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Individual School Information - E-F

(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. 

Ebbsfleet Academy.  Controversially replaced Swan Valley Community School in November 2013, although it had been ceremonially opened three months earlier! You will find the history of this project set out in several articles on this website with links back from here.  One of the major problems that these articles expose is that the school regularly made claims that were untrue. It made great play of the improvement on the predecessor school, but failed to point out, that this level, the second worst in the county in 2012 and 2013, was under the current leadership and a considerable fall on previous results under the former headteacher.

The school has been deeply unpopular with parents, in spite of the pressure on places in Dartford for at least the past four years. This could be partly due to Ebbsfleet being one of the few secondary schools in Kent with no Sixth Form. However, its strong disciplinary procedure as described in my article Tough Love Academies, which demonstrates the high proportion of pupils bailing out of the school from allocation through to Year 11. Many of these will not have chosen the school at all, but be part of the extraordinarily high number of LAAs given places each year they may have set out to avoid. 

Each year, I receive more enquiries from parents seeking to avoid Ebbsfleet Academy than any other school in Kent. 

May 2017: the school has launched a no-marking pilot scheme, as explained here, primarily to reduce teachers' workload.  Surely, pupil progress should come first.

Sponsored by the Brook Learning Trust which has had its own difficulties as seen through the link. OFSTED September 2016 - Good.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
prefs
1st prefs 
not offered
Local
Authority
Allocations
Vacant
places
2014 150 72 0 34 10
2015 150 47 0 52 13
2016 150 97 0 26 -8
2017 150 69 0 13 67
2018
2150 69 0 67 3

For September 2017 admissions, the school was hit by the extension of the Leigh Academy UTC to accepting pupils from the age of 11; the extra places created contributing to the fall in LAAs. . 

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission.

2014 - 2017 all first preferences offered.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a 
35
 
2015 n/a n/a
54
 
2016
0.2
44.8
n/a
 
 017 -0.27 (BA)  242.4 n/a 37% 

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Ellington & Hereson School, Ramsgate.  Has now taken over the site and the students of the closed Marlowe Academy, and been renamed Royal Harbour Academy.

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Folkestone Academy. Was set up by the Roger de Haan Academy Trust in 2007, to replace the struggling Channel School in new premises designed by the Norman Foster Architects at a cost of £34 million, and is co-sponsored by Kings School Canterbury. It combined with a local primary school in 2013, to provide for pupils from 3 -18 years, now one of four such schools in the county. Was one of the most oversubscribed schools in Kent, turning away 34 first choices for September 2013 entry, but has lost its gloss since then. Benefited from competing with the other non-selective school in town, Pent Valley Secondary which closed in July 2016 following poor leadership and unpopularity with families, but many aspiring families choose to look first at Brockhill School in Hythe. Suffers academically from high level of grammar school selection through the Shepway Test (see Folkestone School for Girls below), which picks up to another 200 of the highest performing non-selective (by Kent Test) children nationally. The then headteacher was removed following a personal scandal and the school came under some parental criticism following changes in policy designed to improve academic standardsOFSTED October 2015 - Good. The school was then taken over by the controversial Turner Schools Trust  in January by Turner Schools, a new Academy Trust, but having taken over two primary schools and the replacement for Pent Valley. Full details on events at Folkestone Academy  here, including two more changes of headteacher to an interim until this summer, a major reorganisation and proposals to cut 25% of the staff.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
prefs
1st prefs 
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 270 230 0 0
2015 279 243 0 0
2016 300 222 0 -2
2017 310 243 0 5
2018 270 216 18 0

The new sponsors ,Turner Schools, reduced the PAN for 2018, with the expectation that the new Turner Free School will admit 120 pupils.  .

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  33  
2015 n/a n/a 41  
2016
-0.44
39.6
n/a
 
2017 -0.22 (BA) 36.4  n/a  14% 

The loss of the highest performing non-selective children will hit academic performance in 2019.

 

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Folkestone School for Girls OFSTED October 2012 - Outstanding Introduced the Shepway Test for 2014 admission in conjunction with The Harvey Grammar School, an alternative way of gaining admission to the Kent Test. 

Has one of the lowest Kent grammar school staying on rates from Year 11 to the Sixth Form. In September 2016 this was 88%. The school also had one of the lowest Kent grammar Sixth Form staying on rates from Year 12 to Year 13 in September 2016, at 85%. For September 2017 the Year 11 staying on rate had fallen to 71%. Following my exposure of the illegal exclusion rate in Year 12, this fell along with the other culprits, in the case of FSG to 95%

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
prefs
1st prefs 
not offered
Shepway
Test
Offers
Vacant
places
2014 180 137 0 68 34
2015 180 62 3 118 0
2016 180 181 4 94 0
2017 180 183 7 92 0
2018 180 181 2 70 0
 
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 58 44
2015 46 29
2016 28 14
2017 29 8

The school operates its own Independent Appeal Panel. Appeals are heard over an extended period, results often being given some time later. 

 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  99  
2015 n/a n/a 100  
2016
0.51
67.3
n/a
 
2017 0.66 (WAA) 65.5 n/a 76.6%

This level of performance may be hit in 2019 when the first Shepway Test children reach GCSE. 

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Fulston Manor School, Sittingbourne. Always heavily oversubscribed. Became an Academy in October 2011.  As an Academy Trust has taken over the two South Avenue primary schools. OFSTED February 2014 - Good (down one). Now lead school in the Fulston Manor Academies Trust, with two primary schools.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
preferences
1st prefs 
not offered
2014 210 294 103
2015 210 305 113
2016 210 282 97
2017 210 291 102
2018 210 352 157

 Fourth most oversubscribed non-selective school in Kent for 2017, third in 2018.   

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 38 7
2015 46 6
2016 59 7
2017 47 6

 Uses an Independent Appeal Panel Administrator.  Increasingly difficult to win on appeal, with just 7 out of 59 successful in 2016.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
% Level 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  52  
2015 n/a n/a 51  
2016
-0.27
46.3
n/a
 
2017 0.08 (A) 41.7  n/a  14%

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