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RHA26th Form Open Evening 2017

The Royal Harbour Academy warmly invites you to our Sixth Form Open Evening Tuesday 21st November 2017 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

There will be a talk by the Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form at the beginning of the evening followed by an opportunity to find out more about the courses on offer.

The Royal Harbour Academy is a proud community built upon success, high aspirations and a global outlook.

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Statement Regarding Official Release of Results

Dear Parents and Carers

You may have recently seen data published about the school’s performance last year and I wanted to write to you to both give some context to results that are being published and to reassure you about the school’s progress.

In 2015 the Royal Harbour Academy was created out of a merger between the Ellington and Hereson School and The Marlowe Academy. In its first set of results the students who had had five years tuition at the Ellington and Hereson School achieved a very creditable set of results. 61% of students achieved an A*-C in their English GCSE exam and 44% gained an A*-C grade in the Maths GCSE. Overall 40% of those students were awarded the government benchmark of 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths. The Marlowe students made significant improvement from very low starting points with 38% gaining A*-C in English and 24% in Maths.

Last year students sat more difficult English and Maths exam papers for the first time having only had a short period of time to adjust to the new and much more challenging exams. Students were no longer allowed to have coursework as a component of the exam, there were many more marks allocated for spelling, punctuation and grammar and the texts studied, which were no longer allowed to be taken in to the exam, were 19th Century rather than 20th Century texts.

In Maths there were three exams rather than two and the conceptual difficulty was significantly increased. Work that had previously been taught at AS Level was now included the Higher Level Paper and subject matter for the Higher Level Paper had been moved down to the Foundation Level Paper. An indication of the difficulty of the Maths exam was that only 17 marks were required to get a level 4 pass on the Higher Level Paper. While the school’s English and Maths results dropped to 23% and 22% respectively other schools experienced significant falls both locally and nationally. Charles Dickens School for example had a 23% drop in their combined English and Maths figure. It is regrettable that the government did not allow schools to have longer to adapt to the changes that were required as I know that, given time, the majority of our students will achieve in line with their targets.

Schools however are no longer judged on English and Maths and 3 other subjects but rather on 8 subjects including English, Maths, Science, History or Geography and 3 other subjects. This is known as Progress 8 and measures how students have done in those subjects against targets from the government. Our Progress 8 figure is the same as last year at -1.14 meaning that we did better this year in other subjects apart from English and Maths. Many other Kent schools on the other hand had significant drops. For example St Georges C of E fell by -0.17, Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School by -0.41, Herne Bay High School by -0.27 and Spires Academy by -0.25.

The government has been clear that it is not always appropriate for students to study 8 subjects and that schools must create the correct pathways for their students’ needs. We fully support the best curriculum for a student even though this can impact negatively on a schools’ progress figure. The majority of our students did take the full 8 subjects and they achieved a figure of -0.56, which is more reflective of the potential of the school.

I do hope that this helps you to be better able to make a judgement about the school.

Yours sincerely

Mr S Pullen


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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.”

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