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  • Invicta Grammar School
    Huntsman Lane
    Maidstone
    Kent
    ME14 5DR
  • Head: Mrs Julie Derrick
  • T 01622 755856
  • F 01622 678584
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.invicta.kent.sch.uk
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 1,481; sixth formers: 314 (27 boys)
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 21st September 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 1st November 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

There’s some clever use of budgets going on here. It looks very swish indeed compared with the majority of old-fashioned and crumbling grammars in the region. Recent results put the school as the best in Maidstone by a long shot. ‘We’re giving as good an education as the super-selectives, but the delivery is far more creative to cater for our broader ability range,’ says head. Parents told us about ping pong balls being bounced off walls to illustrate science theories and of hat wearing and role playing to bring history alive. It’s rare for students to find lessons boring here and rarer still for pupils to become disaffected or disengaged with the curriculum although they ...

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What the school says...

Entrance tests set by local LEA (Maths, VR and non VR).

Converted to an academy 2011.

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Headteacher

Since 2009, Julie Derrick (50s). Joined Invicta, her alma mater, as head of business and enterprise, being promoted to deputy en route to the headship, and is now also joint CEO of the Valley Invicta Academies Trust, overseeing a total of nine schools. She began her career in management consultancy, working for Holiday Inns, before training as a teacher in her late 20s. Early postings took her through a series of comprehensives in deprived areas of London, including Sir John Cass and Catford Girls' School, ‘a tough introduction to what education and social mobility is all about’, and Aylesford Sports College in Kent.

No bad hair days for this head. In fact, we’ve rarely heard so many references to a headteacher’s haircut – in this case, an immaculate bob – as...

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

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