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Individual School Information - St

(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.

St Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury. OFSTED February 2014 - Good, up one grade. Part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership.  Increasingly oversubscribed year on year, partly at the expense of Archbishops which has lost popularity, but there is an overall shortage of places in Canterbury since the closure of Chaucer. Oversubscription criteria place emphasis on Catholic background but most practicing Christians will qualify. Uses a KCC Independent Appeal Panel, and as in recent years the two girls' grammars admit high numbers on appeal, all those persevering to appeal have been awarded places. No guarantee for future years however.  GCSE consistently above government floor standard at 53% A-Cs in 2015 and solid Progress and Attainment Grades for 2016.   

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 180 154 5
2015 180 172 24
2016 180 207 46
2017 190 224 58

The 58 oversubscribed for 2017 makes St Anselm's one of the most popular non-selective schools in Kent.

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 3 3
2016 11 11
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  52
2015 n/a n/a 53
2016 0.27 48.6 n/a

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St Augustine Academy, Maidstone. OFSTED October 2014 - Good, recording a marked improvement in standards after requiring improvement in December 2012.  The Academy has a Christian ethos and is part of the Woodard Academies Trust. The academy has had plenty of vacancies in previous years,  but word of its progress is clearly getting around; it achieved the best student achievement figures for non-selective schools in Maidstone and was full on allocation for the first time for 2015 entry. Still has a low profile amongst parents in Maidstone. Usually above government floor standard at GCSE with 44% 5 A-Cs in 2014, but a disappointing slip in 2015. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 150 85 0  22
2015 150 113 1  0
2016 150 128 9  -3?
2017 150 120 0 0

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  44
2015 n/a n/a 34
2016 -0.23 48.3 n/a

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St Edmunds Catholic School, Dover. Popularity fell for several years as parents voted with their feet until OFSTED in 2013 when the school was placed in Special Measures. I have written an article commenting on this report and subsequent events.  OFSTED October 2014 - improvement to Requires Improvement.  My own thought is that this was actually a Good Report for a school, judged RI, and must have been close to Good overall.  Still had nearly half its places, 73, empty on allocation in March 2015, even before grammar school appeal. Planned Admission number reduced from 155 to 120 for September 2016.  Part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership. Like each of the Dover non-selectives suffers because of the high proportion of ablest students creamed off to grammar school through the Dover Test. Good attainment score for 2016. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
Vacant
places
2014 155 48 91
2015 155 66 73
2016 120 74 15
217 120 82 5

 2014 - 2016 all first preferences offered. Popularity improving as a result of OFSTED and performance compared to others. 

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  51
2015 n/a n/a 44
2016 0.06 45.3 n/a

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St George's CofE Foundation School, Broadstairs. Has become an all through school, recruiting at primary school level now through to Year 2. This development will be popular with parents as it offers priority for entry to secondary school, although surprisingly struggled to fill Reception for 2016 entry. OFSTED April 2015 - Good school for the third time, in spite of disastrous GCSE results in 2014 and 2015. In spite of this, popularity increased further for 2015, becoming the most oversubscribed school in the county on allocation in March 2015, 2016 and again in 2017. GCSE performance now sound for 2016. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2014 217 285 93
2015 217 345 150
2016 217 359 161
2017 217 397 186

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 2 1
2015 68 13
2016 44 37
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  22
2015 n/a n/a 12
2016 0.24 47.6 n/a

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St George's CofE School, Gravesend.  OFSTED May 2013 found the school to be Good, with outstanding leadership which clearly drove rapid improvements following a disastrous period. Lead school of the Aletheia Anglican Academies TrustPopularity continued to rise for 2014 entry. 23 first choices turned away.  Headteacher retired Christmas 2014, to be replaced by Associate Deputy Head who has carried on the good work.  Most recent OFSTED February 2017 found the school continues to be Good

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2014 180 181 23
2015 180 215 63
2016 180 276 123
2017 180 245 81

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 17 4
2015 22 12
2016 57 3
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  67
2015 n/a n/a 51
2016 0.23 45.6 n/a

Highly popular for 2015 entry, turning away 63 first choices on allocation in March, and was second most popular school in Kent (to St George's Broadstairs) in 2016 turning away 123 first choices, sixth most popular in 2017.  12 out of 27 appeals were successful for 2015 entry, falling to 3 in 2016, so tough. Introducing Primary section for September 2018, admitting 30 children into both Reception and Year 1, to expand to an intake of 60. This will prove highly successful as pupils will have priority for secondary section when they reach age 11. 

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St Gregory's Catholic School, Tunbridge Wells.  Now an Academy and part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership. Oversubscribed.  Priority to Catholics and then other Christians.  OFSTED October 2013 - Outstanding, up from Good.  Not surprisingly after this, popularity soared for 2014 entry. 26 first choices turned away, rising further for 2015, to 69 rejected. For 2015 entry, 55 appeals were registered and 14 heard but with school temporarily expanding to 210 children from 180, it appears that most who persisted were probably awarded places one way or another. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2014 180 171 26
2015 210 235 69
2016 210 209 34
2017 210 215 37

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 14 5
2016 0 0

 All 10 appeals submitted for 2016 were offered places before a hearing. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  72
2015 n/a n/a 64
2016 0.22 50.9 n/a

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St John's Catholic Comprehensive School, Gravesend. Voluntary Aided. Completely new buildings in 2010 through BSF.  Own Independent Appeal Panel. OFSTED November 2014 - Good, up from RIFifth highest non-selective school in Kent for GCSE performance Summer 2014, at 64%.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2014 180 153 6
2015 180 165 17
2016 180 195 40
2017 195 167 9

2014 - 2016 no appeals heard for school admission, although appeals registered; slippage will be due mainly to successful appeals to grammar schools. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  64
2015 n/a n/a 55
2016 0.02 48.4 n/a

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St Simon Stock Catholic School, Maidstone. OFSTED Good November 2016. Successful and regularly heavily oversubscribed school giving priority to Catholic and then other Christian families.  High performer at GCSE: top non-selective Kent school for Progress, 2016, third highest for Attainment.  Regularly oversubscribed, but to date all who persevered will have secured a place through allocation or appeal up to 2015, initial numbers falling with high number of successful appeals to grammar school in Maidstone. May be more difficult with larger numbers in 2017. Now an Academy and part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership. For 2017 admission, the school has removed priority for religious connections other than Catholicism. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2014 165 163 21
2015 165 158 21
2016 180 184 36
2017 180 225 72

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 2 2
2015 6 6
2016 1 0

 For 2016, there were originally 5 appeals submitted, but four withdrew.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  67
2015 n/a n/a 66
2016 0.53 53.5 n/a

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