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Individual School Information - A

(updated June 2018)

You will find an article on 2018 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools hereFor Grammar School Preferences, only grammar qualified are counted. The PAN is the Published Admission Number and refers to the number of places available in the year group for each school. If additional places were offered, I have recorded this under PAN.  

A Report on 2017 Appeals Outcomes hereFor Attainment 8 and Progress 8 and further information on the performance of all Kent schools with 2017 GCSE scores go to here for explanation. 

The Abbey School, Faversham. OFSTED May 2013 - Good. Has been picking up in reputation over past five years. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 210 141  0 12 
2015
210
154
0
0
2016
210
164
0
0
2017 230 200 3 0
2018 210 199 12 0

For 2017 entry, oversubscribed with first choices for the first time even after having expanded by 20 places. In recent years has been picking up pupils from Whitstable.

2014 - 2018 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
2014 n/a n/a  38  
2015 n/a n/a 46  
2016 -0.05 45.3 n/a  
2017 -0.41 (BA) 37.4 n/a 12%

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Angley School, Cranbrook. Now closed and re-opened as High Weald Academy

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The Archbishop's School, Canterbury.  Was a very popular Canterbury school. The school has small classes but surprisingly did not attract a good OFSTED having been found to Require Improvement in both 2012 and October 2013. However most recent OFSTED in January 2016 found that the school is now Good.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 140 137 16
2015 140 112 3
2016 140 101 6
2017 150 125 17
2018 140 96 9

Popularity feel away sharply in 2014, following oversubscription numbers greater than 50. It now appears to be picking up again under new headteacher. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 4 2
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 0

With traditionally a high number of grammar school appeals successful, it is likely that nearly all who persevere will secure a  place, as can be seen by the absence of appeals in the past three years.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
2014 n/a n/a  48  
2015 n/a n/a 48  
2016 -0.31 45.2 n/a  
2017 -0.38 (BA) 38.3 n/a 19%

The past two years have seen a decline in performance, reflecting the school's drop off in popularity.  

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Astor College (A Specialist College for the Arts), Dover.  10% of places awarded on ability in the visual arts. The school is part of the Dover Federation of the Arts, in conjunction with Shatterlocks Infant School, Barton Junior School and White Cliffs Primary College of the Arts.  OFSTED March-July 2015, after a controversial series of events, when the school was initially placed in Special Measures, it was found to Require Improvement, down from Good.  Plenty of vacancies each year. See article. GCSE performance hovers around the government floor standard each year, falling below it to 35% A*-Cs for 2014 and 29% for 2015. Given full warning by government as to its performance in October 2015. Still run by controversial Chief Executive Chris Russell, although he retired from his seconded position as Executive Principal of the Duke of York's Royal Military School, also an academy in Dover, in December 2016.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2014 210 155  24 
2015 210 151 28
2016 210 109 86
2017 210 101 84
2018 210 120 9

2018 58 LAAs; No admission appeals. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
2014 n/a n/a  35  
2015 n/a n/a 29  
2016 -0.22 40.8 n/a  
2017 -0.45 (BA) 32.8 n/a 9%

You will find the latest coverage of ongoing controversy here. Suffers academically from additional pupils being selected locally for grammar school through the Dover Test. Progress 8 sixth lowest in Kent in 2017, Attainment 8 Sixth lowest. 

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Aylesford School - Sports College. Completely rebuilt around 2010 under a PFI scheme. OFSTED January 2014 - Good.  After a period when the school was not popular, it was oversubscribed for 2014 and 2015. Now on nosedive, with Ofsted Nov 2017 Requires Improvement and some of the lowest GCSEs in Kent. Now taken over as a sponsored academy by Wrotham School. 

 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 180 151 
2015
180
183
23
0
2016
180
120
0
32
2017 180 104 0 16
2018 2180 280 20 24
Numbers boosted by children from Bluebell Hill area in Medway, 25 in 2017, 20 in 2018. 
46 LAAs in 2018.
  
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 5 5
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
Grade 5 GCSE
Maths & Eng
2014 n/a n/a  37  
2015 n/a n/a 30  
2016
-0.56
41.0
n/a
 
2017 -1.05 (WBA) 32.1 n/a 9%

Previously above government floor standards for GCSE, the school slipped for 2014 and  2015. Progress 8 and Attainment 8 both third lowest in Kent in 2017, as popularity has slumped.  

 

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