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Individual School Information - N

(updated April 2017)
An explanation of how Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are calculated, and further information on the performance of all Kent schools can be found here.
The PAN is the Published Admission Number and refers to the number of places available in the year group for each school.
For grammar schools, the number of first preferences is for children who are grammar qualified.
2017 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools here. 

New Line Learning Academy, Maidstone. Sponsored by the Future Schools Trust.  The Academy was formed from the amalgamation of the former Senacre School and Oldborough Manor School, in West Maidstone, and is now in new buildings costing some £31 million.  OFSTED February 2015  - Requires Improvement (as in 2013).  The academy has struggled to attract students since its formation; in March 2013 - just 122 places were offered out of 210 available, including 41 allocated by KCC (who did not apply).  Headteacher claimed on Radio Kent in March 2014 it was built to cater for future rises in number of Maidstone children over next 30 years! This just does not happen. For 2015 entry, 148 places offered, including 35 allocations, all but 15 of those awarded in Maidstone. GCSE 5 A-Cs in 2014, 36%, below government floor standard, slipping form the 40% of the two previous years. Must be worried about the impact of the new Free science and technology school to be run by Valley Invicta Trust and opening in 2018. Third lowest Attainment score in Kent in 2016, and one of the lowest Progress. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2014 210 135 62 
2015 210 86

62

2016 210 96 96
2017 210 75 61

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission

2014 - 2017 all first preferences offered

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  37
2015 n/a n/a 33
2016 -0.53 37.4 n/a

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North School, Ashford. Since being rebuilt under a PFI Scheme, the school was initially heavily oversubscribed.   March 2013 - still oversubscribed with 39 first choices oversubscribed.  OFSTED Dec 2013 - Special Measures. Still oversubscribed for 2014 entry and expanded by 10 places to 225!  OFSTED June 2015 - Requires Improvement.  In spite of the Special Measures finding in 2013, partly based on government information about GCSE 5A*-C pass rates that was misleadingly low, the school achieved 42% that year, above the government floor standard. This slipped to 36% for 2014. Taken over by Swale Academies Trust, performance dived again for 2015, although both Progress and Attainment have picked up for 2016.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 225 188 1 0
2015 215 122 0

48

2016 215 122 0 42
2017 215 142 0 32

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  36
2015 n/a n/a 24
2016 -0.34 42.9 n/a

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Northfleet Technology College.  Completely rebuilt under BSF (Building Schools for the Future, a PFI scheme).  OFSTED January 2017 - Good.  Full for 2013 and 2014. In 2015 20 first choices were turned away as popularity increased further, expanding to 190 in 2016 with massive pressure on Gravesham places. GCSE results usually around the government floor standard, but exceptional for 2016 in both Progress and Attainment. Fourth highest performing NS school at Level C or better in English and maths 2016, at 70%. Successful HT temporarily seconded to sort out Whitstable Community College in 2015. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 164 149 3  0
2015 164 156 20  0
2016 190 142 11  0
2017 194 139 0  16

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 3 3
2015 7 7
2016 2 2

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  54
2015 n/a n/a 48
2016 0.34 49.6 n/a

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Northfleet School for Girls.  OFSTED September 2012 - Good.  Headteacher retired summer 2014, replaced by Deputy at Northfleet Technology.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2014 175 118 26
2015 175 92 36
2016 200 122 0
2017 210 100 66

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission

2014 - 2017 all first preferences offered. Sudden slump in popularity for 2017; no obvious reason as 2016 performance data strong with GCSE results consistently above government floor standard. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  49
2015 n/a n/a 49
2016 0.01 47.2 n/a

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Norton Knatchbull School, Ashford. This grammar school usually fills but is not regularly oversubscribed. The Headteacher is Ms. Susanne Staab, previously Deputy Head of Folkestone School for Girls, keeping the number of female heads of Kent boys' schools at three, ahead of the number of male heads of girls' schools. OFSTED November 2012 - Good.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 180 130 0 34
2015 180 111 0

0

2016 180 164 2

0

2017 180 125 0 23

 For 2013 entry, the school put on an additional form of entry, reflecting pressure on places as Ashford expands.  Finished up with 178 children after appeals. The additional form has also been added for 2014 entry, taking it up to 180 capacity again. Just 121 offers were made for 2015 entry, now with a permanent capacity of 180. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 42 32
2015 63 53
2016 60 29

Consistently high proportion of successful appeals historically, as the school aims to fill to capapcity.  

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  93
2015 n/a n/a 95
2016 0.15 65.2 n/a

GCSE performance at 5 GCSEs A*-C consistently low for a grammar school, 2015 being typical at 95%. 

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