RHA smallerChristmas End of Term and New Year Arrangements

I am writing to inform you about the arrangements for the end of term for all students.

On Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th December students will be able to wear non-uniform at no cost. Please ensure that your child wears appropriate and suitable clothing for the school environment, remembering that they will still be representing the school on their journey between home and school.

Students will be dismissed at 12.15pm on Tuesday 19th December for the Christmas holidays.

Students return for the start of Term 3 on Thursday 4th January 2018 at 8.40am.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and extend all our good wishes for 2018.

Yours sincerely

Mr P Sexton                                                                                                                                                      

Head of Lower School 

RHA smallerAdvice regarding school closure caused by bad weather

The school will always do its utmost to stay open and ensure that learning continues for all its students but please read the following advice should the school have to shut because of bad weather.
If the school need to close during the course of a school day we will announce the closure on the school website and ensure that you are contacted by telephone before your child leaves the premises. I would ask that you please make sure that the school has a current daytime phone number on which we can contact you. I would also suggest that your child has a second place of safety to go to should snow make it impossible to get directly home. This might be your workplace, another relative's home or a friend's house. Should your son or daughter not go directly home then they must tell us the address they are going to before they leave the school grounds.
Should we need to shut the school outside school hours we will put a message on the school's website along with notifying Kent County Council who have their own information system. A full and updated list of all school closures will be published on the Kent Count Council website (www.kentclosures.co.uk). Parents may also use the Kent County Council site to receive free email notification or to pay for an automated text alert.
As is currently the case, local radio stations will also continue to list school closures.

RHA smallerElection of Parent Governor

I am writing to invite you to consider standing for election as a parent governor for this school or to nominate another parent to do so. There is currently a vacancy for one parent governor.

Every Kent school has a governing body, which includes a number of categories of governors including parent governors. All schools have a number of parent governors who are elected to serve for a period between one and four years, though they may resign at any time.

Together with the headteacher, the governing body has overall responsibility for the running of the school. Governors are involved in deciding school policies, allocating the school’s budget and appointing senior staff. No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the governing body’s work. In order to support governors in their work, the County Council provides full training for all governors at no charge to the individual.

In our school, we have two Parent Governors who serve a four-year term of office. The Full Governing Body normally meets five or six times per year at 6.00pm. In addition, there are Committees of the Full Governing Body which focus upon finance, standards and learning. These usually meet four to five times per year and Parent Governors are encouraged to join one of the Committees.

If you would like to stand for election, or to nominate someone else, please complete the attached form and return it to me within two weeks by 14th December 2017. Each person nominated must be proposed and seconded by parents or carers who have a child at the school. Anyone standing for election is invited to provide, with his or her nomination, a short personal statement (maximum 100 words). The statement should only include biographical information, your reasons for wanting to be a parent governor and the contribution you believe you can make to the governing body.

If the number of nominations received is equal, or less than, the number of vacancies, the nominees will automatically be elected as parent governors. If, however, there are more nominations than vacancies, an election will be held and copies of the personal statements will be sent to all parents. Two weeks will be allowed for the return of the ballot papers. Each parent will have one vote for each vacancy, no matter how many children he or she has at the school.

Because appointment as a school governor will give access to the children there is currently a requirement for governors to undertake a check by the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

If you would like more information about being a school governor, please contact another Governor, the School Governance Team at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or myself for more information. 


Yours sincerely


Simon Pullen


Year 11 Revision Timetable

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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.

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