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Medway Secondary Schools & Academies G-L

(Updated May 2018)
An explanation of how Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are calculated, and further information on the performance of all Medway schools can be found here.
The PAN is the Published Admission Number and refers to the number of places available in the year group for each school. In the performance section, (AA) refers to Above Average nationally, (A) to Average.
 
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Greenacre Academy, Chatham, Sixth Form is a partnership with neighbouring school Walderslade Girls. Lead school of the Greenacre Academy Trust, which includes two primary schools. OFSTED Good February 2014. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 160 141 0 0
2015 160 131 2 0
2016 200 122 0 49
2017 200 136 0 23
2018 200 161 0 0
 2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
Grade 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  50  
2015 n/a n/a 56  
2016 -0.16 41.1 n/a  
2017 -0.01 (A) 40.3 n/a 24%

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Holcombe Grammar School changed its name on 1st January 2017 from Chatham Grammar School for Boys. Mixed sixth form.  Lost second attempt to controversially convert to co-education from September 2019, and expand to a PAN of at least 180, threatening viability of nearby Chatham Grammar School for Girls. Chequered history, with previous OFSTED failure, but now Graded Good by OFSTED September 2014. Member of the aggressive Thinking Schools Academy Trust Offered late places to a large number of boys in 2017, mainly from London Boroughs. Appears not to have clear strategies, and comes up with apparently impromptu decisions. However GCSE performance is strong. 22% of Sixth Formers left half way through A Level course in 2017, largest percentage across Kent and Medway. The school is attempting to put restrictive admission criteria in place. These have been partly withdrawn since i wrote an article pointing out these were unlawful, but I have now challenged further elements through the Schools Adjudicator. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 120 51 5 39
2015 120 61 6 39
2016 120 55 28
2017 128 70 0 0
2018 150 79 79 0

 According to the October 2017 census, the school  admitted 161 boys that year, a further four being offered places after a complaint to the Regional Schools Commissioner. There was considerable churning, with lower preferences who had been offered places turning them down in favour of other preferred schools through appeals or waiting lists, countered by a high number of appeals being upheld and the school finding additional places for late entrants.  

For 2018 entry, the lower preferences offered places run down to two boys who placed the school in sixth place, but I don't anticipate such expansion for 2018. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 45 38
2015 46 31
2016
38
24
2017 47 30

Has changed its Appeal Panel organiser for 2018. According to an FOI request, for 2018, there were 58 appeals lodged. Seven of these were from non-Medway residents.  

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng & Maths)
Grade 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  93  
2015 n/a n/a 99  
2016 0.28 64.7 n/a  
2017 0.48 (AA) 62.4 2016
82%

The Howard School, Gillingham.  A unique school, technically bilateral, formed out of a previous grammar school and a non selective boys school, producing two streams which are taught separately so it is not a comprehensive school. There is no separate grammar option on the admission form. Admission is not dependent on the Medway Test. Those who have passed the Medway test are automatically placed in the grammar stream and others who are assessed as being of grammar school ability are promoted alongside them.  Mixed sixth form.  Lead school of the Howard Academy Trust working with two Primary schools. OFSTED GoodOctober 2016. One of five Medway secondary schools with appeals organised by the same group

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 250 239 23
2015 250 234 23
2016 250 241 0
2017 250 244 31
2018 250 219 15
 
 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2015 15 11
2016 15 11
2017 15 11
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
Grade 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  58  
2015 n/a n/a 52  
2016 0.2 49.3 n/a  
2017 -0.14 (A) 39.7 n/a 26%

 In spite of Bilateral status, GCSE performance average for Medway non-selective schools.

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Hundred of Hoo Academy.  All through Academy admitting at 4 and 11.  Graded Good by OFSTED in December 2012.  Is surely long overdue for a fresh Inspection, especially as there are issues at the school.  In April 2018 the school abandoned an attempt to put restrictive admission criteria in place. 

A member of the Williamson Trust, headed by Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School with four other Hoo Peninsula primary schools. There is a worryingly high proportion of children pulling out of the school Years 7-11 for Home Education and places in other schools. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 270 226 1 0
2015 270 207 0 2
2016 270 213 0 23
2017 300 212 0 44
2018 280 203 0 20
 
2018 Offers include 12 Local Authority Allocations
 
2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission 
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
Grade 5
Eng & Maths
2014 n/a n/a  50  
2015 n/a n/a 54  
2016 0.03 45.4 n/a  
2017 2-0.03 (A) 41.7
n/a
31%