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1st XI Football Fixtures 2016 - East Kent Division




Wednesday 28th September

St George’s


Wednesday 12th October

Sittingbourne CC


Wednesday 19th October

Valley Park (Maidstone)


Wednesday 16th November



Wednesday 23rd November

Chatham GS


Wednesday 30th November

Highworth GS (Ashford)


Wednesday 7th December

Homewood (Tenterden)


Wednesday 14th December

Kent College (Canterbury)


Please note: Home matches will KO at 2pm, unless otherwise stated. Departure times for away matches will be confirmed by Mr Amos.


The Royal Harbour Academy GCSE Results 2016

Following last year’s successful merger of the two schools the Royal Harbour Academy continued with two distinct Year 11 cohorts both of whom have showed considerable progress.

The Lower Site (Ex-Ellington and Hereson School) achieved a commendable result of 41% of students achieving 5A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths. This was a 33% increase on last year’s result of 30% 5A*-C including English and Maths and included 69% of students gaining a C grade or better in English and almost 50% gaining an A*-C grade in Maths.

The Upper Site (Ex-Marlowe Academy) also showed a significant improvement with 16% of students reaching the government benchmark of 5A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths. This represents a 200% jump for students from last year’s results which were 5.6% 5A*-C including GCSE01English and Maths. Alongside this much improved result English and Maths saw huge improvements with English making a 400% jump from 8% A*-C GCSE passes in 2015 to 40% of students being awarded A*-C grades this year. Similarly Maths jumped from 6% of students gaining a C grade or better to 28% of students achieving an A*-C grade.

Amongst the most notable results were: Cleo Shorter who gained 13 A* - C grades with1A*, 3As and 4Bs, Charly Flavell who achieved 13 A* - C passes with 4A and 4B grades, Zach Wells who achieved 11 A*-C grades with 1A*, 3As and 11 GCSEs and Wiktoria Mlynek who secured 10 GCSEs with 3A grades.

Headteacher, Simon Pullen was pleased with the results saying that both cohorts of students showed considerable progress this year and he praised the students and staff for their hard work over the course of the last year.

Anne Francis, Assistant Headteacher responsible for student progress said, “As always I would like to say well done to all our Year 11 students who have worked so hard to gain such good results and to thank staff for their huge commitment in helping the students do so well.”




RHA6th Form Results 2016

Following the success of the school’s International Baccalaureate students in July The Royal Harbour Academy is celebrating another great set of Sixth Form results for its students with100% of all exams and courses being passed.

There were some excellent individual performances:  Zoe Whittle Darrock gained D*D*D*(Equivalent to 3A*s at A Level) in Sports Studies as did Lucas Deveson. Connor Atchison was awarded D*D* in Sport Studies and MMM in Public Services which equates to 5 A Levels including 2 A*s. Many other students did very well such as Ronnie Georgiou who achieved D*D*D*(3A*s at A Level) in Public Services along with the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme Diploma.

Headteacher Simon Pullen was delighted with the results and said, ‘Students and staff have worked very hard to make sure that everyone has achieved their very best.’

Ollie Donohoe Head of Sixth Form said, ‘I am pleased with the results and happy that along with the good grades all those students who have  applied to university have won a place with students going to a wide range of universities ranging from the University of Kent at Canterbury to Liverpool and I wish them well when they start their studies.’

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 at university and in their future careers.’

Simon Pullen


somme3Battle of the Somme 2016 Visit

Year 9 students marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme with their own visit and service of commemoration in France this week as part of their studies into the First World War. Led by Thanet guide Paddy Earp the group began the day at Lochnager Crater before visiting the Ulster Tower Memorial and excavated trenches in Thiepval Wood. Following the footsteps of the ‘Tommies’ from one hundred years ago the students then made their way up to the Thiepval memorial which has inscribed upon its Portland stone 72,000 names of soldiers who have no known grave. Finally the group visited Pozieres Tank memorial where the first use of the tank was made at the close of this great battle.

Mr Millard, Head of History said the students gained a unique experience on this trip ‘We are very fortunate to be able to visit this site on the 100th anniversary. We can never truly appreciate the full horrors and sacrifice that was given in this battle but we believe visiting the site enables students to gain a greater perspective, analyse the nature of war and its consequences. Lewis Edwin Martin from Ramsgate is one such name we found on the memorial, a person who walked the same streets as our own students and an individual we were able to pay our respects to’.

Read more: Battle of the Somme

thanet champThanet Athletics School Championships

The Thanet Athletics School Championships was a huge success hosted by the Royal Harbour Academy on 29th June on the multi-purpose all weather Athletics Track. Secondary Schools from across Thanet competed for the prestigious title of the Champions of the Thanet Athletics Championships.

In first place, congratulations to Dane Court, 2nd place to Chatham and Clarendon House, 3rd place Charles Dickens with our very own Royal Harbour Academy finishing in an impressive fourth place overall – thank you to Chris from Thanet Athletics for collating the results and leader board throughout the event.

Read more: Thanet Athletics School Championships

doverYear 7 Visit - Dover Castle

On the 27th June, sixty three Year 7 students from Royal Harbour Academy visited Dover Castle. During the course of the day the students explored many of the intriguing areas of the vast castle buildings and grounds that have played such a key role in our history.

All Year 7 students have been studying the function of Dover Castle over time and are currently completing a comprehensive project with History teacher, Mrs Mason. The castle has undergone something of a transformation in recent years to ensure the visitor experience is more interactive and accessible.

The three main areas that all students experienced was the Henry II’s Great Tower, which has been transformed to reflect how it would have looked in the 12th century; the church of St Mary in Castro, which is a restored Anglo-Saxon church and the adjacent Roman Pharos lighthouse; and a firm favourite enjoyed by all was the secret WWII tunnels in which students were guided through the history of Operation Dynamo.

An unseen Sergeant-Major gave instructions on a loud speaker system to instruct students on how to progress through the tunnels and the story of Dunkirk was animated on the walls; the graffiti carved into the tunnel walls was also noted by many students. Some particularly nippy groups also found time to visit the military museum, gift shop and café where ice cream and small super bouncy balls made their obligatory appearance.

History teacher, Miss Hazelton, said: “Visiting the castle gave many of our students the opportunity to bring their current studies to life and broaden their historical understanding - it was a very enjoyable day for staff and students alike.”

RHAIndustrial Action - 5th July

Dear Parents and Carers 

We have been informed by the National Union of Teachers that they will be taking industrial action in the form of a strike on Tuesday 5th July 2016.

This action is not against the school itself but is part of national industrial action organised by the trade union about real terms cuts in school funding and concerns over a worsening in the terms and conditions of employment for teachers.

Neither the governing body nor the headteacher is legally allowed to close the school ‘in sympathy’ with the strike and we will only close should we not be able to guarantee the health and safety of the students. At present my intention is that the school will remain open on the day of the strike.

Teachers are not obliged to declare their intention to strike and as such it may be that we will have to close the school should we have lots of teachers striking on the day. Should this be the case we will notify you following the normal school procedures.

I do hope that the issues over which the industrial action have arisen are resolved as soon as possible.


Yours sincerely 

Simon Pullen, Headteacher

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