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Kent and Medway secondary school league tables released for 2015

By Paul Francis

Offical figures show Kent has the highest number of underperfoming schools in the UK.

Twenty state secondary schools fell below government targets for failing to make sure pupils gained five good GCSE grades or made sufficient progress in English and maths.

These include the Pent Valley Technology College in Folkestone and The North School in Ashford.

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That compares with the second highest, Birmingham - the second largest city in the UK - which had 11 schools classed as under-performing.

The figures indicate there was a slight dip in the number of pupils at the county’s schools achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and maths, from 58% in 2014 to 57.3% in 2015.

Both Kent and Medway were above the national average of 53.8%.

The results are in for Kent and Medway's schools. Picture: Chris Davey

The tables show 30 secondary schools in the county below the government’s so-called floor target for 40% of children to pass five or more GCSEs.

According to the tables, the former Marlowe Academy in Ramsgate was the county’s poorest performing school, with just 6% of pupils passing five or more GCSEs.

SCHNAMETOWNPTAC5EM_PTQ_EEPTEBACC_PTQ_EEPTAC5EMFSM6CLA1A_PTQ_EETFSM6CLA1A_3YR
The Abbey School Faversham 46% 13% 32% 177
The Archbishop's School Canterbury 48% 26% 27% 51
Ashford School Ashford 0% 0% NP NP
Astor College (A Specialist College for the Arts) Dover 29% 0% 22% 215
Aylesford School - Sports College Aylesford 30% 0% 10% 118
Barton Court Grammar School Canterbury 94% 78% 100% 25
Beechwood Sacred Heart School Tunbridge Wells 11% 3% NP NP
Benenden School Cranbrook 0% 0% NP NP
Bennett Memorial Diocesan School Tunbridge Wells 72% 43% 53% 41
Bethany School Cranbrook 58% 10% NP NP
Borden Grammar School Sittingbourne 94% 65% 83% 34
Brockhill Park Performing Arts College Hythe 43% 5% 34% 151
The Canterbury Academy Canterbury 36% 2% 25% 202
Canterbury Steiner School Ltd Canterbury 68% 26% NP NP
Castle Community College Deal 38% 1% 27% 150
CATS Canterbury Canterbury SUPP SUPP NP NP
The Charles Dickens School Broadstairs 30% 9% 16% 197
Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Ramsgate 96% 55% 96% 61
Chaucer Technology School Canterbury 44% 20% 20% 132
Cobham Hall Gravesend 60% 0% NP NP
Combe Bank School Sevenoaks 0% 0% NP NP
The Community College Whitstable Whitstable 28% 10% 16% 128
Cornwallis Academy Maidstone 38% 12% 23% 155
Cranbrook School Cranbrook 99% 78% SUPP 7
Dane Court Grammar School Broadstairs 93% 72% 90% 69
Dartford Grammar School Dartford 100% 98% 100% 23
Dartford Grammar School for Girls Dartford 99% 74% 100% 28
Dartford Science & Technology College Dartford 57% 27% 46% 91
Dover Christ Church Academy Dover 41% 0% 29% 133
Dover College Dover 42% 13% NP NP
Dover Grammar School for Boys Dover 93% 31% 100% 47
Dover Grammar School for Girls Dover 95% 80% 91% 30
Duke of York's Royal Military School Dover 51% 9% SUPP 10
The Ebbsfleet Academy Swanscombe 54% 4% 38% 106
The Ellington and Hereson School Ramsgate 23% 3% 25% 171
Focus School - Linton Park Campus Maidstone 50% 31% NP NP
Folkestone Academy Folkestone 41% 3% 25% 289
The Folkestone School for Girls Folkestone 100% 65% 100% 57
Fulston Manor School Sittingbourne 51% 12% 34% 102
Gad's Hill School Rochester 57% 27% NP NP
Gravesend Grammar School Gravesend 95% 64% 100% 25
Hadlow Rural Community School 35% 12% SUPP 2
Hartsdown Academy Margate 36% 2% 30% 234
The Harvey Grammar School Folkestone 95% 42% 100% 55
The Hayesbrook School Tonbridge 61% 12% 30% 101
Herne Bay High School Herne Bay 37% 12% 31% 174
High Weald Academy Cranbrook 59% 5% 40% 61
Highsted Grammar School Sittingbourne 98% 83% 100% 21
Highworth Grammar School Ashford 98% 88% 91% 35
Hillview School for Girls Tonbridge 61% 23% 39% 107
Holmesdale Technology College Snodland 30% 2% 7% 91
Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre Tenterden 50% 12% 31% 173
Hugh Christie Technology College Tonbridge 40% 8% 28% 182
Invicta Grammar School Maidstone 99% 64% 100% 34
The John Wallis Church of England Academy Ashford 41% 10% 27% 164
The Judd School Tonbridge 99% 87% SUPP 9
Kent College (Canterbury) Canterbury 3% 1% NP NP
Kent College International Study Centre Canterbury 0% 0% NP NP
Kent College Pembury Tunbridge Wells 0% 0% NP NP
King Ethelbert School Birchington 45% 9% 24% 123
The King's School Canterbury Canterbury 0% 0% NP NP
Knole Academy Sevenoaks 50% 7% 33% 118
The Leigh Academy Dartford 43% 12% 25% 132
The Leigh UTC Dartford
Longfield Academy Longfield 52% 7% 42% 109
Maidstone Grammar School Maidstone 96% 0% 91% 31
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls Maidstone 97% 90% 83% 31
The Malling School West Malling 30% 2% 17% 87
The Maplesden Noakes School Maidstone 46% 19% 35% 96
The Marlowe Academy Ramsgate 6% 1% 6% 224
The Marsh Academy New Romney 35% 6% 25% 164
Mascalls School Tonbridge 51% 17% 40% 92
Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend Gravesend 97% 51% 92% 22
Meopham School Gravesend 41% 11% 36% 58
New Line Learning Academy Maidstone 33% 9% 30% 136
The North School Ashford 24% 2% 18% 170
Northfleet School for Girls Gravesend 49% 20% 33% 133
Northfleet Technology College Gravesend 48% 7% 33% 128
The Norton Knatchbull School Ashford 95% 67% 75% 33
Oakwood Park Grammar School Maidstone 91% 58% 82% 26
Oasis Academy Hextable 26% 0% 13% 57
Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey Minster-on-Sea 25% 3% 15% 421
Orchards Academy Swanley 51% 6% 36% 143
Pent Valley Technology College Folkestone 15% 1% 12% 205
Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Faversham 95% 69% SUPP 16
Sackville School Tonbridge 71% 21% NP NP
St Anselm's Catholic School Canterbury 53% 22% 29% 92
St Augustine Academy Maidstone 34% 9% 33% 96
St Edmund's Catholic School Dover 44% 7% 24% 94
St Edmund's School Canterbury Canterbury 52% 23% NP NP
St George's Church of England Foundation School Broadstairs 12% 2% 4% 190
Saint George's Church of England School Gravesend 51% 23% 29% 141
St Gregory's Catholic School Tunbridge Wells 64% 19% 30% 68
St John's Catholic Comprehensive Gravesend 55% 2% 37% 139
St Lawrence College Ramsgate 0% 0% NP NP
St Simon Stock Catholic School Maidstone 66% 30% 40% 76
Sandwich Technology School Sandwich 44% 6% 24% 157
Sevenoaks School Sevenoaks 0% 0% NP NP
Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School Canterbury 95% 76% 83% 20
Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys Canterbury 98% 80% 100% 26
Sir Roger Manwood's School Sandwich 93% 72% 100% 27
Sittingbourne Community College Sittingbourne 40% 12% 23% 244
Skinners' Kent Academy Tunbridge Wells 56% 13% 35% 91
The Skinners' School Tunbridge Wells 99% 88% SUPP 10
Spires Academy Canterbury 17% 0% 9% 115
Sutton Valence School Maidstone 26% 24% NP NP
Swadelands School Maidstone 26% 12% 10% 79
Thamesview School Gravesend 53% 20% 37% 144
Tonbridge Grammar School Tonbridge 99% 0% SUPP 7
Tonbridge School Tonbridge 0% 0% NP NP
Towers School and Sixth Form Centre Ashford 32% 9% 25% 167
Trinity School Sevenoaks
Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School Tunbridge Wells 99% 93% SUPP 10
Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys Tunbridge Wells 97% 67% 100% 29
Ursuline College Westgate-on-Sea 44% 4% 26% 80
Valley Park School Maidstone 59% 20% 27% 99
Walthamstow Hall Sevenoaks 0% 0% NP NP
Weald of Kent Grammar School Tonbridge 99% 83% 100% 19
Westlands School Sittingbourne 60% 16% 51% 148
Wilmington Academy Wilmington 46% 13% 28% 117
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys Dartford 96% 40% SUPP 19
Wilmington Grammar School for Girls Dartford 98% 87% 100% 28
Wrotham School Sevenoaks 57% 7% 29% 62
Wye School Wye
The Annex School House Swanley SUPP SUPP NP NP
Bower Grove School Maidstone 0% 0% 0% 38
Brewood Secondary School Deal SUPP SUPP NP NP
Broomhill Bank School Tunbridge Wells 0% 0% SUPP 6
Caldecott Foundation School Ashford 0% 0% NP NP
Esland School Faversham SUPP SUPP NP NP
Fairlight Glen Independent Special School Herne Bay SUPP SUPP NP NP
Five Acre Wood School Maidstone 0% 0% 0% 10
The Foreland School Broadstairs SUPP SUPP SUPP 18
Foxwood School Folkestone NE NE SUPP 11
Furness School Swanley 0% 0% SUPP 34
Goldwyn School Ashford 0% 0% 0% 31
Grange Park School Sevenoaks 0% 0% SUPP 15
Great Oaks Small School Ramsgate SUPP SUPP NP NP
Harbour School Dover 0% 0% SUPP 23
Heath Farm School Ashford SUPP SUPP NP NP
Helen Allison School Gravesend 0% 0% NP NP
Highview School Folkestone 0% 0% 0% 29
Hope View School Canterbury 0% 0% NP NP
Hythe House Education Sheerness SUPP SUPP NP NP
Ifield School Gravesend 0% 0% 0% 21
ISP School (Kent) Sittingbourne 0% 0% NP NP
Laleham Gap School Margate 8% 0% SUPP 16
Learning Opportunities Centre Secondary Deal SUPP SUPP NP NP
Lighthouse School Margate SUPP SUPP NP NP
Meadowfield School Sittingbourne 0% 0% 0% 29
Meadows School Tunbridge Wells 8% 0% NP NP
Milestone Academy Longfield NE NE NE 16
Oakley School Tunbridge Wells 0% 0% 0% 28
The Old Priory School Ramsgate SUPP SUPP NP NP
The Orchard School Canterbury 0% 0% SUPP 38
Portal House School Dover 6% 0% SUPP 35
The Quest School Paddock Wood SUPP SUPP NP NP
Ridge View School Tonbridge SUPP SUPP SUPP 2
Ripplevale School Deal 0% 0% NP NP
Rowhill School Longfield 0% 0% SUPP 44
Royal School for Deaf Children Margate Margate SUPP SUPP NP NP
St Anthony's School Margate 0% 0% SUPP 36
St Nicholas' School Canterbury NE NE NE 31
Sallygate School Dover SUPP SUPP NP NP
Small Haven School Ramsgate SUPP SUPP NP NP
Stone Bay School Broadstairs NE NE SUPP 12
Valence School Westerham 0% 0% SUPP 8
West Heath School Sevenoaks 3% 0% NP NP
The Wyvern School (Buxford) Ashford NE NE SUPP 17
57.3% 26.5% 30.5% 10545
Brompton Academy Gillingham 39% 7% 29% 237
The Cedars School Rochester SUPP SUPP NP NP
Chatham Grammar School for Boys Chatham 99% 57% 100% 40
Chatham Grammar School for Girls Chatham 88% 57% 70% 40
Fort Pitt Grammar School Chatham 96% 53% 95% 42
Greenacre School Chatham 50% 4% 35% 88
The Howard School Gillingham 52% 19% 35% 139
The Hundred of Hoo Academy Rochester 54% 24% 29% 193
King's School, Rochester Rochester 0% 0% NP NP
Medway UTC Gillingham
Rainham Mark Grammar School Gillingham 97% 66% 91% 47
Rainham School for Girls Gillingham 49% 17% 30% 163
The Robert Napier School Gillingham 26% 0% 19% 219
The Rochester Grammar School Rochester 99% 91% 100% 35
Rochester Independent College Rochester 0% 0% NP NP
St John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive School Chatham 34% 7% 24% 161
Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School Rochester 94% 79% 80% 45
Strood Academy Strood 41% 0% 35% 214
The Thomas Aveling School Rochester 59% 10% 50% 132
The Victory Academy Chatham 38% 4% 30% 247
Walderslade Girls' School Chatham 42% 3% 26% 125
Abbey Court Community Special School Rochester NE NE SUPP 14
Blue Skies School Chatham SUPP SUPP NP NP
Bradfields Academy Chatham 0% 0% 0% 50
INSPIRE Free Special School Chatham 0% 0% SUPP 8
Rivermead School Gillingham 0% 0% SUPP 15
Trinity School and College Rochester 0% 0% NP NP
57.8% 25.9% 36.4% 2254

However, its fortunes are said to have changed after it merged last year with The Ellington and Hereson School, and was renamed The Royal Harbour Academy.

Among others under the spotlight is Pent Valley, Folkestone, which is earmarked for closure and saw just 15% of pupils make the grade.

The Spires Academy in Canterbury saw 17% of pupils achieving grade A* to C.

As usual, the county’s grammar schools - which take the top 25% of the most able children - fared best with Dartford Grammar School for Boys recording 100% as did Folkestone Girls Grammar.

On the English Baccalaureate measure, regarded as more academically testing, 26.5% of children in Kent reached the government’s benchmark.

Subjects in the Baccalaureate must incorporate English, maths, science, a humanities subject and a language.

The number of poorer students securing five or more good GCSE passes was at 30%, broadly the same as last year.

In Medway, 57.8% of pupils passed five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C.

The government changed the way the GCSE results were recorded in 2014 which has seen many authorities appearing to decline.

Schools are now no longer allowed to incorporate retakes where students achieve a better grade, while a number of vocational subjects which were eligible for inclusion have been scrapped.

The county’s grammar schools also dominated the A level tables, with several, including Dover Grammar School for Boys, Maidstone Grammar School for Girls and Rochester Grammar School, achieving 100% across the board.

This means every single pupil at the school achieved at least three A levels graded between E and A*.

Several of the secondary schools that struggled to meet the GCSE requirements also performed poorly at A level, with the former Marlowe Academy faring particularly badly - only 73% of pupils got an A level graded between E and A*.

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