Welcome to the Harvey Grammar School website
Mr W T Wright
It is not easy to summarise what the Harvey is all about in just a few words. There is a potent mix of bright, well-motivated pupils and highly-qualified, experienced staff who, together, are the key to the school’s long tradition of success in developing not just the academic potential of our learners but also their all-round personal development.
We take great pride in our finished product – exemplified by the Prefects who may have helped you to look around the school. If your son joins us, we will do all we can to help him to develop into such a self-assured, articulate and helpful young man, ready and equipped to go on to the next stage of his career.
We believe very strongly in the old maxims – work hard, play hard and you only get out what you put in. We have high expectations of all our pupils and, with the high quality of teaching and wide range of extra-curricular activities offered by the school, every pupil should be able to identify and develop to a high standard his particular talents, whether they be in the academic, sporting, creative or other field.
The great majority of our pupils do take advantage of the opportunities available to them and commit themselves wholeheartedly into their learning, whether in or out of the classroom and the ongoing support of you, their parents, is a vital factor in their success. Good communication between home and school is very important and we are making every effort to embrace the potential of modern technology in enabling us to keep each other informed of how the youngsters are getting on.
Exam Results, Summer 2013
Many congratulations to students and staff for their results in the exams in the summer of 2013.
Once again, despite the downturn in both GCSE and A Level results nationally, Harvey students "bucked the trend" and managed to maintain the success of the last few years.
At A Level, the percentage of top grades (A*, A or B) was 61.1% and the average UCAS score per entry was 96.2 (roughly equivalent to a grade B), close to last summer's record results. Consequently, 84% of the students who applied to university gained a place, mostly at their first choice institution.
At GCSE, over 40% of all grades were at A or A*, and 95% of pupils achieved 5 or more GCSE passes including English and Maths. Exactly half of the year group achieved 5 or more passes at A or A*
Full details are available here.
TALISMAN (Teaching and Learning Information Systems Manager) is the school’s bespoke system designed to provide staff, pupils and parents with a wide range of data to support pupils’ progress. The pupil/parent version is available on the school Intranet and displays “real-time” information on pupils’ timetables, assessment data, progress against targets, attendance, homeworks, reports, contact details, external exam timetables (when appropriate) etc.
Following a request from an Old Boy, details of the school athletics records are available here. As you can see, some of the records are quite long-standing!
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The admission arrangements for September 2014 are available - click here to open a PDF in a new tab/window.
Latest Ofsted Report
A copy of the report on the school's last Ofsted inspection in September 2011 is available here
The school's most recent Key Stage 4 results and other performance information as published by the Secretary of State for Education are available on the Department of Education's website here
Information about all the schools and academies in Shepway (primary, secondary and special) is available via this link
Schools are now required to publish information about the Pupil Premium they receive and how they are using the funding to raise achievement for disadvantaged pupils. Details for the Harvey are available via this link.
Click here to go to the Staff Vacancies page.
Monday 16th December, at 7.30pm at St Mary and St Eanswythe Church, Folkestone. Everyone is warmly invited to attend our service of carols and readings for Christmas, led by the school orchestra and choirs, and read by staff and students. The service will last for approximately one hour, after which seasonal refreshments will be available. We look forward to seeing many of you there!
A massive well done to some of our top Year 10 Chemists who entered the RSC Chemistry Competition this year. A big thank you to all of them for their efforts and I hope that we make it through to the national final!
We have just received this message from Roy and Pam Petley, the parents of Chris Petley, one of our ex-students who left in 2010:
Chris is an Apprentice Carpenter with Charles E. Sprinks & Sons, in Hythe and attends K College in Folkestone one day a week. He was entered into and won the local heat of the Skill Build (Excellence in Construction) Competition and went on to the SE Regional heat, which he also won with enough points to be invited to take part in the National Final. This took place at the NEC from 13-15th November, during The Skills Show. There were twelve finalists from all over the UK. They had two and a half days to make a garden bench with roof to the given specifications. They were not given all the measurements so had to know what they were doing. Not all the finalists completed the task. Roy and I could see little difference between the completed benches, which were all outstanding. Chris, Roy and I attended The Awards Ceremony at The LG Arena on Saturday 16th November, a very grand affair - Chris did not receive an award but we are very proud of his achievements and his tutor believed Chris's bench & roof was one of the best. Chris enjoyed the whole experience, especially being put up at The Hilton Hotel for 5 nights! K College was delighted to be named as The Best College Overall. Mum is also delighted to have a new garden bench just like she always wanted! Dad is trying to source some slates for the roof!
More info is available at theskillsshow.com
On Wednesday 20th November, Keeper of the Realms author Marcus Alexander paid a visit to the Harvey to talk to Key Stage 3 pupils about his books, but also about a whole lot more. Marcus is not just a writer but has designed video games, been a snowboarder, a martial arts fighter and a 'free runner', among other things. Marcus' talk was described as "inspirational" by one Year 9 pupil, and he encouraged the boys to "change the way you think about writing" - in other words, to see writing as a way of exploring new ideas and perhaps even carving out a career as a writer or journalist. You can find out more about Marcus and his work at www.whoischarliekeeper.com