Rainham Mark Grammar School in Kent achieves the Inclusive School Award with Centre of Excellence status.
The school is a selective, mixed Grammar School in Medway, Kent. It is the lead school in a small Trust of three schools, Rainham Mark Grammar School (RMGS) and two local primary schools. The previous Headteacher is now the CEO and the previous Deputy is now the Headteacher. Selection is through the 11+ Examination and is part of the County admissions’ criteria. The school is growing and expanding and now has nearly 1500 students on roll. The school is in a very deprived area of Kent.
Ofsted graded the school as Outstanding in all areas in 2014 and is oversubscribed every year. As a result, they are expanding and started admitting 8 forms of entry from September 2018 to accommodate demand for local places. There are nearly 400 students in the Sixth Form.
The school is also unique as it is one of the few mixed grammars in Kent and Medway. There are more boys (55%) than girls (45%) currently on roll. The numbers of pupils on Free School Meals and those in receipt of Pupil Premium funding is low at around 11% and the numbers of pupils identified as needing SEND Support is 3.5% and those with an EHC plan is 4%. EAL pupils make up 13.3% of the population but they are fluent speakers and writers.
Serving the Local Community
Rainham Mark Grammar School is a unique school, and this is something they are very proud of. The commitment to inclusion is something that shines through every conversation and every action. The Headteacher leads the school with great determination and wisdom and his commitment to being a school that serves the local community is very strong.
Pastoral Care is a Priority
Pupils and Sixth Form students come first and staff go to great lengths to offer whatever support they need to succeed. Pastoral care of pupils is a priority. The school wants pupils to enjoy learning and enjoy being in school. They have a liberal holistic approach to schooling and want to ensure that the wellbeing and mental health of pupils is considered alongside the curriculum and pedagogy.
Pupil Voice Permeates Every Aspect of the School
Diversity matters, the school is doing all it can to recruit a diverse population. Furthermore, they want the pupils to understand that diversity in all its guises is positive. The school does not back away from tackling difficult discussions and actually encourages them. Pupils of all ages feel empowered to lead and question. Pupil Voice is extraordinary in that it permeates every aspect of the school.
Staff Feel Valued
Staff throughout the school feel valued and know that whatever their position in the school their contribution makes a difference. Teachers say they feel trusted and their professionalism is recognised and celebrated. Staff at all levels, support each other and in turn they support the pupils. Parents are also valued and feel they are partners in their children’s education. They know they are listened to and are respected. The school has much to be proud of.
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