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Medway Secondary Schools & Academies M-R

(updated January 2017)

An explanation of how Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are calculated, and further information on the performance of all Medway schools (provisionally) 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.

Rainham Mark Grammar School, Rainham.  Lead school in the Rainham Mark Grammar School Academy Group, incorporating Twydall Primary School. The school continues to grow in popularity.  The school selects on high aggregate score.  Appeals organised by Independent Appeal Administrator.  For 2013 admissions, because of increased popularity, the school added an extra 30 places and was still slightly oversubscribed. The school added an additional 30 places again for 2014, to make 205 in total, but still turned away 36 qualified first choices.  For 2015 admission, it was the most oversubscribed Medway Grammar, turning away 29 grammar qualified first choices (including all those who passed on Review), with a cut off score of 530, five points above the pass mark. It is consistently difficult to win a place on appeal.  For 2015 admission, there were 7 successful appeals (a typical figure) out of 37, all of whom had passed the Medway Test.  Consistently high 5 A-C GCSEs, although dipping slightly to 97% for 2015.  For 2016 entry the Admission number has risen to 205, with just 2 first choices turned away. For reasons I don't understand, the Appeals Panel for this excellent school conducts some of the most aggressive appeals where it is not clear there is a positive outcome.  OFSTED June 2014 - Outstanding, up from Good. or 2016 entry, 18 first choice grammar qualified girls turned away. 22 students dropped out from A Level in Year 12 in 2016, a high 13% of the total. See article

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 205 226 37
2015 205 227 29
2016 205 207 19
 2014 - 2016 no vacant places
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014
35
5
2015  34 7
2016 25 5
2014 - 5 of the 19 who had passed had appeals upheld
2015 - 7 of the 20 who had passed had appeals upheld
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  98
2015 n/a n/a 97
2016 0.24 66.5 n/a

Rainham School for Girls, Gillingham.  The school is an academy, part of the Kemnal Manor Trust (Bromley). OFSTED May 2016 - Good again. For 2014 entry, there were 44 first choices not offered. Some of these would have been offered places on re-allocation, others gone to grammar schools after appeals, but there were still 28 appeals. There was a group session and after this the appeal panel decided to offer places to all appellants. There was a similar decision for 2015 admission, with all 32 appellants being offered places, and again for 2016 admission. For GCSE in 2015, disappointing by its usual high standards at 49% % A-C. 

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 270 263 44
2015 270 259 37
2016 270 259 0
 2014 - 2016 no vacant places
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014
10
10
2015  32 32
2016
28
28
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  57
2015 n/a n/a 49
2016 0.3 49.7 n/a

Robert Napier School, Gillingham.  Now an academy, sponsored by the Fort Pitt Thomas Aveling Academies Trust. Plenty of vacancies each year. 2013 saw 71 vacancies before 22 further students allocated by Medway Council in March. For 2014 the number of vacancies had fallen to 55 before Medway Council allocated 42 children to the school, many of whom would have been unsuccessful applicants for Brompton, Howard or Rainham Girls. OFSTED July 2016 - Requires ImprovementPlanned Admission number reduced by 30 to 180 for 2015 entry, but still had 40 allocations to bring the school up to capacity on allocation, for 2016, 36 vacancies. By some way, lowest performing Medway secondary at 26% %5A*-Cs for 2015, but performance in 2016 considerably improved in both Progress and Attainment.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2014 210 73 23
2015 180 87 0
2016
180
85
36
 2014 - 2016 all first preferences offered
2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  31
2015 n/a n/a 26
2016 -0.08 41.7 n/a

The Rochester Grammar School. Part of Thinking Schools Academy Trust.  OFSTED Outstanding in November 2008.  Selects on high aggregate scores. Relies heavily on offers to Kent children.  Pass mark for 2013 was 514 (Medway pass mark of 509). Popularity has fallen, but still 18 qualified first choices not offered.  However, by the end of the summer term, all girls who had qualified for grammar school places (including those who passed after Review) had been offered places. For 2014 entry, the cut off score of 529 was just one above the Medway pass mark of 528, so just 6 qualified first choices were turned away, all probably being awarded places on appeal. For 2015 allocations the PAN rose by 30 places to 205, but there were still 24 grammar qualified (including all who passed on Review) girls turned away, the cut-off being 535, ten points above the pass mark. The number of successful appeals has been around five for some years, rounding off the number of girls to 30 per class; for 2015 entry, it was six, out of a total of 29 appeals, all of whom were grammar qualified. GCSE 5 A*-C was again 99%, although the school's high expectations mean that a few girls move out because of the pressure. Most thrive on it! For 2016 entry, 18 first choice grammar qualified girls turned away. 24 girls dropped out from A Level in Year 12 in 2016, a high 13% of the total. See article. This reflects the reported pressure on students.  For 2017 entry, popularity has risen sharply with a cut off mark of 546 which is the highest ever at 33 marks above the pass mark, almost certainly attributable to the London effect described elsewhere, and so likely to be flaky as some girls from the London Boroughs secure grammar places closer to home.   

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 175 172 6
2015 205 222 24
2016 175 198 36
 2014 - 2016 no vacant places
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014
14
5
2015  28 6
2016
43
3
2014 - 1 of the 2 who had passed had an appeal upheld
2015 - 6 of the 18 who had passed had appeals upheld
2016 - 3 of the 19 who had passed had appeals upheld
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  99
2015 n/a n/a 99
2016 0.68 71 n/a