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The Hereson School
Ramsgate Road, CT10 1PJ, UK Broadstairs
+44 (0)1843 862729

Dear Parents/Carers

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you about some exciting potential developments planned for the school before going to the press in the near future.  However, may I stress from the outset that the information provided here in this newsletter is still to be confirmed and as such is subject to change.

Personally, I am extremely excited about the Local Education Authority’s proposals concerning the long- term future of the school.  These proposals will enhance the academic opportunities open to pupils, whilst strengthening the caring family ethos that is so important to Hereson.  It is proposed that our boys and Ellington Girls will join together in a staged amalgamation beginning in September 2008.  The new school will eventually centre on a site on Pyson’s Road, although it is not expected that our current site will become surplus to requirements before 2010.  More details can be found in the draft press release attached.  Of course, over time, you will hear many rumours, or ‘Chinese whispers’, about what is going to happen, but I truly believe we are in a ‘win-win’ situation.  What we will get is a new building, new facilities, a greater range of learning opportunities, less travelling for pupils and a secure future in a time of falling rolls.


Heads of Department and Subject Coordinators are responsible for the planning and implementation of courses which the pupils study. They are primarily responsible for discipline, standards of attainment and the academic progress of pupils.

Pupils follow the National Curriculum which involves:

  • ·         The three ‘Core’ subjects: English, Mathematics, Science
  • ·         The 'Foundation' subjects: Geography, History, a modern language (French), Design and Technology and Information and Communication Technology, Art and Design, Music and P.E..
  • ·         and additionally: Religious Education and Personal and Social Health Education
  • ·         Year 9 concludes Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum and at this point there will be a full assessment of the progress of pupils measured against the ‘Attainment Targets’ in each subject. Parents will be informed of the results of these assessments.

Pupils will be set according to ability in family groups of subjects across the Key Stage.

KEY STAGE 4 (Years 10-11)

In Years 10 and 11, all pupils presently follow GCSE or alternative courses in the Core subjects, a Design and Technology and a modern foreign language. Additionally all pupils follow either a full or short  GCSE course in Information and Communication Technology.

This programme of study is augmented by a range of optional subjects. We are moving to a position where most pupils will look for double GCSE certification in two of the Core subjects (Engllsh and Science). The large majority of courses followed lead to GCSE with alternative accreditation (‘Certificate of Achievement’) available to some pupils in a number of subject areas.

We seek continually to revise and expand the list of optional subjects available to pupils. We also seek to determine the range of optional subjects open to pupils by reference to their expressed preferences.

Pupils also follow non-examination courses in Religious Education, P.E. & PSHE.

All Year 11 pupils completing their courses will leave with a Record of Achievement, recording academic and other achievements during their school careers.


The school has a responsibility to provide children with Special Educational Needs the greatest possible access to a broad and balanced curriculum, including the National Curriculum.

The school has a SEN Coordinator who maintains, through the SEN Audit, the register of pupils with special educational needs.

Each term an 'In-School Review' meetings takes place between the SENCO, the Educational Psychologist and Kent Special Educational Needs Support Team. The Headteacher will also attend a number of these meetings to plan and make provision for children at various SEN Audit level.


Plain Grey or Black trousers

White shirt with collar

School tie

Black shoes or PLAIN black trainers

Maroon Blazer

Maroon V neck jumper (optional)

In Year 11 pupils may wear plain maroon sweatshirt


It is essential for all items of clothing and belongings to be clearly marked. Each pupil is expected to come to school daily equipped with pen, pencil, rubber and ruler and a clearly marked bag in which he can keep his P.E. kit and homework books.


Please do not send pupils to school with large sums of money. If, occasionally, it is necessary to do this please ensure that the money is handed directly to his form teacher for safe keeping. No valuable equipment e.g. personal stereos or radio cassettes should be brought into school. Mobile phones and pagers are not allowed in school. If a pupil has to bring either for out of school use then they must be handed in to the office, switched off, during the school day. A public payphone is available for pupil use in the inner lobby.


Under County regulations the school cannot take responsibility for any loss or damage to bicycles. Bicycles brought to school must be fully roadworthy and locked with a strong padlock and chain whilst on school premises. There is one large bicycle compound, which is monitored by security cameras.

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