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RHA smallerYear 13 Parents’ Evening

Wednesday 14th December 2016: 3.30pm – 5.00pm – Upper School

You are invited to attend a Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 14th December to discuss your son or daughter’s progress so far. Obviously this is a critical time in your son or daughter’s education and we feel an opportunity to discuss their progress with individual subject teachers is important.

There will be no set appointments for each teacher so please feel free to attend any time between 3.30pm – 5.00pm. Should you feel that you need a longer discussion with any teacher; a separate meeting can be arranged through the school office.

We very much look forward to seeing you on the 14th December.

To download a PDF copy of this letter, which includes a reply form, please click here.

rem dayRememberance Day 2016

Students and staff of the Royal Harbour Academy gathered together on the morning of 11th November for a Remembrance Day Service, commemorating the cessation of hostilities in the Great War.

Deputy Head Boy, Ben, introduced the Service, which began with Bryan Orwell, Head of Music, playing the piano and singing ‘Green Fields of France’. A reading was beautifully read aloud by Year 11 Jack and then the school fell silent as The Last Post sounded. At the end of the service, poppies were released from the balconies and the Service concluded. Paul Johnson, Senior Leader, comments: “We are very proud of our students who marked this moment in a respectful and honorable manner”.

Meanwhile, the student voice attended the Ramsgate Town Centre Armistice Day Service which was attended by The Mayor of Ramsgate, Councillor Trevor Shonk. The Reverend Councillor Stuart Piper The Mayor’s Chaplain conducted the Service and thanked the community for coming together to remember all those who gave their lives both past and present.

Reverend Piper also gave a special thank you students from The Royal Harbour Academy for taking the time to attend the event stating it was very important for our young people to remember the sacrifices of others and that it was great to see the students giving up their time to pay their respect.

The students listened intently to the service and some looked moved to tears when the bugler played the ‘Last Post’. One of the Year 11 students, Steven, who is a member of the Cadet Air Training Corps, said “It makes me proud to see Ramsgate come together as a community to remember our lost”.

RHA smallerYear 11 Exam Newsletter

I am writing to inform you about upcoming examinations for all our Year 11 students.

In light of changing GCSE examinations and the greater emphasis on terminal testing at the end of the course in Year 11, we feel it is essential that students are prepared thoroughly to allow them to make the best possible progress and achieve the best possible outcomes.

With this in mind, it is essential that our students are given the opportunity to prepare and sit examinations in an environment replicating what they will get in their GCSE examinations next year. All Year 11 students will therefore be sitting examinations during some or all of the week beginning 14th November. Students need to attend school as normal in full school uniform. When not involved in an exam your son or daughter will attend their normal timetabled lessons.

A copy of the examination timetable will be given to your son or daughter and will also be posted on the school’s website.

Should you have any questions about these examinations, please contact the school.

Yours sincerely

Mrs A Francis

Head of Upper School

Half Term Newsletter

It has been a good start to the year and I am really pleased that the different sites are taking on the identity that I had intended for them.  The Lower Site is clearly developing a ‘middle school’ ethos and while we are challenging and addressing the academic needs of our students in Years 7 and 8 through the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme we are also helping students acquire a range of softer skills that are crucial for life.  We have created a large number of prefects in Year 9 to allow students to learn about leadership and we now have a good amount of lunchtime and after-school clubs that, while being enjoyable, are also areas where students can display their commitment.  The Upper Site, with older students and a more mature feel, has started the year clearly focused on making sure that students get good academic outcomes and have good progression to further study or work.  Already the entire 6th Form has been on a careers event to the Emirates Stadium and many of them are busy preparing for English and Maths exams after the half-term holiday.

The school had good news recently when the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) paid the school a visit.  The inspection team, which had a focus on the behaviour and ethos within the school, arrived without prior notice and were therefore able to see the school as it actually is.  Their feedback and written report, which is on the school website, is very complimentary.  They said the school had maintained the high standards of behaviour since its last full inspection in 2012, that students behave well, are proud of their school and that there are good relationships between staff and students which helps promote interest in lessons.  They also remarked on how the school curriculum and in particular the International Baccalaureate Organisation’s programmes of study are helping ensure that students are actively engaged in the life of the school.

While the team were not looking in detail at standards I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that our results last summer were good and to explain a little about the government’s new performance tables.  As many of you will know we had two separate cohorts of Year 11 last year. 42% of the students based on the Lower Site, who had had 5 years of good continuous provision, gained 5 A*-C  GCSE passes including English and Maths which was above the government’s old benchmark.  While students on the Upper Site did not do as well there was a significant increase in results with the percentage of students gaining 5 A*-C including English and Maths increasing from 5.6% to 16%. However under the government’s new performance tables we do not fare as well as we did with the old standard.  One of the main reasons for this is that the new measures are based on students just sitting their exams once and the performance tables only use results from the first time a student sits an exam.  The regulations allow students to sit qualifications more than once but only the first result counts on the tables.  We disagree with this approach and believe it is in our students best interest to sit an exam more than once as students who don’t achieve the required grade on their first try often do on the second or even third attempt.  An appropriate analogy would be only being allowed to take a driving test once. I wonder how much emptier our roads would be if this were the case?  We are unfortunately penalised in terms of our rating in the performance tables for taking a course of action that is in the students’ best interest.  I want to assure you as parents that we have the highest expectations for your sons and daughters and that we will ensure they achieve their very best.

I would like to thank you as parents and carers for all the support you have given this term and to give a special thank you to the PTFA for their inaugural event which took place on 7th October 2016 . The PTFA set up and ran a ‘Wine and Wisdom’ quiz which was attended by 60 students, parents and staff. It was a really good evening which raised some funds but more importantly helped strengthen the relationships between the school and home.  Mr Sexton and I have been meeting a group of parents as a parental voice forum and I would be keen for more people to join.  If you are interested in attending these sessions then do please contact the school office.

I will be sending a more detailed newsletter out next term but in the meantime I wish you all a very pleasant half-term.

Yours sincerely

Simon Pullen


Ofsted Visit

On 28th September Ofsted visited the school.

They said:

‘Leaders and managers have taken effective action to maintain the high standards of behaviour and attitudes identified at the school’s previous inspection’

‘Pupils are confident, feel a sense of belonging and value the friends they make here.’

‘There is a genuine sense of pride in the school.’

‘Pupils behave well and move safely around both the Upper and Lower Site’

‘Good relationships between pupils and staff were seen to promote interest in lessons’

‘The school curriculum has a focus on community, team work and working together which helps to ensure pupils and 6th Formers are engaged in the life of the school’

Click here to see the full report.


2016 Results

Last year we ran two year 11 groups.  Upper Site students had been part of the Marlowe Academy and Lower Site students were part of the Ellington and Hereson School.  EHS students achieved 41% 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths at GCSE while ex-Marlowe students gained 16% 5A*-C grades including English and Maths at GCSE which was a 200% improvement on the previous year.  The national tables however do not split the two year groups up and therefore give a misleading picture of our students’ achievements. In addition, national tables only report on the first sitting of the exam, while some of our students achieved a C or better on a second attempt.

See the press release from 2016

Team building trip to the Houses of ParliamentTeamBuilding

As part of the Sixth Form Induction Programme, students of the Royal Harbour Academy visited London and experienced a tour of The Houses of Parliament in the first week of term. As part of the tour, students sat in on live debates in the House of Lords and House of Commons. Following the tour the students participated in a reflection workshop focussing on the importance of debates and the skills associated with public speaking.

One student explained how interesting it was to witness live debates that could directly have an impact on them and their futures, another student was surprised when they were informed that they could attend the Houses of Parliament to protest the changes they would like to see happen.

Ollie Donohoe, Head of Sixth Form said, "The trip was a great way to start the year as it helped build relationships between the students. The tour was fantastic and the students showed great interest in the experience. The staff are all incredibly proud of how the group represented themselves and the school".

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