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Everyone we spoke to raved about the FSG Baccalaureate - paintballing, bike trailing, combat archery, air rifles, climbing wall, self-defence, escape room and ‘Rock the Boat’ radio station all feature as part of the in-house weekly activities on curriculum. Clubs and societies also on offer and wide ranging, including literacy society (Jane Eyre up next), Christian Union, debating (standing room only – the most recent hot motion: ‘Should Taylor Swift be the Time magazine face again in 2024?’), STEM, VR, Lego robotics, drama and cheerleading, among others. What more...


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

Converted to an academy 2012

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Since 2018, Mark Lester, previously vice principal for six years and before that, assistant head for two years. His teaching career has spanned several Kent schools: Southfields, Canterbury High School and Swale Academies Trust. Grew up in Northern Ireland, where a stutter deeply affected his confidence. ‘The thing that changed my life as a child was outward bound,’ he says – something he continued after his degree (pure maths from Kent) when he worked in adventure travel for five years, including dune bashing and mud bogging a defender across the deserts and jungles of Africa and Asia. Here, he says his confidence skyrocketed and he felt ‘invincible’ – attributes he intends to pass on to the girls, his mission being for them to become ‘10 feet tall’ through their extracurricular experiences. He is well...

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Who goes where

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

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.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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sometimes, but not in this year

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