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lower siteWelcome to Royal Harbour Academy

The Royal Harbour Academy has a strong tradition of providing caring, quality education where generations of students have benefited from great teaching in a small community.

In recent years the school has gone from strength to strength and our success is built on our students developing high aspirations, respect for all and a real sense of commitment to everything they do.

We are a split-site school with our younger students in Years 7, 8 and 9 being taught in our Newlands Lane site. Older students who have embarked on their public examinations are based at Marlowe Way and have facilities that are well suited to their progression when they leave the 6th Form.

Having younger students at the Lower School Site allows us to design a curriculum that is well crafted for their needs.  While we follow the National Curriculum we are also in the process of being authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme. This is a teaching approach that helps develop core skills for children such as communication, teamwork and resilience while embracing a cross-curricular approach. We currently run the prestigious International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme for our 6th Form and have been awarded the status of IB World School.

Along with having a stimulating curriculum, having younger students on the Lower Site also has a number of other strengths. The Lower Site is limited to 600 students so it means that the school has a small school feel and that staff know all of the children in their care. Not having older students allows us to give more positions of responsibility to students in Years 7, 8 and 9 and builds on the roles that many of them have had in their primary schools. Likewise we have a raft of clubs that are suited to younger students from homework clubs to archery and climbing.

Start of Term Arrangements 2017-18

Dear Parents and Carers

I am writing to inform you of the arrangements for the start of term, and expectations for the new academic year.

Students will return on Tuesday 5th September at 12:15pm. The first day will be important for equipping students with everything they need in order to prepare them for their learning. This will include receiving their timetable, meeting their form tutor and having a Head of Year assembly, where they will receive key information about expectations.

I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate some key learning expectations. All students must arrive to school and lessons on time every day, and they should be ready and equipped for their lessons i.e. stationary and books. Mobile phones are brought into school at your child’s own risk and the school will not take responsibility for any loss or damage. Students are not permitted to use their phones in lessons, unless directed by the teacher in cases where they are used as a learning tool.

Please be reminded of our expectations when it comes to dress code. As a school, we believe that it is important that students have pride in their school and buy into the school’s ethos. Uniform also helps students prepare for when they leave school, as they are likely to have to adhere to a dress code. Students are also reminded that they must remove outdoor coats when in the building; lockers are available should they wish to use them

Please find below a list of the required uniform:

  • Grey blazer – with the school badge on the left breast pocket
  • Black v-neck pullover – with the school badge on the left breast pocket
  • House tie
  • Black trousers – school type or black knee length skirt for girls (no leggings or skin tight trousers that we deem not to conform to the school dress code)
  • White shirt – suitable for wearing a tie – long or short sleeved
  • Black or white socks, or plain black tights for girls
  • Plain black polishable shoes

PE Kit:

  • Black games shorts
  • Black games joggers
  • Black / Burgundy sports t-shirt
  • Black / Burgundy games sweatshirt
  • Burgundy games socks

Please note that hair must not be dyed and only one single natural colour. Only subtle makeup is permitted and only one piercing per ear is allowed. 

The Upper Site is a mature working environment with a strong focus on student attainment at the end of Key Stage 4, developing pathways for post 16 and we are committed to working with you to ensure your son or daughter achieves their very best.

I look forward to working with the students next year, monitoring their progress and celebrating their successes. If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact your son or daughter’s form tutor in the first instance. If it is a matter that the form tutor cannot resolve, it will be referred on to the Head of Year, and then myself as Head of Upper School.

I hope you have an enjoyable summer break.

Yours sincerely

Mr P Johnson

Head of Upper School

IB ResultsIB and BTEC Results Day 2017

The Royal Harbour Academy is celebrating another excellent set of Sixth Form results for its students. 90% of students who studied the prestigious International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme passed the qualification and 100% of students passed their BTEC qualifications.

There were some excellent individual performances: Georgia Wilshaw passed the IBCP gaining D*D*D* in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, a 5 in both Maths Studies and Social and Cultural Anthropology and a B grade in her Reflective Project. Georgia is going on to study Social Work at Canterbury Christ Church. On results day Georgia said “I am extremely happy and proud of my results, I have had a fantastic Sixth Form experience. Outside of lessons I’ve had the opportunity to participate in great experiences such as work experience at Margate hospital and Age UK. I have also gained other qualifications whilst at Sixth Form such as a level 2 qualification in using a defibrillator and certification in First Aid. I am going to miss the teaching staff at The Royal Harbour Academy and the whole Sixth Form life however I feel fully equipped and am excited about my next challenge at University.”

Graham Turner passed the IBCP gaining D*D in BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services and a D* in BTEC Level 3 Business Studies. Graham achieved a 4 in History and a 5 in Social and Cultural Anthropology and a C grade in his Reflective Project. Graham is going on to study History at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Bradley Hewitt passed the IBCP, achieving D*DD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services, a 4 in both Maths Studies and IT in the Global Society and a D grade in his Reflective Project. Bradley is going to study Business Information Systems at Canterbury Christ Church. Bradley said “I’m surprised at what I have achieved in the Sixth Form. I have worked hard and am so happy with the outcome. I already feel more confident about going to University knowing what I’ve achieved.” Bradley’s Mother commented “I am immensely proud of Brad and can’t believe how far he’s come; he will be the first person in the family to go to University”

Headteacher, Simon Pullen, was delighted with the results and said, “I am pleased with all the results and especially the success with the International Baccalaureate. In our third year of sitting the qualification not only did we have a very good pass rate but Maths Studies, Social and Cultural Anthropology and IT in a Global Society all had average grades above the world average.”

Ollie Donohoe, Head of Sixth Form, said, “I am pleased with the results and am very proud that along with the good grades, all those students who have applied to university have won a place. Whether the students are going to University, starting an apprenticeship or going straight into employment, they are equipped with the qualifications and skills to be highly successful post 18”.

Linda Regan, Head of the International Baccalaureate Programme said, “I am very proud of all the students who have worked so hard over the past two years. They have had a huge impact in the life and running of the school and I wish them well with their next steps and in their future careers.”

End of Term Newsletter

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Year 7 and 8 End of Year Reports

Dear Parents and Carers

Year 7 and 8 students are bringing home reports this week. This year we have designed a report around the Middle Years Programme and I feel it would be helpful if I explained a couple of key points around your child’s target level.

On page 6 and on each subject report you will see the phrase, ‘End of Year 8 Grade’. This is the level that your son or daughter is working at and will be the grade that the teacher thinks your son or daughter will achieve at the end of the first stage of the MYP programme. Under each subject report you will see your son or daughter’s target grade. You will also see a breakdown of each subject into four skill areas. Each of these areas is marked out of 8, although internationally few students will achieve 8s as this would represent A* at GCSE or A Level.

Should you want any more information or have any problems that you wish to talk about, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Mr C Doyle

Assistant Headteacher

forster01Inspirational Women in Science: Dr. Victoria Forster, Cancer Researcher

Many thanks to Dr. Victoria Forster, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada) for her inspirational video for the project “Inspirational Women in Science” for year 9g1.

“Dear Cancer I beat you aged eight, and today I got my PhD in cancer research. Take that."

Read more: Inspirational Women in Science: Dr. Victoria Forster

Yearbooks for Students Leaving Year 11

As you are aware your son or daughter are fast approaching the end of their exams and it will soon be their Prom. If your son or daughter wishes to purchase a year book, a £5 deposit will be required and the school will contribute the rest of the cost.

Please ensure your £5 deposit is given to the finance officer in the main office by Friday 16th June 2017.

Yours sincerely

Mrs A Francis
Head of Upper School

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