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.
Admissions, September 2014
Parents of pupils transferring to secondary schools in September 2014 should read this letter which gives details of our Open Evening (Wednesday July 10th) and the new Shepway Test.
Exam Results, Summer 2012
Many congratulations to students and staff for once again achieving record results in the exams in the summer of 2012.
Despite the downturn in both GCSE and A Level results nationally, Harvey students "bucked the trend" and managed to improve on last year's results, which had been the school's best ever until this year!
At A Level, the percentage of top grades (A*, A or B) was 64.8% and the average UCAS score per entry was 97.5 (roughly equivalent to a grade B). Consequently, almost all of the students who applied to university gained a place, mostly at their first choice institution.
At GCSE, 48.7% of all grades were at A or A*, an increase of almost 10% on last year's figures, and 98.6% of pupils achieved 5 or more GCSE passes including English and Maths. Almost half (48.6%) achieved 5 or more passes at A or A*
Full details are published in the School Prospectus, which is available via the link above in the Information menu.
Ski Trip to Le Corbier, January 2013
The latest Ski Trip "blogs" are available here (they will open in a new window/tab):
Blog 1...Blog 2...Blog 3...Blog 4
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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Although the school converted to Academy status on August 1st 2012, the admission arrangements for September 2013 remain the same as last year - details are available on the KCC website via this link.
Updated details of the Appeals process for entry to the school in September 2013 are available here.
The admission arrangements for September 2014 are now available - click here to open a PDF in a new tab/window. Parents of pupils transferring to secondary schools in September 2014 should read this letter which gives details of our Open Evening (Wednesday July 10th) and the new Shepway Test.
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 Scretary of State for Education are available on the Departmnent 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.
A selection of Year 7 & 8 Harvey Boys have qualified to take part in the South East England Regional Sportshall Finals. Both teams achieved second place in the Kent Finals at Medway Park on Wednesday and will now get the opportunity to compete against the top schools in the south east counties. Well done lads!
Last term we had a fabulous opportunity to see world-leading research facilities that are used by teams from around the world. We toured the world famous “Rutherford Appleton Laboratory” (RAL), near Didcot in Oxfordshire which is home to many of the UK’s most advanced research facilities and supports work in a range of areas including space science and astronomy, particle physics, nanotechnology and developing new materials. RAL employs nearly 1,200 people and every year around 10,000 scientists and engineers use the Laboratory's facilities to advance their research and meet with the scientists and engineers using them. On our visit, arranged by Mr Lyng and supervised by Mr Maull and Mr Collins, we saw the Central Laser Facility, the ISIS Neutron/Muon Source and got to experience many interesting lectures.
Preslav Draganov said “I enjoyed the tour because it put the theory from classes into practice. We have studied this quite extensively with Mr Collins, so it was good to see it for real. We don’t have anything like it in Bulgaria.”
A new learning centre opened its doors at Dungeness B power station on the last day of term and so Owen, Jack, Ed, Luke & Josh all got to experience hands-on displays and guided tours of the power station. EDF Energy’s Chief Executive Vincent de Rivaz and local MP Damian Collins launched it with the help of our school’s representatives and marks the fifth of seven planned centres to be opened by EDF Energy and is part of the company’s commitment to increase openness at its nuclear power stations across the UK. Dungeness B Station Director Martin Pearson said: “We hope the Dungeness B Learning Centre will inspire young people about science, technology and engineering. It will let science teachers hold their lessons in a nuclear power station for the first time in more than a decade. The country needs young people to develop an enthusiasm for science which might one day turn into a career here at Dungeness and that enthusiasm starts with experiences like this.”
Many many thanks to Mr Bottomley and Mr Harding for helping out on the day.
Year 7 & 8 Harvey teams are District Aviva Sportshall Champions 2013! A confident win was seen last night at Pent Valley Technology College with both Year 7 & 8 Boys winning comfortably and marching on to the County Finals at Medway Park to represent Shepway District. Pictured is the Year 8 Team.