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Displaying items by tag: Astor - Kent Independent Education Advice

Six Kent and Medway schools have now been issued with Notices about standards in the year to 25th March 2016, a disturbing proportion of the 48 Notices issued nationally in that year – hardly an indication of rising standards in Academies. The total number of academies currently stands at 5272. Since my last article in July, which looked at a similarly alarming number of Notices for Kent and Medway schools, four new Notices have been issued. The Gravesend Grammar Schools Academy Trust was issued with a pre-termination notice in November by the Regional Schools Commissioner, in relation to Whitehill Primary School in Gravesham, the second school in the Trust. If it fails to improve or respond appropriately to some tough demands, as set out below, the school will be issued with a Termination Notice, which could lead to the closure of the school. Astor College, Dover, was issued with a Full Warning in December 2015, following its failure to respond properly to a pre-warning the previous year and again has had to answer some tough questioning. Spires Academy in Canterbury was issued with a Pre-Warning Notice in September, especially significant in connection with its relationship with Simon Langton Grammar School. The Future Schools Trust was issued with a pre-warning Notice relating to Cornwallis Academy and New Line Learning Academy, in Maidstone, in November....

Published in News and Comments
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Individual School Information - A

(updated April 2017)

An explanation of how Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are calculated, and further information on the performance of all Kent 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.

For grammar schools, the number of first preferences is for children who are grammar qualified.

2017 oversubscription data for grammar schools here, and for non-selective schools here.

The Abbey School, Faversham. OFSTED May 2013 - Good.  12 vacancies in September 2014, full on allocation in March 2015, a reflecting the schools increasing reputation. Comfortably reached government floor standard in 2015, and good performance in 2016. In recent years has been picking up pupils from Whitstable.

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
  PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 210 141  0 12 
2015
210
154
0
0
2016
210
164
0
0
2017 230 200 3 0

For 2017 entry, oversubscribed with first choices for the first time even after having expanded by 20 places.

2014 - 2016 no appeals for school admission

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  38
2015 n/a n/a 46
2016 -0.05 45.3 n/a

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Angley School, Cranbrook. Now closed and re-opened as High Weald Academy

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The Archbishop's School, Canterbury.  Was a very popular Canterbury school. The school has small classes but surprisingly did not attract a good OFSTED having been found to Require Improvement in both 2012 and October 2013. However most recent OFSTED in January 2016 found that the school is now Good.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
2014 140 137 16
2015 140 112 3
2016 140 101 6
2017 150 125 17

Popularity feel away sharply in 2014, following oversubscription numbers greater than 50. It now appears to be picking up again under new headteacher. With traditionally a high number of grammar school appeals successful, it is likely that nearly all who persevere will secure a  place, as can be seen by the absence of appeals in the past two years. 

2014 - 2017 no vacant places

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 4 2
2015 0 0
2016 0 0

Consistently above floor standard in GCSE showing the quality of intake in previous years, with 48% 5A*-C in 2014 and 2015.

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  48
2015 n/a n/a 48
2016 -0.31 45.2 n/a

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Astor College (A Specialist College for the Arts), Dover.  10% of places awarded on ability in the visual arts. The school is part of the Dover Federation of the Arts, in conjunction with Shatterlocks Infant School, Barton Junior School and White Cliffs Primary College of the Arts.  OFSTED March-July 2015, after a controversial series of events, when the school was initially placed in Special Measures, it was found to Require Improvement, down from Good.  Plenty of vacancies each year. See article. GCSE performance hovers around the government floor standard each year, falling below it to 35% A*-Cs for 2014 and 29% for 2015. Given full warning by government as to its performance in October 2015. Still run by controversial Chief Executive Chris Russell, although he retired from his seconded position as Executive Principal of the Duke of York's Royal Military School, also an academy in Dover, in December 2016.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
Vacant
places
2014 210 155  24 
2015 210 151 28
2016 210 109 86
2017 210 101 84

2014-17 All preferences met; no admission appeals. 

PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  35
2015 n/a n/a 29
2016 -0.22 40.8 n/a

You will find the latest coverage of ongoing controversy here

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Aylesford School - Sports College. Completely rebuilt around 2010 under a PFI scheme. OFSTED January 2014 - Good.  After a period when the school was not popular, it was oversubscribed for 2014 and 2015. Previously above government floor standards for GCSE, the school slipped to 37% 5 A-Cs for 2014 and 30% in 2015. Progress 8 one of lowest in Kent in 2016, as popularity has slumped.  

 INITIAL ALLOCATIONS 
 
PAN 
1st
preferences
1st preferences
not offered
Vacant
places
2014 180 151 
2015
180
183
23
0
2016
180
120
0
32
2017 180 104 0 16

Numbers boosted by children from Bluebell Hill area in Medway, 25 in 2017. 

 APPEALS FOR SCHOOL PLACES
  Appeals Heard Upheld
2014 0 0
2015 5 5
2016 0 0
 
PERFORMANCE DATA
 
Progress 8
Attainment 8
% 5A*-C (inc
Eng and Maths)
2014 n/a n/a  37
2015 n/a n/a 30
2016
-0.56
41.0
n/a

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