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Individual School Information - S

(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. 

Sandwich Technology School.  Heavily oversubscribed for several years. OFSTED July 2015 - Good.  Has worked through departure of previous outstanding head (retired summer 2014). For 2015 admission, the collapse of Castle Community College in Deal saw its popularity rise further with 46 first choices rejected, up again in 2016.  The recovery of Goodwin Academy (the reincarnation of Castle Community as an academy in new premises had brought numbers down. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2014 255 216 8
2015 255 272 46
2016 255 284 77
2017 265 238 18
2018 260 203 14

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 2 2
2016 20 6
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  42
2015 n/a n/a 44
2016 -0.39 43.4 n/a
2017 -0.33 (BA) 40 n/a

Just above government floor standard in 2014 and  2015. 2016 Progress 8 disappointing. 

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Simon Langton Girls Grammar School, Canterbury.   OFSTED July 14 - Good, down from Outstanding.  School has encountered serious controversy over recent months. Head teacher resigned, facing disciplinary action in March 2017, my most recent article here. Executive Headteacher of Simon Langton Boys appointed interim Executive Head of SLGSG until summer 2018. Low proportion of girls staying into Sixth Form, 10% fall in numbers for September 2018, the draw of Simon Langton Boys being powerful. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacancies
2014 165 164 7 0
2015 165 137 0 26
2016 170 152 0 7
2017 170 121 0 39
2018 165 135 0 19

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 28 13
2015 26 22
2016 32 21
2017 44 36
 
I have a copy of the scores of the successful 2017 appellants and it clear that some with very low scores were fortunate. One had an aggregate score of 278 and no individual test score of 100 or more (100 being the score of an average child, and a minimum of 106 expected in all three subjects); another seven with two scores of less than 100. Seven took a test set by the school, which is not in the formal procedures. I cannot think of another grammar school in Kent that would admit numbers of children with scores as low as this; such successes requiring very exceptional circumstances. This casts serious doubt on both the credibility of the school and of the appeal panel which approved such large numbers. Success rate at appeal, with a KCC Appeal Panel  consistently amongst highest in Kent 
 
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  98
2015 n/a n/a 95
2016 0.28 67.0 n/a
2017 0.43 (AA) 65.8 n/a

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Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Canterbury.The school gives priority to boys with 20 or more marks over the Kent pass mark, living within 9 miles of the school. OFSTED November 2013 - Outstanding (up one). Has been oversubscribed over the past few years.   Typically 134 additional boys and girls joined the Sixth Form from other schools for September 2016, second highest influx in the county. Progress and Attainment strong for 2016, with Outstanding reputation and performance in Sixth Form.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2014 120 158 45
2015 120 133 17
2016 120 140 24
2017 120 165 51
2018 120 179 65

Sharp rise in popularity for 2017. All those boys who were offered places, apart from the exceptions such as siblings, were high scorers according to the criteria and living within 6.35 miles of the school, so many disappointed families including all those boys who did not reach and aggregate of 340. For 2018 entry, after four places were offered to boys in Special Categories, including EHCP Plans, the remaining 116 places went to boys who qualified by scoring over 340 in the Kent Test and living up to 7.093 miles from the school. Although the arithmetic in the appeal papers does not add up, some 36 boys with over 340 living further away did not receive places neither did any boy, however close, who passed with an aggregate  score of less tan 340.

 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 30 8
2015 21 5
2016 30 8
2017 39 8
2018 56  
Has own Independent Appeal Panel, uniquely in Kent of five members, for many years.  For 2017,  all eight of the successes were from the 31 who had been found of grammar school standard but lost out on distance grounds, the norm. Only exceptional appellants who are appealing on non-selection grounds appear to stand a chance, although the school continues to encourage many to go through the process. Won't go above 8, as maximum of four classes of 32.
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  93
2015 n/a n/a 98
2016 0.41 68.0 n/a
2017 -1.38 (WBA) 49.1 n/a

Academic performance good, but has been held back by poor English results in recent years. The school solution is to switch to the IGSE which is not approved by government, so the school has had some bad publicity this year for its very low place in the GCSE league table.  

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Sir Roger Manwood's School, Sandwich. Kent's only boarding grammar school from the age of 11 for up to six new boarders each year, out of an intake of 150.   OFSTED April 2012 - Outstanding.    

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 120 142 29 1
2015 150 139 0 4
2016 150 175 32 0
2017 150 138 0 6
2018 150 152 13 0
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 27 18
2015 34 19
2016 40 10

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  92
2015 n/a n/a 93
2016 0.09 65.9 n/a
2017 0.04 (A) 63.9 n/a

GCSE performance for 2015 still low for a grammar school at 93%, as is Progress 8 since. 

 

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Sittingbourne Community CollegeOFSTED December 2013 - Good.  Part of the Swale Academies Trust, with Westlands, a highly successful Academy in the same town.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st places
not offered
2014 210 96 1
2015 230 134 17
2016 240 155 17
2017 270 178 2
2018 270 172 15

Like the other Sittingbourne schools comes under pressure from applicants living on the Isle of Sheppey, many of whom will have put the school below the other two, so doesn't show in this data.

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  22
2015 n/a n/a 40
2016 -0.23 41.0 n/a
2017 -0.43 (BA) 34.2 n/a

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Skinners' Kent Academy, Tunbridge Wells. This new Academy opened in September 2009, subsequently moving to new premises, replaced the perpetually failing Tunbridge Wells High School. Popularity soared under the new leadership and the school remains very popular. It is sponsored by The Skinners' Company.  OFSTED June 2016 was Outstanding, along with the two Tunbridge Wells church comprehensives and one other Kent non-selective school (Valley Park). See article on 2018 non-selective allocations in Tunbridge Wells.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st places
not offered
2014 180 199 49
2015 180 218 72
2016 210 186 9
2017 180 214 74
2018 180 235 86

Increase in oversubscription for 2017, 2018 partly due to reduction in PAN.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES 
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 9 9
2015 31 8
2016 0 0
2017 52 4
 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
  Progress 8 Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  48
2015 n/a n/a 56
2016 0.35 45.8 n/a
2017 0.11 (A) 39.8 n/a

 Sound GCSE performance. 

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Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells. Super selective, One of most popular grammar schools in county  selecting on high scores alone so, because of its location near the county border takes a high proportion of ooc boys. 45 boys from ooc in 2016, mostly from East Sussex and Bromley. Became an academy February 2014, sponsored by the Skinners' Company and added an additional 30 places, decision public only at allocation in March for September 2014.  Initial cut off for entry September 2015, Kent Test requirement of an aggregate score of 364 after new Kent Test was introduced.  This fell to 359 just before appeals. For 2016 the required score was again 364, rising to 371 for 2017, down to 363 in 2018. OFSTED June 2007 - Outstanding, a long time ago (April 2018!). Fell by one point to 362 on second allocation 2018.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st prefs
not offered
2014 145 219 94
2015 150 228 95
2016 150 232 113
2017 155 268 143
2018 150 180 170

Fourth most oversubscribed grammar school in Kent 2016 and in 2017, but slipped for 2018.  

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 37 5
2015 29 5
2016 51 7
2017 52 4

 2016 appeal figure exceptional as the number of successes is normally 5 or fewer. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  100
2015 n/a n/a 99
2016 0.66 71.7 n/a
2017 0.31 (AA) 73.5 n/a

 Very high performing at GCSE Progress and Attainment, and at A Level 

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Spires Academy, Sturry near Canterbury. The new Spires Academy replaced the peristently failed Frank Montgomery School in Sturry and opened in September 2009. Its admission number was 120, smaller than most recommendations for secondary school sizes. There is further information hereWas taken over by the E21C Trust in October 2017, although its website still claims it is run by its previous sponsors (April 2018).  The school moved into new purpose-built premises for September 2012, costing £13.2 million. Served with Government Pre-Warning Notice over standards in October 2015. Was run by Executive HT from Simon Langton Girls, but Government concerns over poor standards under her leadership. She has now resigned. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st places
not offered
Local
Authority
Allocations
Vacant
places
2014 120 86 0 9 2
2015 120 90 2 0 0
2016 150 97 0 21 0
2017 150 69 0 39 6
2018 150 86 0 34 0

The closure of Chaucer Technology College in 2015 saw pressure on places, hence the large rise in LAAs. On allocation 2018 there were no vacant spaces in Canterbury and District, apart from Community College Whitstable. 

2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  35
2015 n/a n/a 17
2016 -0.28 40.1 n/a
2017 -0.49 (BA) 32.1 n/a

GCSE performance at the school had been amongst the lowest in Kent up to 2016, when there was a considerable improvement, but 2017 saw Attainment 8 third worst in county, and Progress 8 eighth lowest. 

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Swadelands School, Lenham.  The school has now been renamed as The Lenham School.  

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Swanley College of Technology.  See Orchard Academy

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