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Individual School Information - E-F

(updated May 2017)

2017 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools here.

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 makes claims that are untrue, most recently on its website when, whilst rightly acclaiming the best provisional GCSE results in the history of the school at 53% 5 A-Cs, (as shown in the photo on the page, and in the DfE’s official figures), but reported as 54%. It makes great play of the improvement on the predecessor school from 24%, but fails 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, although this may change with the improved GCSE performance. This could be partly due to Ebbsfleet being one of the few secondary schools in Kent with no Sixth Form. For entry in 2013, there were 32 vacancies out of 150 spaces, on allocation in spite of 27 children being allocated who had not applied to the school. There are just 90 children left in that age group. For 2014, there were 11 vacancies after 34 allocations. For 2015 there were a massive 52 allocations contributing to the 136 places taken up. Each year, I receive more enquiries from parents seeking to avoid Ebbsfleet Academy than any other school in Kent. 36% GCSE 5 A-Cs including maths and English for 2014. 

However, one prospective parent recently wrote to me that: "My child is currently yr 6 so have just applied for senior school. I was personally really impressed with the school, the fact it does single sex classes for some subject & the smaller class sizes. also the calibre of the teachers they had recruited from some of the best universities. Which I think showed by the GCSE results with the school being on par with other local schools They also advised that in September 2016, there will be an introduction of a Sixth Form". 

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.  OFSTED September 2016 - Good.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
preferences
1st prefs 
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 150 72 0 10
2015 150 47 0 13
2016 150 97 0 -8
2017 168 69 0 67

For September 2017 admissions, the school was hit by the extension of the Leigh Academy UTC to accepting pupils from the age of 11. 

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)
2014 n/a n/a 
35
2015 n/a n/a
54
2016
0.2
44.8
n/a

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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 half of the Roger de Haan Academy Trust, although the other half, Marlowe Academy in Ramsgate closed in July 2015 because of poor leadership.  Still sponsored by Sir Roger de Haan as well as the Kings School, Canterbury.  Occupies impressive purpose built new premises.  Offers provision from 3 -18 years.  A few years ago was one of the most popular schools in Kent, and still turned away 34 first choices for September 2013 entry.  Benefits from a less popular alternative school in the town. Has expanded by 30 places to 270 for 2014 entry. Just filled on allocation before grammar school appeals. 2014 GCSE slipped to 33% GCSE 5 A-Cs, but back over the floor standard to 41% provisionally for 2015. Suffers academically from high level of grammar school selection through the Shepway Test. For 2015 admission, 14 first choices rejected as the alternative hit rock bottom. The headteacher was removed following a personal scandal and the school has come under some parental criticism following changes in policy designed to improve academic standardsOFSTED October 2015 - Good.  Neighbouring Pent Valley Secondary closed in July 2016 following gross unpopularity with families, but most families chose to look first at Brockhill School in Hythe. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
preferences
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

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  33
2015 n/a n/a 41
2016
-0.44
39.6
n/a

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Folkestone School for Girls operates its own Independent Appeal Panel. Appeals are heard over an extended period, results often being given some time later. OFSTED October 2012 - Outstanding Had plenty of vacancies for September 2013, but a high proportion of appeals at the somewhat eccentric process were successful, totalling around 70. Has introduced the Shepway Test for 2014 in conjunction with The Harvey Grammar School, an alternative way of gaining admission to the Kent Test and increased intake by 15 to 180 in anticipation of additional girls. 68 qualified by this route, but because of increase in numbers, still plenty of vacancies. Just oversubscribed with first choices for 2015 entry, another 29 successful through appeal. Has an excellent GCSE record, consistently at least 99% 5 A-Cs. For 2016 entry, over half of the 180 places offered, 94, were from girls who qualified by the Shepway Test only, and 92 for 2017 entry.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st 
preferences
1st prefs 
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 180 137 0 34
2015 180 62 3 0
2016 180 181 4 0
2017 180 183 7 0
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 58 44
2015 46 29
2016 28 14
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  99
2015 n/a n/a 100
2016
0.51
67.3
n/a

One of the lowest Kent grammar school staying on rates from Year 11 to the Sixth Form in September 2016, at 88%. One of the lowest Kent grammar school Sixth Form staying on rates from Year 12 to Year 13 in September 2016, at 85%.

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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

 2014 - 2017 no vacant places. Fourth most oversubscribed non-selective school in Kent for 2017, turning away 102 first choices.   

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

 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)
2014 n/a n/a  52
2015 n/a n/a 51
2016
-0.27
46.3
n/a

 Regularly well above government floor standard at GCSE, 51% 5 A-Cs  in 2016 , Attainment Grade above average for 2016. 

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