(Last Update: Jan 16)
Canterbury Academy. Heavily oversubscribed. 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. Second highest number of permanent exclusions (9) in Kent September - Easter 2010/11. (Highest also a new academy). 57 first choices oversubscribed for September 2011, but well worth appealing - all 22 appeals were successful for 2010 entry. For 2013 entry popularity went down, but still 11 first choices oversubscribed. This was a temporary blip and for 2014 entry, the school has put in an additional 50 places with a reported surge in first choices. This will take 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. Will it increase its PAN to 2010 for September 2016 admission? Sharp fall in GCSEs with provisional 5 A-Cs at just 33% for 2015. OFSTED October 2015: Requires Improvement - No change. Some excerpts: Information about the school - The school has grown significantly since the last inspection and is now a larger-than-average mixed secondary modern. The sixth form has also grown significantly and is much larger than average; The multi-academy trust of which the school is a member now includes the previously federated primary school, high school and sixth form and enterprise college for vocational learning. There is a nursery on site run by City View Pre-school and Nursery; There is a specially resourced speech and language unit for around 30 pupils. Pupils attend from south and east Kent as well as from Canterbury High School; The proportion of disabled pupils or those with special educational needs at the school is higher than average; The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is higher than average; The majority of pupils join the school with prior attainment that is significantly lower than average. However, an increasing number join the school with prior attainment that is at or above average; The school is responsible for an area wide alternative curriculum provision. This includes Phoenix House (previously a pupil referral unit), the Riverside Youth Centre and Canterbury Youth Commission. These facilities are all off site, but are part of Canterbury Academy. Around 13 pupils from years 9–11 attend this provision, which is also attended by up to 30 pupils from local schools. Off-site provision is also offered for sixth form students at the Kent Equine Centre; The school works in partnership with the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys. Several staff from the Langton school currently teach sixth form lessons at Canterbury Academy to approximately 100 students. In addition, a senior vice principal from Langton Grammar is seconded to work at Canterbury Academy for this academic year to support the school’s leadership; The school meets current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Key finding -This is a school that requires improvement. GCSE 5 A-C 2015: 36%.
Charles Dickens School, Broadstairs. OFSTED May 2011 found it a good school: "The Charles Dickens School is a larger-than-average secondary school. It is a non-selective school in an area which operates a policy of selection by ability. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is below average. The main group represented in the school is of White British heritage. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is lower than that found nationally. The proportion of students who, when they join the school, have special educational needs and/or disabilities, is well-above average. These cover a wide range of additional needs. The school has a visually impaired unit which caters for a small number of students. The school first gained specialist status as a mathematics and computing school in 2006. It provides a number of vocational courses in partnership with two other local providers. At the time of the inspection, the school had just completed a move into new, or extensively refurbished, buildings". Heavily oversubscribed. 82 first choices turned away in 2009, 53 initially in March 2010 and 30 in 2011. Still very popular in 2013 with 42 first choices oversubscribed, even more so in 2014 with 53 again. Dramatic fall to OFSTED Special Measures September 2014, 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 all this, the school is 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 retires with immediate effect October 2015, following further fall in 5 GCSEs A-C to 30% in 2015. See article. OFSTED Dec 15: Effective Action to remove SM.
Chatham House and Clarendon House Grammar Schools (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 and are now a 'Gove' Academy. The combined sixth form of some 500 students provides scope for new teaching options and specialisms. The oversubscription criteria for admission in September 2011gave priority, after siblings, to eligible students who live within Thanet, Broomfield, Chestfield, Herne, Herne Bay, Reculver, Swalecliffe and Whitstable areas (defined by a map), those living closest to the school having priority. Chatham House was oversubscribed for admission in September 2010, but all local eligible boys were successful on appeal. Chatham House just about full for 2011 entry, but as in previous years took additional boys on appeal. Clarendon House again had spaces. For some reason, for 2013 entry, the two school seach increased their Planned Admission Number by 9 places to 99, although both schools had plenty of vacancies. The previous controversial Executive Headteacher left the school in the summer of 2012, and was succeeded by the Vice Principal on an acting basis. The Federation has brought the two schools close together with both single sex and co-educational lessons in the main school and a fully co-educational sixth from, Mrs Liddicoat having been promoted to become Chief Executive. For 2014 entry plenty of vacancies before appeals; can it maintain its Planned Admission number of 180. OFSTED Sep 2014: Good. Some excerpts from Information about the school: Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School is a larger-than-average-sized mixed selective school. It is a new school formed from the merger of the former Chatham House Grammar School and Clarendon House Grammar School in September 2013; The school has single-gender teaching for boys and girls in the lower school and also in the core subjects in the upper school. There are mixed classes in option subjects in the upper school and throughout the sixth form; The school meets the government current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. For 2015 entry, again plenty of spaces, but an amazing 131 appeals. GCSE, best for four years at 96%.
Community College Whitstable. OFSTED Mar 2015, Requires Improvement, down from Good. Excerpts from the Information about the school section- The Community College Whitstable is smaller than the average-size school; The proportion of students who are disabled or have special educational needs is higher than average; The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above the national average; The college serves a community with relatively little ethnic or cultural diversity; The college does not meet the government’s current floor standard which sets minimum expectations for attainment and progress.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.
Cornwallis Academy, Maidstone This was formed from the Cornwallis School, previously a heavily oversubscribed successful secondary school in south Maidstone. The Academy is being rebuilt at a cost of some £31 million, building having started in 2009. 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 (see below) the New Line Learning Academy, under one Governing Body. Details are here. March 2010 OFSTED found the Academy was good with some outstanding features. 30 first choices oversubscribed on 2nd March 2010, but all appeals were successful. 27 first choice oversubscribed in March 2011. Popularity has declined year on year, and for 2013 entry for the first time the school has vacancies. OFSTED 2013 - Good. Some Excerpts from Information about this school: The school is larger than the average-sized secondary school; The school moved into new purpose-built accommodation in September 2011; It is part of the Future Schools Trust, together with another secondary academy and a primary school; The academy is non selective and students come from a wide geographical area; Applications to Year 7 are much greater than the school’s capacity ( Peter - not the case for 2013 entry) and the sixth form is also very popular; The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for the attainment and progress of students by the end of Year 11. Initially oversubscribed for 2014 entry, but took all applicants who persevered. Also oversubscribed for 2015, but I anticipate will take all applicants who persevere. Continued fall in GCSE performance 2015 with 5 A-Cs at 39%.
Cranbrook School. NEWS: Governors have recommended the school changes its age of entry from 13 to 11 for September 2017 and the school is engaged in securing approval for the change. Further details here. Entry at 13+. Grammar School with many boarders, often from private schools. A maximum of 98 places 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. Excerpt from Information about the school: "Cranbrook School is a smaller-than-average-sized selective secondary school. The school converted to become an academy in December 2012. When its predecessor school, also known as Cranbrook School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding. Most students are from White British backgrounds. The headteacher is a Local Leader in Education (LLE). The school met the government’s floor standards in 2014, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress". The school has proposed changing its age of entry to 11 but the date for this keeps slipping partly because of considerable resistance the major stakeholders, parents of children who have been through the private school feeder system, many of whom see Cranbrook as a free private school. You will find the latest position here, looking at a 2017 change at the earliest. For 2013 entry, there were 4 successful appeals out of 14.For 2014 entry this fell to 1 out of 6, the successful candidate being one of the 5 who had passed the Cranbrook Test. For 2015 it was 0 out of one.Continued improvement in GCSE for 2015 with 5 A-Cs at 99%.