Abbreviation: ooc = out of county.
Please note that all the figures given below refer to allocation son 3rd March 2014 for admission in September. Between these two dates, there is considerable movement through waiting lists, appeals, and children especially in West Kent taking up increasingly generous scholarships in private schools, as many of these come under increasing pressure to keep up both pupil numbers and their academic quality. I suspect that the net effect of such movement is to reduce the number of cross-border admissions, but have not investigated this effect further.
North West Kent - 298 (251) ooc children into Kent schools; (83) 111 the other way
With all the focus on West Kent it is easy to overlook that this is the area with the greatest pressure on places.
Four grammar schools; Dartford Grammar School 26 (48); Dartford Grammar School for Girls 17 (12); Wilmington Grammar School for Girls 89 - out of an intake of 120 (82); and Wilmington Grammar School for Boys 82 (68) are admitting 214 (220) children from the London Boroughs in total. Pressure on places for these schools from the London Boroughs is enormous, with Dartford Grammar School 146 (135) first choices turned away, the most oversubscribed school in Kent and Dartford Grammar School for Girls 89 (85) not far behind. This has often set up problems for grammar school qualified children living in the NW Kent hinterland, although with pressure on places at the Gravesend Grammar Schools eased for the second year (they have recently offered places to all grammar qualified applicants), and the additional places created again in West Kent, this does not appear to have been a problem. The pattern next year promises to be very different with Wilmington Grammar Boys giving priority to Kent boys from their local hinterland, and Dartford Grammar increasing its intake by 30 boys to 180. Three quarters of the incomers come from Bexley and Bromley, but 35 are from Greenwich (an easy train ride). Just 33 Kent children go to grammar schools the other way in Bexley - 19 and Bromley -14 (although some of the latter will have come from West Kent). An increasing number from ooc come into NW Kent non-selective schools (13 to Dartford Technology College, 11 to Leigh Academy, 8 into Wilmington Academy) but 25 go out to Catholic schools in Bexley, and 24 to Haberdasher's Aske's Crayford Academy (probably due to the extreme shortage of non-selective secondary places for boys in Dartford), another 34 going to other schools.
West Kent - 177 (150) ooc children into Kent schools; 116 (114) the other way.
This of course is the area which creates the greatest controversy, possibly for political reasons. However the figures for grammar schools are far smaller than suggested by candidates passing the Kent Test.
The school that usually takes in the greatest number of ooc children is Bennett Memorial CofE School 33 (32), but overtaken for the second year running by Judd at 36 (33), then Tonbridge Grammar 31(24) follow, Knole Academy 30, Skinners 26 (22); and admitting most of the remainder. Even though all four schools took in an extra form of entry for 2014 admission for the second consecutive year, this figure is much lower than the usual media scare stories. In the battle between the Bromley and Kent super-selectives, the three Kent schools appear on top drawing 26 children from Bromley. Meanwhile, The Judd School is sending out signals that when it runs its own tests from 2016 entry, it will be looking to take a higher proportion of children from Kent. Whilst few other ooc children cross to the remaining Kent non-selective schools, 61 go from Kent to the two nearest East Sussex comprehensives (Beacon and Uplands); 40 (37) to Oxted School in Surrey; and 15 (27) to Sackville Community College in East Grinstead, West Sussex.