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Medway Secondary Schools & Academies S

(updated December 2017) 
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 2016, the Performance level in English and Maths was measured by the old alphabetical Grades A-G. For 2017, it is a new numerical measure, with Level 5 being above the previous pass grade Level 5. 
 
St John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive School , Chatham. Only Catholic Secondary School in Medway. Split site. Has suffered from lack of popularity, with 49 Local Authority Allocations in 2014, very high for a church school, where some parents are asked to sign their approval for a Catholic education, although this may be morally difficult for them. 39 in 2015, and 26 in 2016. Still suffering from a poor reputation, but after Good OFSTED March 2013 found Requires Improvement in March 2017, close to Special Measures. Hit media in November 2017 story
 
 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2014 180 83 2
2015 185 84 1
2016 180 83 27
2017 180 67 26
2014 - 2017 all first preferences offered
2014 - 2017 no appeals for school admission 
PERFORMANCE DATA
      
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 49
2015 34
  Progress 8 Attainment 8 Grade 5/C English & Maths
2016 -0.44 37.8 38%
2017
Provis
-0.06 37.9 22%

Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School (the Math, the Maths School). Rochester. Outstanding OFSTED November 2008; not inspected since after becoming an academy in 2012. Superb facilities. Regularly heavily oversubscribed with applications from across Medway - Holcombe very much a second choice for many boys, the Hoo Peninsula and into Kent. Hoo often loses out, but some successful on appeal. Target intake was 180 after appeal, rising to 204 in 2017, but Panels sometimes allow class sizes to rise to 32, allowing a further 12 place flexibility.  On initial allocation in 2014, few if any children from the Hoo Peninsula were offered places. Cut off distance was 6175 metres (by nearest safe walking route). Most successful appeals were from the Hoo Peninsula. For 2016 entry, the cut off distance was 7494 metres. Just one appellant was offered a place before the appeals took place, confirming there is normally very little movement on waiting lists. Lead school in the Williamson Trust , with one all-through and four primary schools on the Hoo Peninsula. Previous Executive Principal, Gary Holden, left to become an HMI last year (2016).

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2014 168 220 58
2015 168 189 23
2016 168 228 43
2017 204 238 42
 2014 - 2017 no vacant places. For 2017 entry, cut off distance was 6546 metres, again less than in previous years, in spite of the additional boys offered places initially. It has been suggested that a number of children from London are getting through the system, but I have seen no evidence of this. 
 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 55 19
2015 35 23
2016 42 16
2017 50 20
2014 - 17 of the 40 who had passed had appeals upheld
2015 - 20 of the 22 who had passed had appeals upheld
2016 - 9 of the 27 who had passed had appeals upheld
2017 - 12 of the 14 who 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 94
Progress 8 Attainment 8
Grade 5/C
English & Maths
2016 0.16 66.1 100
2017
Provis
0.85 69.7 94%

Strood Academy.  Has recently become part of the Leigh Academies Trust which has a range of primary and secondary academies in Kent and Medway. The plan is for it to become the Medway Hub for the Leigh Trust in parallel to one in Maidstone recently set up, although at present no other schools have indicated they are joining. Good  OFSTED January 2017. One of five Medway secondary schools with appeals organised by the same group.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS  
 
PAN 
1st
prefs
1st prefs
not offered
2014 240 261 40
2015 240 259 34
2016 240 228 0
2017 249 228 15

 2014 - 2017 no vacant places

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
 
Appeals Heard
Upheld
2014 33 7
2015 40 10
2016 5 5
2017 17 2

 Quite a few additional children are offered places that become freed after grammar school appeals have taken place, so all fairly local children will get in. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
      
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 28
2015 41
  Progress 8 Attainment 8 Grade 5/C English & Maths
2016 -0.4 42.5 47%%
2017
Provis
-0.27 37.3 18%