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Individual School Information - T-V

(updated February 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.

Thamesview School, Gravesend.  Usually oversubscribed, like all Gravesham secondary schools, although may have vacancies after grammar school appeals.  OFSTED November 2014 - Good (again). GCSE performance consistently sound. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 150 143 5 0
2015 150 124 0 1
2016 150 140 17 0
2017 180 162 3 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  54
2015 n/a n/a 53
2016 -0.25 43.5 n/a

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Tonbridge Grammar School (for girls). Academy. Regularly wins accolades for being one of the top schools in the country. Is committed to the International Baccalaureate throughout the school, still an unusual choice for a state school, so you should satisfy yourself this is right for the girl.Will presumably admit an increased number of 173 again in 2017 (formal PAN is 150), but is formally increasing PAN to 180 for 2018. With the Weald of Kent Grammar opening its annexe in Sevenoaks for 2018, the number of local girls' grammar places continues to rise. Has selected on high scores in two categories. 133 girls in local area, 40 'outers'. For 2018, it is rising to 'up to' 135 inners, 35 outers and 10 pupil premium (check details). OFSTED June 2007 - Outstanding. The school became an academy in 2012, so did not need another OFSTED for several years. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 173 207 44
2015 173 234 77
2016 173 308 142
2017 180 325 151

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 13 7
2015 38 10
2016 62 8
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  97
2015 n/a n/a 99
2016 0.75 76.7 n/a

For 2015 entry, the initial cut off was 356 for inners, 375 for outers, falling to 350 and 371 on first round of re-allocation. For 2016 entry, it was 366 inners and 381 outers, changing to 363 and 389 on reallocation (the outers rising as late applications were taken into account). For 2017 outers was 395. With outers probably rising again next year there can be no 'inside knowledge' of the Inner cut off as no one knows how many high scoring pupils will apply. The number of successful appeals reflects a target of finishing at around 180 girls, likely again for 2017, but the 2018 PAN of 180 suggests there will be very few successful appeals next year. Low staying on rate into Sixth Form at just 87% (over half of Kent grammar schools have a net increase admitting students from other, often non-selective schools). 

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Towers School, Ashford. Now an Academy. OFSTED October 2016:  Requires Improvement(third in a row).  Plenty of vacancies for 2013 entry, even before the opening of Wye Free School caused admission numbers in September to fall more than any other school in Kent between March allocation and September intake. was hit further in 2014, but has been recovering for the past two years in terms of numbers. Consistently above the government floor target of 40% in 5 A*-Cs at GCSE but only just in 2014, with 41%.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2014 243 105 123
2015 243 129 79
2016 243 127 67
2017 243 162 37
2014 - 2017 all first preferences offered
2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  41
2015 n/a n/a 32
2016 0.01 45.3 n/a

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Trinity School, Sevenoaks. Small intake of 120 pupils. Heavily oversubscribed with first choices. For further information go to here.  A Free School set up in September 2013, moved into new premises in September 2016 on the same site as the new Sevenoaks Grammar annexe, to be opened in September 2017. OFSTED June 2015 - Good  Publicly-held data is not yet available for this school. It is not possible to report, therefore, on whether or not the school meets the government’s current floor standards - so how can Ofsted judge the school to be good?  The school's first headteacher, Matthew Tate, having set the school on a good start, left in August 2016, to go on to Hartsdown Academy. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 120 124 38
2015 120 184 82
2016 120 156 52
2017 180 174 13

2014 - 2017 no vacant places

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 3 2
2015 26 1
2016 11 11

2014 - 2016 no published results available

The school offers up to half its places to 'Christian families, defined as families where at least one parent / carer and the student consistently attend a Christian Church at least twice per month for a period of at least two years', most of the rest after the common exceptions awarded on distance grounds, the catchment area each year being very tight around the school. 

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Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School.  Once again, in November 2011, the school was found Outstanding by OFSTED. One of the minority of Kent secondaries, not an academy, but classified as Foundation, giving it some independence from KCC. Priority for places given to grammar qualified girls in named West Kent parishes,  but not all will get in. Academically high performing school with results at GCSE and A Level comparable with local super-selective schools. High expectations of students.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 140 142 6
2015 140 157 27
2016 140 134 9
2017 145 142 21

2014 - 2017 no vacant places on allocation in March. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 26 7
2015 27 7
2016 25 6

 Runs its own Independent Appeals Panel, which tends to award fewer than 10 places on appeal. In years when the school is well oversubscribed, and this can include some second choices, a very strong case is needed for girls who are initially non-selective. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  97
2015 n/a n/a 99
2016 0.82 73.5 n/a

Because of pressure on places, only takes girls from the West Kent selective area, mainly those closest to the school but 14 places being reserved for high scorers, living in the selective area. As a result there are rarely successful applicants out of area, except the few still qualifying as siblings.  For 2014 entry, the cut-off was 2.32 miles seeing girls in Pembury and Langton Green being offered places on allocation for the first time in many years. The cut off score for the 14 Governors places was 394. Oversubscription fell to its lowest for many years, all qualified girls eventually getting in. Applications for September 2015 shot up again, with 27 first choices turned away and the cut-off distance shrank to 1.66 miles, the smallest for some years, with the Governors Places score at 358 under the new Kent Test, where high scores decreased considerably for all schools that applied them. For 2016 entry, Governors places score was 352 on Kent Test, falling to 347 after re-allocation. 

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Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys. Usually oversubscribed with first choices initially, but there is a fall off in the number of boys actually taking up places. Priority given to boys in named West Kent parishes. OFSTED January 2017 - Good. GCSE 5 A*-Cs down from usual high standard to 93% in 2014.  Popular Headteacher, John Harrison, retired at Christmas 2016, the Deputy becoming Acting Head for 2017. A new Headteacher, Amanda Simpson, has been appointed for September. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 180 146 36
2015 180 76 0
2016 180 95 12
2017 210 122 26

2014 - 2017 no vacant places on allocation in March, although there is considerable 'churn' in boys' grammar school places in West Kent, due to boys taking up places in private schools and the super-selectives. Pressure eased as the Judd expands, and changed its own admission rules to give priority to West Kent boys, but rising demand for places in the district will see demand rise again for 2017. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 50 43
2015 51 28
2016 40 37

Unusually, the school is still fully county maintained, and so under the control of KCC, so appeals success rates can reflect county's response to pressure on places in West Kent. The number of appeals is high, with both oversubscription and non-selective cases heard. The normal high rate of success is also indicative of the changing population over this period, the school often looking to admit seven forms of entry, as happened for 2016 entry, where the final intake was 199 boys. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  93
2015 n/a n/a 97
2016 0.25 64.9 n/a

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Ursuline College, Westgate-on-Sea.  This Catholic School has a background as a girls private school, but is now a mixed state school. Strongly catholic, with conservative discipline. OFSTED June 2012 - Good.   Now an academy, Part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 120 114 13
2015 128 109 14
2016 128 96 5
2017 150 103 14

2014 - 2017 no vacant places; 13 first choices turned away for 2014 entry, 14 for 2015. Consistently above government floor target of 40% for 5 A-Cs at GCSE, 44% in 2014. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 8 8
2015 8 3
2016 11 0
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  44
2015 n/a n/a 44
2016 -0.33 42.7 n/a

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Valley Park School, Maidstone.  Is now an Academy along with its Federated partner, Invicta Grammar School. Part of the Valley Invicta Academies TrustOFSTED April 2013 - second consecutive Outstanding inspection. By far the most popular school in Maidstone, third most oversubscribed non-selective in Kent 2016 (second in 2015).  For 2015 entry, the school has changed its main admission criteria from distance to give priority to children for whom it is the nearest school. All children offered places on distance grounds for 2015 entry came into this category, the furthest distance being just 1.365 miles. Plenty of concerns from parents who lost out as a result, but rules followed, so read them carefully! There is a local house price premium because of popularity.

Valley Invicta Trust is opening a new Six Form entry non-selective school next year, the Maidstone School of Science and Technology which is going to cause a shake up in Maidstone school admissions. This is a reflection of Maidstone's current rapid growth, with the Trust schools present popularity suggesting both schools are likely to be very popular, at the expense of others.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 240 265 50
2015 240 358 145
2016 270 371 116
2017 270 424 179

The school has expanded rapidly since 2012 when it had just 180 spaces. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 5 5
2015 9 4
2016 24 9
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  56
2015 n/a n/a 59
2016 0.21 48.6 n/a
 
Consistently strong GCSE performance adds to popularity. 
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