The Harvey Grammar School

Name The Harvey Grammar School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 16 March 2016
Address Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 5JY
Phone Number 01303252131
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 981 (100% boys)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.4
Academy Sponsor The Harvey Academy
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 5.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.9%
Persisitent Absence 7.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 0.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The Harvey Grammar School is a slightly smaller than average-sized secondary grammar school for boys. The school converted to become an academy in August 2012. When its predecessor school, also called The Harvey Grammar School, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be good overall. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding) is much lower than the national average. Currently there are no pupils in key stage 4 who attend alternative provision to study vocational courses. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is well below the national average. The proportion with a statement of special educational needs or educational health care plan is very low. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher’s first-rate leadership has improved all aspects of the school since the last inspection. Governors and senior leaders are highly effective. Together they have created a culture where staff and pupils thrive. Governors effectively contribute to the school’s success because they rigorously and precisely monitor all aspects of the school’s work and challenge leaders to do better where necessary. Senior leaders have systematically developed the staff so that they have very high levels of expertise in teaching and learning. Excellent relationships between teachers and pupils, inspiring teaching and exemplary tracking systems ensure that all groups of pupils make very good progress. Outcomes are outstanding. Achievement at GCSE is well above the national average. All groups of pupils make above-average progress in all subject areas. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and their attendance is well above the national average and has been for some time. Leaders and teachers have imparted to pupils a very strong work ethic, high aspirations and a desire to excel. The school makes an outstanding contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It prepares them well for life in modern, diverse Britain. Leaders ensure that disadvantaged pupils are very well supported and so make the same, or better, progress than other pupils nationally. Pupils who have special educational needs or disability are supported effectively and so make very strong progress. The highly effective curriculum ensures excellent opportunities for pupils’ personal and academic development. Pupils benefit from a superb range of high-quality extra-curricular activities, clubs, visits and expeditions, and participation rates are high. Pupils are happy at The Harvey Grammar School and staff keep them safe. The vast majority of parents are enthusiastic in their support for the school. They believe that it serves their children extremely well.