found Outstanding in this time, although nationally the figure is running at 6% (just another 6% failing). 


University Technical Colleges are planned to "offer 14-19 year olds the opportunity to take a highly regarded, full time, technically-oriented course of study. They are equipped to the highest standard, sponsored by a university and offer clear progression routes into higher education or further learning in work". To quote David Cameron:.......

Published in News Archive
Monday, 16 May 2011 21:45

Bishop of Rochester Academy (2)

I hear that Mr Christopher Sweetman, Principal of Bishop of Rochester Academy since its opening in September 2010, who was suspended by the governors in March, following reports of poor behaviour in the school, is to leave the Academy. Although the two Vice-Principals have been running the academy in his absence, he is now to be replaced by an Executive Headteacher, Mr A Reese who is also headteacher of Greenacre School in Chatham. You will find a previous article on the issues behind these moves here.

The Medway Messenger has now covered this story in more detail and has attracted a (very) wide variety of comments on the story!

Published in News Archive
Thursday, 07 April 2011 16:45

Bishop of Rochester Academy (Updated)

The Principal of Bishop of Rochester Academy has been suspended today for unspecified reasons. A statement  from the three Sponsors: Rochester Diocese, Canterbury Christ Church University and Medway Council states: "The strategic direction and performance of Bishop of Rochester Academy is of the utmost importance to the academy sponsors and Board of Governors....

Published in News Archive
Monday, 17 January 2011 21:20

Medway Special Schools & Units

Where there has been a recent OFSTED Report, there are more details for each School below.


ABBEY COURT COMMUNITY SCHOOL Severe and profound learning difficulties RAINHAM CAMPUS, Gillingham (4-11years)  STROOD CAMPUS, Strood  (11 –19 years) 

  (OFSTED July 2010 - Outstanding) Abbey Court is based on two sites 12 miles apart. It has a capacity for 150 pupils aged from three to 19, all funded by Medway local authority. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs including severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties. An increasing number of pupils joining the school have very complex medical conditions or extremely challenging behaviour. There are fewer girls than boys. The vast majority of the pupils have a White British heritage. A few pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and have English as a second language. A small minority of pupils are looked after in public care. Secondary pupils, including sixth-formers, are based at the Strood site. The site for primary-aged pupils is in Rainham and this has recently added a nursery to its provision. The school has specialist school status for cognition and learning. OFSTED 2012 - Outstanding; Excerpts: Information about this schoolAbbey Court is based on two sites, some 12 miles apart. The Rainham site provides for Early Years Foundation Stage, infants and juniors. The Strood site provides for secondary and students aged 16 to 19. Currently, the school has more than its official capacity of 150 places; Pupils have severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties as their main need; Some have additional needs such as visual impairment, hearing or sensory impairment, severe autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and physical disability; A few have life threatening medical conditions; All have statements of special educational needs; The school continues to experience a shift in the complexity of levels of need, including severe challenging behaviours; A minority of pupils require a minimum of full time one-to-one staff support to meet their needs; Currently, the large majority of pupils are boys and most are of White British heritage; The proportion known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well above the national average. Key findings - This is an outstanding school; Pupils make outstanding progress, particularly in literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT); Those with speech, language and communication needs make significant strides in developing and improving their communication skills through signing, the use of picture symbol cards and the use of a range of new technologies; Children attending the part-time sessions in the Early Years Foundation Stage make excellent progress, which prepares them for learning and enables them to proceed successfully to the next stage of their education; The outstanding sixth form provision enables older students to continue their seamless progress through the school and achieve nationally recognised qualifications - They improve their independence and social skills and this prepares them successfully for life beyond the school; As a result of a robust and sustained focus on improvement by the senior leadership team since the previous inspection, the quality of teaching across the school is now outstanding; Other strengths of the school’s work identified at the last inspection have been sustained and further improved; Pupils’ attitudes to learning and behaviour are excellent, which is a result of highly effective class management by teachers and other adults supporting in the classrooms; Pupils told the inspectors that they are safe and well looked after, which is further confirmed by the school’s own surveys, which are carried out regularly; The headteacher’s inspirational leadership of the school, together with the support of her highly effective senior leadership team, ensures the school meets fully its vision and aims and lives up to its motto, ‘We grow people’; The highly experienced governing body is outstanding in its role as a critical and supportive friend and successfully ensures the school is financially stable.

 BRADFIELDS SCHOOL, Chatham. OFSTED October 2013. Good. Excerpts from Report - Information about the school: Bradfields provides for students who primarily experience complex learning difficulties and disabilities, including speech, language, emotional, sensory, physical and autistic spectrum disabilities. Since September 2012, the school has been re-designated to include Early Years Foundation Stage children and Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils with autism and severe learning difficulties. The Lower School site has been redeveloped so that the Key Stage 3 MLD provision now includes additional and new build facilities for students with autism and in some cases additional challenging behaviours; Currently, the large majority of students are boys; The school is organised into five Learning Zones where most classes are taught by the stage of their learning. The Blue Primary (including the Early Years Foundation Stage) and Blue Secondary Zones are for students whose primary need is autistic spectrum disabilities. The Yellow Zone is for lower school Key Stage 3 classes, the Red Zone is for Key Stage 4 classes and the Green Zone is for is for Years 12 to 14 classes. In addition, there are three separate mixed-aged ‘special programme’ classes in the lower and upper schools and the sixth form for students with more complex needs, including severe learning difficulties. Key findings: This is a good school; Students make outstanding progress over time, particularly in English and mathematics. There has also been a year-on-year improvement of the proportion of students achieving GCSE passes, as well as successes in other accredited courses such as BTEC; Children attending the Early Years Foundation Stage in 2012 to 2013 made outstanding progress. This prepared them for learning and enabled them to move on successfully to the next stage of their education; The sixth form is outstanding. Many students continue their seamless progression throughout the school, others move directly to other further education provision, and some now join the school from other mainstream settings. All are prepared very well for the next stage of their lives beyond school; Students benefit from teaching which is mostly good and sometimes outstanding. However, a small amount of teaching requires improvement; Students’ behaviour is good. This is as a result of the highly effective care and support that staff provide. In lessons, students were highly motivated and wanted to do their best; Students say they feel safe and happy at the school, as well as at the off-site provision they attend weekly; Leadership and management are good. The headteacher and his senior leadership team have a strong focus on continuing improvement of all aspects of the school’s work; The governing body is highly supportive of the school, knows it very well and supports on-going improvements in all aspects of the school’s work.


(11-16 years) SPLD & Speech & Language @ COMMUNICATION CENTRE

CHALKLANDS CENTRE, Elaine Primary School, Strood

(5-11 years) Emotional & Behaviour difficulties.

DANECOURT COMMUNITY SCHOOL, Gillingham (4-11 years)  OFSTED 2012 - Outstanding. Excerpts from Report: Information about this school - Originally designated as a school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, Danecourt is now increasingly catering for pupils with severe learning difficulties and more complex needs, including speech, language and communication needs. It also has a designated unit for pupils with severe autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) with two classes in Key Stage 2 and one class in Key Stage 1. In addition, it has a commissioned ‘hub’ class, based in a mainstream primary school for pupils who do not need full time specialist provision. The school also operates an outreach service, through which its staff provides advice and support for pupils identified as having special educational needs in mainstream schools within the local authority. Currently, the large majority of pupils are boys and most pupils are of White British background. All have a statement of special educational needs. A few pupils are looked after by a range of local authorities and the proportion known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well above the national average. Key findingsThis is an outstanding school; Pupils make outstanding progress, particularly in the key skills of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT); Those with speech, language and communication needs make significant progress in developing their communication skills, both through the use of picture symbol cards and use of new technologies; Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make excellent progress, which enables them to proceed successfully to the next stage of their education and, in some instances, reintegrate into mainstream education; As a result of a rigorous and sustained focus on improvement by the headteacher and his deputy, the quality of teaching is now outstanding; this is a significant improvement since the previous inspection; Because of highly effective class management by staff, pupils’ attitudes to learning and behaviour are excellent. Learning is rarely affected by disruptive behaviour;The headteacher provides highly effective leadership of the school, ensuring it meets fully its core aim of providing a safe and caring environment in which to develop pupils as individuals and maximise their learning; The governing body is outstanding in its role as a supportive and critical friend of the school.

MARLBOROUGH CENTRE, Hoo St Werburgh Primary School

(5-11 years) Autism

RIVERMEAD COMMUNITY SPECIAL SCHOOL, Gillingham (11-19 years) complex emotional and behavioural needs including Autism: OFSTED 2012 - Good School. Excerpt from Report: Information about the school -  Provides for students aged 11–19 with complex emotional and behavioural needs. It is smaller than average in size and the overwhelming majority of students have a statement of special educational needs mainly related to autistic spectrum disorders. Most students have additional communication and language needs and/or medical/mental health needs. The length of placement at the school depends on individual needs, and many students have spent a considerable amount of time away from mainstream education before admission. The provision in the sixth form is still under development. It will be implemented fully in September 2012 and until that time there are no students of this age in the school. Key findings - Rivermead is a good school. The development of the sixth form is progressing well in preparation for September 2012 when new students will start. Students of different ages, backgrounds and abilities make good progress and achieve well. They achieve particularly well in the development of their skills in communication and in mathematics. In the vast majority of lessons, teachers provide students with activities that engage their interest and they use information and ICT well to enhance learning. They assess students’ work regularly and accurately and ensure that students know what they need to do to improve. The overwhelming majority of students make significant improvements in learning to manage their own behaviours, and bullying of any kind is almost non-existent. Students feel extremely safe and secure in school at all times. They enjoy school, support each other well and attendance levels are above average. The school is very well led and teachers’ performance is generally managed effectively. The strong leadership team ensure there is a sustained focus on improving classroom practice and outcomes for students.  The very effective way in which the school promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a key factor in its success.

RIVERSIDE VI UNIT, Riverside Primary School, Rainham

(5-11 years) Visual Impairment

RIVERSIDE HUB, Riverside Primary School,Rainham

 (5-11 Years) Autism


(11-16 years) Emotional & behaviour difficulties.

ST WERBURGH CENTRE FOR AUTISM, Hundred of Hoo Comprehensive, Hoo

(11-16yrs)  Autism


(11-16 years) Visual Impairment


 TWYDALL INFANT PD Unit, Twydall Infant School, Gillingham


(4-7 years)  Physical Disability

TWYDALL JUNIOR PD Unit, Twydall Junior School, Gillingham

(7-11 years) Physical Disability & Complex Medical Conditions


 (4-11 years) Speech and Language difficulties


(11-16 yrs) Emotional & behaviour difficulties


(5-11 years) Moderate learning difficulties





Published Letter to Kent on Sunday

Dear Editor,

I was fascinated that Medway Council claimed in last week’s KOS that late testing for Medway grammar school places has been available for several years rather than introduced in the middle of this year’s admission process following media pressure, as I believe.

Perhaps the person who gave the statement did not know that Medway’s own prospectus states that late testing can only take place in exceptional circumstances ; that it is not even mentioned in the legal document that sets out Medway’s admission procedure; that when the Council commented on the media debate I initiated they were solely concerned with defending the status quo and forgot to mention this central issue; that parents were consistently told last year there was no provision for late testing; that when I contacted grammar schools early in March they were not aware of the change in procedure; and that one of my clients living in Kent contacted the Council offices two weeks ago and was told that there was no such procedure.

However the good news is that the Council has indeed bowed to that pressure and some Kent children allocated to inaccessible grammar schools will now be able to take up the vacant  spaces previously barred to them if they now take and pass the Medway selective tests.

Published in Newspaper Articles

Children at the Chatham Grammar School test centre, had their maths test halted five minutes early and some papers were collected in. The children were then given the correct time, but the confusion will certainly have affected some pupils' chances of success, especially as they then had to sit the English test
Published in News Archive
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Medway Primary Schools

Update in Progress May 2019

Entries on this page include the OFSTED Grade for each Primary School updated twice a year, also recording change from previous Inspection result, together with some other relevant information below. It is worth using the search engine on the Home Page to pick up other references to individual schools.

You will find advice on Primary school Admissions and Appeals here

You can read the full Report on each Primary School at OFSTED. Each school is awarded a main Grade: Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement (previously Satisfactory), and Inadequate (two sub categories - A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and requires significant improvement but leadership and management are judged to be Grade 3 or better - A school that requires special measures is one where the school is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the school’s leaders, managers or governors have not demonstrated that they have the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school). Each Report carries a brief description of the school before justifying its decision in more detail. If a school is in Special Measures or Serious Weaknesses, the results of further monitoring visits are noted.

A majority of the schools that have previously had a 'Good' or 'Outstanding' assessment are given a Short Inspection (known as Section 8). These are indicated by 'Good (S). These will be confirmed in their assessment grade. However for some of these schools, the Inspection Team may consider that there are concerns, or in the case of a Good school, grounds for raising the Grade and this can only be done by a full Section Five Grade. These are recorded for example as  'Outstanding (SC) or 'Good (SR). 

You will find an analysis of oversubscription and vacancies for  Medway Primary Places for September 2018 Admissions here, for 2017 here, and for 2016 here.

Reports on Inspections between between September 2018 and February 2019  are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones.

(A) Indicates the school is an Academy (2017 onwards)

Reports published post-August 2018 and pre March 2019 are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones .



School OFSTED Grade Date Change
Luton Infant Requires Improvement Oct 18 No change
Swingate (A) Good (S) Nov 18 No change
Walderslade (A) Good (S) Nov 18 No change


Balfour Junior (A) Good (S) Dec 18 No change
Brompton-Westbrook (A) Good (S) Jan 19 No change
Byron (A) Requires Improvement Sep 18 Up one
Deanwood (A) Good (S) Nov 18 No change
Fairview Good (S Apr 19  No change
Hempsted Infant  Good Sep 18  Up one
Lordswood (A) Good   Jan 19 Up one 
Twydall (A)

Effective Action After

Serious Weaknesses

Mar 19
Hoo St  Werbergh (A) Good (S) Sep 18 No change
Parkwood Infant (A) Good (S) Feb 19 No change
Chattenden (A) Good (S) Nov 18 No change
St Peter's Infant
Good Dec 18 No change

Temple Mill (A)  Good Oct 18 Up two


School OFSTED Grade Date Change
All Saints CofE (A) Good Jun 18 No change
Horsted Junior Good Mar 18 No change
Luton Junior Outstanding Sep 17 Up one
Oaklands Good Feb 18 Up one
St John's CofE Infant (A) Good Jun 18 No change
St Mary's Island CofE (Aided) Good Mar 18 No change


Burnt Oak Requires Improvement Jun 18 Down One
Hempstead Junior Good Jun 18 No change
Napier Community (A) Requires Improvement Oct 17  No change 
St Mary's Catholic Good Oct 17 No change
Twydall (A) Serious Weaknesses Jul 18 No change
High Halstow (A) Good Jan 18 No change
St James CofE Primary (A) Good Jan 18 No change
Stoke Community (A) Requires Improvement Sep 17 No change
St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic (A) Good Jun 18 No change
St Margaret's CofE Junior (A) Good Jul 18 No change
St Thomas of Canterbury RC Good Jan 18  No change 
St William of Perth (A) Good May 18 No change

All Faith's Children's Community (A)   Requires Improvement Nov 17 Down One
English Martys Catholic Good Feb 18 No change


School OFSTED Grade Date Change
Kingfisher Community Requires Improvement Jul 17 No change
Requires Improvement
Oct 16
No change
New Horizons Children's Academy Good May 17 First inspection
New Road Primary Good Jun 17 Up one


Mar 17 
Down one 
Sept 16
No change
Park Wood Junior Good
Mar 17 
No change 
Delce Junior Requires Improvement Mar 2017 Down one
Feb 17 
Up two 
Good Feb 17 No change
Cuxton Community Infant Good Feb 17 No change
Cuxton Community Junior Good Jul 17 Up two
Warren Wood Primary Academy Requires Improvement Jun 17 Up one
Wainscott Primary Good Jun 17 Up one
No schools inspected


School OFSTED Grade Date Change
Balfour Infants Good Nov 15 No Change
Balfour Juniors Good Oct 15 No Change
Horsted Infant Outstanding Jun 16 Up one
Luton Infant Requires Improvement May 16 No change
Oaklands Requires Improvement Jan 16  No change
Phoenix Junior Academy Good May 16 No change
St Michael's RC Good Jan 16 Up one
Wayfield Primary (A) Special Measures May 16 Down two


Barnsole Outstanding Mar 16 Up two
Hempstead Infant Requires Improvement May 16 No change
Hempstead Junior**  Section 8 Emergency Inspection  Jan 16
Oasis Skinner Street (A)* Effective Action to Remove SM Dec 15
Effective Action to Remove SM Mar 16
Good Jun 16 Up two
Saxon Way Primary (A)  Good  Jun 16  Up two
Woodlands Academy Good Jan 16 No change
Hoo St Werburgh Good Jan 16 Up one
St Helen's CofE, Cliffe Good Nov 15 Up One
St Margaret's Infants Good Mar 16 No change
Delce Infant Good Jun 16 Up one
 Hilltop, Frindsbury  Good  Feb 16  Up one
 Elaine Primary Academy  Requires Improvement  Jun 16  No change
Temple Mill Effective Action to Remove SM
 Sep 15

  * Oasis Skinner Street, see article here.

    Hempstead Junior**  See articles here,



School OFSTED Grade Date Change
Greenvale Infants Reasonable progress to removal of SW Nov 14
Requires Improvement May 15 Up one
Kingfisher (A) Requires Improvement Jun 15 Up one
New Road Requires Improvement Jun 15 No change
St John's CofE Infant Good Mar 15 Up one
St Benedict's RC
Good Jul 15 No change
 Good  Nov 14  Down one


Brompton-Westbrook (A) Good Feb 15 No change
Burnt Oak Good Mar 15 Up one
Reasonable progress to removal of SM Feb 15
Insufficient Progress to removal of SM May 15
Fairview Community Good  Jun 15 Up one
Featherby Junior Requires Improvement Jan 15 No change
Miers Court Good Mar 15 No change
Oasis Skinner Street (A)* Special Measures  May 15 Down one
Park Wood Infant Good Mar 15 No change
Rivermead  Good  Sep 14  No change
Thamesview Good Jun 15 Up one
  School not enough progress to removal of SM.
School improvement plan remains unfit for purpose.
 Oct 14
 Reasonable progress to Removal of SM   Jan 15
  Reasonable progress to Removal of SM  Mar 15
Reasonable Progress to removal of SM May 15
Walderslade Good May 15 Up one
All Hallows (A) Good Jun 15 Up two
 Cliffe Woods (A)  Outstanding  Mar 15
Bligh Infants Outstanding  Jul 15 Up one
Chattenden Good Nov 14 No change
Pilgrim Outstanding Mar 15 Up one
St Peter's Infants Good Dec 14 No change
Temple Mill****
Special Measures Oct 14 Down one
LA Statement of Action fit for purpose
School Action Plan not fit for purpose 
 Jan 15
 Insufficient Progress to Remove SM   Apr 15
Cedar Requires Improvement Jun 15  No change
 Wainscott  Good  Mar 15  Down one

 * Oasis Skinner Street, see article here.

**Byron, see article here.

*** Twydall, most recent article here

**** Temple Mill, most recent mention here.


School OFSTED Grade Date Change
Balfour Junior Requires Improvement Sep 13 Down One
Greenvale Infants Serious Weaknesses Jan 14 Down two
Good progress since SW July 14
Horsted Junior Good Apr 14 Up one
Luton Infant Requires Improvement Mar 14 Down one
Oaklands Requires Improvement Oct 13 No Change
St Mary's Island CofE (Aided) Reasonable progress following SM Nov 13
Good Mar 14 Up two
St Michael's RC Requires Improvement Oct 13 No change
Walderslade Insufficient Progress following RI Sep 13
Barnsole Requires Improvement Dec 13 Down one
Byron Special Measures Jan 14 Down two

local authority statement of action is fit for purpose.
The school’s improvement plan is fit for purpose.

May 14
Featherby Infant Good Feb 14 No change
Hempstead Junior  Good  Oct 13 No change 
Hempstead Infant Requires Improvement Feb 14 Down one
Napier Community
failure to make required improvements
from previous OFSTED (see below)
Oct 13
repeated failure to make required improvements Jan 14
Twydall Primary (see below) Special Measures  Mar 14 Down two
LA Statement of Action fit for purpose following SM
School Action Plan not fit for purpose 
Jun 14
High Halstow Good Jul 14 Up one
Hoo St Werburgh  Requires Improvement  Oct 13  No change
St Helen's CofE Requires Improvement Oct 13 No change
St James' CofE Primary Academy Good May 14 Up two
St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Good Nov 13 No change
St Margaret's CofE VC Good Dec 13 No change
Cuxton Junior

Special Measures Oct 13 Down one
Local Authority Statement of Action not fit for purpose
School Improvement Plan not fit for purpose
Dec 13
Local Authority Statement of Action not fit for purpose
School Improvement Plan not fit for purpose
Mar 14
Reasonable Progress in removing SM Jul 14
Hilltop Requires Improvement Nov 13 Down one
 St Margaret's at Troy Town CofE  Good  Sep 13  Up one
St William of Perth RC Good Mar 14 Up one
 Warren Wood Community  Special Measures Dec 13 Down one

local authority statement of action fit for purpose.
School improvement plan not fit for purpose.

 Apr 14

Elaine Primary Academy Requires Improvement May 14 No change
English Martyr's Catholic Good Nov 13 No change
Gordon Infant Good Good Dec 13 No change
 Gordon Junior    Reasonable prog in Removing SW  Nov 13

  You will find my views on Medway Council's oversight of its primary schools and their poor performance at OFSTED here

School OFSTED Grade Date Change
(see below)
Special Measures Mar 13 Down one
Satisfactory progress from SM Jun 13
Luton Junior Good Jan 13 Up one
Maundene  Good Sep 12 No change
New Road Satisfactory progress  from SM Sep 12
Good progress from SM Jan 13
Requires Improvement Jun 13 Up one
St John's CofE VC Infant Requires Improvement Mar 13 No change
St Mary's Island  Special Measures Nov 12 Down one
Satisfactory progress from SM May 13
St Thomas More Catholic Outstanding Feb 13 Up one

Wayfield Community

Good Jan 13 Up one
Walderslade Requires Improvement Jun 13 No change


Monitoring Insp: Not enough progress 
Feb 13
Nov 12
Up one
Burnt Oak Requires Improvement Feb 13 No change
Deanwood Good Sep 12 Up one
Fairview Community Requires Improvement Jun 13 Down one
Featherby Junior Requires Improvement Mar 13 No change
Napier Community Requires Improvement Jun 13 No change
Riverside  Good Nov 12 Up one
Saxon Way
(see below)
Satisfactory progress from SM
Dec 12
Satisfactory progress from SM Mar 13
Not enough progress from SM Jun 13
Skinner Street Requires Improvement Feb 13 No change
St Mary's Catholic Good Jan 13 No change
St Thomas of Canterbury Good Mar 13 No change
Twydall Good Oct 12 1st inspection Academy
All Hallows 
(see below)
Special Measures Mar 13 Down one
Satisfactory progress from SM Jun 13
High Halstow Requires Improvement Oct 12 1st Inspection Academy
Stoke Community Requires Improvement Jun 13 No change
Park Wood Junior Good Jan 13 Good
Thames View Requires Improvement Jun 13 No change
Walderslade Requires Improvement Jun 13 No change
Bligh Junior Good Feb 13 Up one
Halling Satisf progr from NtoI Oct 12  
  Requires Improvement May 13 Up one
St William of Perth RC Requires Improvement Nov 12 No change
All Faith's Children's Community Good Jun 13 No change
Gordon Junior  Serious Weaknesses Jan 13 Down one
Satisfactory  progress from SW Jun 13
St Nicholas CofE Infant Outstanding Jan 13 Up one
Sherwin Knight Infant  Requires Improvement Dec 12 No change
Sherwin Knight Junior  Serious Weaknesses Nov 12 Down One
Reasonable progress to remove SW May 13 (see note below)
Temple Mill Requires Improvement Feb 13 No change

Sherwin Knight Junior School is about to close and be absorbed into the Infant School which is extending its age range. Medway Council was criticised in the latest OFSTED Inspection for not monitoring or challenging the school sufficiently through a period of change. For instance, it has not asked leaders how pupils’ learning is going to be protected while the process of improving teaching takes place (quite important I would have thought).

Saxon Way Primary School, Kingfisher Community Primary School and Lordswood School are all to be taken over by the Griffin Schools Trust as sponsored academies in September 2013. 

All Hallows Primary is becoming an academy as part of the Williamson Trust in September 2013, joining High Halstow and Elaine Primary Academy.  

Twydall Primary School has been the subject of controversy following a proposal for it to become a Sponsored Academy (July 14)

Pre September 2012 Reports


School OFSTED Grade Date          
All Hallows Primary, Hoo Satisfactory Jun 2011  
Balfour Junior Good Sep 2010  
Barnsole Junior, Gillingham Notice to Improve Nov 2011 Good Progress Jul 2012
Brompton-Westbrook Primary Satisfactory Dec 2010  
Burnt Oak Primary, Gillingham Inadequate progress Jun 2011 Monitoring inspection of Grade 3 schools
Byron Primary, Gillingham Good Mar 2011  
Chattenden Primary Good Jul 2010  
Cuxton Community Infant Good Jan 2012  
Cuxton Community Junior Satisfactory Feb 2011  
Deanwood Primary, Gillingham Satisfactory Mar 2011  
Delce Junior Good Jul 2010  
Elaine Primary, Rochester Satisfactory Jan 2011  
Fairview Community Primary Good May 2010  
Featherby Infant
Good Sep 2010  
Featherby Junior, Gillingham Satisfactory Jan 2011  
Glencoe Junior, Chatham Inadequate progress Mar 2011 Not an inspection, but an Interim monitoring of Grade 3 schools
Gordon Junior Special Measures Jun 2009 Good Progress Jun 2010
Gordon Junior Satisfactory Nov 2010 Removed from Special Measures
Greenvale Infant, Chatham Good Jun 2011  
Halling Primary Notices to Improve Feb 2012  
Hempstead Infant, Gillingham Good Jun 2011  
Horsted Infant, Chatham Good Feb 2012  
Horsted Junior, Chatham Satisfactory Feb 2012  
Lordswood School Satisfactory  May 2012  
Luton Infant and Nursery, Chatham Good May 2011  
 Luton Junior  Good Nov 2010  
Miers Court Primary, Gillingham Good Nov 2011  
 Oaklands Infant Chatham Notice to Improve Nov 2010 see below
Oaklands Infant Chatham  Satisfactory Dec 11  
Oaklands Junior Satisfactory Nov 2010  
Napier Community Infant & Nursery, Gillingham Satisfactory Feb 2011  
New Road School & Nursery Unit, Chatham Special Measures Oct 2011 Satisfactory progress, Feb 2012, good progress May 2012
Saxon Way Primary, Gillingham Special Measures Jun 2012  
St Benedict's RC Primary Good Jun 2010  
St Helen's CofE Primary, Cliffe Satisfactory Feb 2012  
St James CofE VA Primary, Grain Special Measures Dec 2010 Satisf Progress May 2011, See below
St James CofE VA PrimaryGrain  Satisfactory Jul 2012 see above
St Margaret's CofE Junior, Rainham
Notice to Improve Sep 2009 Inadequate Progress Feb 2009 (see below)
St Margaret's CofE Junior, Rainham Good Nov 2010 Removed from Special Measures
St Margaret's Infant School, Rainham Good Jun 2011  
St Margaret's at Troy Town CofE VC, Rochester Satisfactory Jan 2012  
St Mary's Island CofE (Aided) Primary Satisfactory Jan 2011  
St Michael's RC Primary, Chatham Satisfactory Nove 2011  
St Peter's Infant, Rochester Good Mar 2011  
St William of Perth RC Primary Satisfactory Jul 2010  
Sherwin Knight Infant, Strood Satisfactory Jun 2010  
Sherwin Knight Infant,   Inadequate Progress Sep 2011 Monitoring Inspection of Grade 3 schools
Skinner Street Junior Special Measures Jun 2009 Good progress July 2010
Skinner Street Junior, Gillingham Satisfactory Jan 2011 Removed from Special Measures
Spinnens Acre Community Junior Notice to Improve Sep 2009 Inadequate Progress May 2010
Spinnens Acre Community Junior, Chatham Special Measures Oct 2010 Satisfactory Progress Mar 2011. Good progress Dec 2011, see below
Spinnens Acre Community Junior, Chatham Satisfactory Mar 2012 see above
Temple Mill Junior Satisfactory Nov 2010  
Thames View Junior , Rainham Satisfactory Feb 2011  
Twydall Junior, Gillingham Good Mar 2011  
Walderslade Primary Satisfactory Sep 2010  
Wainscott Primary Good Mar 2012  
Warren Wood Community Primary, Rochester
Special Measures Jul 2009 Inadequate Progress Jul 2010 & Sep 2010, Satisfactory Progress Mar 2011
Warren Wood Community Primary, Rochester Satisfactory Jun 2011  
Wayfield Primary, Chatham Satisfactory Sep 2010 Inadequate progress, Monitoring Inspection, Mar 2012
Woodlands Infant Good Nov 2010  


Admission Comments for September 2012 entry (Written March 2012)

The general Medway picture on Infant Class admissions for the last three years is as follows.


  2012 2011 2010
  No of Medway Pupils %

No of Medway pupils

% No of pupils %
Offered a named Medway school 2980 97.0 2842 97.4 2873 96.0
Offered first preference 2731 88.9 2678 91.8 2775 92.7
Offered second preference 184 6.0 127 4.3 98 3.3
Offered third preference 52 1.7 31 1.1    
Offered fourth pref 13 0.4 6 0.2    
Allocated by Medway 90 3.0 75 2.5 107


Total of applications 3071   2917   2980  

The number of Medway children offered a place at a non-Medway school is 73, with 42 non-Medway children offered places in Medway primary schools, all of these were a preference expressed by the parent/carer. Most of these will have been in the Walderslade area, where the county boundary crosses the M2.

The percentage of Medway reception aged children being offered one of their four named schools is 97.0% slightly down from 97.4% last year. These figures will always be higher than those of Kent, who only allow parents to name three schools. However, the number who were not offered their first choice has risen significantly from 7.3% in 2010, to 8.2% in 2011, to 11.1% this year. This year's increase will be down to the 5% rise in pupil numbers for 2012 Year R.

Pupil rolls at Year R in Medway have been falling for many years, bottoming out in 2011, and figures are reported to show increases each year from now on for the next three years (all years that children have been born and can be counted). In 2010, Ridge View Primary School in Chatham  was controversially closed and many parents have expressed unhappiness at the lack of provision this year, as revealed by the fall in proportion of first choices offered. As a result of the closure, the number of places has fallen by 60 to 3336, whilst the Medway Reception age group has risen by 154 children, an effective reduction in 217 places.

This still leaves just 3% of Medway children being allocated a school not of their choice,  33 of the 90 concerned being in Chatham, to Luton Infants School, the only school in Chatham left with any vacancies, and where the key pressure can be seen . This suggests that the closure of Ridge View was a mistake, with St John's Infants, which also came close to being closed, being full. No other school in Medway received more than 7 allocations. What is clear from the parental preferences  is their quite understandable wish to avoid their children attending the 30% of Medway primary schools that are, or have been, failed by OFSTED.

Most oversubscribed school was Balfour Infants, with 41 first choices turned away, followed by All Saints CofE Primary with 34, then: Fairview Community Primary; The Pilgrim; Miers Court Primary; and Twydall Primary, all with more than 15 first choices rejected.

The Hoo Peninsula primary schools have the highest vacancy rate between them, with 18% of places empty, compared with 3% in Chatham and 9% overall across Medway. Four schools, all with a Satisfactory OFSTED are at least half empty.


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