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Individual School Information - D

 Updated April 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. 

Dane Court Grammar School.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN  Offers
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2014  165 165  165  3
2015 165 165 175 12
2016  165  164  162  0
2017  165 165  178 13
2018  165  175  180  7

 An FOI request for further data, shows that eight of those offered places initially rejected them. Of these for technical reasons, just five were reallocated, all to applicants living outside Kent. We can deduce that all offers to Kent boys were accepted. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014  54  8
2015  76  16
2016  71  15
2017  70  19
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a   93%
2015 n/a n/a  93%
2016 n/a
2017 0.06 62 n/a 

Worryingly low GCSE performance for 2015 being 93%, below 94% for second consecutive year. 

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Dartford Grammar School
Regularly the most oversubscribed school in the county, with enormous pressure coming form London Boroughs.  Takes the International Baccalaureate,  and The Middle School Years Baccalaureate already, and so follows a broad academic curriculum. 6 successful appeals out of 70 for 2015 admission, five of whom had passed the Kent Test and so were out of Dartford boys, the sixth was a client of mine. For 2016 admission, the cut off for the 90 'out or area' boys was 375. There is a limit on the number of 'local' boys to 90 boys being accepted, which was reached this year. As a result, the local boys were chosen on score ranking with a cut off at 351, so that for the first time a number of grammar qualified boys living near to the school will not have been offered places.complaint to the Schools Adjudicator when the new Admission Rules were set up, was turned down partly on the basis that few local boys would be disadvantaged on this basis.This is clearly untrue and the school can no longer be regarded as 'local', chasing high ability boys. For September 2016, 81 ooc students were offered places, for 2017 it was 80.  For 2018 entry, the  cut off score in the Kent Test for Dartford boys was 358 (pass aggregate was 320), for out of area boys it was 384 with not all boys on 383 getting in on second round.
Mushroom Sixth Form, the largest in county, and biggest increase over Year 11. At the 2017 census, Year 12 was 298 boys and girls, up from 156 in Year 11.  No Ofsted since conversion to academy in 2012. 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 116 3
2015 64 6
2016 103 6
2017 116 3
 
I don't see the number of appeals reducing, or the success rate increasing in the near future. . 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014  98%
2015  100%
2016
2017 0.78 73.8 n/a
 
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Dartford Grammar School for Girls
The school  approved new admission criteria for 2015 entry, expanding to 160 girls, but setting an initial limit of 100 for girls living in local parishes.  After that places are awarded to highest scorers, wherever they reside. OFSTED  June 2016- Outstanding. complaint to the Schools Adjudicator when the new Admission Rules were set up, was turned down partly on the basis that few local girls would be disadvantaged on this basis.This is clearly untrue. For 2016 admission there was a cut off for inner area girls living in named parishes for the first time as the 100 girls offered places were required to score 333. The cut off for the remaining out of area girls, after children in care and siblings were offered, was 363, so that for the first time a number of grammar qualified girls living near to the school will not have been offered places. For 2018 ooc 385, falling to 383 on second round.
 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN  Offers
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2014 160 160 240 89
2015 160 160 239 95
2016 180 180 275 119
2017 180 180 345 188
2018 180 2180 300 153

Usually second most oversubscribed Kent school (to Dartford Grammar), under enormous pressure  from London families. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 46 8
2015 57 7
2016 79 3
2017 93 0
 
Yes, that is correct. No successful appeals for 2017.
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a   99%
2015 n/a n/a
2016 n/a
2017 0.66 69.7 n/a
 
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Dartford Science and Technology College. 
The only single sex school in Dartford, after a boys' non-selective school closed many years ago. Ofsted Mar 2017 - again Good.    
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st
prefs not offered
Vacancies
2014  145 73
0
14
2015  145  85
0
 0
2016 145  97 0 10
2017  150 150 0 0
2018 150 155 23 0

 

There were no appeals: 2014-2017 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a 
2015 n/a n/a 57%
2016 n/a
2017 -0.27 39.1 n/a
 
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Dover Christ Church Academy
Replaced Archer's Court Maths and Computing College and opened in September 2010. It is sponsored by Christ Church University, Canterbury, along with Kent County Council and the two Dover Grammar schools. Ofsted Nov 2016 - Requires Improvement, for third time. Monitoring Inspection Mar 18: 'effective action in order for the school to become good;.Suffers loss of more able pupils because of high proportion in area going to grammar schools through Dover Test. Nevertheless, GCSE performance not bad.  New principal and assistant vice-principal were appointed in September 2017. Chair of governors took up post in May 2017.
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
prefs
1st
prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2014  150  75 0  55
2015  150 99 0  28
2016  145 104 0 23
2017 160 167 37 0
2018 2150 117 0 8

There were no appeals 2014-2017 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a 
2015 n/a n/a  41%
2016 n/a
2017 -0.43 37.9 n/a

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Dover Grammar School for Boys. Admission is either by the Dover Test (for boys and girls) or the Kent Test, children also being able to take both. The Dover test comprises VR, NVER, maths and English and pass is by an aggregate score. The Dover Test is not recognised by KCC as valid for entrance to any other grammar school and a pass has not generally been considered a valid case by Independent Appeal Panels for other grammar schools.  As much as half of the intake is through the Dover Test.   OFSTED Feb 2016- Good, up from Requires Improvement (the only Kent grammar school to be given RI).   

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS
(see notes)
  PAN 
Offers
Offered under Dover Test
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2014  120 120 71 111  0
2015  120  120 81 39  39
2016  150 127 88 119  0
2017  150 138 105 145  0
2018 150 150 100 139 10

Note 1: For 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 The Preference data refers to all boys who qualified for places. 

Note 2: For 2015, The preference data applies to boys who applied with Kent Test passes only.

For 2017 entry, 33 boys qualified through Kent Test, 105 through Dover Test. 2018 entry, 50 boys qualified through Kent Test, 100 through Dover Test.

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014  23 12
2015  17 14
2016  23 7
2017 20 6

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a   %
2015 n/a n/a 93%
2016 n/a
2017 -0.06 57.4 n/a

GCSE outcomes low for a grammar school, unsurprising given nature of intake. 

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Dover Grammar School for Girls.OFSTED Nov 2013: Outstanding - as in 2007.Admission is either by the Dover Test (for boys and girls) or the Kent Test, children also being able to take both. The Dover test comprises VR, NVER, maths and English and pass is by an aggregate score. The Dover Test is not recognised by KCC as valid for entrance to any other grammar school and a pass has not generally been considered a valid case by Independent Appeal Panels for other grammar schools.  Very popular HT left summer 2017. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
(see notes)
  PAN  Offers Offered under Dover Test
1st
pref
1st prefs
not offered
2014 120 120 76 116  0
2015 130 130  81
44  43
2016 130  130  71 146 25
2017 140  144 88 142 7
2017 140 147 80 140 9

Note 1: For 2014, The Preference data refers to all boys who qualified for places.

Note 2: For 2015, 87 of the offers were for Girls who qualified under the Dover Test. The preference data applies to girls who applied with Kent Test passes only. For 2017 entry, 88 of the 140 offers went to girls who passed the Dover Test only.  For 2018, 80 of the 140 offers went to girls who passed the Dover Test only. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 46 8
2015 26 12
2016 24 14
2017 12 3

  

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a 
2015 n/a n/a 95%
2016 0.34  65.3 n/a
2017 0.39 61.8 n/a

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 Duke of York's Academy, Dover. This once private school run by the MOD became a mainstream state funded part boarding academy with military traditions from September 2010, sponsored by the Secretary of State for Defence. Although it remains primarily focused on providing continuity of education for the children of those serving in the Armed Forces who live in the region,the current ratio of intake is 80% non-military 20% military, providing one of many important breaks with tradition. This priority is reflected in the oversubscription criteria, other children qualifying for access after all military preferences have been met, subject to a "Suitability for Boarding" assessment by the school which appears to offer no right of appeal if the child is turned down. In terms of cost alone, the boarding school offers excellent value for money:Boarding fees are £10,500 per year and education is paid for by the state. If parents qualify for Continuity of Education Allowance (Service families only), they could pay just £1,050 a year. One correspondent notes this equates to less than £40 per day for all boarding fees. The school has now concludeda £24 million building programme as a result of its change of status.  The school is going through a period of dramatic change since it became an academy, and forced to change its admission rules. The biggest difference is that the school has become non-selective; a dramatic change from its previous role as a private grammar school. The non-military intake is changing the ethos and, along with the change to an all ability school has come a rise in the proportion of children with Special Education Needs to 30%. The school reports that (June 2012): "we are a state boarding school and can accept anyone from the European Economic Area who holds a British Passport or has the right to reside in the UK.  Our children come to us from various different countries.

The school has been haunted by controversy and allegations for years, and is the subject of a current police investigation (April 2018), as reported here. There have been a number of OFSTED Reports trying to pin down the issues, most recently looking at overall effectiveness most recently in a Monitoring Report January 2017;  and an unannounced Social Care Inspection at the same time.     

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN  Offers
1st
prefs
1st Prefs not offered Vacancies*
2014  58 23  23 12  12
2015 104  39  38 5  65
2016  104 36 44 10 68
2017  104 12 25 14 92
2018 104 21 27 10 83
*The 100% Boarding arrangements for this school and its mainly military family intake mean both that some families can apply outside the normal arrangements (hence the discrepancy in figures) and also that some boarding applications are rejected as 'Unsuitable for Boarding', on grounds put forward by the school in a 'Suitability for Boarding Assessment'. Because of the nature of the primarily military intake (mainly NCOs and below), numbers rise significantly year on year.  As an example, the 23 offers in March 2014, turned int 48 in October, and 98 in October 2017.
 
No appeals known of 2014-17

 

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a 
2015 n/a n/a 51%
2016 n/a
2017 0.25 49.1 n/a