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Sixth Form Start Times and Dress Code

Any student not signed up for 6th Form or if you have any queries you can attend the Upper School (Stirling Way) on Friday 4th September between 12pm and 2pm or on Monday 7th September at the Lower School (Newlands Lane) between 12pm and 2pm.

Sixth Form start date Tuesday 8th September 2015 at the upper school site at 12.15pm

Dress code:

  • Male - suit, tie, black or brown shoes
  • Female - trousers or skirt, shirt and blazer

If students have any queries regarding their pathways or choices they can meet with the Sixth Form staff team on Monday 7th September from 1.15-3.15.

Dear Parents and Carers - Academy News

It is with great excitement that I am able to confirm that the new school will be going ahead in September. Last week Lord Nash, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, agreed to the proposal for the new school and most importantly to additional funding to ensure that the new school is a success.

Now that the Royal Harbour Academy is a reality I need to inform you of some changes to the end of this term and the start of next term. We are finishing term a day earlier than planned and using three INSET days at the start of next term to give us some additional planning and moving time to ensure that we are able to give the best provision to all our students from the start of term.

School will therefore finish for students at The Ellington and Hereson School at 12.15pm on Tuesday 21st July 2015. The new term will begin for students on 8th September 2015 with students having staggered arrival times.

We will be writing to you in the near future with more details about the start of term and arrangements for the collection of your son’s or daughter’s new school uniform.

Yours sincerely

Simon Pullen

World Book Day Inter-House Competition 2015book3

To help celebrate World Book Day this year, an inter-house competition was set for the pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9 to design a new book token. The entries were of a high standard and were judged by Mrs Johnson, Head of Art who took into account the design itself, the impact it would have on its audience and the ease of which it could be reproduced.

Read more: World Book Day Inter-House Competition 2015

School Announces New Name

Plans to create a new secondary school in Thanet, that will see Ellington and Hereson School and the Marlowe Academy join together continue to take shape. Headteachers at both schools have today written to parents to update them on progress, and to advise them about a change to the proposed name of the new school, based on preferences of students and parents.

Feedback during the public consultation was very positive, and indicated broad support for the proposal to create the new school. However, while parents and students were supportive about the plans, a majority disliked the original proposed name - ‘The Augustus Pugin Academy’. The schools’ governors held discussions with their respective student councils and a ballot was arranged to choose a new name.

Subject to confirmation by Companies House, the new school will be called the ‘Royal Harbour Academy’. This not only reflects the wishes of the students but is a fitting name for a new school in a town which has the only royal designated harbour in the country. A new uniform has also been finalised, based again on the students’ choice of grey blazers and burgundy sports kit.

Planning now continues for the changes that will take place in time for the next academic year, including visits for current students, parents and teachers to both schools. A final decision on the proposal by Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education is expected later this month.


EHS Mark VE Day at 70Sponge cake

Veterans from the Thanet branch of the Royal British Legion entertained students of the Ellington and Hereson School with tales of bravery, loss and victory as the 70th anniversary of VE day passed on Friday 8th May. This was the third visit from Alistair Thomson as he was able to discuss the impact of the Second World War on his family and future career in the army. Wally Smith visiting for the second time recalled finding out the war in Europe was over when he was a prisoner of war in the Black Forest in Germany. Wally quickly rushed to the American zone of occupation to get back home, knowing this would be a safer route.

Read more: EHS mark VE Day at 70

Nepal Disaster Appeal Kicks OffNepal cheque

As news of the 8.1 magnitude earthquake which hit Nepal last week arrived, students leapt into action to begin fund raising efforts to provide vital support for the disaster hit region. Through the contacts of the Folkestone Nepalese Community the school raised over £100 for vital water purification tablets which will be focussed on one particular village, Pakhure in Nuwakote District in 140km west of Kathmandu.

Head of History Mr Millard explained why this appeal had been so vital “all of the students heard the stories on the radio or through the news and we all agreed we should do something, especially when you consider the effect it is having on families from our local Gurkha community.

Read more: Nepal Disaster Appeal Kicks Off

Proposed New Ramsgate Academy Consultation Update

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Nepal Disaster Appeal

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Along with the world community, the school is shocked and saddened to hear of the earthquake disaster which hit Nepal at the weekend.  The UN estimate that as many as eight million people are affected, over a quarter of this mountain nations population. Death toll estimates exceed 4,000 people already. As many as 1.4 million are in urgent need of water, food and shelter.

As a mark of solidarity with the Nepalese, many of whom have family settled here in East Kent and served in our armed forces the school would like to raise an urgent appeal for funds for the Disasters Emergency Fund. More information on this appeal can be found at the following address

Read more: Nepal Disaster Appeal

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