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Individual School Information - C

 

(updated September 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.

Canterbury Academy. Is in Federation with Canterbury Primary School, and  several sporting centres providing excellent facilities. Children at Canterbury Primary (Previously Beauherne Primary) have priority for admission after Children in Care and 15% of places going to children with musical ability. The Federation of the two schools is now an Academy. Sharp increase in GCSEs with rise to a sound 44.3 in Attainment 8 for 2016. Progress 8 within normal limits.  OFSTED October 2015 - Requires Improvement (no change), but a follow up Inspection is powerful: 'The academy sustains its clear sense of moral purpose, namely to meet closely the very diverse needs and aspirations of a large pupil body. Its vision to be a ‘school for all talents’ is formidable and complex. The passionate and inclusive attitude from the senior leadership is well understood and applied across the academy. The academy’s curriculum is remarkable in including a huge variety of subjects and routes'. The school has an massive Sixth Form, taking in students from a range of schools, including grammar schools, up to 160 for 2017 entry. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 230 253 48 0
2015 180 204 47

0

2016 210 258 76 -1
2017 210 214 33 0
 
For 2014 entry, the school put in an additional 50 places following a surge in first choices. This took in some of the children otherwise destined for the closing Chaucer Technology School.  Increased its PAN by 50 to absorb the 205 first choices, although some will have found places at grammar school on appeal.  For 2015 entry, the school was not able to take in an additional form of entry with 47 first choices oversubscribed before grammar school appeals. There were no spaces in any Canterbury secondary school. The school eventually took all on waiting list who had appealed without the need to hear appeals, going over PAN to meet demand. PAN increased to 210 for September 2016 admission. For 2017 entry, eventually admitted all who applied and persevered, without appeal. 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 8 8
2015 0 0
2016 11 11
2017 No appeals  
 
Although oversubscribed, the school expects to lose some students to grammar school appeals. As a result, if unsuccessful, it is worthwhile persisting with an application and appeal, as usually nearly all such efforts prove successful. 
  
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  42
2015 n/a n/a 36
2016 -0.15 44.3 n/a

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Charles Dickens School, Broadstairs.  Dramatic fall to OFSTED Special Measures September 2014, from Good in May 2011 - see article. In a Monitoring Inspection in December 2014, OFSTED found rapid improvement, casting doubt on the original finding, see article. February 2015, OFSTED found further Reasonable progress. In spite of this, the school was still heavily oversubscribed for September 2015, rejecting 44 first choices, showing a combination of continued faith by parents and the 'fear of the Marlowe Academy' effect. Headteacher retired with immediate effect October 2015, following further fall in 5 GCSEs A*-C to 30% in 2015. See article. OFSTED April 2016: Effective Action to remove SM.  There were 5 monitoring visits by OFSTED and in March 2017 the school became an academy, sponsored by Barton Court Academy Trust.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs 
not offered
2014 232 229 53
2015 232 194 44
2016 232 164 30
2017 232 198 33
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 28 4
2015 27 8
2016 15 8
2017 27 5
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  35
2015 n/a n/a 30
2016 -0.14 44.8 n/a

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Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School (The Federation of Ramsgate Grammar Schools - not to be confused with Chatham Grammar in Medway). The two Thanet grammar schools become a Federation in the light of falling rolls in Thanet in September 2009. The combined sixth form of some 500 students provides scope for new teaching options and specialisms. The Federation has now become a single academy with both single sex and co-educational lessons in the main school and a fully co-educational sixth form, Mrs Liddicoat having been promoted to become Chief Executive, after a previous disastrous appointment left suddenly. OFSTED September 2014Good.  Numbers well up in past two years to September 2017. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2014 180 103 67
2015 189 125 56
2016 180 145 26
2017 180 142 23
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 99 62
2015 136 33
2016 113 47
2017 104 66
 
For 2015 entry an amazing 136 appeals, partly brought about by parents trying to avoid local unpopular non-selective schools. Changed Appeal Panel provider to KCC for 2017 appeals, to increase numbers, as shown by increase.
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  94
2015 n/a n/a 96
2016 0.19 65.0 n/a

2015 GCSE, best for four years at 96%. 2016, different measure, but good. 

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Chaucer Technology College Canterbury. CLOSED IN JULY 2014.  See article for 2014 update.  

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Community College WhitstableOFSTED March 2015 - Requires Improvement, down from Good.  The school has had difficulty in attracting students for  entry in recent years through to 2015 when, after all places in Canterbury were filled following the closure of Chaucer Technology College it ended making offers to many north Canterbury children who hadn't applied for the school.  Headteacher suspended October 2015 following poor provisional GCSE results, 28% 5 A-Cs.  Most recent Section 8 monitoring visit was in January 2016 when the finding was that senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the last section 5 inspection in order to become a good school. Has now been taken over by Swale Academy Trust, with the intention of becoming a Sponsored Academy for September. This did not happen as explained here

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2014 210 114 52
2015 210 118 55
2016 210 88 67
2017 210 110 46

2014 - 2017 - no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  39
2015 n/a n/a 28
2016 -0.1 44.0 n/a

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Cornwallis Academy, Maidstone.  Sponsored by the Future Schools Trust.  This was formed from the Cornwallis School, previously a heavily oversubscribed successful secondary school in south Maidstone. The Academy was rebuilt at a cost of some £31 million. The Academy places great emphasis on technology. The Academy linked up with the failing Senacre and Oldborough Manor Schools and is now federated with their replacement the New Line Learning Academy (NLL), under one Governing Body. Details are here.   OFSTED June 2013 Good.  Issued with Warning Notice November 2015 by DfE, along with NLL relating to poor standards. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 255 246 21 0
2015 255 227 18 0
2016 255 196 0 6
2017 255 162 0 10

Initially oversubscribed for 2014 and 2015 entry, but took all applicants who persevered. Popularity continues to fall. 

2014 - 2017 - no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  47
2015 n/a n/a 38
2016 -0.04 45.2 n/a

Continued fall in GCSE performance 2015 with 5 A-Cs at 39%, but 2016 looks better. 

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Cranbrook School. Day and Boarding Grammar School, with entry at 13+ only until recently. A maximum of 98 places has been available for day students, a high proportion being taken up by pupils from local private schools who specialise in coaching for the school's own tests. The School Admission policy states that the selection tests are as follows: "Candidates take an objective test set by NFER and the school also sets supplementary papers in Mathematics and English. The objective NFER test is the primary test". There is no indication of how candidates are selected from the results of these tests. There have been a number of successful complaints to the Ombudsman over admission appeals. Outstanding for the second consecutive time: OFSTED April 2015. Latest Social Care inspection of the boarding provision was in February 2016 where it was found to be Outstanding.  The school is changing its age of entry to 11 via a long drawn out process to meet local pressures, and offered 30 year 7 places for September 2017.  You will find the latest position hereBecause of high demand, the school is now taking in 60 children at age 11 for 2018, accelerating the process.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS At YEAR 7
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2014

Admission at year 9 - information not

available

2015
2016
2017 30 52 24 0
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES (year 9)
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 6 1
2015 1 0
2016 0 0
 
Very few appeals for Year 9 entry up to 2016. This will change with the new form of entry at 11. 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  98
2015 n/a n/a 99
2016 n/a 66.4 n/a

Consistently strong GCSE performance.

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