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Thursday, 01 March 2012 16:00

Kent & Medway Secondary Transfer Day

Latest additions in bold. 

Parents in Kent and Medway will have started receiving the allocated secondary schools for their children from 4 p.m. today (Thursday) if they registered to receive them by email, otherwise everyone should have received their decision by post on Friday. 

Headlines: Much the same as for 2011; main difference is a further rise in pressure on West & North West Kent grammar schools, fuelled by an increase in out county  applicants. Super selective required scores provided below

Congratulations to my first enquirer for a consultation, from Medway 4.15 p.m.!

The main Kent table of outcomes is as follows:....

 

 

Kent Pupils

2012

2011

2010

No. of pupils

%

No. of pupils

%

No. of pupils

%

Offered a first preference

12,613

82.8%

12,775

82.7%

12,725

80.1%

Offered a second preference

1,481

9.7%

1,567

10.2%

1,753

11.0%

Offered a third preference

505

3.3%

533

3.4%

595

3.7%

Offered a fourth preference

183

1.2%

157

1.1%

197

1.2%

Allocated by Local Authority

443

2.9%

413

2.6%

620

3.9%

Total number of Kent pupils offered

15,225

15,445

15,890

Year

2012

2011

2010

Out of county applicants

1,792

1,671

1,532

Out of county offers

560

513

532

In Medway the figures are provided on a slightly different basis but are: 

 

Medway Pupils 2012 2011 2010
Offered a first preference  86.7% 87.2% 84.3%
Offered a place at one of their top three choices 97.7% 96.9%
Offered a place at one of their six choices 98.6% 98.1% 96.1%
Allocated a place by Medway Council 1.4% 1.9% 3.9%

 

Further details will emerge in time, but the West &North West Kent grammar school situation will certainly add weight to the pressure for a new grammar school (or grammar school annex) in Sevenoaks. It is already apparent that the cut off point for all three West Kent grammar schools has risen, some children with a score of 418 (maximum just 420) having been rejected at The Judd. Skinners is up sharply to 414, Tonbridge Grammar also rising, inners - 413, and outers 414. Something has to give, as indicated by my earlier article. However, I continue to believe the biggest pressure surrounds the third or so of places at Dartford Grammar School (cut off at 414), and the usual 15% or so at Dartford Girls,  awarded to high scorers, no matter their place of residence (although this year it is reported that all places went to local children and none were left for high scorers). The ease of access from the large swathe of south east London served by the Dartford London line, including Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, and Lewisham means that the cut off is rising inexorably and I would not be surprised if Dartford Grammar is soon challenging The Judd's inexorable rise to 420  which I anticipate will happen within a year or two. 

A previous news item discusses the future with possible changes to the Kent Test. 

There are 60 qualified Kent children who asked for a grammar school place, but weren't offered any school on their form, and have been offered a (fairly) local non-selective school instead. There are some others who put down a non selective school on their form and have been offered this, who are not in the above total. This year amongst others, there is a problem with boys in West Kent and it appears that many in North Sevenoaks may have lost out and been awarded a non-selective school instead. 

In Medway, we have falling rolls, so it is hardly surprising that the percentage of pupils gaining one of their preferred places continues to rise. For 2012 entry, there were 2,828 children although (Confession) I have mislaid the number in 2011. What Is interesting is the slight fall in first preferences getting their schools, which suggests to me the polarisation in the Borough is increasing as parents chase fewer schools as their first choice, and seek to avoid others.  

Last modified on Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:08

2 comments

  • Comment Link Sunday, 04 March 2012 09:59 posted by Helen Fulcher

    Do we know why boys with lower scores have been offered Oakwood Park Grammar and those with higher scores offered a local comprehensive? Seems unfair to me!

  • Comment Link Friday, 02 March 2012 20:51 posted by H Towner

    Is it true that people have been offered Oakwood Park who didn't put it on their forms? Was it under subscribed this year?
    PETER: It is indeed true; astonishing for a school recently found OUTSTANDING by OFSTED.

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